Punia wins wrestling gold for India, Kumar bows out Bajrang Punia
Commonwealth champion Bajrang Punia gave India its first Asian Games gold in 65kg wrestling on Sunday after veteran Sushil Kumar suffered a shock first-round exit in Jakarta. Punia, who won a silver at the 2014 edition in Incheon, battled past Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 in a hard-fought final bout. Punia attacked from the word go to lead by 6-0 in the first minute of play, before the Japanese wrestler closed the gap through a series of counter attacks. But the Indian, who lost to Takatani in the quaterfinals of the Asian Championships in March, prevailed to give his country the first gold…
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