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Bajrang Punia, Vinod Omprakash settle for bronze in Senior Asian Wrestling Championship

Bajrang Punia, who won gold in the 2017 edition of Senior Asian Wrestling Championships, has settled for a bronze this time in men’s 65kg freestyle. Another wrestler Vinod Kumar Omprakash won the other bronze medal in the men’s 70kg freestyle. The two medals took India’s tally to eight — gold and silver each with six bronze medals.

Bajrang lost 5-7 in the quarterfinals against Daichi Takatani of Japan. But he got the chance to play in the repechage round after his conqueror reached the final. In the first encounter he defeated Abdulqosim Fayziev of Tajikistan 12-2 and then went on to beat Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei of Iran 10-4 in the bronze medal play-off.

Vinod Kumar also won the bronze in repechage round after he lost his quarterfinal bout against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan by 3-6. In the bronze medal play off match he defeated Elaman Dogdurbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan.

It is at this year’scompetition that India scripted history when Navjot Kaur became the first women wrestler from the country to win the first-ever gold.

Navjot Kaur becomes the first woman wrestler to win India’s first ever gold at Senior Asian Championships


About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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