‘I am happy to have bettered my effort’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2018 14:27:24



BAJRANG Punia added another feather in his cap as he secured silver medal in World Championships at Budapest on Monday night.  Expressing his happiness, Punia said, I am happy to have bettered my bronze medal effort, achieved five years ago at the same venue.” “It was so near and yet so far. Having reached the final, I expected to win gold but I had to satisfied with a silver medal,” 24-year-old wrestler added.
With this silver medal, he has become the first-ever Indian wrestler to win two medals at the World Championships-he won bronze in 2013.

However, he could not emulate two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who still holds the record of winning the lone gold in the 66kg class in 2010 Moscow championships.
Punia, who hails from Sonipat, had lost to Takuto Otuguro from Japan 9-16 in the final of 65kg Freestyle.

The Japanese was guilty of resorting to delay strategy in the final, for which he was even booed by the crowd. Expressing his disapontment, Coach Jagminder Singh said, It was not India’s day at Budapest. Yes, we all would have wanted him to win gold, but a silver medal is also a big achievement. Punia has been consistent throughout the season and has wrapped up this season with two major titles and a silver medal in the world championships.