Bajrang Punia has added the Asian Championship gold to his rich list of title triumph. The World No. 1 beat Sayatbek Okassov of Kazakhstan in 65 kg final in the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championship in Xi’an, China.
In the other final, Praveen Rana went down to Bahman Mohammad Teymouri of Iran in the 79kg freestyle event.
Earlier, Bajrang had comfortably defeated Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov 12-1 in the semi-finals to make it to the gold medal bout of 65kg.
He will clash with Sayatbek Okassov of Kazakhstan for top honours later in the day.
Earlier in the day, he overcame Peyman Biabani of Iran and Charles Fern of Sri Lanka in his previous rounds.
He will face Bahman Mohammad Teymouri of Iran in his gold-medal bout.
Earlier, he defeated Yuta Abe of Japan and Mongolia’s Tugs Erdene Denzensharav.
In the 57kg weight division, Ravi Kumar entered the bronze medal play-off round after winning his repechage against Chia Tso Liu of Taipei 4-0.
Ravi will be up against Yuki Takahashi of Japan. Satywart Kadian, too, reached the bronze medal round in 97kg. Kadian lost to Batzul Ulziisaikhan in his quarterfinal bout but went on to make the cut after his Mongolian rival reached the final. Meanwhile, Rajneesh bowed out of the tournament early in 70kg category.