Bajrang Punia lost match: Bajrang Punia suffered a heavy defeat in the match, managing to secure only one point against Iranian wrestler Rahman Amodkhahli in the Men’s Freestyle 65 kg category at the Asian Games. However, he will still compete for a bronze medal in the repechage round.
Asian Games 2023 saw India’s biggest hope for a medal, Bajrang Punia, facing a tough defeat in the wrestling competition in the 65 kg weight category. Rahman Amodkhahli from Iran dominated the match, making Bajrang look helpless. The Iranian wrestler took an early lead in the first round with a 4-point advantage and then extended it to 8-0 in the second round. Although Bajrang managed to score one point, it wasn’t enough for victory. Now, he has a chance to compete in the repechage round and possibly win a bronze medal.
Despite the tough loss, there is still hope for Bajrang Punia, who has shown his resilience in the past. The wrestling organization and former president, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, are still hopeful for a medal from Bajrang. When he stepped onto the mat, it was expected that this match would bring another gold for India, but that wasn’t the case. In the first round, he found himself trailing badly. The Iranian wrestler was aggressive, while Bajrang seemed fatigued. He fell behind 0-4.
In the second round, there was hope of closing the gap, but the Iranian wrestler once again secured 4 points, making it 8-0. It was extremely challenging to make a comeback from this position. Bajrang made an effort and scored one point, but it was not enough for victory. Ultimately, the Iranian wrestler won 8-1 and advanced to the final. Bajrang now has a chance in the repechage round to secure a bronze medal. Hopefully, he can bring home the Nobel bronze medal for India.
On the other hand, in the Men’s 57 kg category, Aman easily secured a win in the quarterfinals against Kim Sungwon from Korea with a score of 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Aman was initially trailing 1-8 against Iran’s Ibrahim Mehdi Khari, but he managed to come back and win based on technical coaching. Aman represents the Constant 18 Academy, which has established itself with its training and technical skills. Japan’s Toshihiro Hasegawa built a lead of 6-1.
After that, Aman scored four consecutive points, and it seemed like he might make a comeback and win once again, but ultimately, the Japanese player won 12-10. Aman couldn’t gain a significant advantage in the initial two rounds. He quickly defeated Nepal’s Sushila Chand and Cambodia’s Noern Sorn in less than a minute each, based on technical superiority. However, North Korea’s Hyongyong Mun deceived his opponents, and the Indian wrestler couldn’t score a single point.
In the Women’s 76 kg category, Kiran faced Bai in the first round and then defeated Japan’s Namoka Yamamoto 3-0 to secure her place where Kazakhstan’s Jamila Bakbarjinova had previously defeated her. Unfortunately, on Friday, Radhika (68 kg), the only Indian wrestler left in the medal round, couldn’t secure a place.