Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched the gold medal on the ninth day of the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Ashgabat 2017, on Sunday. India, including Punia’s gold, won four medals on the day.
The Haryana born 23-year-old wrestler who had won gold medals in the 2016 Commonwealth Championship and ij the Asian Games held in New Delhi this year got the better of Japanese Daichi Takatani to emerge victorious in the men’s freestyle 65kg final.
Sheetal Tomar and Navjot Kaur-both women wrestlers clinched a bronze medal apiece at Ashgabat 2017.
While Sheetal settled for the bronze in the freestyle 48kg category, Navjot did it in the freestyle 69kg category.
The 36-year-old Krishnan Sasikaran, who had clinched a gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and a bronze in the men’s team event at the 2010 Games in Guangzhou made his way to another bronze, the third in men’s standard individual chess.
India now has a total of 24 medals of which six are gold, seven silver and eleven are bronze and are also at the 12th position in the medals tally.