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Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins freestyle 65 kg gold, India's medal tally rises to 36

Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins freestyle 65 kg gold,  India's medal tally rises to 36

A dominant Bajrang Punia easily overpowered his opponent to clinch a gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65 kg wrestling final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Friday.

The 24-year old wrestler from Haryana beat Kane Charig of Wales on a technical superiority, to register an emphatic 10-0 win to claim India’s 16th gold medal on the eighth day of the Games at the Carrara Sports Arena. India has now won seven medals in wrestling in this year’s edition of the Commonwealth Games.

The Indian Campion barely looked troubled throughout the bout and cruised to an easy win, securing five technical points to end the match early.

Bajrang, who won a silver in Glasgow four years ago, was awarded the victory by technical superiority as he didn’t give an inch to his opponent.

Divya Kakran also added another medal to India’s kitty, winning her bronze medal encounter in the women’s freestyle 68 kg event, beating Sherin Sultana from Bangladesh.

In fact, such was his dominance that Bajrang won all his bouts today on Technical Superiority as none of his rivals could pose a threat to him. He had defeated New Zealand’s Brahm Richards in the first bout, before outwitting Nigeria’s Amas Daniel in the 1/4 final. He then dumped Canada’s Vincent De Marinis in the semifinals.