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Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins gold at Asian Indoor Games

Indian wrestler Bajrang, the reigning Asian champion, defeated Daichi Takatani of Japan in the men’s freestyle 65kg final to win the gold in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat in Turkmenistan on Sunday.

Indians added four medals, including a gold through wrestler Bajrang Punia, on the ninth day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat on Sunday.

Bajrang, the reigning Asian champion, who has been mentored by Olympic bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, beat Daichi Takatani of Japan in the men’s freestyle 65kg final to win the gold.

Two women wrestlers Sheetal Tomar and Navjot Kaur also bagged a bronze each.

While Sheetal clinched the medal in freestyle -48kg category, Navjot did the same in freestyle -69kg event.

India added third bronze of the day through Krishnan Sasikiran in men’s standard individual chess.

India now occupy 12th spot in the medals tally with 6 gold, 7 silver and 11 bronze.

More than 200 athletes in 15 sports disciplines are representing India in the Games, which is considered as the second biggest multi-sporting event of the continent after the Asian Games.

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