Working On Getting Back To Where I Was In 2018: Bajrang Punia Post CWG Win

Working On Getting Back To Where I Was In 2018: Bajrang Punia Post CWG Win

Famous Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia© AFP

Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia said he is working on being his best attacker after defending his Commonwealth Games title in the 65kg category here on Friday. Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bijring defeated Canada’s Lachlan McNeil 9-2 in the final. “The fight was good, the competition was tough. I injured my knee during the Olympics. The plan was to slowly get back to my old self. I will sit down with the coaches and work on the weakness going forward. The World Championship is my next target,” Bajrang said.

On trying to attack more deliberately than what he has in the past, the 28-year-old said: “After the injury I said you will see Bajrang in 2018 and I am just working on that. I am.” His Canadian rival McNeill praised Bajrang.

“He’s the best in the world when it comes to conditioning. I prepare specifically for him but he was better that day. He showed me the areas I still need to work on. Although the silver Happy with it. It’s been a long time coming,” McNeil said.

On his CWG debut, young wrestler Anshu Malik had to settle for a silver medal after a tough loss to Nigeria’s Odunayo Follasad, who defended his 57kg title.

Anshu, who turned 21 on Friday, was in tears after losing the final.

“I gave it my all on the mat. I had an elbow injury before I came here, which meant I couldn’t work on my upper body strength. If I’d had another month, the result would have been a boot. It would have been different.” Anshu did not attack much in the first round, helping Nigeria to a 4-0 lead.

“Maybe I could have attacked more in the first round like I did in the second round,” said the 2021 World Championships silver medallist.


“In the last few minutes I went for an all-out approach. I lost to him in Italy in 2020 too but this time it was very close. I came here to sleep but I gave it all on the mat. “

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