After winning a gold medal in the 65 kg freestyle at Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria, Bajrang Punia has stated that the medal is a valuable one for him as the level of competition was very high. Punia defeated USA's Jordan Olivier in the summit clash of the tournament.
Punia managed to clinch his fifth gold medal in the sixth international tournament that he played of late. The 25-year-old Indian got the better of Oliver in the 65 kg freestyle category at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov International wrestling tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria. He had a comfortable outing in the finals against the USA wrestler by winning the bout 12-3. However, Punia is of the opinion that the competition was very tough in the category during the entire event.
“The competition was very tough; therefore, the gold holds a lot of value for me,” Punia told TOI.
“Till now, my performance in 2019 has been good and I am keen on maintaining that. That’s why I am training hard – so that I can repeat what I did in 2018. In 2019, we have the all-important World Championship. But before
In the women’s category, Vinesh Phogat managed only a silver medal in the 53kg category after losing 2-9 to China’s
“In order to lower the risk of injuries and remain in wrestling for a longer period. I have to work on my upper body strength as my opponents are stronger,” explained Phogat.
“I have to know my opponents (in the 53kg weight category) and how they wrestle, their technique, their style, the moves they use often. That will be very important and that is why I participated in this tournament.”
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