Bajrang Punia, Vinod Kumar win bronze medals

Bajrang Punia, Vinod Kumar win bronze medals

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), MArch 3: Indian wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinod Omprakash Kumar added two more medals to India’s tally as they won their respective bronze-medal bouts of the Asian Wrestling Championships at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday. India now has eight medals in the championships, including a gold, a silver and six bronze.
Punia defeated Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei of Iran to win bronze in 65kg freestyle event, while Vinod Kumar got the better of Elaman Dogdurbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan in 70kg freestyle.
Punia beat Emamichoghaei 10-4, but the scoreline did not do justice to the close bout as Punia trailed his Iranian opponent in four of the six-minute contest.
The Iranian took 2-0 lead early inside 30 seconds and Punia had to produce his best to level the tie 2-2 just before the break. Similar to the first half, Emamichoghaei started the second half aggressively and regained the two-point lead. But Punia countered back with some clever moves to level the contest again with less than two minutes left. After that it was all Punia as he scored three two-pointers in quick succession to win the match. (TNN)