Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia© TUSEN
Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia said he is working to regain his best attacking power after defending his Commonwealth Games title in the 65kg category here on Friday. Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang defeated Canadian Lachlan McNeil 9-2 in the final. “The fight was good, the opponent was also tough. I had an injury (knee) during the Olympics. The plan was to gradually come back to my old self. I will sit with the coaches and work on the weakness I have to move forward ,,The world championship is my next goal”, said Bajrang.
When he deliberately tried to attack more than he has in the recent past, the 28-year-old said: “After an injury I had said you will see Bajrang of 2018 and I am only working on that.” His Canadian opponent McNeil praised Bajrang.
“When it comes to conditioning, he’s the best in the world. I’m preparing for him especially, but he was better on the day. He showed me areas I still need to work on. But I’m happy with the silver . long in coming,” said McNeil.
On her CWG debut, young wrestler Anshu Malik had to settle for silver after a heavy loss to Nigeria’s Odunayo Folasade, who defended her 57kg title.
Anshu, who turned 21 on Friday, was in tears after losing the last game.
“I gave it my all on the mat. The elbow injury I had before I got here meant that I couldn’t work on my upper body strength enough. If I had been given another month, the result of the match would have been different .” Anshu didn’t attack much in the first round, giving the Nigerian 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 Cup silver medalist.
“In the last minutes I went for a total approach. I also lost to her in Italy in 2020, but this time it was much closer. I came here for gold, but I gave everything on the mat.”
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