Tokyo Olympics: Why wrestler Bajrang Punia is cautious of come-from-behind victories in preliminary rounds -

Tokyo Olympics: Why wrestler Bajrang Punia is cautious of come-from-behind victories in preliminary rounds -

India’s Bajrang Punia is set to keep away from come-from-behind wins in his early bouts which may go away him exhausted even earlier than reaching the medal rounds on the Tokyo Olympics, the freestyle wrestler mentioned.

The 27-year-old is the second seed in males’s 65kg class in Tokyo, the one on whose shoulders relaxation India’s hopes of successful the nation’s first Olympic gold in wrestling.

“I wish to come again with a medal. I’m engaged on not giving factors early,” Punia informed Sunday’s Occasions of India newspaper.

“Coach (Emzarios Bentinidis) retains on telling me {that a} come-from-behind victory requires quite a lot of effort and if I carry on doing that, I might be spent after I attain the medal rounds.” World champion Russian Gadzhimurad is the highest seed in a powerful group which, based on Punia, contained 10-12 wrestlers who may beat one another “on their day”.

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An Asian and Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, Punia’s leg defence is taken into account in all probability his solely weak spot, however the wrestler from Haryana was not too perturbed.

“Simply specializing in leg defence just isn’t the answer,” he mentioned.

“When the opponent begins getting drained and fatigue units in him, that is after I pounce on and assault and accumulate factors.

“My model is extra on the strains of working arduous for my win. I’m not capable of play the technical recreation like the opposite 65kg wrestlers do.

“My sturdy level is energy and endurance. That helps me to come back again (in a bout).”


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