Deepak Punia wins Gold for India in CWG

In the men's 86 kg category of the Commonwealth Games 2022, Indian wrestler Deepak Punia defeated Pakistan's Inam 3-0 in the final. Pak wrestler was seen in defence mode from the beginning. Deepak has also taken advantage of his experience and won a gold medal. This is Deepak's first medal at the Commonwealth Games. He has also won a silver medal in the Asian Championships and a silver medal in the World Championships.  

Deepak Punia's performance in the Game was like this:-

Round 16 (victory): In the 86 kg category, the Indian wrestler took on New Zealand's Matthew Oxenham in Round 16 which he won 10-0. The Kiwi wrestler appeared to fade ahead of Deepak's experience.

Quarterfinals (win): Deepak's match against Sierra Leone's Sheku Kassegbama was also one-sided. Sheku too could not stand in front of Deepak and won 10-0 in the round.

Semi-final (victory): England's Alex Murray appeared to give Deepak tough competition in the semi-final match. Deepak has taken advantage of the experience to win 3-2 this match also. Meanwhile, Deepak's defensive technique was highly praised.  

Gold medal match (win): Deepak Punia's fight for gold was against Pakistan's Inam. The Pak wrestler appeared in defensive mode from the beginning, which Deepak took advantage of and earned two points.  

Achievements of Deepak Punia

Commonwealth Games
Gold Medal - Birmingham 2022, 86 kg.

World Championship

Silver Medal - Noor-Sultan 2019, 86 kg

World Junior Wrestling Championship

Silver Medal - Trinava 2018, 86 kg
Gold Medal - Tallinn 2019, 86 kg

Asian Championship

Silver Medal - Ulaanbaatar 2022, 86 kg
Silver Medal - Almaty 2021, 86 kg
Bronze Medal – Xi'an 2019, 86 kg
Bronze Medal - New Delhi 2020, 86 kg

Yasar Dogu Tournament

Bronze Medal - Istanbul 2022, 92 kg

World Cadet Championship

Gold Medal - Tbilisi 2016, 85 kg

Asian Junior Championship

Gold Medal - New Delhi 2018, 86 kg

Born in the Jhajjar district of Haryana, Naib Subedar Deepak Punia is an Indian freestyle wrestler. Junior Commissioned Officers in the Indian Army came into the limelight by winning a silver medal at the  2019 World Wrestling Championships. He also played at the 2020 Summer Olympics but missed out on a medal. Deepak's career has been affected by injuries. After a hand injury at the Poland Open, he did not play many of the matches before the Tokyo Olympics. Similarly, he could not win the wrestling World Championship final due to injury. He had to be happy with silver.

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