Bajrang Punia Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia is a well-known Indian freestyle wrestler and is considered one of the most promising freestyle wrestlers in India. In 2021, he won the bronze medal in the 65 kg wrestling category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Wiki/Biography

A Childhood Photo Of Bajrang Punia

A Childhood Photo Of Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia was born on 26 February 1994 (age 26 years; as of 2020) Khudan Village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India. He started wrestling at the age of seven. He was trained at the regional centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Sonepat, India.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Weight (approx.): 65 kg

Body Measurement (approx.): Chest 52″, Waist 30″, Biceps 14″

Eye Colour: Black

Hair Colour: Black

Family & Caste

Parents & Siblings

Bajrang is the youngest of the three children of Balvan Singh Punia and Om Pyari Punia.

Bajrang With His Parents

Bajrang With His Parents

His elder brother’s name is Harendra Punia.

Bajrang With His Mother Om Pyari and Brother Harendra Punia

Bajrang With His Mother Om Pyari and Brother Harendra Punia

He has a nephew named Naman Punia.

Bajrang With His Nephew

Bajrang With His Nephew

Relationships & Wife

Bajrang Punia got married to fellow wrestler Sangeeta Phogat in a quiet ceremony in Balali village, Haryana on Wednesday, 25 November 2020. He took to Instagram to announce his wedding where he wrote,

Today, I have chosen my life partner and it feels like I have gained another family. I am starting a new chapter in my life and I am both happy and excited for the journey ahead. Thank you for your love and wishes.”

Bajrang Punia Instagram post about his wedding with Sangeeta Phogat

Bajrang Punia Instagram post about his wedding with Sangeeta Phogat

Career

Bajrang won his first international tournament in the Asian Wrestling Championship in 2013, by winning Bronze for the country. After that, he went on to win many medals in various wrestling championships including Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and several national and international tournaments.

Controversy

Bajrang Punia once openly criticised the government policy of giving the Khel Ratna Award. He said that he would move to the court to question them about the policy of giving the honour. Reportedly, Virat Kohli got the honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards with an achievement score of Zero, while Bajrang had the highest score of 80.

Awards, Honours & Achievements

Honours

  • Arjuna Award in 2015

    Bajrang Punia Receiving The Arjuna Award

    Bajrang Punia Receiving The Arjuna Award

  • Padma Shri in 2019

    Bajrang Punia Receiving Padma Shri From Ram Nath

    Bajrang Punia Receiving Padma Shri From Ram Nath Kovind

World Championship

  • Silver (65 kg) in 2018 Budapest
  • Bronze (60 kg) in 2013¬†Budapest

Asian Games

  • Gold (65 kg) 2018 Jakarta
  • Silver (61 kg) 2014 Incheon

Commonwealth Games

  • Gold (65 kg) 2018 Gold Coast
  • Silver (61 kg) 2014 Glasgow

Olympics

  • Bronze (65 kg) in Tokyo Olympics 2020

Other Awards

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 – Bronze
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2015 – Bronze

Favourite Things

  • Sport:¬†Basketball, Football, River Rafting
  • Food: Churma
  • Wrestler:¬†Yogeshwar Dutt, Captain Chandrup

Facts

  • Bajrang got his name after an Indian god Lord Hanuman. He was born on Tuesday, the day considered auspicious to worship Lord Hanuman.
  • He likes to dance.
  • He loves to play Basketball and Football.

    Bajrang Playing Basketball

    Bajrang Playing Basketball

  • In 2015, his family left their village and moved to Sonepat, so that he could attend the regional centre of¬†Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Sonepat, India.
  • Wrestling is in Bajrang’s Blood. His father Balvan Singh and his brother were both once wrestlers.
  • Before becoming a professional wrestler, Bajrang used to do wrestling to earn money.
  • Bajrang’s coach is Yogeshwar Dutt.

    Bajrang Punia with Yogeshwar Dutt

    Bajrang Punia with Yogeshwar Dutt

  • Bajrang is the first person to make India win its first Gold in Asian Games.
  • He wishes to become like Yogeswar Dutt.
  • After winning Silver at the 2018 World Wrestling Championship, he claimed World No. 1 in the 65 kg category.
  • Bajrang Punia dedicated the gold medal he won in¬†Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria to the Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

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