Young Indian wrestler Sajan Bhanwal won his maiden gold medal in the final of the 77kg Greco Roman style on day 1 of the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship on Monday.
Before this, Sajan had won 4 international medals and all of them were bronze. For the past four years, Sajan, the national junior champion, has been India’s best Greco Roman wrestler across weight categories with medals at Asian Championships and World Championships. He lived up to his reputation as he dominated his bouts against rivals from Tajikistan, South Korea and Iran.
Ignoring a bleeding cut above his left eye, Sajan didn’t concede a single point in his three bouts.
“It’s a great feeling to win the gold medal in front of the home crowd. Everyone in the family has been waiting for this for a long time. They always asked me when I will stop winning bronze medals and finally get a gold. With so many close friends and my coach Rajveer Chikkara in the stands, it was a great day for me. So many people are congratulating me and my father,” the 20-year-old wrestler says.