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Indian Wrestlers Shine at Asian Games 2023: One Silver and Five Bronze Medals

LockerRoom Team
11 October 2023

Indian wrestlers showcased their prowess at the 19th Asian Games, bringing home a total of six medals - one silver and five bronze. The Lin'an Sports Culture & Exhibition Centre in Hangzhou set the stage for intense wrestling action, featuring competitors from across the continent.

In the men's 86kg freestyle division, Olympian Deepak Punia emerged as the star of the Indian wrestling contingent, securing a silver medal. Despite fierce competition, Punia displayed exceptional skill and determination, making his way to the final and narrowly missing the gold.

Two-time Asian Games medallist Bajrang Punia, competing in the men's 65kg category, couldn't defend his title but demonstrated commendable sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

Medal Winners:

Silver Medal:

  • Deepak Punia - Men's 86kg Freestyle

Bronze Medals:

  • Antim Panghal - Women's 53kg
  • Aman Sehrawat - Men's 57kg Freestyle
  • Sonam Malik - Women's 62kg Freestyle
  • Sunil Kumar - Greco-Roman Wrestling
  • Kiran Bishnoi - Women's Wrestling

Notable Performances:

  • Antim Panghal, the first Indian woman to win back-to-back World Junior Wrestling Championships titles, secured a bronze medal in the women's 53kg category.
  • Aman Sehrawat, an Asian champion, claimed a bronze medal in the men's freestyle 57kg division.
  • Olympian Sonam Malik demonstrated her skills in the women's freestyle 62kg category, earning a bronze medal.
  • Greco-Roman wrestler Sunil Kumar and women's wrestler Kiran Bishnoi added to India's medal tally with impressive performances.

With a total of 18 gold medals at stake, Indian wrestlers competed in all events, including six each in Greco-Roman, women’s freestyle, and men’s freestyle. The competition, held from October 4 to the following days, showcased the strength and determination of Indian wrestlers on the continental stage.

The wrestling community in India celebrates the achievements of its athletes and looks forward to continued success in future international competitions.


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