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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday, August 7, congratulated Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia after he clinched Bronze for the country in Men's Freestyle 65kg at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang Punia defeated Kazakhstan's Daulet Niyazbekov by 8-0 in the bronze medal match. With this win, he became the sixth ever Indian wrestler to clinch an Olympic medal.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said that Bajrang fought spectacularly. Calling it delightful news from the Japanese capital city Tokyo, the Prime Minister congratulated the wrestler for making India proud. PM Modi also spoke to Bajrang Punia and congratulated him on winning the Bronze medal. He lauded Bajrang for his determination and hard work that has led to this accomplishment.
"A special moment for Indian wrestling! Congratulations to Bajrang Punia for winning the Bronze at #Tokyo2020. You have distinguished yourself as an outstanding wrestler with untiring efforts, consistency and tenacity over the years. Every Indian shares the joy of your success!" President Kovind tweeted.
A special moment for Indian wrestling!— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2021
Congratulations to Bajrang Punia for winning the Bronze at #Tokyo2020. You have distinguished yourself as an outstanding wrestler with untiring efforts, consistency and tenacity over the years. Every Indian shares the joy of your success!
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur shared a video of himself watched the match live. He said that India is thrilled beyond words by your dominating performance and spectacular finish.
BRONZE 🥉 for BAJRANG !!!— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 7, 2021
YOU DID IT !
India 🇮🇳 is thrilled beyond words !
I am so proud of you, loved watching your dominating performance and spectacular finish ! #Tokyo2020 @BajrangPunia pic.twitter.com/M1e1pkKQBn
India strikes 6th Olympic medal at #Tokyo2020 !— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 7, 2021
Congratulations to our star wrestler @BajrangPunia bhai on winning Olympic Bronze Medal! We are so proud of you! #Cheer4India 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/BYkjeQJY3U
Well done @BajrangPunia for winning the Bronze Medal in wrestling at the #Olympics and making the country proud with your achievement.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 7, 2021
His amazing performance in Tokyo demonstrates the skills and perseverance he is blessed with.
भारत को बजरंग पुनिया की उपलब्धि पर नाज़ है!
Simply Super, Bajrang!— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 7, 2021
Congratulations to @BajrangPunia for winning #Wrestling #Bronze in #Tokyo2020 with a scintillating performance. You have shone bright and made 🇮🇳 proud. My best wishes. #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/9wOrVU0k4f
Strength, Stamina & Skill - #BajrangPunia has mastered all three and won a bronze medal for India at the #OlympicGames— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) August 7, 2021
Well wrestled, the nation is proud of your amazing achievement! 👏 pic.twitter.com/YvnE9e3pZy
West Bengal also congratulated Punia for his stellar performance. "Your grit, passion and vigour are truly inspiring. Such a spectacular achievement - you have made India proud!" she wrote.
Heartiest Congratulations to Wrestler Bajrang Punia on winning the bronze medal at #Olympics2020!— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 7, 2021
Your grit, passion and vigour are truly inspiring. Such a spectacular achievement - you have made India proud!
टोक्यो ओलंपिक में भारत के स्टार रेसलर @BajrangPunia जी ने कांस्य पदक अर्जित कर माँ भारती को अंतरराष्ट्रीय फलक पर गौरवभूषित किया है।— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 7, 2021
आपकी अप्रतिम उपलब्धि पर पूरे देश को गर्व है।
आप उपलब्धियों के सतत नए आयाम स्थापित करते रहें, ऐसी कामना है।
Bajrang Punia's father Balwan Singh said that his son had assured him that he will not come empty-handed. "He fulfilled my dream. This is a gold medal for me," Singh said.
Coming back to the match, Punia dominated from the very beginning. In the match, he brought his attacking game and got an early lead of two points. The star wrestler ultimately stretched his lead to 8 and didn't concede even a single point to Daulet Niyazbekov.