Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Punia, who had won gold at the Gold Coast four years earlier, appeared with aggressive intentions and didn’t give much of a chance to her young Canadian rival, allowing two takedowns in the first period to go 4-0 up. were forced to
The Canadian was a bit defensive in the first period but launched a decent attack early in the second period and reduced the margin to 2-4. But Punia, world No. 1 in his division, was up to the task and effected two one-leg takedowns to widen the gap again. He got another point when he knocked his opponent out of the combat zone with another one-legged catch.
With seconds to spare, the 27-year-old Indian finished the bout with another take down to win 9-2 and officially claim the gold medal.
“I’m very happy with my performance here. I came here to win a gold medal and he did. It’s good to win a gold medal because I’m participating in an event of this stature for the first time, coming back from an injury I suffered. It happened after. During the Tokyo Olympics,” Punia said after her win.
Asked if he intentionally went into attach mode from the beginning, Punia said that he had promised his fans to bring back his attacking style of 2017 and it is part of his process to come back to that style. .
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