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Deepak Punia “Junior Freestyle Wrestler of Year” is capable of landing an Olympic medal

Deepak Punia "Junior Freestyle Wrestler of Year" is capable of landing an Olympic medal 2

Wrestling latest sensation Deepak Punia was named ‘Junior Freestyle Wrestler of Year by World body. He became the first Indian wrestler in 18 year to win gold at Junior World Wrestling championship in August last year. He moved to senior category and won silver on his debut at Senior World Wrestling Championship in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Now he is world number 1 in 86kg category.

Deepak started wrestling at the age of seven. He drew attention when he defeated Satyawart Kadiyan at the age of 15 at National Championship. Since then his career is on upward curve. Then he ended India’s drought to win Gold medal at Junior Worlds.

He has already qualified for Olympics in 86kg category after he reached final in Nur-Sultan. He was the only wrestler for India who reached final in any weight category. But due to injury he couldn’t play the final against Hassan Yazdani of Iran.

Deepak joined Chhatrasal Akhada in 2015 and he is under eyes of double Olympic champion Sushil Kumar. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) hired foreign coach Murad Gaidarov, who is a 2008 Olympic silver medalist for him. Deepak is currently training under his personal coach Virender Singh Dalal and foreign coach Murad Gaidarov.

Deepak will mark his return to International wrestling in January 2020 at International Wrestling Tourney in Italy. Then we have Asian championship at home in February next year. Deppak is getting all help from WFI and we can say that he is a top medal prospect for Tokyo next year.