Bajrang Punia born on 26 February 1994 is an Indian freestyle wrestler, who competes in the 65-kg weight category. Punia won a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by defeating Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov with an 8-0 margin.

Presently, He is working in the Indian Railways on the post of Gazetted officer OSD Sports. Punia enjoys seeking out knowledge from his village elders. Punia is married to fellow wrestler Sangeeta Phogat.

Bajrang Punia

Bajrang Punia Biography

Real NameBajrang Punia
Nick NameBajrang Punia
BirthplaceKhudan, Jhajjar, Haryana, India.
Date of Birth26 February 1994
Age29 Years
HeightIn Centimetres – 166 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5’ 5
WeightIn Kilograms – 65 Kg
In Pounds – 143 lbs
SpouseSangeeta Phogat (m. 2020)
EducationPunia started to skip school to go to wrestling practice. He went to Chattarsal Stadium in 2008 where he was trained by Ramphal Mann
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
Coached BySujeet Maan
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Bajrang Punia Family

Bajrang Punia was born on 26 February 1994 (age 28 years; as of 2022) in Khudan Village of Jhajjar district in the state of Haryana, India.

Bajrang is the youngest of the three children of Balvan Singh Punia and Om Pyari Punia.

His elder brother’s name is Harendra Punia.

Punia’s father was a wrestler, and at a young age, his family enrolled him in a local mud wrestling school.

Bajrang Punia got married to fellow wrestler Sangeeta Phogat in a quiet ceremony in Balali village, Haryana on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.

Bajrang Punia Family

Bajrang Punia Career

  1. In, the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships, he won the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category.
  2. In, the 2013 World Wrestling Championships Bajrang won the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category.
  3. In, the 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland, he won the silver medal in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category, after losing 1-4 to David Tremblay of Canada.
  4. In, the 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea ), he won the silver medal in the Men’s freestyle 61 kg category.
  5. In 2017 May, he won a gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championship held in Delhi.
  6. In the 2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast), Australia, he won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category.
  7. In the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, In the bronze medal match, he defeated the Kazakhstani wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov, winning by a margin of 8-0.
  8. Bajrang Punia clinched the gold medal with a dominating win over Canada’s Lachlan McNeil in the 65kg final bout at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.


Bajrang Punia once openly criticized the government policy of giving the Khel Ratna Award. He said that he would move to the court to question them about the policy of giving the honor. Reportedly, Virat Kohli got the honor Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with an achievement score of Zero, while Bajrang had the highest score of 80.

Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik held a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on 18 January 2023 against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI),  Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment of many girls. Wrestlers again protested at Jantar Mantar on 23 April 2023, demanding Brij Bhushan be charged with sexual harassment.

Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • Arjuna Award, 2015
  • Padma Shri Award, 2019
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2019
  • FICCI India Sports Award 2020

For winning the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

  • ₹30 lacks (US$38,000) from the Government of India.
  • ₹2.5 crore (US$310,000) from the Government of Haryana.
  • ₹25 lacks (US$31,000) from the Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • ₹25 lacks (US$31,000) from the Indian Olympic Association

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