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Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia Hails  IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman After Winning Gold In Bulgaria

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| March 4 , 2019 , 16:56 IST

Bajrang Punia, India's star wrestler hailed Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after winning the gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria. He also dedicated his gold to the brave IAF Pilot.

Punia, a World Championship silver medallist, defeated Jordan Oliver of USA 12-3 in the 65kg freestyle final to begin the season on a resounding note in the Bulgarian city. The Indian also secured the maximum ranking points from the tournament.

"I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him," Punia tweeted after his victory. 

Punia, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.

This was Punia's 10th medal in as many international tournaments since failing to finish at the podium in the 2017 World Championships in Paris.

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The IAF pilot Varthaman returned to India from captivity in Pakistan on Friday night after a suspenseful wait lasting hours, which is being seen as a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India's retaliation following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.