Deepak Punia is an Indian professional freestyle wrestler. He fights in the 86kg category. The grappler is lauded for his powerful defensive game and strong mental traits.
Deepak was born in Chhara village of Jhajjar district in Haryana. He is not the first, and certainly would not be the last wrestler to emerge from the state. Growing up, he must have been inspired to take up the sport by watching the local dangals which are so popular in his region.
Deepak was born on 19 May 1999.
|HEIGHT:||6 feet 1 inch (183cms)|
Punia first hit the headlines when he won the title at the 2016 Cadet World Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. He then won the 2018 Asian Junior Championship held in New Delhi. He truly arrived on the international stage when he won the gold in the 2019 World Junior Wrestling Championship, thus becoming the first Indian to do so in 18 years. A month later, to everyone’s surprise, the young wrestler almost went the distance in the senior category at the World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. He had to accept the silver. But for a leg injury, we might have had a different story to tell.
Following his success in Kazakhstan, Deepak famously attained the World No.1 ranking. He is seeded second in his category for the Olympics.
Indians will surely have their hopes of securing a Gold pinned on him in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Having secured a silver finish in the World Championships, Deepak became the fourth Indian wrestler to qualify for the mega event after Bajrang Punia, Vinay Kumar, and Vinesh Phogat.
He is not married.
Deepak is sometimes confused with his namesake who is a first-class cricketer in India.
He considers Sushil Kumar to be his mentor. Sushil dissuaded him from joining the army and advised him to focus on his wrestling.