Indian wrestlers started their campaign on a high after winning 4 medals in 4 weight categories on offer today including two gold, one silver and a bronze here in Commonwealth Games 2018, Australia.Double Olympic medalist, Sushil kumar concluded his final bout against South Africa’s Johannes Botha in just 90 seconds to grab his third gold medal in Commonwealth Games.
Sushil, the former World Champion, gave his opponent absolutely no chance to get back in match and knocked him out with more than 4 minutes to go in the bout with technical superiority (10-0). With this third consecutive gold, Sushil kumar remains undefeated in CWG.
4 times National Champion, Rahul Aware wo nhis maiden gold medal of the Commonwealth Games after defeating Canada’s Steven Takahasi in a thriling final of men’s 57kg freestyle category by 15-7.
While,looking at the scoreline one would suggest it was a one-sided affair but Steven Takahasi gave a fight of his life to the Indian and even led Aware in the early parts of the bout after executing a brilliant shoulder throw.
Aware, however, used all of his experience and made a solid comeback in the second half to began scoring from the takedowns, increasing his lead and put the Canadian in more pressure. He built a massive lead and quite defended it easily with 30 seconds to go for the gold medal.
During the medal ceremony, Rahul Aware had tears rolling down his eyes, watching the Indian flag going up with the national anthem being played, made him a bit emotional.
However, it was a heartbreak for Babita kumari, who won the gold medal in Glasgow CWG 2014, couldn’t repeat her performance and missed the gold by a whisker to Canada’s Weicker.
She started the bout quite defensively and trailed by 0-1 to her opponent after losing a point following the running down of a 30-second penalty clock for passivity.
In the second half, she tried to be bit aggressive but a counter-attack and tried for a double leg takedown but a reversal from Weicker put the things in favor of Canadian by 3-2.
Babita again went for an ankle tap but Weicker countered again to win the match by 5-2 and ensured herself a gold medal.
With these 4 medals in wrestling, India’s medal tally move up to 29 (14 Gold, 4 Silver, 9 Bronze).