Commonwealth games 2014: 3 golds and a silver for India in wrestling
Indian wrestlers made the country proud by winning three gold medals and one silver medal on the 6th day of the XX Commonwealth Games.
World Championships silver medalist Amit Kumar, two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar and young wrestler Vinesh Phogat bagged the gold whereas heavyweight wrestler Rajiv Tomar earned a silver.
Amit starts off in style
Amit Kumar, the 20-year-old wrestler from Sonipat, Haryana gave India the first medal of the day as he defeated the man from Nigeria, Ebikweminomo Welson 6-2 in the final of men's freestyle wrestling 57kg category.
Amit started the final bout on an excellent note as he overpowered the Nigerian in the first period and took a strong 4 point lead.
Amit was in huge trouble in the second period as the Nigerian completely grabbed Amit ,but the 2013 World Championships silver medalist Indian wrestler showed his brilliant defensive skills to overcome the strong move made by Welson.
Craig Pilling of Wales and Azhar Hussain of Pakistan grabbed the bronze medals.
Vinesh gives India the 9th gold
India’s young wrestler Vinesh Phogat gave India the 9th gold and 2nd of the day as she defeated the 27-year-old and 2013 European Championships silver medalist Yana Rattigan of England by a scoreline of 11-8.
Vinesh, who was leading by 6-4 at the end of the first period, looked a lot stronger and more aggressive than her English counterpart. Yana tried her best to make a comeback, but her efforts were not enough as the Indian grappler further increased her lead and took the match by 11-8.
Complete domination by Sushil Kumar
2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, 2010 World Championships gold medalist and two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar thumped his Pakistani rival Qamar Abbas 8-0 to gave India the third and overall 10th gold medal.
Sushil Kumar, who moved up from 66kg weight category to the 74kg category, proved to be very strong for his rival as he pinned down Abbas in 107 secs to claim the gold.
Nigeria’ Melvin Bibo and England’s Mike Grundy won the bronze medals.
Rajeev grabs silver
Heavyweight wrestler Rajeev Tomar lost the men's 125kg freestyle final match to Canada's Korey Jarvis by 0-3 and had to be satisfied with the silver medal.
Rajiv didn’t look in the best of form in the final bout as he was unable to score even a single point in the match.
Nigeria’s Sinivie Boltic and England’s Chinu won the bronze medals.