Indian wrestlers shine bright at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
Indian wrestlers made merry in the Commonwealth wrestling championship in Singapore winning all the eight gold medals on offer. Wrestlers from the country continued their dream run in the on-going meet having previously won several other medals in the earlier days of the competition.
The winners of the Men’s Freestyle categories from Sunday are as follows:
61 kg: Gold - Harful, Silver - Vikas
65 kg: Gold - Bajrang Punia, Silver - Rahul Mann
74 kg: Gold - Jitender, Silver – Sandeep Kante.
86 kg: Gold – Deepak, Bronze - Arun,
125 kg: Gold – Hitender, Silver – Krishan.
59 kg: Gold – Ravinder, Silver – Vikram
71 kg: Gold – Deepak, Silver – Rafiq
98 kg: Gold – Hardeep, Silver – Sachin
Earlier, big names such as Olympians Sandeep Tomar, Amit Dhankar and Satyawart Kadian won Gold medals at the meet in their respective categories earlier at the Games. Sandeep won Gold medal in the 57 kg category by having the better of Pakistani wrestler Mohammad Bilal 6-0 in their bout.
Satyawart Kadian recently tied the knot with Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik. She is among the only two athletes to have won medals at the Rio Olympics earlier this year and became first female Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics.
Sandeep Tomar is a former champion at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship having won the 57 kg category at the games in 2013. He qualified for the Rio Olympics earlier this year but lost to Victor Lebedev 7-3.
Ritu Phogat also won the Gold medal in the 48 kg division while Manu and Somali finished on the first and second positions in the 58 kg category. Among other women, Reshma Mane (63 kg), Pinki (69 kg), and Lalita (55 kg) won Gold medals in their respective categories.
Ritu Phogat is one of the Phogat sisters. Three of her other sisters Geeta, Babita and Vinesh are all former Gold medalists at the Commonwealth Games. A Bollywood film based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters named “Dangal” will hit the theatres later this year.