Indian wrestlers put up an exceptional performance to win six medals, including three golds, one silver and one bronze medal on the eighth day of the ongoing Commonwealth Games (CWG 2022) in Birmingham on Friday (August 5).
Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Deepak Punia swept gold medals, while Anshu Malik bagged silver, Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal clinched bronze medals respectively.
Ace Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched the gold medal to defend his title at the ongoing CWG 2022 in Birmingham on August 5. The Indian grappler displayed a superlative performance to defeat Canada's Lachlan McNeil in the men's 65kg category final.
The 28-year-old put up a sublime performance throughout the competition, having conceded just two points in four matches overall. Bajrang won the first two matches (Round of 16 and Quarter-finals) victories by fall. He then came in and easily won the semi-final bout with by technical superiority.
Sakshi Malik, on the other hand, pulled off a come from behind squeaker to win the gold medal, her first gold and third overall medal at the CWG.
Malik, who was up against Canada's Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez, initially trailed 4-0 at the end of the first round. However, she did turn the corner in the second round to clinch a victory by fall.
Deepak Punia clinched India's third gold medal in wrestling and ninth gold overall at CWG 2022. He defeated two-time Commonwealth Games champion Pakistan's Muhammed Inam in a toe-to-toe contest in the men's 86kg match.
Meanwhile, Anshu Malik had to settle for silver. The youngster was trailing Adekuoroye 4-0 at the break. The Indian came attacking in the second half in an attempt to cover up the points deficit. Unfortunately, she fell short of time as Adekuoroye bagged her third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, Divya Kakran bagged a bronze medal through repechage in the women's 68kg clash.
Mohit Grewal, on the other hand, won a bronze medal (125kg) after pinning down the Jamaican opponent in a bronze medal bout. Wrestlers have bagged six out of six medals up for grabs on the eighth day for India in wrestling.
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