CWG 2018: Sushil Kumar Wins Gold, India’s Medal Tally Reaches 31
India bagged four medals in wrestling on Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games.
Two gold medals were added to India’s CWG medal tally on Thursday with wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware both finishing on top of the podium.
Shooter Tejaswini Sawant added a silver medal to start the day before the wrestling events took over. Apart from the two golds, Sarita Kumari and Kavita also bagged medals to ensure India bagged four medals in wrestling on Day 8.
Seema Punia won silver in women’s discus throw finals whereas Navjeet Dhillon bagged bronze in the same sport. This takes the total tally of medals to 31 by Indians so far with more shooting, badminton, boxing, table tennis and wrestling medals expected in the final three days of competition.
Silver For Tejaswini
India’s first medal on Day 8 was won by shooter Tejaswini Sawant who bagged a silver in the 50m rifle prone final.
Tejaswini shot 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7, 104.6 for a cumulative score of 618.9 over six series to claim her sixth CWG medal. Young Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian shooter in the fray, finished a lowly 16th with 602.2.
Singapore's rifle ace Martina Lindsay Veloso won the gold medal with a Games record 621.0, while Seonaid Mcintosh of Scotland bagged the bronze with 618.1 at the Belmont Shooting centre here.
The 37-year-old former world champion was placed second after four series even as Moudgil faced elimination. She maintained her position at the end of the fifth series and ensured another medal for India with a final-series score of 104.6, her best effort of the day.
Silver for Babita
Defending champion Babita Phogat (53kg) settled for a silver medal after she was outmanoeuvred by Canada's Diana Weicker in the summit clash.
Babita, who claimed a silver in the 2010 edition before a gold in Glasgow, failed to break through her rival's defences, going down 2-5 in the contest.
Her medal opened India's account in the wrestling competition of the Games.
Bronze for Kiran
26-year-old Indian wrestling Kiran won a bronze in her 76 kg category after reaching the third-place match through repechage. She beat Mauritian Katouskia Pariadhaven for her first major medal at the international level.
I have been waiting for this medal for the last 10 years. I can’t describe how it feels to claim it. I missed out on 2010, even in 2014, the team was sent without trials. So, I am very happy that I could finally fulfil this dream.Kiran, 2018 CWG bronze medallist
Gold for Rahul Aware
Rahul Aware prevailed 15-7 over Canada's Steven Takahashi in an exciting contest during which the Indian was troubled by a groin niggle but chose to carry on with more than a minute left on the clock.
I have been waiting for this medal for the last 10 years. I can’t describe how it feels to claim it. I missed out on 2010, even in 2014, the team was sent without trials. So, I am very happy that I could finally fulfil this dream.Rahul Aware, 2018 CWG Gold medallist
Aware's triumph opened India's gold medal account in the three-day wrestling competition at the Games. He also had a smooth passage into the final with comprehensive wins over England's George Ramm, Australia's Thomas Cicchini and Pakistan's Muhammad Bilal.
Third CWG Gold for Sushil Kumar
Double-Olympic medallist and defending champion in the 74 kg category Sushil Kumar barely spent any time on the mat, his final lasting just a minute and 20 seconds, and claimed easy victories to claim his third successive gold at the Games, a love affair that began in 2010 Delhi edition.
Sushil took very little time to defeat Johannes Botha of South Africa on technical superiority. The South African came into the bout struggling with a leg injury and that just about ended any chance of him getting an upset win against the former world champion Indian.
Prior to the final, Sushil scored easy technical superiority victories over Canada's Jevon Balfour and Pakistan's Muhammad Asad Butt before scoring a victory by fall over Australia's Connor Evans.
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