New Delhi: Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Ravi Dahiya won gold in wrestling at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Saturday. Indian wrestler Naveen Kumar beat Muhammad Sharif Tahir of Pakistan 9-0 in the final of the 74 Kg weight category to win gold.
With this India’s tally of gold medals rose to 12, with 6 in wrestling alone. The total count has reached 34.
Vinesh Phogat defeated Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravalage Don in women’s freestyle 53kg Nordic. Phogat won the gold medal match by 4-0 via victory by fall in two minutes and 24 seconds.
Phogat, who had earlier become the first Indian woman to win gold at both CWG and Asian Games, scripted history yet again to become the first Indian woman to bag three consecutive gold at Commonwealth Games.
2020 Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Ravi Dahiya was up against Nigeria’s Ebikewenimo Welson in the men’s 57kg final. Dahiya won the match on technical superiority with 10-0 margin in a match that lasted for two minutes and 16 seconds.
Pooja Gehlot won the bronze medal in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling, defeating Scotland’s Christelle Letchidjio Lemofack 12-2. Gehlot won bronze on the basis of technical superiority.
In the match that lasted three minutes and forty-nine seconds, the Indian grappler took 10-2 lead in the first period and the pressure was on her opponent. In good form, Gehlot managed to hold her own.
However, a disheartened Gehlot apologised to the nation for not being able to win gold. “I apologise to my compatriots. I wished that the National Anthem be played here. But I will learn from my mistakes, and work on them,” news agency ANI quoted her as saying.