Indian wrestlers put on a stunning show with two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, Amit Kumar and teenager Vinesh Phogat bagging three gold medals in their respective categories at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) here Tuesday.
India are also expecting another gold from wrestling as Rajeev Tomar will be up against Canadian Korey Jarvis in the final of the men’s 125kg freestyle final.
Sushil, who has Olympic bronze and silver medals, took just 107 seconds to beat Pakistan’s Qamar Abbas to win the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 74kg category wrestling final.
Former World Champion Sushil, who had won the gold in the 66kg category in 2010, was leading 6-2 in the first period when referee V. Keelan decided to give it in favour of the Indian, who managed to pin down Abbas.
It was the third gold for India after Amit Kumar and Vinesh Phogat’s triumph in their respective categories.
Amit won the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg category beating Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson. Amit won the bout 3-1 on classification points. Amit won six points in the two periods while Welson got two.
Indian teenager Vinesh Phogat then made it a double delight as she registered a thrilling 11-8 win over England’s Yana Rattigan to clinch the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 48kg wrestling competition. It was the second gold medal for India from wrestling after Amit Kumar’s triumph in the 57kg category.
Vinesh, 19, is the cousin of Geeta Phogat, who had won the first gold medal for India in women’s wrestling in the 2010 Delhi Games.
Vinesh had beaten Canadian Jasmine Mian in the semi-finals of the women’s 48kg freestyle category and Nigerian Rosemary Nweke in the quarter-finals.