The Indian wrestling fraternity is truly making a mark at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship 2017. The dominance of our pugilists is so much that at the end of day 2 of the championship, Indian has already bagged 20 medals. This includes nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
Commonwealth Wrestling Championship: India’s Olympic Winners Shine
Sushil Kumar Makes a Golden Comeback after 2014 Commonwealth Games
Two times Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar’s return to international wrestling after more than three years was worth the wait. He secured a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Competing in the 74 kg weight category, the Haryanvi wrestler defeated New Zealand’s Akash Khullar (An Indian origin wrestler who represents NZ) in the final to clinch the gold medal for India.
The victory in the final was via a pinfall. In the same category wrestler Parveen Rana secured a podium finish as he won a bronze medal.
Road to Glory at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship for Sushil Kumar
Sushil Kumar returned to competitive wrestling at the Senior National in Indore in November. He did win the gold, but it was a controversial decision as he was given three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers. In the finals at Indore, Parveen Rana also gave him a walkover.
Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling. This decision came after Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.
However, at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in South Africa, Sushil and Rana wrestled.
Sushil Kumar came out on top 5-4 against Rana.
In his other matches competed at the commonwealth wrestling championship, Sushil won by fall against Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada. In the next round he defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa and compatriot Rana on point basis.-- Advertisement --
Vinod Kumar, Sushil’s coach who accompanied him at the games was ecstatic. Praising Sushil he said, “He wrestled very well and the good part in that he won the bouts by fall. As a coach I feel very good and positive about Sushil.”
Let us remind our readers and Sushil fan’s once again that this is his first international medal since his gold medal in the 2014 CWG in Glasgow.
Sushil like his coach was also happy to give India yet another medal at the international level.
The Olympic medalist thanked his guru and the nation in a tweet.
He tweeted “It’s a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3 years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind!”
It’s a medal fest for senior male wrestlers at the commonwealth wrestling championship 2017
The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India today were:
Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg).
The Silver went to:
Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals.
The bronze medals went to:
Sonu (65kg)and Azrudeen (92kg).
India’s women contingent makes it 10/10 at the 2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
Dangal Sisters along with Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik grace the Podium
If the Golden comeback of Sushil Kumar makes you feel proud as an Indian, wait till know the women’s team results. The Phogat sister’s, popularly known as ‘Dangal girls’ secured a Podium finish in their respective categories.
The biggest moment for Indian fans at the 2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship is the comeback of Geeta Phogat. The commonwealth gold medalist, who returned to international circuit after two years, bagged gold.
Her husband who also represents India at wrestling championship won the Gold in his weight category.
She Tweeted “After Two years comeback at an International tournament And I Won Gold Medal in Commonwealth Championship 2017. I’m very thankful to all of you for your blessings and wishes.”
Indian Wrestlers Dominating the world stage
The strong Indian women contingent once again made the country proud by winning a medal in each of the 10 weight categories they participated in.
The Indian women wrestlers are in superlative form at the 2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. They fired in unison by winning and ensuring a podium finish in each weight categories.
As a team on the whole, India clinched nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals on the second day of the competition in Johannesburg.
Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik was in top gear at the recently concluded senior nationals. Malik presented a befitting spectacle of her prowess. She overcame New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62 kg category.
Sakshi was on a break after getting married. But, that did not resonate in her performance. She had the same fitness level what she had during the Olympic medal win.
Sakshi after her Gold winning feat tweeted, “Got Gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championshipsin South Africa.”
Gold Fest for Phogat’s at the Commonwealth wrestling championship
Alongside Sakshi Malik the Phogat clan also showcased their dominance in their respective categories. Ritu Phogat, Vinesh Phogat and Geeta Phogat, all claimed gold. Sangeeta Phogat in her final bout went down fighting to settle for a silver medal.
The 2017 edition of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships held in South Africa is seen as a warm up before the 2018 CWG in Australia. The Indian contingent comprising of 60 wrestlers are also engulfed in a catch-22 situation. Most of the times they have to face a compatriot in at least one of the bouts.
The gold medals in women’s team were claimed by Kiran (72 kg), Ritu Malik (65 kg) and Divya Kakran (68 kg) alongside a few others.
The silver medalists include Pooja (76 kg) and Ravita (59 kg).
Kavita (76 kg) and Manu (72 kg) settled for the bronze.
Medal Hopefuls didn’t disappoint at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
This display of sheer might carried by our freestyle wrestlers didn’t disappoint. Sakshi Malik led the way with her gold medal alongside Vinesh Phogat, Geeta Phogat and Ritu Phogat. All the girls won gold in their respective categories.
It is indeed a moment of pride for India to see our women dominate, what is a traditional Indian sport on the global stage.
It will be a stimulus to the young female wrestlers back home. All these girls will serve as an essential role model post their successful exploits.
Moreover, these wins have laid the basis for Indian domination at the international wrestling scenario. The men’s contingent is also adding to the medal tally in an equal measure.
KreeOn Opinion: Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
If we go by the performances displayed by the Indian contingent on the mat, one thing is ensured, India’s world dominance. The commonwealth wrestling championship bouts were a sort of warm before our pugilists grind it out at the bigger stage of 2018 CWG in Australia.
Historically Indians lead the medal tally at CWG. Right from our shooters to shuttlers, and boxers to archers all have shown their prowess at the Commonwealth and Asian events.
The time has come to take on the mighty USA, China, Russia and UK who almost dominate in all the sporting categories at Olympics.
With likes Bujrang Punia, Pawan Kumar, Parveen Rana rising up through the ranking, and Phogat sisters along with Sakshi Malik ensuring a Podium finish, hopes for an Olympic medal fest are only rising upward.
If India has to ensure at least a top 5 finish at the 2020, Tokyo Olympics, the Indian big guns need to fire.
Team KreedOn congrats all the medal winners, and our best wishes are with you for the 2018 Commonwealth games.