Gold Coast, April 12: India lorded over the Commonwealth Games wrestling mat on Thursday (April 12) picking up two gold, a silver and one bronze.
Decorated champion Sushil Kumar added a third Commonwealth Games to his kitty winning the yellow metal in the 74kg freestyle. Sushil Kumar defeated South African Botha Johannes to emerge the winner.
Sushil took just over a minute to pin his opponent to the floor. The Indian rattled up a 10-0 lead and the referee awarded the match to Sushil Kumar on technical superiority.
Young Rahul Aware was the first Indian wrestler to stand on top of the podium on the day. Aware outmuscled Canada's Steven Takahashi 15-7 to win the gold medal in men's 57kg freestyle wrestling.
All that wrestles is indeed Gold 🥇!! Big win for #SushilKumar and he stays #Undefeated!— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 12, 2018
The reigning #CommonwealthGames #GC2018Wrestling #Champion will be a Champion until #Birmingham2022
Many #Congratulations @WrestlerSushil Kumar on your win!! 🇮🇳✌👏👍 pic.twitter.com/DmI1ijqPed
There were some moments when Takahashi matched Aware, especially in the second round when he managed to flip the Indian over his shoulders. But Aware soon regained his ground and raced to an eight-point lead and from thereon it was just a matter of time.
This is the first CWG medal for Aware, 26, who in 2011 won gold at the Commonwealth Championships and an Asian Championships bronze.
Babita completes a hat trick!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 12, 2018
Consistency & strength, @BabitaPhogat displays it all by scoring her 3rd CWG medal in a row.
Congratulations for a🥈winning bout in the 53 kg Freestyle wrestling category. Day 8 at #CWG2018 just became more exciting! Go 🇮🇳 go! ✌🏻🎉 #IndiaAtCWG pic.twitter.com/WuBBeuB6Qj
However, the day started on a relatively disappointed note as Babita Kumari had to settle for silver in the women's 53kg freestyle (Nordic) event.
Babita tried her best but looked puny in front of big and powerful Canadian Diana Weicker, who won the bout 5-2. Babita was quite defensive throughout the match but after failing to make inroads in the first period, Weicker managed four points in the second period to put the match beyond the Indian.
However, there was a moment of personal emotion for Babita as her father, who travelled all the way from India could not get tickets to enter the arena.
THE EMOTIONAL MOMENT
"My father travelled all the way from India to Australia to watch this bout but he was waiting outside the entire day today because he had no tickets. Finally I borrowed tickets from the Australian team for him," said Babita after the bout.
India also added a creditable bronze through Kiran who defeated Katouskia Pariadhaven of Mauritius. The Indian girl managed to pin her rival to the mat after taking a 6-0 lead and won the match on technical superiority.