Bajrang Punia defends title, Sakshi Malik reverses losing trend to earn maiden CWG gold as six wrestlers win medals on Friday | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Bajrang Punished was a class apart while defending his title before Sakshi Malik produced a sensational gold medal effort as Indian wrestlers won six medals, including three golds at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Deepak Punished (86kg) also helped boost India’s medal count by winning the men’s freestyle gold, but her birthday girl Anshu Malik (57 kg) had to settle for a silver medal in his first CWG appearance.

Divya Kakran picked up a bronze medal at 68kg, winning the medal play-off in just 26 seconds against Tonga’s Tiger Lily.
With three gold medals, India moved to fifth position in the medal tally ahead of Scotland.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang’s dominance in the 65kg competition was such that he won three of his four bouts in the opening rounds.

The 28-year-old defending champion beat Lowe Bingham of Naurau and Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou of Maurice “by fall” before winning by technical superiority against England’s Geroge Ramm.
Canadian Lachlan Maurice McNeil fought well against Bajrang but the Indian was far superior in technique and stamina as he won the fight 9-2.
Bajrang has struggled to play freely since last year and his defensive tactics have cast doubt on his ability to extend his dominance on the international stage, but on Friday he made his moves uninhibited.
However, the CWG isn’t the best platform to judge if Bajrang has regained his mojo due to the lower quality of the pitch.
Sakshi bucks the trend, wins after trailing
For Sakshi, a long time fighter for relevance, this was a perfect opportunity to regain confidence and she used it to full effect in the 62kg contest by winning her first CWG gold medal.
She started by pinning home team wrestler Kelsey Barnes and followed that up with a technical superiority win over Cameroon’s Berthe Emilienne.

In the final against Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez, Sakshi trailed 0-4 after the Canadian scored on the break. Sakshi’s right leg attack went awry as she lost position, allowing her rival to perform a withdrawal move.
The U-23 world champion made another out to enter the break with a 4-0 lead.
Sakshi, who was recently seen succumbing to the pressure, turned the tide this time by launching a right leg attack to throw the Canadian to the mat.
From there, she used the power to pin Gonzalez, turning the tables on her rival in sensational fashion.
She had won a bronze medal in 2018 in Gold Coast and a silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014.
Deepak Punia clinches gold for a single point loss
Deepak Punia (86 kg) was calculating in his fights and finished on the top step of the podium without losing a single point.
The Chhara Village wrestler started with a technical superiority victory over New Zealand’s Matthew Clay Oxenham and beat Canadian Alexander Moore 3-1, setting up the gold medal bout against the Pakistani. Mohammad Inam.

The 23-year-old Indian had better stamina and survived Inam 3-0. His first point came from a push out while the second came from the Pakistani’s passivity.
There were no big moves in the fight as Inam lost steam in the second round. Deepak completed his win with another push point.
Anshu gets the money on his birthday
Anshu, who has made rapid progress in her career, reached the women’s 57kg final with similar dominance but finished second with a silver medal.
The wrestler from Nidani, who turned 21 on Friday, won by technical superiority against Australian Irene Symeonidis and Sri Lankan Nethmi Ahinsa Fernando Poruthotage.

It didn’t take long for Anshu to measure his opponents. Her aggressiveness and trademark quality were too hot for her rivals to handle until the gold medal fight.
The World Championships silver medalist however could not break through the defense of Nigerian Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye, losing the gold fight 3-7. The Nigerian was strong with her defense and Anshu couldn’t find a way to budge her moves.
She left the carpet with tears in her eyes because it was not the birthday present she wanted to give herself.
Divya Kakran takes bronze
Divya had a tough 68kg draw as she found Tokyo Olympic silver medalist and 11-time African champion Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in her campaign opener.

The first round was well worth a final but Divya was dominated by the formidable Nigerian. The Asian Games bronze medalist won her repechage round against Blandine Nyeh Ngiri in the fall.
Grewal wins bronze
Mohit Grewal (125kg) also won bronze, beating Cypriot Alexios Kaouslidis 10-1 but losing in the semi-final to Canadian Amarveer Dhesi by technical superiority.
Facing Jamaican Aaron Anthony Johnson, Grewal dominated the fight in the fall.

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