CWG 2022: Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Dahiya, Naveen grab gold; Indian wrestlers sign off with 12 medals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Putting aside the mental and physical struggles that grounded her, a daunting Vinesh Phogat jumped over his rivals to complete a hat trick of CWG Golds while Ravi Dahiya also undisputed as Indian wrestlers concluded their campaign with a rich haul of 12 medals on Saturday.
Vinesh became the first Indian female wrestler to win three consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals and the country, like last edition, managed to win medals in all 12 categories.
In total, India won six gold medals, one silver and five bronze.
In what was expected to be a tough opener against World Championship bronze medalist Samantha Leigh Stewart, Vinesh cut it to a draw and finished it in just 36 seconds.
Vinesh had the Canadian in a headlock from where she pushed her to the mat and in no time pinned her rival.

Before people could even prepare for the contest, it was all over.
Next for Vinesh, 27, was Nigerian Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye, who tried to resist a bit but soon the Indian took her in an iron fist. Vinesh held her in that position for over a minute in a magnificent display of power, winning 6-0.
With just four wrestlers in the women’s 53kg draw, Vinesh now had to beat Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravlage Don and she did it in style, winning ‘in the fall’ to clinch her third consecutive gold medal.
Vinesh has been struggling with her form and fitness since her loss at the Tokyo Games, where she made a shock first-round exit after entering the court as a strong gold medal contender.

Tokyo Games silver medalist Ravi was also too good for the 57kg field. He won both of his fights – against New Zealander Suraj Singh and Pakistani Asad Ali – by technical superiority en route to the final.
In the final, Nigeria’s Ebikewenimo Welson showed his intention to fight, but at the level at which Ravi struggles, it was a tough task.
Ravi thwarted a right leg attack and on the Nigerian’s next try, he scored on the counter-attack, performing a comeback move with ease.

Soon he had trapped Welson in the leg and rolled him three times for an 8-0 lead. Ravi completed the formality with another takedown.
naveen (74 kg) began with TSU wins over Ogbonna Emmanuel John of Nigeria, Hong Yeow Lou of Singapore and Charlie James Bowling of England.
In the final bout against Pakistan’s Tahir Muhammad Sharif, 19-year-old Naveen won 9-0. It is India’s first major title in this category since Sushil Kumar triumphed at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

In the women’s 50 kg, Pooja Gehlot got off to a confident start with a TSU victory over Scotland’s Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio, then secured a knockdown of Cameron’s Rebecca Ndolo Muambo to advance easily to the semi-finals.
However, she lost the last four matches 6-9 to Madison Bianca Parks of Canada.

Later, she won the bronze play-off against the Scottish player 12-2. As only six wrestlers were in this category, it was contested in a Nordic style where all the wrestlers, divided into two groups, competed against each other once.
Pooja Sihag (76kg) also won bronze by beating Australian Naomi de Bruine by technical superiority.

During the last Indian fight of the competition, Deepak Nehra (97 kg) beat Pakistan’s Tayab Raza 10-2 in the bronze medal match as the country signed the struggle competition with a high success rate.

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