CWG 2022: Bajrang, Sakshi, Deepak hand India more gold; Anshu takes silver; Divya, Grewal have bronze
Meta: India has won its ninth gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022, with Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Deepak Punia winning the same in wrestling. Also, Anshu Malik won the silver medal in the same sport, and Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal took the bronze.
India has continued its gold rush in the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG), the 22nd edition of the CWG, held in Birmingham. Meanwhile, India has won its seventh gold medal, with renowned wrestler Bajrang Punia winning the yellow-coloured medal on Friday. He won the men's 65kg final, defeating McNeil of Canada 9-2. It happens to be the Indian's second CWG gold and the third medal in the competition. It is his seventh gold in competitive outings, besides being his 20th career medal. As a result, netizens honoured the champion for his achievement.
On the other hand, there happened to be another medal in wrestling, which was a silver for Anshu Malik, as she won the women's 57kg final, losing to Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye of Nigeria 7-3. It is her maiden CWG medal, besides being her third career gold and 12th career medal.
Also, the second wrestling gold came from Sakshi Malik, who won the women's 62kg final by defeating Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez of Canada 4-4 via fall. The Indian was off to a tough start, trailing 0-4 in the opening round. However, she bounced back in the subsequent round in style, taking a couple of points for a takedown, followed by a couple more for turning her over before securing the win through fall.
Additionally, Deepak Punia won the ninth gold medal for the nation, winning the men's 86kg final against Muhammad Inam Butt of Pakistan. Punia began on a dominant note, taking a quick point and another point via a technical penalty in the opening round. In the final round, he pushed Butt out of the ring to gain a point, enough to hand Deepak a 3-0 win and the gold. It was the Indian's maiden gold in the tournament and his fourth career gold, besides his 11th career medal.
Later, Divya Kakran settled for a bronze medal in her women's 68kg clash against Cocker-Lemalie of Tonga. It did not take long for the Indian to take the bronze, as within 30 seconds since the match started, she rolled over her opponent to take a quick 2-0 lead and pin her to the mat to assert her dominance, resulting in the medal. It was Divya's second CWG medal and her fourth career gold, besides her seventh career medal.
In the day's final bout, Mohit Grewal handed India its ninth bronze medal and the sixth wrestling medal, toppling Aaron Johnson of Jamaica 6-0 and winning via fall. It was an over-defensive approach from Johnson that gave away many free points to Grewal in the opening round, while a couple of points through pinfall in the following round was enough to take home the bronze.