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CWG 2022: Dahiya, Vinesh, Naveen gift India more wrestling gold; Pooja, Sihag, Nehra win bronze

India secured more medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat and Naveen Sihag won the gold, while Pooja Gehlot, Pooja Sihag and Deepak Nehra bagged the bronze.

Commonwealth Games, CWG 2022: Netizens erupt as Ravi Kumar Dahiya bags 4th gold in wrestling; Pooja Gehlot wins bronze-ayh
Birmingham, First Published Aug 6, 2022, 10:20 PM IST

India's gold rush at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 continued. On Saturday, it won its tenth event gold medal, as Ravi Kumar Dahiya won the yellow-coloured metal in the 57kg wrestling, which also happened to be the contingent's fourth gold in the sport and the eighth in the sport overall. He defeated Ebikewenimo Welson of Nigeria 10-0 via virtual submission. Earlier, he had defeated Singh of New Zealand in the same fashion in the quarterfinals, followed by Amli of Pakistan 14-4 similarly. Consequently, the netizens erupted with this victory.

Earlier, Pooja Gehlot won the bronze medal for India in the women's 50kg, as she defeated Letchidjio of Scotland 12-2. Although she beat her earlier in the group stage, followed by Rebecca Ndolo Muambo of Cameroon, she lost to Parks of Cana 6-9 before heading on to win the bronze.


Later, renowned woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat also lived up to the expectations, winning the gold in the 53kg category. She competed in the Nordic Round Robin format and made a 3-0 clean sweep. First, she defeated Samantha Leigh Stewart of Canada 2-0, followed by Adekuoroye of Nigeria 3-0, before finally overpowering Maduravalage of Sri Lanka 4-0, as it was India's fifth gold in the sport and tenth overall.

India's sixth wrestling gold came from Naveen Sihag, who defeated Muhammad Tahir of Pakistan 9-0 in the 74kg category, as the Indian dominated and outplayed his Pakistani opponent. Earlier, he had beaten Ogbonna Emmanuel John of Nigeria 4-0 in the pre-quarters, followed by Lou HY of Singapore 10-0 and then Bowling of England 12-1 before securing the gold.

In the women's 76kg bout, Pooja Sihag won the bronze, defeating De Bruine of Australia 10-0. She had begun with a 5-3 win over Montague of New Zealand in the quarterfinal but lost to Justina Di Stasio of Canada 0-6 via pinfall. Nevertheless, she did manage to reach the podium with the bronze, which happened to be India's third bronze in the sport.

Also, the last medal in the sport came from Deepak Nehra in the 97kg category, as he defeated Tayab Raza of Pakistan 10-2 to win the bronze. The Indian took advantage of the Pakistani's errors, while the former was dominant throughout the bout. Earlier, Nehra had lost to Randhawa of Canada 6-8 in the quarterfinal but managed to make it to the bronze medal play-ff before winning it.

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