Star wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Deepak Poonia made a stellar start to India's three gold medals in the Commonwealth Games wrestling event on Friday, while Anshu Malik made his debut with silver, while Divya claimed bronze. Bajrang, a Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist, was so dominant in the 65kg category that he won three out of four matches in the first round itself. He defeated Lachlan McNeil of Canada 9-2 in the final. Earlier, after registering a technical superiority (10-0) win over George Ram of England, he had easily made it to the final. Along with this, Divya Kakran won a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 68 kg wrestling event of the Commonwealth Games.
Sakshi Malik teased her rival
On the other hand, Sakshi Malik won the gold medal in the final of 62 kg by defeating Ana Gondinez Gonzales of Canada. This is Sakshi's first gold medal in Commonwealth Games. Earlier she has won silver and bronze medals in Commonwealth Games. At the same time, Anshu Malik opened the country's account in wrestling by winning a silver medal in the 57 kg freestyle event. Deepak Poonia defeated Mohammad Inam of Pakistan 3-0 in the men's 86kg freestyle category to give India its third gold. He reached the final after defeating Alexander Moore of Canada 3–1.
Sakshi Malik hat-trick in Commonwealth
Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik reached the final with a technical superiority 10-0 win over Cameroon's Berthe Emiliene Etane Ngole in the last four. Sakshi also won the quarterfinals by technical superiority. She defeated Kelsey Barnes of hosts England in this opening match. Defending champion Bajrang Mauritius' Jean-Gulienne defeated Joris Bandeau in just a minute to reach the semi-finals with a 6-0 win. It took them less than two minutes to reach the quarterfinals, which saw them drop Nauru's Lowe Bingham in the opening round to register an easy 4–0 win.
Brilliant performance by Bajrang
Bajrang took a minute to understand his opponent and then suddenly ended the match by slamming Bigham from a 'clapping' position. Bingham did not realize this sudden bet and the Indian wrestler easily won. Anshu lost 3-7 to Nigeria's Odunayo Folasade Edukuroye in the final. Anshu dominated every match before this. She registered technical superiority (10-0) victories over Australia's Irene Simionidis in the quarterfinals and Nethmi Poruthotage of Sri Lanka in the semifinals.