Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian woman wrestler to win three consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals . Ravi Dahiya wins 57 kg gold in the final, while Vinesh becomes first Indian woman wrestler to win three consecutive golds .
BIRMINGHAM, Mass.: Putting aside the physical and emotional obstacles that held her back, an aggressive Vinesh Phogat pounced on her rivals to win a hat-trick of CWG gold medals, while Ravi Dahiya went unchallenged as Indian wrestlers finished their campaign with a impressive haul of 12 medals on Saturday.Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win three consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals, and the country won gold medals in all 12 categories, as in the previous edition.Overall, India has won six gold, one silver, and five bronze medals.Vinesh found the Canadian in a head lock where she pushed her on the mat and quickly pinned her opponent.It was all over before people could warm up to the competition.Nigerias Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye, 27, was next up for Vinesh, who tried to hold onto her for a moment but was soon caught in a rut.Vinesh stayed in that position for more than a minute in a brilliant show of strength, winning 6-0. Since suffering a humiliating first-round exit at the Tokyo Games, Vinesh has been battling for form and fitness since entering the tournament as a strong contender for the gold medal.Ravi, a silver medalist in the Tokyo Olympics, was also too strong for the 57 kg class.On the way to the final, he defeated Suraj Singh of New Zealand and Pakistan's Asad Ali in both bouts, demonstrating technical superiority.Nigerias Ebikewenimo Welson showed an ambition to fight in the final, but Ravi was forced to face it at a higher level. Soon after, he had entrapped Welson in leg-lace and rolled him thrice for an 8-0 lead.Ravi completed the formalities with a second take-down.TSU defeated Nigeria's Ogbonna Emmanuel John, Singapore's Hong Yeow Lou, and England's Charlie James Bowling, starting with 74 kg.Naveen, 19, defeated Pakistan's Tahir Muhammad Sharif 9-0 in the final round. Pooja Gehlot got off to a promising start in the womens 50kg by beating Scotlands Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio and then getting a walkover from Camerons Rebecca Ndolo Muambo to make it to the semifinals with ease.Despite that, she lost the last-four match 6-9 to Canada's Madison Bianca Parks.Later, she captured the bronze play-off against a Scottish team 12-2.Since only six wrestlers were included in this group, it was structured in a Nordic fashion, where all wrestlers were grouped into two groups and met one time against each other. Deepak Nehra (97kg) outplayed Pakistans Tayab Raza 10-2 in the bronze play-off, marking the country's debut in the wrestling competition with a high success rate.
GOLD 🥇HATTRICK FOR VINESH 🥳🥳@Phogat_Vinesh has scripted history yet again, from being the 1️⃣st Indian woman 🤼♀️ to win GOLD at both CWG & Asian Games, to becoming the 1️⃣st Indian woman 🤼♀️ to bag 3 consecutive GOLD🥇at #CommonwealthGames 🔥— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 6, 2022
🔹️GOLD by VICTORY BY FALL 💪