Anshu Malik lost in the final, while Mohit Grewal and Divya Kakran clinched bronze medals as India came off the wrestling mat on Friday with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
This increased India’s tally of 9 gold, 8 silver and 9 bronze medals so far in Birmingham for a total of 26 medals.
At the Lawn Bowl, the Indian men’s fours thrashed England 13-12 in the semi-finals to emulate their women’s counterparts and prepared themselves for a summit clash as they reached the final.
The men’s pair maintained their medal chances as they advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Canada 14-10 in the quarter-finals at the Royal Leamington Spa on Friday.
In Badminton, top stars PV Sindhu, K Srikanth and Lakshya Sen beat their opponents with ease to enter the quarter-finals.
The focus of the day was on the wrestling field as six Indians were in action and all were expected to win medals. The day began on a bizarre note at the Victoria Arena in Coventry when organizers were forced to evacuate the hall to fix some issues with the big screen that they feared would collapse and injure spectators. . For the Indians, however, the day ended on the expected note although the wrestlers could not make it to six golds out of six disciplines.
But three gold, one silver and two bronze medals were good for the opening day, though they will have to grab a few more medals on Saturday to make up for the loss due to lack of shooting.
Former Asian and Commonwealth Games winner Bajrang Punia established his dominance in the men’s freestyle 65kg division at Birmingham 2022 by defeating Canada’s Lachlan McNeill 9-2 in the final on Friday.
Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Punia, who had won gold in the Gold Coast four years earlier, appeared with aggressive intentions and did not give her young Canadian rival many chances, allowing two takedowns in the first period to go 4-0 up. were forced to
The Canadian was a bit defensive in the first period but launched a decent attack early in the second period and reduced the margin to 2-4. But Punia, world No. 1 in his division, was up to the task and effected two one-leg takedowns to widen the gap again. He got another point when he knocked his opponent out of the combat zone with another one-legged catch.
Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik registered a thumping win by clinching her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal by defeating Canada’s Ana Godinez Gonzalez at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.
Sakshi, who had been out of a boil after her success at the Rio Olympics, missing a few incidents and losing to younger opponents, made a stellar comeback in both her bout and her career on Friday to seal her authority. Put it
She came back from a 0-4 deficit, Sakshi made a brilliant comeback to pin her opponent with a brilliant double leg attack and fell to win the match.
However, there was some disappointment in the wrestling arena as young Anshu Malik lost to a seasoned and experienced opponent and had to be content with silver, while Mohit Grewal became the world champion in his category but did well to come back to win the bronze. medal
All the wrestlers set the day up for another fruitful day at the Coventry area on Saturday as India look for a real medal.
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