CWG 2018: Wrestler Sumit Malik claims freestyle 125kg gold
Indian wrestler Sumit Malik has won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 125kg category at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday. Malik's victory came after his opponent, Nigerian wrestler Sinivie Boltic, was ruled out of the final due to an injury. Sumit also defeated Tayab Raza of Pakistan 10-4 in a dramatic bout. Here's more.
Malik defends against Raza's attempts to take him down
It was a pulsating contest as Sumit was leading early on, but Raza came back to reduce the deficit to 2-3 after attacking the Indian's legs. However, Sumit didn't allow his rival to dominate, displaying incredible athleticism, hopping around the mat to avoid stepping outside the bound after Raza once again grabbed his leg. Malik counterattacked and eventually won comfortably with a big margin.
Canada's Jarvis loses to Sumit
Earlier, Sumit made an incredible comeback to win this bout against Korey Jarvis of Canada. Lagging 0-2 initially, the Indian turned it around to make it 3-2 before drawing level at 3-3. In the dying moments, Sumit flipped Jarvis to win 6-4 in the end.
What about the Indian wrestlers?
Meanwhile, Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik lost to Nigeria's Aminat Adeniyi 3-6 in a nervous bout, ending her golden dreams. She'll now try for bronze. Vinesh Phogat defeated Australia's Rupinder Kaur in the 50kg freestyle to enter the finals. Somveer defeated Australia's Jayden Lawrence 7-0 for a victory by fall in the 86kg freestyle repechage to go through to the bronze medal match.