On Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games, it is once again pouring gold, and this time it is the wrestlers who have brought triumph. Earlier in the day, four wrestlers – Sakshi Malik, Anshu Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Deepak Punia – easily advanced to their respective finals by winning their respective individual bouts.
Birthday girl Anshu was disappointed that she did not win the gold medal, but her effort was nonetheless commendable. Sakshi seized the spotlight as she rallied from a four-point deficit to win the match. She defeated Canada's Ana Godinez Gonzales to win the women's 62kg freestyle wrestling gold medal. Sakshi defeated all of her opponents with a clear winning margin to secure a spot in the finals. Sakshi, who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, had won a bronze medal at the Gold Coast Games four years prior too. This is her maiden gold.
Down 2-3 at the end of the first round, Sakshi looked likely for a silver. But it was a remarkable comeback, Sakshi was quick to make a takedown and aided by a reversal, pulled off a pinfall for the win. The win brought back memories of her win at Rio 2016, as she was trailing 0-4 then as well.
Prior to it, Bajrang Punia completed a hat-trick of gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. He finished on the podium after defeating Lachlan McNeil of Canada (9-2) in the final.
The day can’t get any better as Indian wrestler Deepak Punia managed to get the gold medal as well taking the tally to 24 medals. It was a tight match against Imam of Pakistan but the Indian wrestler slowly but steadily accumulated points on the table winning the bout 3-0.
With three golds from four matches, India continued its dominance in wrestling at the CWG.