Commonwealth Games-2022: Anshu Malik and Bajrang Punia in the final, India’s two medals in wrestling confirmed
Today (Friday) in the Commonwealth Games 2022, the wrestling competition started on the eighth day. From India’s side, wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia first landed on the mat and started the games with a resounding victory. At the same time, Anshu Malik and Sakshi Malik have rocked among women.
Bajrang Punia – 65 kg category (Men, Freestyle)
Bajrang Punia sealed his place in the quarterfinals of the men’s 65kg freestyle event by defeating Lowe Bingham of Nauru in the pre-quarterfinals. He made his Commonwealth Games debut as Indian sports enthusiasts were expecting him, beating the Nauru wrestler within three minutes. After this, they made it to the semi-finals after registering a 6-0 win in the quarter-finals. After this, Bajrang defeated George of England 10-0 in the semi-finals to make it to the final.
Deepak Punia – 86kg category (Men, Freestyle)
Meanwhile, Deepak Punia defeated New Zealand wrestler Matthew Oxenham in the men’s freestyle 86kg to secure his place in the quarter-finals. After that, in the quarter-finals, Deepak defeated Sheku Kasegbama of Sierra Leone 10-0 to make it to the semi-finals. After this, Deepak defeated Canada’s Moore Alexander 3-1 in the semi-final fight to make it to the final.
Mohit Grewal – 125 kg category (Men, Freestyle)
In the men’s freestyle quarterfinals in the 125kg category, Mohit Grewal of India also started with a win and secured a place in the semi-finals after registering a 10-1 win against Alexios of Cyperus. But he lost 2-12 in the semi-final against Amarveer of Canada.
Anshu Malik – 57 kg category (Women, Freestyle)
Among Indian women’s wrestlers, Anshu Malik, on his birthday in the quarter-finals of the 57 kg category, performed brilliantly on the basis of technical superiority to win within a minute. She defeated Australia’s Irene Simonidis 10-0 to secure a place in the semi-finals. After this, defeating the Sri Lankan wrestler 10-0 in the semi-finals made it to the final and ensured a medal.
Sakshi Malik – 62 kg category (Women, Freestyle)
Sakshi Malik made it to the semi-finals after winning her first two matches. After this, defeating Cameroon’s Berthe 10–0 in the semi-finals to gain entry into the final.