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Commonwealth games 2022: Gold for Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, silver for Anshu Malik

Bajrang Punia won the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling final, giving India its first gold medal in wrestling. Bajrang Punia has an Olympic bronze medal (Tokyo 2021) as well as a gold and silver medal from the Commonwealth Games. In World Championships, he has one silver and two bronze medals.

Similarly, Sakshi Malik won a gold medal in wrestling (62kg). She won after pinning reigning U23 World Champion Ana Godinez of Canada in the final.

Anshu Malik of India, had to settle for a silver medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg wrestling. He lost in the final to Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye of Nigeria on Friday at the Victoria Park Arena in Coventry. Anshu, who had cruised to the final with easy wins, found the Nigerian wrestler’s defence too strong to overcome, losing 3-7 on points.

Bajrang Punia & Anshu in Commonwealth games 2022

Bajrang Punia is an Indian freestyle wrestler hailing from Haryana. He is currently ranked number 2 in the 65 kg weight category

The three-time CWG champion Nigerian wrestler dominated the first period, winning four points while pulling Anshu down twice and earning technical points. In the second period, Anshu launched a desperate attack, scoring one point followed by a two-point takedown.

The Nigerian took advantage of Anshu’s aggressive tactics and launched a counterattack, earning three points — two for a takedown. Anshu launched a desperate attack and effected a takedown with only seconds remaining on the clock, but she was denied the points on appeal because she could not fully execute the attack.

The Indian wrestler was clearly disappointed with her performance and cried as she walked off the mat.

The Nethmi Porthotage of Sri Lanka and Hannah Taylor of Canada won bronze medals in the women’s 57kg.

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