The contingent of Indian women is in splendid form at the Common Wealth Wrestling Championship 2017. Winning with 10 gold medals and many silvers, on the opening day of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Johannesburg Indian wrestler and weightlifter made a remarkable day. Ritu Phogat, Vinesh Phogat, and Geeta Phogat all claimed gold while Sangeeta Phogat won the silver medal. The 2017 edition of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships were held in South Africa where 60 wrestlers participates from India.
The gold medallists included Kiran (72 kg), Ritu Malik (65 kg) and Divya Kakran (68 kg), while the silver medal won by Pooja (76 kg) and Ravita (59 kg). Also, Kavita (76 kg) and Manu (72 kg) settled for the bronze. However, in freestyle wrestling, Vinesh Phogat, Geeta Phogat and Ritu Phogat who also clinched gold in their respective categories.
A big honor for India in Common Wealth Wrestling Championship 2017, as Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal. After more than three years, for gold, Sushil Kumar defeated New Zealand Akash Khullar’s via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category. Sushil won bronze in Beijing Olympics 2008 and got silver in 2012 London Games.
Indian Gold medal winners in Common Wealth Wrestling Championship 2017 are 55 kg. Rajender Kumar – 55 kg , Manish – 60 kg, Vikas – 63 kg, Anil Kumar – 67 kg, Aditya Kundu – 72 kg, Gurpreet – 77 kg, Harpreet – 82 kg, Sunil – 87 kg, Hardeep – 97 kg, and Naveen – 130 kg.
Moreover, Silver medallists are Naveen – 55 kg, Gyanender – 60 kg, Gaurav Sharma – 63 kg, Manish – 67 kg, Kuldeep Malik 72 kg, Manjeet – 77 kg, Amarnath – 82 kg, Prabhpal Singh- 87 kg, Sumit – 97 kg, and Sonu – 130 kg.
It is a moment of pride for the Indian to see the traditional Indian sport dominate in international Championship. It will be an impetus to the young wrestlers to come back for the essential role model for the nation.