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CWG 2018: Wrestler Rahul Aware clinches Gold medal in 57kg freestyle wrestling

CWG 2018: Wrestler Rahul Aware clinches Gold medal in 57kg freestyle wrestling
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Indian Wrestler Rahul Aware wins the gold medal in 57 KG Freestyle category. Rahul slammed Steve Takahashi by 15-7 and won 13th Gold Medal for India in Commonwealth Games 2018. In the first game, Rahul was leading with 4-2 and then with a minute left in the period. Rahul levels matters by adding two points and then two more to take the lead. At the end of the first round, he was leading with 6-4. In the second game, Rahul was looking in serious discomfort, Takes further two points and maintain his lead over Takahashi. Dominant showing in the second period so far and he now leads 11-6 with under a minute to go. He was leading by 15-6 with seconds ticking down and set Complete pressure on Takahashi.

In a gripping final bout against Canada’s Steven Takahashi, Aware won 15-7 despite struggling with injury in the latter half. After showing visible discomfort while on his back, Aware roared back with a very strong second round and defeated Takahashi. Rahul beat Steve Takahashi by 15-7 and seized the gold medal in Men’s 57kg Freestyle wrestling. After this victory, Rahul takes the Indian flag around himself and rakes in the loud chants from a packed arena.

Now Indian Wrestler Sushil Kumar will show his game and will try to Indian tally with more gold medals. This is the first CWG medal for 26-years-old Aware, who won the gold at the Commonwealth Championships, 2011 and an Asian Championships bronze. Their success has taken India’s overall tally at the Gold Coast Games to 27.

One of 45 athletes who are given financial aid under the Indian government’s Target Olympic Podium program, the Kolhapur-based wrestler had missed out his berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, Today’s gold will mean the world to him, given the circumstances that combined to see his Olympic dreams dashed two years ago.

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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