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CWG 2014: Indian grapplers win four silvers and one bronze

Glasgow: Indian grapplers collected four silver and a bronze from the wrestling arena, a far cry from Tuesday's three-gold burst but still a creditable performance, as they swelled their overall tally in the sport to 10 in the 20th Commonwealth Games here today.

As many as four Indians entered the final and one made it to the bronze medal round through repechage but none could win a gold at the SECC wrestling arena here.

Navjot kaur
A disappointed Navjot Kaur.  

There were high expectations from the grapplers after India won three gold, one silver and one bronze yesterday but they ended by bagging four silver and one bronze.

Satyawart Kadian (men's 97kg freestyle), Bajrang (men's 61kg), Lalita Sehrawat (women's 53kg) and Sakshi Malik (women's 58kg) won a silver each while Navjot Kaur bagged a bronze in women's 69kg.

India have from the sport so far won a total of three gold, five silver and two bronze.

The best Indian who looked like winning a gold was Satyawart Kadian in men's 97kg freestyle but the remaining three finalists came a cropper in the bout that mattered the most.

Kadian led 2-0 on technical points against Indian origin Canadian Arjun Gill in the first period of three minutes but squandered it as his opponent came back strongly in the second period to run away with the gold, much to the huge disappointment of the Indian camp who sat all day long in search of a gold.

The final bout ended in a tense situation as the scoreboard showed both wrestlers tied 4-4 on technical points but the judges awarded the gold to Gill as he won the last point from the bout. 

Navjot Kaur won the bronze medal beating Scotland's Sarah Jones in the bronze medal play-off in the women's freestyle event. Navjot, 24, won 13-0 against the 31-year-old Sarah.

Navjot was leading 9-0 when she pinned down Sarah in her last move to clinch four points and bagged the match on account of technical superiority.

Earlier, Sakshi Malik also had to settle for the silver medal after she lost her women's freestyle 58 kg final to Nigeria's Aminat Adeniyi. Aminat completely dominated Sakshi and took a lead of 10-0 in two minutes 24 seconds when the match had to be stopped on grounds of technical superiority.

The bronze medals went to New Zealand's Tayla Ford and Canada's Braxton Rei Stone.

Lalita also could only manage a silver medal after she lost her women's freestyle 53 kg final to Nigeria's Odunayo Adekuoroye. Odunayo completely dominated Lalita and took just 31 seconds to seal the gold medal. The Nigerian managed to pin down the Indian and raced away with the win.

Bajrang too had to settle for a silver medal after he lost his men's freestyle 61 kg final to Canada's David Tremblay.

Tremblay took just 84 seconds to beat Bajrang 12-1 in the first period. The Canadian was declared the winner on account of technical superiority.

The bronze went to Nigeria's Amas Daniel and Scotland's Viorel Etko.

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