CWG 2014: Wrestlers give India 2 more golds to take medals tally to 46

Jul 31, 2014, 23:38 IST | Agencies

Grapplers claim four medals on final day of wrestling competition with Yogeshwar (men's 65kg freestyle) and Babita Kumari (women's 55kg) winning golds, Geetika Jhakar (women's 63kg) managing a silver, and Pawan Kumar (men's 86kg) picking up the bronze

Glasgow: Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as wrestlers continued to rule the roost by bagging an impressive two yellow metals for India on the eighth day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, here today.

While Yogeshwar (men's 65kg freestyle) and Babita Kumari (women's 55kg) won golds, Geetika Jhakar (women's 63kg) failed to match her compatriots and managed a silver on the wrestling mat for India, and Pawan Kumar picked up the bronze in men's 86kg freestyle category.

Yogeshwar Dutt wrestles Canada's Jevon Balfour
Yogeshwar Dutt wrestles with Canada's Jevon Balfour during the Men's Freestyle Wrestling 65kg Final match at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday.

It was good news for India in other disciplines as well as young Dipa Karmarkar today scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games by bagging a bronze in the vault event.

By virtue of this two golds and Dipa's bronze, India have moved have consolidated their sixth position in medal standings with a total haul of 46 medals -- 12 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze.

England were at at the top of the chart with a total of 115 medals followed by Australia (110), Canada (56), Scotland (41) and New Zealand (39).

The Indians enjoyed a good day on the final day of wrestling competition as Yogeshwar hardly broke sweat en route to his gold medal effort by using his trademark 'fitele' (leg-twisting) technique to great effect.

In the women’s section, Babita Kumari also dominated her way to the yellow metal as she beat Brittanee Laverdure of Canada in 55kg final.

However, it was some sort of disappointment for India in the women's 63kg as Geetika was no match for her Candian opponent Danielle Lappage.

The world junior champion overpowered the Indian grappler 7-0 to pocket the gold with consummate ease.

Finally, Pawan Kumar clinched third place after a close battle with Muhammad Inam of Pakistan. Kumar was 4-6 down and staring at defeat at one stage. However, the Indian grappler fought hard and rightly earned his reward in the form of bronze in the 86kg category.

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