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Ravi Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat And Naveen Make It 6 Wrestling Golds For India At CWG 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 6: It's yet another hat-trick of gold medals in the sport of wrestling for India as Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat and Naveen won the yellow metal in their respective categories. Their efforts come a day after the trio of Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Deepak Punia won gold medals on Friday. The total tally of golds from wrestling now stand at 6, the most from any single discipline at CWG 2022 for India.

Earlier, it was Pooja Gehlot, who started India's medal rush in wrestling on Saturday as she clinched the bronze medal in the women's 50kg category. Pooja Sihag also won a bronze medal in the women's 76kg category. Deepak Nehra rounded the brilliant day off for India with the third bronze of the night as he beat Pakistan's Tayab Raza in the men's 97kg category.

Wrestler Ravi Dahiya won his first major gold medal as he beat Nigeria's Ebikewenimo Welson in the final of the men's 57kg final by technical superiority at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. His gold was followed by that of Vinesh Phogat who won all three of her matches in the women's 54kg category, to clinch the yellow metal. The winner in the category was decided by the Nordic system, wherein all competitors play against each other in a round robin system, with the wrestler with most wins getting the gold. Vinesh won all three of her matches with relative ease.

This was Vinesh's third gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. She also has a World Championships bronze and a gold and bronze at the Asian Games. This is a big comeback for Vinesh who suffered a major meltdown at the Tokyo Olympics where she was one of the top contenders for the gold medal.Naveen was equally good as he beat Pakistan's Muhammad Sharif Tahir 9-0 in the final to end a fantastic campaign in the men's 74kg category.

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Kaumar Dahiya was too good for his field. He won both his bouts -- against Suraj Singh of New Zealand and Pakistan's Asad Ali -- by technical superiority and did the same in the final as well.

Ravi is a World Championships bronze medallist from 2019. He has also won three gold medals at Asian Championships.

Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Deepak Punia Bag Gold At Commonwealth Games

BIRMINGHAM, Aug 5: Bajrang Punia gave India its first gold medal in the sport of wrestling at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022, as he beat Canada's Lachlan McNeil in the men's 65kg freestyle wrestling final.

A few minutes later, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik outwitted Canada's Ana Gonzalez in the women's 62kg category to add a second gold from the sport for India.

The joy on the mat didn't end there as Deepak Punia added the third gold of the night by beating Pakistan's Muhammad Inam in the men's 86kg category.

Bajrang is an Olympic bronze medallist (Tokyo 2020) and also has another gold and a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games to his name. He has one silver and two bronze medals to his name in World Championships.

Bajrang started his Commonwealth Games career with a silver in the 61kg category in Glasgow in 2014. He won a silver in Asian Games in Incheon, the same year. He moved up to the 65kg category in 2018 and won the gold at CWG in Gold Coast and followed it up with an Asiad gold in Jakarta. The biggest moment of his career came in 2021 when he became an Olympic medallist, picking up the bronze in Tokyo.

For Sakshi Malik on the other hand, this is a first gold medal at CWG. She won a silver in the 58kg category in 2014 and a bronze in the 62kg category in 2018.

It was a technically perfect bout from Bajrang in the final as he beat the Canadian 9-2 on points.

Such was Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang's dominance in the 65kg competition that he won three of his four bouts inside first rounds.

The 28-year-old defending champion beat Naurau's Lowe Bingham and Mauritius' Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou 'by fall' before winning by technical superiority against England's Geroge Ramm.

Canada's Lachlan Maurice McNeil fought well against Bajrang but the Indian was far superior in technique and stamina.

Bajrang has been struggling to play freely since last year and his over defensive tactics put a question-mark over his ability to extend his dominance in international arena but on Friday he made his moves without inhibition.

Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios for 7th Wimbledon title

LONDON, July 10: Novak Djokovic waited. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to lose focus and lose his way. Waited to find the proper read on his foe’s big serves. Waited until his own level rose to the occasion.

Djokovic is not bothered by a deficit — in a game, a set, a match. He does not mind problem-solving. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time now, he does not get defeated.

Djokovic used his steady brilliance to beat the ace-delivering, trick-shot-hitting Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday for a fourth consecutive Wimbledon championship and seventh overall.

The top-seeded Djokovic ran his unbeaten run at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament to 28 matches and raised his career haul to 21 major trophies, breaking a tie with Roger Federer and moving just one behind Rafael Nadal’s 22 for the most in the history of men’s tennis.

Among men, only Federer, with eight, has won more titles at Wimbledon than Djokovic. In the professional era, only Federer was older (by less than a year) than the 35-year-old Djokovic when winning at the All England Club.

His comeback on a sun-filled afternoon followed those in the quarterfinals, when Djokovic erased a two-set deficit against No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner, and in the semifinals, when No. 9 Cam Norrie grabbed the opening set. In last year’s title match at Wimbledon, Djokovic dropped the opening set. In the 2019 final, he erased two championship points against Federer.

There were two particularly key moments Sunday that went Djokovic’s way, ones that Kyrgios would not let go as he began engaging in running monologues, shouting at himself or his entourage (which does not include a full-time coach), finding reason to disagree with the chair umpire (and earning a warning for cursing) and chucking a water bottle.

In the second set, with Djokovic serving at 5-3, Kyrgios got to love-40 — a trio of break points. But Kyrgios played a couple of casual returns, and Djokovic eventually held. And then, in the third set, with Kyrgios serving at 4-all, 40-love, he again let a seemingly sealed game get away, with Djokovic breaking there.

The 40th-ranked Kyrgios was trying to become the first unseeded men’s champion at Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001. Ivanisevic is now Djokovic’s coach and was in the Centre Court guest box for the match.

Kyrgios is a 27-year-old from Australia who never had been past the quarterfinals in 29 previous Grand Slam appearances — and last made it even that far 7 1/2 years ago.

In some ways, he stole the show Sunday. He tried shots between his legs. Hit some with his back to the net. Pounded serves at up to 136 mph and produced 30 aces. Used an underarm serve, then faked one later.

 

 



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