CWG: Wrestler Pooja Dhanda Claims Silver, Divya Kakran Bronze
It was a really tight match between India’s Pooja Dhanda and Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the 57 kg wrestling final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Friday. The Indian lost by 7-5 and settled for a silver.
Another young wrestler, Divya Kakran, added one more medal to India’s scoreboard. She bagged a bronze medal in the women’s 68 kg freestyle category. Kakran defeated Bangladesh’s Sherin Sultana 4-0.
With Bajranj Punia’s gold, Pooja Dhanda’s Silver and Divya Kakran’s bronze quest, India’s medal tally counts 38.
Gold – 17
Silver – 9
Bronze – 12
Before the final bout started off, Pooja had assured India of a medal in her event. Though she lost against Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye, the wrestler from Haryana put up defensive attacks throughout. Odunayo lookedso solid in her defence, putting Pooja under pressure and led 7-5 at the end of the final bout.
Pooja stormed into women’s freestyle 57kg gold medal final match after beating Cameroon’s Joseph Essombe Tiako in the semis while Divya defeated her competitor with ease within a minute
It was a close call for Pooja who was tantalisingly close to a gold medal but had to settle for silver in the last 30 seconds. On the other hand, Divya clinched her bronze medal within just 36 seconds.
Another Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won gold in the men’s freestyle 65-kilogram category at Gold Coast, Australia.
Though Indian sportswomen are winning medals at the CWG almost every day, games of some of the big names are still remaining. All eyes are now on wrestler Sakshi Malik, boxer Mary Kom and shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. If Sindhu and Saina both make it to the final, it will be an all-Indian affair.
Watch this space for more updates.
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