After World title, Sushil eyes CWG gold
Sushil Kumar has set his eyes on CWG 2010, where he believes India can get about 15 champs.
New Delhi: After breaking an almost six-decade jinx with his gold medal winning feat at the World Championship, wrestler Sushil Kumar has set his eyes on next month`s Commonwealth Games, where he believes India can get to see about 15 champions.
Sushil yesterday defeated local favourite Gogaev Alan 3-1 in the final to clinch the title in Moscow, an achievement for which India had to wait for 59 years.
The World Champion now wants to win a gold at next month`s Commonwealth Games.
"Winning gold medal at World Championships is a huge achievement for me after Beijing Olympic Games and before the Commonwealth Games. My next target is to win a gold medal in the Delhi Games," the Haryana grappler said.
"I feel really fortunate to become the first ever Indian wrestler to win a gold at the World Championship. I have been able to achieve this because of the entire country`s support and blessings."
The Olympics bronze medallist predicted India will dominate the October sporting extravaganza.
"I firmly believe that Indians can win all the 21 medals in as many categories. I also feel that we can win at least 13-14 gold medals because we have got good practise," he said.
Talking about his achievement, he said, "It was tough because gold, silver and bronze medallists of 2008 Beijing Olympics were there in the fray. But my toughest bout was in semifinal against Azerbaijan opponent as he has recently become European Champion beating Olympic gold and silver medallists."
"I had to face the home favourite from Russia in the final and that was also tough," he added.
After getting a bye in the first round, he had beaten Akritidis of Greece, Martin Sebastian of Germany and Buyan Jav of Mongolia en route to the summit clash.