New Delhi: Indian grapplers stamped their authority and ran away with the champions trophy in all three categories -- freestyle, greco-roman and female -- at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Melbourne.
Such was their dominance that the Indian wrestlers won as many 40 medals, including 15 gold in the three-day event which concluded on Sunday.
India bagged five gold medal each in the freestyle, greco-roman and women's categories.
In the freestyle category, Rahul Aware (55kg), Rajneesh (60kg), Amit Kumar (66kg), Pawan Kumar (84kg) and Mausam Khattri (96kg) bagged gold while Rahul Mann (60kg), Pradeep (66kg), Nar Singh Yadav (74kg), Naresh Kumar (84kg), Varun Kumar (96kg) and Naveen Mor (120kg) had to be satisfied with silver medals.
The bronze medals in the freestyle division went to Paramjeet (74kg) and Rajiv Tomar (120kg).
Among greco-roman wrestlers, Rajender Kumar (55kg), Anil Kumar (60kg), Sunil Kumar (66kg), Manoj Kumar (84kg) and Anil Kumar (96kg) won gold while the silver medals went to Joginder Singh (55kg), Ravinder Singh (60kg), Sandeep Yadav (66kg), Rajbir Chikara (74kg), Kulwant Rai (84kg), Ashok Kumar (96kg) and Dharmender Dalal (120kg).
Rajesh Kumar (74kg) and Rishi Pal (120kg) won bronze medals for India in the greco-roman style.
India's women wrestlers were not to be left behind as Babita Kumar (48kg), Neha Rathi (51kg), Geeta Sharma (55kg), Alka Tomar (59kg) and Navjot Kaur (67kg) won gold medals.
Priyanka Singh (48kg), Rachna Shekawat (51kg), Kamleesh Devi (55kg), Kirstina Arya (59kg), Anita Sheoran (63kg), Shilpi Sheoran (67kg) and Gursharan Kaur (72kg) won silver medals while the lone bronze was bagged by Suman Kundu (63kg).
First Published: Monday, August 08, 2011, 22:14