India’s Virender Singh clinches gold medal in Deaflympics

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 11:20

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Indian wrestler Virender Singh on Saturday won a gold medal in the men`s 74 kg freestyle event at the 22nd Deaflympics held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Delhi-based deaf and mute wrestler overcame Oguz Donder of Turkey in the final for the top prize. Hiavorh Adamian and Aleksandr Ochirovich Tsoktoev took the bronze medals.

This is Virender’s third straight medal at the special Olympics. The 28-year-old, nicknamed Goonga Pehelwan, claimed a gold medal at 2005 Deaflympics. He then pocketed a bronze in the 2009 event.

First Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 11:28

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