New Delhi, July 02: Medals poured in for Indian
grapplers, who asserted their supremacy in the freestyle
category of the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships with a
haul of seven gold medals at cape town in South Africa.
The defending champions swept gold medals in all the
seven men`s weight categories along with three silver while
the women claimed five gold, one silver and one bronze for a
total tally of 12-4-1 in the freestyle event that concluded
Kripashankar Patel (55kg), Yogeshwar Dutt (60kg), Sushil
Kumar (66kg), Ramesh Kumar (74kg), Anuj Kumar (84kg), Anil
Mann (96kg), Palwinder Singh Cheema (120kg) won the men`s top
The `B` team members Rabinder Singh (60kg) Shokinder
Tomar (66kg) and Rajiv Tomar (120kg) settled for silver.
Among the women, Nirmala (48kg), Meena (51kg), Neha Rathi
(55kg), Alka Tomar (59kg) and Geetika Jakhar (63kg) remained
unbeaten. Jyoti (72kg) and Anita (67kg) won the silver and the
The medal tally could further swell when grapplers take
part in the Greco-Roman style, which is making its debut at
the 11-nation commonwealth stage today. Their final bouts will
be fought tomorrow.
Junior wrestlers reap rich haul
Indian colts reaped a rich haul of
medals, including four gold, in a international freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling tournament at Mazanderan, Iran.
The freestyle team finished runners-up with four gold and
one bronze medal and secured 84 points. Greco-Roman wrestlers
won three bronze medals to be placed third in the
Championships won by the hosts Iran yesterday, according to
information received here today.
Shivaji Patil (50kg), Balraj (54kg), Rahul Mann (58kg),
Joginder Kumar (100kg) were the gold winners and Jaipal (69kg)
claimed the lone freestyle bronze.
Bajrangi Yadav (50kg), Rajbir Chhikara (75kg), Vishal
Gorakhnath Balkawde (85kg) won the Greco-Roman bronze medals.