Indian Grapplers Ravinder Singh (60 kg), Sanjay (74 kg) and Anil Kumar (96 kg) earned their first-ever Commonwealth Games Gold medals at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here today.
Ravinder defeated England's Christopher Terence Bosson 7-2 in the final to run away with the top honours. Ravinder was a picture of concentration against Bosson. In spite of finding himself in difficult situations twice in the bout, he stood firm and came out with flying colours. Ravinder was in his element as he defeated Sri Lanka's Assd Kumara 13-0 in his opening bout and then outclassed Nigerian Romeo Joseph 8-0 in the semifinals. While Bosson bagged the silver, the bronze in this category went to Romeo James.
In the 74 kg category, Sanjay earned India the gold medal beating South Africa's Brian Richard Addinall in the final. Sanjay displayed a gritty performance in front of the cheering crowd at the arena and defeated his English opponent 2-0 in the title decider. Against Addinall, Sanjay adopted a wait-and-watch policy and scored points whenever he got an opportunity. The Indian scored a point each in both the rounds to pocket his first Commonwealth Games gold. Sanjay got the better of Samoa's Laupule Ekeroma 3-0 and Perefegha Kiribein of Nigeria 2-0 in his earlier two bouts.
In the 96 kg category, India's Anil won Gold beating Aussie Fkiri Hassene. The third Gold came by outclassing Australia's Hassene Fkiri in the final of the 96 kg. Anil was by far the better wrestler on display and kept his calm to beat his Australian rival 6-0 in the aggressive final bout. Fkiri won the silver while South Africa's Hugues Kakoma Bella-Lufu pocketed the bronze in this category. Earlier, Anil had a contrasting opening two bouts as he overpowered Mark Montogomery of Northern Ireland 13-0 in his first match of the day but later had to work hard to clich a 3-1 victory over South African Hugues Kakoma in the semifinal.