Calcutta/ Glasgow: Tuesday turned out to be a superb day for India with the wrestlers, led by the irrepressible Sushil Kumar, bagging three gold medals and a silver. Earlier the shooters played their part, winning two silver and three bronze medals.
That made Tuesday the most productive day for the Indians in this edition of the Commonwealth Games. They bagged nine medals till 1.30am (Wednesday).
Sushil, who “had a cakewalk” against Pakistan’s Qamar Abbas in the 74-kg freestyle bout, predicted further domination in the wrestling arena. Abbas could not endure Sushil even for the full first three-minute period.
“It was an easy bout for me and I feel happy to have added another gold in the Commonwealth Games,” said Sushil, who had won his first CWG gold at the 2010 Delhi edition in the 66kg category.
“I feel proud that we (wrestlers) are doing very well. Our wrestling team has Olympic medallists and medallists in other top international events and we will get more medals in the coming days,” said Sushil, who won a bronze in 66kg in 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in 2012 London Olympics, said.
Sushil was competing under the new weight class of 74kg for the second time after the world body had re-jigged categories ahead of the 2016 Rio Games.
He had won a silver at the International Freestyle Championship in Sassari, Italy before the Glasgow Games.
He said he did not face any problem while competing in the new category.
“I had no problems while shifting to the new weight category. Today I did not have any problems in any bout.”
Abbas said he was satisfied with the silver.
Another Indian gold medallist wrestler Amit Kumar, who won the gold in 57kg, said his target now was the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I’ve won gold and I feel really good. It’s my first Commonwealth Games. I am definitely aiming for the Rio 2016 Olympics,” he said.
Asked about the techniques he used in the final bout against Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria, he said, “I wanted him to attack so that I could get him on the counter. All of the points I got were on the counter.”
Women wrestler Vinesh, who won gold in 48kg freestyle, said that she was happy to have brought laurels for the country.
“I feel really good. It’s my first Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“I come from a family of wrestlers and they have really supported me. I also feel proud for them.”