|India's successful grapplers — gold medallists Sushil Kumar (from left), Vinesh Phogat and Amit Kumar with Rajeev Tomar, who bagged a silver — in Glasgow, on Tuesday. (AP)
Glasgow: Star grappler Sushil Kumar led India’s sparkling show in the wrestling arena, as the country claimed three gold medals on the first day of the wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games, here on Tuesday.
Sushil expectedly bagged the gold in men’s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men’s 57kg. Vinesh Phogat finished on top in women’s 48kg.
The shooters continued to dominate the Barry Buddon Centre, winning five medals on Tuesday. Sanjeev Rajput and Harpreet Singh clinching a silver medal each, but there was heartbreak for Olympic silver winner Vijay Kumar.
Gagan Narang had to be content with a bronze, with Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lajja Gauswami, too, finishing third, as India finished with an impressive tally of 17 medals (4, 9, 4) in shooting in the Glasgow Games.
With Sushil, Amit and Vinesh winning the top spots, Rajeev Tomar, however, had to settle for a silver in the men’s 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canada’s Korey Jarvis 0-3 in finals. The 31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won his all four bouts of the day quite comfortably.
In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had it easy outing. Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.
Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. The 20-year-old Indian started off well, and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win and that helped him to win the bout in the end.
In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and England’s Yana Rattigan in the finals of the women’s 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8.
Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent. But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.
Earlier in the day, Sushil and Amit trumped three strong grapplers within a matter of just one-and-a-half hours in their respective weight categories. Vinesh also overpowered two opponents en-route to the finals.
Shot putter Om Prakash Karhana finished sixth in the final round. In women’s 400m race, M R Poovamma failed to advance to the final round after finishing fifth in semi-finals.
In men’s para-sport discus throw F42/44 finals, Jai Deep finished fourth with a best throw of 38.68m.
Indian shooters returned with a total of 17 medals from the Glasgow Games. On Tuesday, unheralded Harpreet Singh clinched silver while the seasoned Manavjit Sandhu claimed a bronze as Indian shooters continued to make an impact by adding two more medals to India’s collection on the sixth day.
Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar turned out to be a disappointment by making a shock exit in the men’s 25 m rapid fire pistol event.
Harpreet survived two rounds of nerve-wracking shoot-off and brushed aside a penalty point docked on him to claim silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.
Manavjit bagged a bronze in the men’s trap event as shooters continued to do the bulk of the medal shopping at the Games with a tally of 13. Manavjit finished third in the semi-finals after hitting 13 of the 15 targets. He then beat Michael Diamond of Australia to win bronze. The other Indian in the fray, Mansher Singh was sixth and last in the semi-finals as he hit just 11 of the 15 targets.
Writhing in pain, 20-year-old Vikas Thakur produced the lift of his life to clinch the silver in men’s 85kg weightlifting, as Indian lifters continued their spectacular show.
Competing with severe back pain, Thakur lifted 333kg (150+183) to bag the silver while Richard Patterson of New Zealand won the gold with a total lift of 335kg (151+184). Canada’s Pascal Plamondon was third with 333kg (151+182). Thakur bagged the silver on lesser bodyweight.
Australia win 4-2
India put up a valiant fight before going down 2-4 against world champions and title holders Australia in their third group match of the men’s hockey competition. Australia build on a two-goal burst in the space of two minutes and were set to go into the breather with a 3-0 cushion, before India pulled one back at the fag end of the first half.
Chris Ciriello (14th, 49th), Simon Orchard (16th) and Jacob Whetton (26th) were the goal scorers for Australia, while Rupinder Singh (34th) and Ramandeep Singh (48th) sounded the board for India.
On Monday, the Indian women’s hockey team thrashed Trinidad and Tobago by a whopping 14-0 margin.