Vinesh Phogat, Naveen and Ravi Kumar Dahiya, won gold medals in their respective categories, giving India a hat-trick of gold medals in wrestling. Their efforts follow the gold medals won by the trio of Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Deepak Punia on Friday. Wrestling now has six gold medals, the most of any single discipline for India at the CWG 2022.
Pooja Gehlot had earlier started India’s medal rush in wrestling on Saturday with a bronze medal in the women’s 50kg category. Pooja Sihag also took bronze in the women’s 76kg weight class. Deepak Nehra earned India’s third bronze medal of the night in the men’s 97kg category, defeating Pakistan’s Tayab Raza.
Ravi Dahiya won his first major gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, defeating Nigeria’s Ebikewenimo Welson in the men’s 57kg final by technical superiority. His gold was followed by Vinesh Phogat’s gold in the women’s 54kg category, where Vinesh Phogat won all three of her matches. The Nordic system determined the category winner, in which all competitors compete in a round robin system, with the wrestler with the most wins taking home the gold. Vinesh breezed through all three of her matches.
Vinesh Phogat won his third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Vinash Phogat also has a bronze medal from the World Championships and gold and bronze medals from the Asian Games. This is a significant comeback for Vinesh, who had a major meltdown at the Tokyo Olympics, where she was a gold medal contender. Naveen was equally impressive, defeating Pakistan’s Muhammad Sharif Tahir 9-0 in the final to cap off an outstanding campaign in the men’s 74kg category.
Ravi Kaumar Dahiya, the silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, was simply too good for his competition. He won both of his fights, against Suraj Singh of New Zealand and Asad Ali of Pakistan, through technical superiority, and he repeated the feat in the final.
Ravi won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships. He also has three gold medals from the Asian Championships.