National Wrestling Championship: Sushil Kumar ‘Walks Over’ To A Gold; Sakshi Malik, Geeta Phogat Excel


Back in action after three long years, two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar took less than three minutes to win a gold medal as three of his rivals walked him in the 74kg men’s freestyle national championship. fight here on Friday. Sushil fought for only 2 minutes and 33 seconds in total on the canvas, as he only fought in two of his initial assaults before three of his opponents, in the quarterfinals, the semifinal and the final, defeated him.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Olympic medal of the only Indian woman, Sakshi Malik, and the popular ‘Dangal girl’ Geeta Phogat also bagged a gold medal in their respective women’s wrestling weight categories on the second day of the event national.
Geeta beat Ravita in the final of the 59 kg category.
Sakshi finished on top of the podium after achieving a dominant 10-0 victory over Pooja de Haryana in the women’s 62kg, while Geeta also secured the yellow metal. Even Geeta’s husband, Pawan Kumar, also managed to finish in 86kg.
All eyes were on Sushil today and India’s biggest Olympic individual barely had to break a sweat as Indian international Parveen Rana decided to concede his fight against the 34-year-old.
According to reports, Rana had a problem that could have worsened if she had fought the fight.
Previously, it was Sachin Dahiya who gave him a walkover in the semifinals, which allowed him to pass without problems to the gold medal round.
In the quaretfinals, Praveen had also given his most fanatical adversary a walkover.
Previously, Sushil showed that the class is permanent since it took less than two minutes to overcome his opponents in the opening rounds, before three of his rivals defeated him.
Sushil overtook Mizoram’s Lalmalsawma for technical fall in 48 seconds in the first round and then immobilized Mukul Mishra in just one minute and 45 seconds in his next bout.
Geeta had recorded a coming triumph to reach the final of 59 kg with a result of 8-4 over Sarita Mor 8-4 in her semi-final bout.
Sakshi, in his initial fight, immobilized his opponent in just 39 seconds and eventually sailed to the 62kg final. Results:
48 kg: Ritu (Gold), Nirmal Devi (Silver), Preeti (Bronze) and Sheetal Take (Bronze).
53 kg: Seema (Gold), Pinki (Silver), Priyanka (Bronze) and Diksha Tomar (Bronze).
55 kg: Vinesh (Gold) Manisha (Silver), Swaranjeet Kaur (Bronze) and Reena (Bronze).
57kg: Pooja Dhanda (Gold), Sangeeta (Silver), Rani Rana (Bronze) and Indu Tomar (Bronze).
59 kg: Geeta Phogat (Gold), Ravita (Silver), Sakshi (Bronze) and Sarita (Bronze).
62 kg: Sakshi Malik (Gold), Pooja Tomar (Silver), Pooja (Bronze) and Manju (Bronze).
65 kg: Ritu Malik (Gold), Gargi Yadav (Silver), Shilpi Sheron (Bronze) and Ishika Tomar (Bronze).
68 kg: Divya Kakran (Gold), Monia (Silver), Kusum (Bronze) and Pinki (Bronze).
72 kg: Kiran (Gold), Manu Tomar (Silver), Naina (Bronze) and Kamini (Bronze).
76kg: Pooja (Gold), Kavita (Silver), Jyoti (Bronze) and Rani (Bronze).
Male freestyle: 57 kg: Utkrash Kale (Gold); Ravi Kumar (Silver); Amit, Mayank (Bronze)
65 kg: Sonu (Gold), Praveen (Silver), Surjeet, Karan (Bronze).
74 kg: Sushil Kumar (Gold), Praveen Frog (Silver), Praveen, Balraj (Bronze)
86 kg: Pawan Kumar (Gold), Deepak (Silver), Surajvir, Deepak Punia (Bronze).