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CWG 2014: Wrestlers and Shooters make India proud

The Indian athleteÔÇÖs hungry-for-more attitude at the ongoing commonwealth games has definitely resulted in more laurels. IndiaÔÇÖs current medals tally stands at an awesome 36. Wrestlers and shooters have lead from the front.

Golden Hat-trick in Wrestling

Left to right: Sushil Kumar, Vinesh Phogat, Amit Kumar and Rajiv Tomar

Left to right: Sushil Kumar, Vinesh Phogat, Amit Kumar and Rajiv Tomar

Day 6 of the games was a thorough delight for wrestling. Indian wrestlers were expected to shine at the games and they delivered. 2012 Olympics silver medallist Sushil Kumar competing in the menÔÇÖs 74 kg freestyle wrestling event pulled off a Herculean performance to upset PakistanÔÇÖs Qamar Abbas that won him a truly deserving gold medal. The wrestling prowess didn’t stop here as IndiaÔÇÖs Amit Kumar added another gold to IndiaÔÇÖs tally when he outdid NigeriaÔÇÖs Ebikweminomo Welson with a brilliant score of 6-2 in the menÔÇÖs 57kg freestyle wrestling event. And girl power was not far behind. Teenager Vinesh PhogatÔÇÖs wrestling prowess resulted in a coveted gold when she defeated EnglandÔÇÖs Yana Rattigan in the womenÔÇÖs 48 kg freestyle wrestling finals. Indian wrestler Rajiv Tomar brought India more joy when he won a silver medal in the menÔÇÖs 125kg freestyle wrestling event.

Shooters amass medals galore

Shooter Harpreet Singh

Shooter Harpreet Singh

Day 6 was definitely an eventful day for the Indian shooters. IndiaÔÇÖs Harpreet SinghÔÇÖs great shooting skills bagged him a silver medal in the menÔÇÖs 25m rapid fire pistol event. While IndiaÔÇÖs Sanjeev Rajput bagged a silver medal in the menÔÇÖs 50m rifle 3 positions event with a brilliant 446.9 final score. Olympic bronze medallist and fellow teammate Gagan Narang had to settle for a bronze in the same event with a 436.8 final score. Other shooters excelled too like IndiaÔÇÖs Manavjit Sandhu had to be content with a bronze haul in the menÔÇÖs trap event. Women shooters did well too. Ace shooter Lajja Goswami added a bronze medal to IndiaÔÇÖs tally after finishing third in the womenÔÇÖs 50m rifle 3 positions event.

Weightlifter Chandrakant Mali

Weightlifter Chandrakant Mali

Other sporting events like weightlifting added to the Indian medals tally too. IndiaÔÇÖs weightlifter Chandrakant Mali gave India another bronze when he finished third in the menÔÇÖs 94 kg category. In a major turn of events Nigerian teenager Chika Amalaha who won gold in the womenÔÇÖs 53 kg weightlifting category tested positive on a doping test, resulting in a suspension. This brought India another medal as IndiaÔÇÖs Swati Singh who finished fourth in the same event was awarded the bronze. While Santoshi Matsa who bagged India a bronze in the same womenÔÇÖs 53 kg weightlifting category was declared the silver medallist.

Aussies currently lead the medals tally with a cool 101 medals. Following close is England with 93. India as of now holds the 6th place in the table. Cheers to more medals in store for India.

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