In the Commonwealth Games 2022, 6 Indian women wrestlers had presented the challenge and all had put medals in India’s bag, including 2 gold.
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New Delhi. Commonwealth Games 2022 India finished fourth with a total of 61 medals, including 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze. All Indian wrestlers put medals in the country’s bag. India sent a total of 12 wrestlers to Birmingham, consisting of 6 male and 6 female players and all returned home with medals. India won 6 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals in wrestling. Out of this, women wrestlers won 6 medals including 2 gold, one silver and 3 bronze.
4 wrestlers missed gold
However, the Wrestling Federation of India is not happy with the performance of the women wrestlers and the federation has announced to review their performance. Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik won gold medals, while Anshu Malik won silver and Pooja Gehlot, Divya Kakran and Pooja Sihag won bronze medals. The federation is unhappy with the performance of 4 wrestlers. These four players missed out on winning the gold medal despite a weak draw. Anshu took silver in 57kg, Pooja Gehlot (50kg), Divya Kakran (68kg) and Pooja Sihag (76kg) won the bronze despite weak rivals.
Could not take advantage of weak draw
Only 6 wrestlers had entered the 50 kg weight category, in which Pooja lost to Canada’s Madison Bianca Parks and won bronze in the playoffs. There were 8 wrestlers in 76 kg and 9 in 68 kg. In just 68kg, Divya faced the challenge of a strong wrestler like Blessing Obrududu of Nigeria, the silver medalist of Tokyo Olympics. She could not collect a single point against Blessing. Divya won the bronze by defeating weak Cameroonian wrestler Blandin Nayeh Engiri.
Wrestlers need to think
federation Anshu Very unhappy with her performance, as she was the biggest contender for gold. In the final, Anshu faced the challenge of African champion Odunao Folasade Adekuroye, who was 7 years older than him. A federation official said that if you are not able to register a win despite a weak draw, then it shows your performance. He said that sitting with the wrestlers, we will review their performance. Anshu could not make the right bet against Adekuroye. Wrestlers should think about it.