Post CWG domination India's real test Asia, World Championships
For Printing Download Epaper from files section from bottom of this page
Indian wrestlers dominated the Commonwealth Games 2022. All the wrestlers participating in these games won medals and this time one gold medal came more than the previous edition. In the last edition, India won five gold medals in wrestling, while this edition brought six gold medals. Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya and Naveen topped the podium in the men's freestyle category, while Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik topped the women's section. India, a wrestling superpower among Commonwealth nations, did not face much problem in facing challenges from Canadian, Pakistani and Nigerian wrestlers. After Birmingham, India is second to Canada in the history of CWG wrestling competitions. India has won a total of 114 medals including 49 gold, while Canada has won a total of 147 medals including 69 gold. But when the performance of Commonwealth Games is compared with that of World Championships and Asian Games, India's medals fall short. In the history of World Championships, India has managed to win only 20 medals so far.
Sushil Kumar is the only Indian wrestler (male or female) to win gold at the 2010 Moscow edition.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist, Bajrang Punia, is the only Indian to win three medals (one silver and two bronze) in the event. The most successful year for Indian wrestlers was 2019, with Bajrang, Deepak Punia, Ravi Dahiya, Rahul Aware and Vinesh Phogat winning medals. In the Asian Games, India has an overall tally of 59 medals, including 11 gold. In the previous edition of the Games in Jakarta, India had won two gold (Bajrang and Vinesh) and one bronze (Divya Kakran). India finished sixth in the medal tally.
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt ended Indian wrestling's 28-year gold medal drought in the quadrennial event when he topped the podium finish in the men's 65kg category.Before him, heavyweight (100 kg) Kartar Singh was the last player to win a wrestling gold for the country at the 1986 Seoul Games. At the Commonwealth Games, Indians benefit from the absence of wrestling superpowers Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, South and North Korea, the US, Russia, Japan, Georgia, Turkey, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Armenia. Even in the women's competition, wrestlers from both Japan, Korea and China are a major threat to the Indian contingent.