It is day eight at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Indian wrestling stars will be playing their pre-quarters and quarters today. The action starts with men’s freestyle 65kg pre-quarters match between Bajrang Punia vs Lowe Bingham of Nauru, followed by Deepak Punia, Anshu Malik, and Divya Kakran.
That is it from wrestling day one. We have more in store tomorrow so do join us. Here are all the medal winners -
Anshu Malik in Women’s 57kg Silver
Bajrang Punia in Men’s 65kg Gold
Sakshi Malik in Women’s 62kg Gold
Deepak Punia vs in Men’s 86kg Gold
Divya Kakran in Women’s 68kg Bronze
Mohit Grewal in Men’s 125kg Bronze
Mohit Grewal wins against Jamaica’s Aaron Johnson. That concludes India's day at wrestling. There will be more tomorrow.
Don't go anywhere, as India has two bronze medal matches to go.
And Divya Kakran has a bronze here. She beats Tiger Lily by pin.
Deepak does not let Inam open his account and gets third gold for the country.
DEEPAK (IND) 3 INAM (PAK) 0
Deepak is the more attacking of the two, as he secures one more.
DEEPAK (IND) 2 INAM (PAK) 0
The Indian is ahead at the break.
DEEPAK (IND) 1 INAM (PAK) 0
By the looks of it, it is going to be a fast bout.
INAM gets a warning.
He is pushed out, and Indian has a point.
DEEPAK (IND) INAM (PAK)
Both men come out on the mat.
Don't go anywhere as yet as we have another India final coming up. Deepak Punia takes on Pakistan's Muhammad Inam.
SAKSHI (IND) 4 GONZALEZ (CAN) 4
A sudden attack from Sakshi means, the Canadian is off balance. The latter is pinned.
SAKSHI (IND) 0 GONZALEZ (CAN) 4
Another failed attack for the Indian here, and the Canadian adds two more.
SAKSHI (IND) 0 GONZALEZ (CAN) 2
Malik is a favourite to win here. But the Canadian girl is no pushover.
SAKSHI doesn't get the reversal and Gonzalez gets two on counter-attack.
Time for the third final now. Sakshi Malik takes on Canada's Ana Gonzalez.
BAJRANG (IND) 9 GONZALEZ (CAN) 2
And that is it. INDIA HAVE THE FIRST GOLD FROM THE MAT
BAjrang Punia wins easily, but he did not like conceding two points.
BAJRANG (IND) 6 GONZALEZ (CAN) 2
Oh, and here is a fall for the Indian. But PUnia is hurt, he would go for the kill.
BAJRANG (IND) 4 GONZALEZ (CAN) 0
At the end of the first round, Bajrang has a clear lead, and he should wrap it up soon.
BAJRANG (IND) 3 GONZALEZ (CAN) 0
Bajrang looks stronger of the two. A take down and then pushed out of yellow line.
BAJRANG (IND) GONZALEZ (CAN)
Next up is another final. This time Bajrang Punia will take on Canada's Gonzalez.
ANSHU (IND) 4 ODUNAYO (NGR) 6
The Nigerian is clearly a superior grappler. Malik does get two in the last 10 secs, but that is not enough.
HEARTBREAK FOR INDIA
ANSHU (IND) 0 ODUNAYO (NGR) 4
There is a visible height difference between the two, and she gets two. And the Nigerian gets another fall.
ANSHU (IND) ODUNAYO (NGR)
Both women on the mat now, and hopefully she will get a gold.
It is time for gold medal match now
ANSHU FACES NIGERIA'S ODUNAYO
Wrestling Medals Bouts from 9:30 PM IST
Anshu Malik in Women’s 57kg 🥇
Bajrang Punia in Men’s 65kg🥇
Sakshi Malik in Women’s 62kg 🥇
Deepak Punia vs in Men’s 86kg🥇
Divya Kakran in Women’s 68kg 🥉
Mohit Grewal in Men’s 125kg 🥉
Blessing Oburududu making it into the final has allowed Divya another chance at a medal.
AND SHE HAS STARTED WELL WITH A TAKEDOWN!!
AND WE HAVE MIGHT HAVE A PIN HERE!!
AND IT IS DONE!! A WIN BY FALL FOR DIVYA!!
SHE WILL FIGHT FOR THE BRONZE NEXT!
MOHIT (IND) 2 AMARVEER (CAN) 12
Unfortunately, The Indian has lost this bout. Dhesi was way better here.
ROUND 2 | Deepak 3 - 1 Moore
Deepak starts the second period with a quick takedown. He is going for a gut wrentch. He gets it but cannot add more to his tally. This has been quite a technical bout so far, hence the low score so far.
AND MOORE GETS ON THE BOARD!! DEEPAK DID WELL TO AVOID THE TAKEDOWN AS HE WAS PUSHED OUT!!
AND THAT IS IT!!! DEEPAK IS INTO THE FINAL!!
MOHIT (IND) 2 AMARVEER (CAN) 8
This is a heavyweight clash, and a big one.
After a struggle Indian gets points by fall, two of them.
AND TWO for Dhesi as well.
A fall for the Indian, and Dhesi is in lead.
ROUND 1 | Deepak 1 - 0 Moore
As expected, Moore has started off on the backfoot. And he has been warned of passivity.
He has still not done too much here. The clock should start soon on the Canadian.
IT HAS NOW!!! AND DEEPAK GETS THE FIRST POINT AS THE CLOCK RUNS OUT ON MOORE!
Deepak makes a move by trying to trip the Canadian. Moore defends well.
Now Deepak has been warned for passivity. He tries to go for it but cannot pull it off.
UPDATE - Blessing Oburududu has beaten Cocker Lemalie. That means that Divya Kakran will get another chance via repechage.
BAJRANG (IND) 10 RAMM (ENG) 0
This is going to be way to easy for The Indian. And yes, a six points.
NO, make it 10.
PUNIA in FINAL!!
It is time for a big one now. Bajarang Punia faces George Ramm.
UPDATE - ANSHU STARTS OFF WITH A TAKEDOWN INSIDE TEN SECONDS. AND ADDS TWO MORE BY TURNING HER OPPONENT! SHE LEADS BY FOUR NOW!
AND ANOTHER TAKEDOWN!!! CAN SHE TURN HER AGAIN? YES SHE CAN!! AND AGAIN!!
TECHNICAL SUPERIORITY!!! JUST OVER A MINUTE!!
SAKSHI (IND) 10 NGOLLE (CMR) 0
SAKSHI IN FINAL!! A takedown and TWO REVERSES takes her to gold medal match.
SAKSHI (IND) 4 NGOLLE (CMR) 0
Easy points of offer and she grabs them with both hands.
30secs on the clock and Sakshi has a big lead.
And it is time for Semis now.
SAKSHI MALIK IN ACTION!!
PUNIA (IND) 10 RAMM (ENG) 0
And that is another match coming your way. This is a quarters match, and Deepak has shown his class. Even before typing this Punia has won on technical superiority. HE IS IN SEMIS.
DIVYA (IND) 0 BLESSING (NGR) 11
The Indian just does not look in form. Blessing has been superb and looks like first wrestler to bite the dust will be Divya.
YES! THE INDIAN LOSES!
DIVYA (IND) 0 BLESSING (NGR) 5
Second round starts now. Divya will have to do something special here.
DIVYA (IND) 0 BLESSING (NGR) 5
A takedown on the Indian, as Blessing extends her lead. She counter-attacks and gets two more.
DIVYA (IND) 0 BLESSING (NGR) 1
Kakran is pushed out of the mat and first point to her. ANd wait, this Nigeria girl is a Tokyo Olympics medalist.
DIVYA (IND) BLESSING (NGR)
And another Indian bout has started. Once again the Indian girl is the favourite.
BAJRANG vs BANDOU
And we are off. Steady start by the Indian. AND JUST LIKE THAT HE GETS THE TAKEDOWN!!
Bandou tries to attack but Bajrang holds him very easily.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE!!!
IT IS ALL OVER!!!
HE WINS BY PINNING BANDOU!!
MOHIT (IND) 10 ALEXIOS (CYP) 1
Mohit in semis, another one. GREAT DAY FOR INDIA.
MOHIT (IND) 10 ALEXIOS (CYP) 1
A takedown and then a fall. That means four points for the Indian.
MOHIT (IND) 6 ALEXIOS (CYP) 1
At the start of the second round, Mohit gets another take down, this time due to the fault of his opponent.
MOHIT (IND) 4 ALEXIOS (CYP) 1
Mohit gets the first takedown, and it is two points. He has the lead. In fact, make it two more.
MOHIT (IND) 0 ALEXIOS (CYP) 1
The Cyprian wrestler gets the first point due to passivity by Mohit.
MOHIT (IND) ALEXIOS (CYP)
A slow start to the bout for now. But the Indian will fancy his chances.
And it's time for 125kg action now. Mohit Grewal takes on Alexios of Cyprus.
SAKSHI (IND) 10 BARNS (ENG) 0
WHAT A START!! Within the first ten seconds Sakshi gets Barns on the mat and scores two points for a takedown.
WOW!! With a gut wrench, she turns her around to take two more points. AND TWO MORE!
IT IS ALL OVER!! Technical superiority!! WHAT WIN
ANSHU (IND) 10 IRENE (AUS) 0
And in within one minute here comes another takedown. Anshu has won the bout, and into the semis. She wins on technical superiority.
ANSHU (IND) 6 IRENE (AUS) 0
Anshu with a take down and she has the first points in the match. IN fact it's six points.
ANSHU (IND) IRENE (AUS)
It is time for an India match after a long while. THis is the quarters bout.
UPDATE - Wrestling action will resume at 6:00 PM IST. The delay was caused after a speaker fell from the ceiling, minutes after the first session began.
UPDATE - There has been a delay due to technical issues and the matches have been stopped. Please stay tuned for the latest as there are gold medals at stake.
DEEPAK 10 OXENHAM 0
That is it, the bout is stopped as Deepak wins it rather easily. NZ wrestler was just a warm-up for him.
DEEPAK 8 OXENHAM 0
Punia has another take down and he has a very steep lead. IN fact he is just two points away from win by technical superiority.
DEEPAK 4 OXENHAM 0
Punia rolls out his opponent out of the yellow line. He has two more points.
DEEPAK 2 OXENHAM 0
The Indian has a takedown and takes a two-point lead hear.
DEEPAK 0 OXENHAM 0
The match has started and Deepak is a favourite to win here. Let's see.
DEEPAK 0 OXENHAM 0
UPDATE - SO next up will be Deepak Punia in action against vs Matthew Oxenham (New Zealand) in the men's 85kg category, in some time from now. Just don't go away as action concludes rather fast in wrestling.
BAJRANG 4 - BINGHAM 0 The match has been a quiet affair so far. And Bingham is pulled down, two points there. Okay wait, BIngham is pinned. INDIAN WINS 4-0, and through to the quarters.
BAJRANG 0 - BINGHAM 0 So the match is underway and both the wrestlers are being cautious. Bingham warned for being cautious.
UPDATE - We are starting with the first match of the day on the mat, where Pakistan's Inayat Ullah takes on Adam Vella of Malta, in men's 65kg quarters. Bajrang plays right after that.
Wrestling latest update - We are just half an hour away from the start of the wrestling action, and India should be hoping to make it all gold here. Bajrang Punia goes live at 3pm, so stay tuned.
Here’s the full schedule of Indian events
Men’s Triple Jump Qualifying A&B: A. Aboobacker, Pravin Chithravel, Eldhose Paul – 11:35 PM
Women’s 200m semi-final 2: Hima Das – 12:53 AM (Saturday)
Badminton (starts at 3:30 PM IST)
Men’s doubles round of 16: Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy/ Chirag Shetty vs Murad Ali/Saeed Bhatti – 12 AM (Saturday)
Mixed doubles quarterfinal: Dipika Pallikal/Sourav Ghosal vs Grinham Rachael/Alexander Zac (Australia) – 12:45 AM (Saturday)
Women’s Semi-final: India versus Australia – 12:45 AM (Saturday)