Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar created history by winning the maiden gold medal for the country in the World Wrestling Championship in Moscow on 12.09.2010. Sushil outwitted Russian grappler Gogaev Alan 3-1 to win the final bout of the 66 kg men’s freestyle category. According to international body’s website (FILA), Sushil clinched two crucial points in the first period while his opponent only managed one. Sushil kept the pressure on Russia’s Gogaev and picked one more point in the second period to clinch the coveted gold medal.
Earlier, Sushil Kumar made it to the final by defeating Hasanov Jabrayil of Azerbaijan. Sushil won his semifinal bout 4-3. The Azerbaijani grappler started off well as he notched up the lone point in the first period but Sushil bounced back and levelled the score 1-1 in the second period. In the third period Sushil dished out an attacking game and clinched three more points as compared to his opponents Hasanov’s two to seal the issue in his favour.
Earlier, Sushil overpowered Russian grappler Gogaev Alan 3-1 to win the final bout of the 66kg category freestyle wrestling in Moscow.
Sushil clinched two crucial points in the first period while his opponent only managed one. Sushil kept the pressure on Russia’s Gogaev and picked one more point in the second period to clinch the coveted gold medal.
He said, “Winning gold at the World Championship is a huge achievement itself. It’s a huge achievement for me after Beijing Olympics and before the Commonwealth Games. I feel I am really fortunate to become the first ever Indian wrestler to win gold at the World Championship.”
The world champion also said, “My next target is to win gold in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and I firmly believe that Indians can win all the 21 medals in the 21 categories. I also feel that we can win at least 13-14 gold medals.”
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar’s coach and former wrestling great Satpal has
said, “Sushil has created history for Indian wrestling. No Indian wrestler has done it before. It’s a great achievement. Sushil came to me at the age of 12 and has been under my guidance for the last 14 years. He is really good and dedicated. Beating former Russian world champion Gogaev Alan in the final is a huge feat. It’s a great moment for Indian sports.”
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