By SHUBHAJIT Chakraborty
New Delhi, Oct. 11 – The world champion and Olympic bronze medallist, Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar had an easy win, grabbing gold for the country Sunday. It was already given that Beijing Olympic bronze medallist would have won his 28th gold, but nobody perhaps expected that it would be so easier for him.
An injured Sushil came and won. The people who are aware of the sport could find it humorous because the opponent was nowhere in the arena.
The 27 year-old has given a message to Indian wrestlers to believe they can also achieve the highest feat. India’s gold haul in wrestling alone testifies the fact, and now it’s a matter of serious contemplation to make these young and energetic wrestler to compete for the Olympic.
“Earlier, coaches used to think that a wrestling bout against an Indian wrestler is as good as a walkover. Not any more though. In fact, I was speaking to the team and they told me ‘sir ab koi bhi aajaye, hum toh maar denge.’ They are a confident lot and they have self belief. That has made all the difference,” Sushil’s coach Satpal Singh told MiD DAY yesterday.
Other wrestlers Vijay Kumar and Anuj Kumar bagged silver medals in their categories.
Sunday, the seventh day of CWG 2010, was indeed fabulous for India. India bagged 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze to the medal tally till yet. India has 28 gold, 18 silver and 21 bronze medals. It is India’s highest gold medal hunting in the history of Commonwealth Games.