Woman wrestlers round off impressive show with twin gold

first_imgIndia’s woman grapplers capped their impressive Commonwealth Games campaign on a high with a gold for Anita (57kg) and Alka Tomar (59kg) in the freestyle competition at the K. D. Jadhav Stadium on Friday.World Championship bronze medalist in 2006, Alka outmanoeuvred her fancied rival Tonya Verbeek of Canada, who is a twotime Olympic medallist, via pinfall.Later in the evening, Anita swelled India’s medal tally with another gold, as she subdued the challenge of Megan Buydens of Canada 4-1 in the 67kg bout. After her bout, Anita admitted that it was her coach’s strategy that allowed her to achieve the best result of her international career.”My coach asked me to move in just when my opponent backed out after an attack. That is what I did and capitalised on it to win.This was the best achievement of my entire career and I hope to carry on from here,” Anita said.Alka said it was two years of hard work that finally made her a noticeable face in the country.”We have been preparing for this day for the last two years at Patiala. My opponent (Verbeek) was very tough since she has two Olympic medals under her belt and she gave me a good fight.”This was probably my toughest bout but now, I am ready for all such competitions.I hope I’ll carry on my performance in the same fashion and a gold medal at the Asian Games this year is now what I have in my sight,” she added.advertisementIt was the first time that women’s wrestling was introduced at the Commonwealth Games and the Indian grapplers did exceptionally well to win six medals including three gold.Babita, however, failed to repeat her elder sister Geeta’s gold- winning feat and had to remain content with a silver after her 4- 7 (0-2, 4-5) loss to Nigerian Ifeona Nwoye in the 51kg category.last_img