Indian wrestlers won 4 gold medals under Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik’s leadership on Sunday in 13th Asian Games. India has so far won gold medals in all 12 categories. This is the best performance of Indian wrestlers so far. Sakshi finished first in the women’s 62kg, while Under-23 World Championship silver medalist Ravinder won the gold in the men’s freestyle 61kg. All four matches of Sakshi remained unilateral, but Ravinder had to fight to defeat M Bilal of Pakistan. Pawan Kumar (men’s freestyle 86 kg) and Anshu (women’s 59 kg) also won gold medals in their respective categories. On Monday, Gaurav Balianan (74 kg) and Anita Sharon (68 kg) will compete in the men’s and women’s freestyle respectively on the final day of the competition.
Seven Indian boxers including Commonwealth Games defending champion Vikas Krishnan (69 kg) and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Pinki Rani made it to the tournament finals here on Sunday. Apart from Vikas in the men’s category, Sparsh (52 kg), Varinder (60 kg) and Narender (over 91 kg), while Pinky Rani (51 kg), Sonia Lather (57 kg) and Manju Bomboria (64 kg) in the female section entered the finals. Only one boxer from India, Sachin (81 kg), suffered a loss. Eight boxers from India reached the finals on Saturday. In this way, a total of 15 Indian boxers have made it to the title match. From the performance of Indian wrestlers, it seems that the number of medals can go further.