Sushil Kumar led a strong group of Indian wrestlers earlier this week as the squad won three of the five gold medals in their sport at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Not only did Kumar put on quite a special performance against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan in a FS 74kg gold medal match, but Amit Kumar and Vinesh Phogat also added a pair of golds to the total tally.
The three gold medals pushed India up on the scoreboard, moving them up to No. 5 in medal standings. Rajeev Tomar added a silver medal.
While the overall standings is definitely a team effort, the star on the floor Tuesday was none other than Kumar, the two-time Olympic medalist. It took him just around 107 seconds to defeat Abbas in what seemed to be an unbalanced matchup.
What made the performance that much more important is the fact that it was his first international performance since the 66kg category was removed. Kumar was forced to add 8-9kg in order to compete at the tournament, and his hard work and determination paid off.
Kumar was up 6-2 on Abbas when the referee called the match.
Kumar not only dominated Abbas in the final round, but also the competition leading up to the gold medal match. He defeated New Zealand’s Jayden Lawrence 4-0 in the opening round, followed by another 4-0 victory over Sri Lanka’s Sandrage.