Gold Coast, April 13: Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia outclassed Kane Charig from Wales by techincal superiority 10-0 to earn Gold medal in the 65 kg freestyle wrestling category in the Commonwealth Games 2018 at the Gold Coast here on Friday. India, thus earned their 17th Gold medal and in the marquee tournament, while it was the first for the Indian.
Bajrang started on the front-foot from the onset of the bout. He got hold of Charig and tactically outplayed him, injuring him mildly in the process to blank him in the bout.
Earlier, Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala won gold in Men’s 25m Rapid Fire pistol event at Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2018 being held at Australia’s Gold Coast. With the achievement, India’s medal tally rose to 34 (Gold – 16, Silver – 8, Bronze – 10).
Anish, aged 15, created history by becoming the country’s youngest ever gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games. He achieved the feat when he stormed his way into the gold medal with a Games record in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre. The Haryana boy shot down the CWG record in the final with a score of 30 including four series of 5 each.
Australia’s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England.
By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.
In the Qualifications, Anish scored 580 to finish top of the tally. He scored 286 in stage 1 and 294 in stage 2 qualifying.
Also in the day, Indian shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil had bagged gold and silver, respectively in 50m rifle 3 positions finals at Commonwealth Games 2018 being held at Australia’s Gold Coast.
Tejaswini registered a new Games record 457.9 points to take the title. Anjum scored 455.7. Seonaid McIntosh of Scotland took bronze with 444.6. (With PTI inputs).