Gold Coast, Apr 12: Wrestler Rahul Aware clinched gold for India in men’s freestyle 57-kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2018. Rahul Aware defeated Canada’s Steven Takahashi 15-7 in the final. Aware appeared in his first CWG in the men’s 57-kilogram category and entered the final, defeating Muhammed Bilal of Pakistan.
Aware overpowered Steven Takahashi of Canada 15-7 in the final. The Indian was dominant right from the start, pulling off three two-points moves in the first round. Although the Canadian showed excellent technical prowess with a four-point move, it was enough to prevent Aware from taking a two-point lead into the break.
The Maharashtra wrestler showed his true class in the second round. He had increased his lead by one point in the initial stages before the Canadian scored three points to reduce the gap. Aware, however, made an ankle hold to execute the classic ‘fitlay’ move which saw rack up eight consecutive points.
That gave him a virtually insurmountable eight-point lead which proved too much for Steven to surmount.