Guwahati, February 8: Indian grapplers simply annihilated their opponents, scooping 14 gold medals out of a total 16 on offer as the wrestling competition in the 12th South Asian Games ended here today. Despite being represented by a second string team, the home wrestlers proved too strong for their South Asian neighbours as they grabbed five more gold out of six on offer, besides a silver, on the concluding day today at the R G Baruah Sports Complex.Also Read - UP Government Adopts Indian Wrestling Till 2032 Olympics
Indian wrestlers thus ended their campaign with a whopping 14 gold and two silver. India won gold in all the eight women’s categories, while their men counterparts won six gold and two silver. Pakistan won two gold. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics: Amit Dhankar, Indian Wrestlers Eye Last Attempt to Make The Cut
Shilpi Sheoran began the gold count for India today as she beat Farzana Sharmin of Bangladesh in the women’s 63kg final bout. Rajani and Nikki made all-gold affair for Indian women in the Games by defeating Bangladesh’s Shirin Sultana and W Weerasingh of Sri Lanka, respectively in the 69kg and 75kg categories.(ALSO READ: Sangram Singh wins Champion’s Pro Kushti inaugural bout). Also Read - South Asian Games 2019: Pullela Gopichand's Daughter Gayatri And Ashmita Chaliha Win Respective Women's Singles Semifinal to Setup All-Indian Final, India Assured of Two Golds
Among men, Mausam Khatri and Pardeep won a gold each in 97kg and 74kg respectively, while Mandeep had to settle for a silver as he lost to Pakistan’s Zaman Avwar in the 125kg final bout.
In the 2010 edition, India had won three gold and a silver in men’s wrestling while Pakistan had won two gold and a silver.