CWG 2018: Sushil Kumar clinches gold for India

Sushil Kumar defeated Johannes Botha of South Africa via technical superiority to clinch gold in the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling event on Thursday.

It took just 80 seconds for Sushil Kumar to clinch the medal for the country.   -  AP

Sushil Kumar defeated Johannes Botha of South Africa via technical superiority to clinch gold in the men's freestyle 74kg wrestling event on Thursday.

A seasoned campaigner, Sushil was supreme right from the start, ensuring there was no slip-up.

Sushil was virtually a tiger on the prowl on the ring. He completed a hat-trick of gold medals in the Games, having won the top prize in New Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow in 2014. In his campaign of four bouts, the 34-year-old, a medallist in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics Games, found little challenge in his path to glory.

Sushil gained an easy win over Canadian Jevon Balfour to open his account, before eliminating Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt in the second round. In the semifinals, he floored Evans Connor (Australia) with utmost ease before the final against Botha.

Botha lasted just about 80 seconds before Sushil accumulated the required 10 points to register his win.

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