Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware inch closer to gold

Sushil, the defending champion, scored easy victories over Canada’s Jevon Balfour and Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt by technical superiority before scoring a victory by fall over Australia’s Connor Evans.

India's Kumar Sushil (left) beat Pakistan's Muhammad Asad Butt at the men's freestyle 74 kg wrestling match at the Carrara Sports Arena in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday.   -  AFP

Double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar (74kg) turned on the style with comprehensive victories as four Indians assured themselves of medals on the opening day of Commonwealth Games’ wrestling competition here.

Sushil, the defending champion, scored easy victories over Canada’s Jevon Balfour and Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt by technical superiority before scoring a victory by fall over Australia’s Connor Evans.

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He will be taking on South Africa’s Johannes Botha in the last summit clash later today.

Babita Phogat (53kg) also made the final and set up a clash with Canada’s Diana Weicker after notching up wins over Nigeria’s Samuel Bose, Sri Lanka’s Deepika Dilhani, and Australia’s Carissa Holland.

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Rahul Aware (57kg) also had a smooth passage into the final with comprehensive wins over England’s George Ramm, Australia’s Thomas Cicchini and Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal.

He will face Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final.

Kiran (76kg) will compete for the bronze medal after an early loss to nigeria’s Blessing Onyebuchi.

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