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Commonwealth Games 2018: Sushil Kumar Hat-Trick Wins Third Consecutive Gold.

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Sushil Kumar Wins Gold in the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. In the final Match, Kumar was up against Johannes Botha of South Africa. Sushil, after the initial exchange of grips, went for his moves, bouncing Botha around at will, literally toying with the idea of victory. The South African was so unsettled that it seemed he had lost his bearings, when the referee whistled announcing the end of the bout, with Sushil earning a 10-0 (technical superiority), to win gold.

This was Sushil’s third straight Commonwealth gold medal and India’s second gold from the wrestling mat from this version of the CWG. Today only, Rahul Aware won gold in the 57kg division, dominating his opponents, but not to the same extent as Sushil. India won two more medals at the wrestling arena on Thursday Babita Kumari settling for silver in the 53kg women’s division and Kiran earning a bronze in the 76 kg category.

Sushil started off with an 11-0 point lead with Jevan Balfour of Canada, winning by technical superiority. He did not waste any time against his quarterfinal opponent Muhammad Asad Butt of Pakistan. Sushil won again by technical superiority, scoring points from takedowns to close the bout 10-0 early in the second period.

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