It is a proud moment for India as Sushil Kumar wins gold at the Commonwealth games defeating the South African Johannes Botha in 80 seconds flat.
Sushil has been breathtaking throughout and his opponents just did not stand a chance against him as his aggression was too much of a thing to handle. The Indian pehelwan won by technical superiority in the finals with the score reading 10-0 in the men’s freestyle 74kg bout on Thursday.
Sushil quoted after the fight:
“When I’m fit I try to fight like this. But if I’m not then I don’t fight. Each and every medal, whether it is from a big meet or small one, is something to cherish for the rest of your life. I felt so happy when the whole stadium roared to support me”
Sushil’s opponent in the final, Johannes Botha is a four-time medallist in Africa but was no match for the London Olympic silver medallist. Botha made the first move in an effort to put down Sushil but Sushil Kumar countered with some brilliant moves of his own which targeted Botha’s neck, waist, and toe. The African found himself trailing in no time and it took Sushil just 20 more seconds to finish it off. This was his third straight gold at the prestigious Commonwealth games.
Sushil also thanked his fans by taking a lap of honor. He said:
“I did my best but the result is due to team work. We fight from the front but there is a big support team behind us who help us prepare for the fight. I had an injury and that’s why I couldn’t compete in earlier competitions. But now because of all my well wishers, I’m back to my best now”
Asked about missing out a third straight Olympics in Rio, the Delhi wrestler said:
“I don’t hold on to old things. The medal I have won today will not happen tomorrow. That was a phase, this is also a phase”