October 18, 2018

At 15, Anish Bhanwala wins gold and creates history

13 April 2018, 10:37 | Silvia Roy

A shattered Stainton lies in tears on the track. Pic Getty

A shattered Stainton lies in tears on the track. Pic Getty

He has won gold medal in 2008 Commonwealth Pune India, 2009 Junior Asian Wrestling Championship and this time, in Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia.

However, shooter Anish Bhanwala, 15-years-old, created history when he became India's youngest ever gold medal victor in the Commonwealth Games. Both the boxers put up a gritty performance but went down against their respective English opponents who progressed to the finals. By winning the gold, Anish surpassed his team-mate Manu Bhaker, who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals.

The fast-rising trio of Amit Panghal, Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik notched up contrasting victories to enter the finals but teenager Naman Tanwar settled for a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games boxing competition here today. This is the seventh CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006, a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010 and a silver in women's 50m rifle prone in the ongoing edition.

"It is not a coincidence that you are among the winners of Nigeria's first medal". The biggest highlight of the day in Indian wrestling at Gold Coast was the win of Bajrang Punia.

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The paddlers and squash players, too, continued to move ahead without any major hiccups and the weekend should add considerably to India's medal kitty.

Sawant's medal is her sixth in the Commonwealth Games. In the women's doubles bronze match (TT), Sutirtha Mukherjee/Pooja Sahasrabudhe lost 1-3.

Australia have won 63 Gold and 163 medals in total, while England have 29 Gold medals and 91 medals overall in their kitty.

India will be looking to end the competition on a high as all the action from the games continues.

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With wrestling leading the day for India, wrestler Sushil Kumar won second gold medal of the day after defeating South Africa's Johannes Botha in the 74 kg final on Thursday.

The domination contiuned in the semi-finals Bajrang pulled off a series of two-point moves to take an 8-0 lead in the first round.

Anish broke the Games record with a score of 30 after eight shots to win the yellow metal.

India's medal tally rose to 42, including 17 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze.

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He is also a victor of a gold medal in 65kg freestyle wrestling at the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi, last year.

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