Inam fails to defend the CWG title

The two-time CWG champion loses to India's Deepak Punia: Zaman gets silver


From our correspondent

BIRMINGHAM: The country’s premier wrestler Mohammad Inam on Friday failed to defend his title and settled for silver medal while Zaman Anwar also claimed silver and young wrestling sensation Inayatullah secured bronze on the opening day of the two-day men’s freestyle wrestling competitions of the Commonwealth Games here at the Coventry Arena.

The outcome also took Pakistan’s medal tally to five which includes one gold, two silvers and two bronze.

Two-time Commonwealth Games champion Inam was dethroned by the 2019 World Championship silver medallist and Haryana-born Deepak Punia of India 3-0 after a tough fight in the 86kg final.

After going 0-3 down, Inam made a severe last-ditch effort but was unable to get points.
“In the semi-finals I got injured and so could not play as per plans. Deepak played well,” Inam told  this correspondent.

Earlier, Inam was off to an impressive start to his title defence when he downed debutant Kieron Molon of Scotland in the pre-quarter-finals 11-0 inside four minutes.

Inam, then, whacked Australia’s Jayden Lawrence in the quarter-finals. Inam, already having two Commonwealth Games golds in his pocket, overcame stiff resistance from Jayden and sealed an 8-3 victory. At one stage, it was 2-2 but Inam did a fine job to show his superiority as a seasoned grappler of the Commonwealth zone. Inam, also having four world beach wrestling titles, defeated young Edwards Lessing of South Africa 5-3 in the semi-final. Inam took an early point but stout Edwards levelled it 1-1. Edwards then claimed 3-1 lead before Inam staged a fightback to level the score. Inam then took two more points to win the show.





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