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Inam wins gold in Beach Wrestling World Series

By our correspondent

ROME: Pakistan’s top wrestler Mohammad Inam today added to his feathers when he secured another major crown after beating Ukraine’s Oleksii Yakovchuk 3-0 in the 90 kilogramme final to win the Beach Wrestling World Series held in Rome.

Inam finished his impressive journey by beating the Ukrainian 3-0 in the final. Inam’s opponent in the final was the same who had been beaten by the Gujranwala-born seasoned wrestler in his first round fight on Friday. Earlier in the day Inam defeated Omer Faruk Karadeniz of Turkey 2-1 in the quarter-final. He then prevailed over the Romanian grappler Mihai Nicolae Palaghia in the semi-final 3-0 to set final clash with Oleksii.

On Friday Inam defeated world bronze medallist Oleksii Yakovchuk of Ukraine in the opening fight before prevailing over Greece’s Georgios Tsaknakis in his second fight. Now on September 10-11 Greece will host the Beach Wrestling World Series in Katerini and Inam’s participation is now not yet known, as per a Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) official dealing with such matters, as he has not got Greece visa. If Inam is given points for his missed World Series held in France and the upcoming World Series in Greece then there is high chance that he will qualify for the final World Series which Romania will host on September 25-26.

Inam also has to his credit golds in the World Beach Wrestling Championships held in Turkey in 2017 and 2018. He then went on to lift gold in the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha in 2019. Inam got golds in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He also has to his credit gold in the 2016 Vietnam Asian Beach Games, silver in the 2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games and golds in the 2016 and 2019 South Asian Games.

Meanwhile Pakistan’s Zaman Anwar won just one fight in three when he downed Rares Daniel Chintoan 2-1. Earlier, he went down to Ukraine’s Ivan Malin and Romania’s Vasile Vlod Cares. Inayatullah was the other grappler who took part in the event.

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