Saturday, 23 October 2021

Wrestler Inam Butt clinches first gold medal for Pakistan in Commonwealth Games

AP

GOLD COAST: Pakistan joined the list of gold medal winning nations here at the 21st Commonwealth Games when wrestler Mohammad Inam Butt, displaying a powerful performance in the 86kg category, overcame his formidable opponent Melvin Bibo of Nigeria to to clinch the first gold medal for his country.

Inam dominated the thrilling bout from the outset and kept Bibo under pressure with his brilliant technique to bag three early points in the first round.

In the second round, Inam kept attacking his rival and bagged three more points to win the bout amid thunderous chants of Pakistan Zindabad from the sizeable crowd.

Later on, speaking to mediamen, Inam said the gold medal is his tribute to his beloved country. Thanking the Almighty Allah, he expressed his gratitude to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), the PSB, Pakistan Wrestling Federation (PWF) and his coaches for their support and prayers.

He further said that his bout against India’s Somveer Singh was really tough but God gave him the strength to emerge a winner.

Earlier, in his run up to the final, Inam defeated Australia’s Jayden Lawrence 14-4, Canada’s Alexander Moore in fall and India’s Somveer Singh 10-0.

Pakistan’s Tayyab Raza won a bronze medal by finishing third in the 125kg category here. Raza won two out of four bouts in the event played according to Nordic system, which is like a round robin system where the top athlete on the table wins the Gold.

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