Gold Coast: Rahul Aware beat Canada’s Steven Takahashi in men’s 57 kg freestyle wrestling final to win India’s first gold mdeal of the day.
Rahul Aware had earlier beaten Muhammad Bilal of Pakistan in the semifinal with a 12-8 points verdict after getting past George Ramm of England and Thomas Cicchini of Australia in the first two rounds.
Aware, appearing in his first CWG in the men`s 57-kilogram category, did well to qualify for the summit clash in style. Aware`s semi-final was a thrilling contest at Bilal came up with a spirited performance.
The Pakistani attacked right from the start but the Indian pulled off an effective counter-attack to take a 3-0 lead. Bilal continued to attack and managed a takedown which earned him two points.