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Sushil and Aware strike gold, Babita settles for silver

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Double Olympic-medallist (74kg) and claimed contrasting gold medals even as defending champion phogat (53kg) settled for a silver on the opening day of the 21st Commonwealth Games' competition here today.

Sushil took a minute and 20 seconds to defeat of on technical superiority to claim his third successive gold medal at the Games.

Aware, on the other hand, prevailed 15-7 over Canada's in an exciting contest during which the Indian was troubled by a groin niggle but chose to carry on with more than a minute left on the clock.

Aware's triumph opened India's gold medal account in the three-day competition at the Games.

"I have been waiting for this medal for the last 10 years. I can't describe how it feels to claim it. I missed out on 2010, even in 2014, the team was sent without trials. So, I am very happy that I could finally fulfil this dream," said the 26-year-old Aware, who is also the reigning Commonwealth championships gold-medallist.

"I dedicate this to my guru who passed away in 2012, I am happy that all the efforts I put in got the result I wanted," he added.

However, settled for silver after being outmanuevered by Canada's in the summit clash.

Babita, who claimed a silver in the 2010 edition before a gold in Glasgow, failed to break through her rival's defences, going down 2-5 in the contest.

"I think my weakness today was my attack, I should have been more aggressive but I gave my 100 per cent. I am satisfied with the intensity I put in but obviously I could not get the result I wanted," she said.

"I had a bit of a problem in my knees too but are a wrestler's ornaments. We live niggles, there is nothing there," she added.

While Babita's bout lacked spark, Aware's showdown with Takahashi was thoroughly engaging. The Indian trailed 6-7 at one stage but claimed points on takedown to recover and keep imself ahead.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:25 IST