Sushil Kumar marks return to international arena with gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships

New Delhi: Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.

Returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand's Akash Khullar via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.

File image of Sushil Kumar. Reuters

File image of Sushil Kumar. Reuters

It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.

Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.

Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.

In his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.

Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.

Soon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.

Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017 19:46:48 IST

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