Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, Rajeev Tomar and Amit Kumar ensured at least three silver medals for India at the Commonwealth Games after they entered the finals of their respective weight categories on the opening day of the wrestling competition here on Tuesday. (Day 6 Blog | Results)
Both Sushil and Amit trumped three strong grapplers one after another within a matter of just one-and-a-half-hour in the men's 74kg and 57kg freestyle events, respectively, to make the gold-medal bout, while Tomar had two easy rounds before he made the finals of the men's 125kg category.
All the final bouts will be held later in the day.
31-year-old Sushil proved his mettle as he comfortably won the round of 16, followed by his quarterfinal bout by virtue of Great Superiority, which means a difference of 10 points.
In the semifinals, Sushil beat Nigeria's Melvin Bibo to make the finals, where he will take on Qamar Abbas of Pakistan.
The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist and a silver medal winner at the 2012 London Games thrashed Australia's Jayden Lawrence 11-0 in the round of 16, before blanking Kushan Sandrage of Sri Lanka 10-0 in the last eight-stage of the competition.
Sushil, however, faced some threat in the semifinals with his Nigerian opponent managing to grab a few points. But in the end, it was the Indian who turned out to be far superior with a 8-4 victory.
The 31-year-old Indian grappler won six points in the first period but his opponent restored parity in the next. The Nigerian stunned Sushil when he put him down in the second round to not only earn two points to his credit but also injured the Indian.
Sushil was seen bleeding from his nose but he was soon back with a bang as he snatched two more points to have the last laugh.
Tomar had an easy outing against Nigeria's Sinivie Boltic during his quarterfinal bout, where he beat his rival 12-2. Boltic was no match to Tomar as he looked tired and exhausted throughout the match. In the semifinals, Tomar outplayed New Zealand's Marcus Carney 13-1.
He will face Canada's Korey Jarvis in finals.
Amit won two of his bouts en-route to the finals on the basis of Great Superiority.
The scoreline was 10-0 in both quarterfinals and semifinals rounds. While in the semis, he outplayed Azhar Hussain of Pakistan, Amit blanked Bokang Masunyane of South Africa in the quarters.
He had defeated Jean Guyliane Bandoo of Mauritius 5-0 in the round of 16 earlier.
Amit will clash against Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria in the gold-medal bout.