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Three Indian wresters on Friday entered the finals in three different categories in the Commonwealth Games 2022 edition. Deepak Punia has entered the men's 86 Kg category freestyle final, and Bajrang Punia entered the 65 Kg category freestyle finals. Anshu Malik has entered the women's 57 Kg weight category, while Sakshi Malik will feature in the 62 kg category. 

Bajrang has been struggling to play freely since last year and his over defensive tactics put a question-mark over his ability to extend his dominance in international arena but on Friday he made his moves without inhibition.

However, the CWG is not the best platform to judge if Bajrang has got his mojo back because of the inferior field quality. He will take on Canada's Lachlan Maurice Mcneil in gold medal bout.

Anshu Malik, who has taken rapid strides in her career, reached the women's 57kg final with similar dominance. The 20-year-old won by technical superiority against Australia's Irene Symeonidis and Sri Lanka's Nethmi Ahinsa Fernando Poruthotage

For Sakshi Malik, who has been battling for relevance for long, it was an ideal opportunity to get some confidence back and she used it to optimum level in the 62kg contest. She began by pinning home team wrestler Kelsey Barnes and followed that with a technical superiority win against Cameroon's Berthe Emilienne.

Also making the gold medal round was Deepak Punia (86kg) who did not look his dominant and quick self but still won his bouts without giving a point to his rivals.

Earlier in the day, the wrestling matches were paused briefly for an hour after a security alert was sounded.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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