Deepak topped the rostrum in males’s freestyle 86kg class by defeating the 2010 and 2018 CWG gold medallist from Pakistan, Muhammad Inam Butt, within the ultimate at the Coventry Arena.
“I want to thank PM Narendra Modi for encouraging the players. He motivated me when I didn’t get a medal in Olympics. So it was my responsibility to win a medal for our country,” Deepak informed ANI.
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“I’m elated. I focused on my game & achieved my goal. It was a proud moment when our national anthem was played. I was a little nervous because on August 5, 2021, I lost the bronze medal in the Olympics & today was the same date,” he added.
Deepak received the gold-medal match 3-0.
The Indian grappler took a 2-0 lead within the first interval and all of the stress was on the Pakistan wrestler heading into the final three minutes.
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Punia was in good kind and within the second interval, he managed to carry his personal and saved his opponent at bay to stroll away with the gold.
The defending champion from Pakistan struggled to discover a method via Punia’s sturdy defence and could not rating a single level within the ultimate.