Inam grabs wrestling gold as Pakistan’s squash players shine

GUWAHATI: Wrestler Moha­mmad Inam outfought India’s Gopal Yadav on Sunday to win Pakistan’s second gold medal at the South Asian Games while the country’s squash players exerted their dominance by overcoming opposition from the hosts.

Inam followed Lianna Swan as Pakistan’s second gold medallist at the regional extravaganza as he overcame Yadav in the 86kg category final. Swimmer Swan, who won the women’s 200m backstroke on Saturday, took silver in the 100m breaststroke on Sunday as squash players Farhan Zaman and Nasir Iqbal assured Pakistan a 1-2 finish in the men’s singles event.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir also secured a spot in the women’s singles squash event final as Pakistan closed the day with a gold, two silver and four bronze medals. That took Pakistan’s overall medals tally to 13 (2-4-7) after the second day of competition at the Games.

They are in third place on the table, behind India (28-12-3) and Sri Lanka (8-17-13). India had won four out of four gold medals on offer on at the R.G. Baruah Sports Complex on Sundag before Inam took on Yadav in the day’s concluding final. And Inam denied them a fifth when he made a fine comeback against Yadav.

While trailing 1-4 initially, he got Yadav twice on the mat and won the final bout with a handsome 12-4 margin in the end. Pakistan’s Abdul Wahab was also a medal winner in wrestling when he took silver after losing the 61kg final to India’s Pradeep, who won on technical superiority.

Pakistan’s squash players, though were thoroughly superior against Indian players. Pakistan won both the gold and silver in men’s individual event in the last edition of the Games in 2010 and assured themselves of a similar finish this time around.

Farhan cruised past top seed Saurav Ghosal 11-4, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5 to set up a final against second-seeded Nasir who progressed when Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu retired while trailing 7-11, 14-12, 7-11, 6-6. Maria, meanwhile, will face Indian top seed Joshna Chinappa in the women’s individual event final.

She beat Sri Lankan Milhiya Methsarani 11-8, 6-11, 11-2, 11-2 with Chinappa ending hopes of an all-Pakistan final when she defeated Sadia Gul 11-9, 11-7, 11-5. PAKISTAN’S Mohammad Inam (top) pins down Gopal Yadav of India during their 86kg wrestling final on Sunday.

Source: AP