2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalists
Your 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalists!
As cited from Wrestling Canada Lutte's Website:
Nishan Randhawa - FS 97kg
Nishan Randhawa, from Abbotsford, B.C., drew a tough opponent in the quarterfinal in Deepak Deepak of India. It was a back-and-forth match but Randhawa was able to pull out a late victory, with a force out in the final second. After a failed challenge by India, Randhawa’s win was confirmed 8-6.
Randhawa used that momentum in his semifinal match against Pakistan’s Tayab Raza. Randhawa never let Raza into this one, winning on points 7-0.
With the win, Randhawa went for gold against Nicolaas De Lange of South Africa. De Lange opened the scoring, but Randhawa cut to 2-1 and then scored a takedown right at the buzzer to lead 3-2 at the break. He added to his lead in the second making it 5-3, then 7-3. from there he applied a gutwrench to make it 9-3 and held on to win gold!
“This feels amazing! It has been a long road, I had a couple injuries along the way but finished off strong and I hope to keep this momentum into the World Championships in Serbia where I will give it my all and try to win another medal for my country,” said Randhawa after the win. He went on to elaborate about the grind to the gold medal. “I picked up some injuries in the first match, I fought through the semifinal and felt they caused me to be a bit more hesitant in the final match. As it went on, I feel like I picked up the pace and it all turned out pretty good," (Wrestling Canada).
Justina Distasio - FW 76kg
Burnaby, B.C.’s Justina Di Stasio opened her competition against Naomi De Bruine. Di Stasio had little trouble defeating the Australian by superiority 10-0.
In the semifinal, Di Stasio drew a tough match with Pooja Pooja of India. While it was a close match, Di Stasio was able to pull out a 6-0 victory.
That advanced her to the gold medal match against Hannah Rueben of Nigeria. This was a very even match with Nigeria up 1-0 at the break. In the second, Di Stasio earned a four-point takedown