Another Indo-Canadian Takes Wrestling Gold At Commonwealth Games

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Arjun Gill of Surrey holds his gold medal won in wrestling’s 97 kg. class this morning at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

SURREY – Surrey’s Arjun Gill has followed in heavyweight Gold medalist Arjan Bhullar’s steps by winning the wrestling gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gill, who wrestles with the Guru Hargobind Wresting club Surrey, beat India’s Satywart Kadian by decision in the final after the match finished tied 4-4 in the 97 kg. class.

“I’ve never been so happy,” Gill told The Surrey Leader newspaper after the gold medal match. “I didn’t know I was winning until near the end, and my coach was telling me to stay in the middle (of the mat) and not do anything.”

After winning his quarterfinal and semifinal matches by technical superiority (gaining a 10-point lead to end the match), Gill trailed Kadian on points 4-2 late in the gold medal contest. He scored twice in the final minute to tie the score, which meant technical points (takedowns and holds) would decide the match. Gill held a 3-1 edge, and was declared the winner.

“He was coming on hard the last 15-20 seconds,” said Gill of his opponent, who had defeated the Surrey wrestler 5-1 at an international tournament in Italy in May.

Gill returns to Surrey Monday and until then he said he will “just hang out, watch some other events” in Glasgow.

“I’ll take a couple of days off and celebrate a little,” he said. “Then I’ll get back to training. I have the World championships in September.”