Sushil Kumar, returning to wrestling after almost three years, on Sunday clinched a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The two-time Olympic medallist defeated New Zealand’s Akash Khullar in the final of the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle category.
India’s other wrestler in the same category, Parveen Rana, also won a bronze medal.
Soon after the victory, Sushil took to his Twitter handle and dedicated the win to his coach and motherland.
Sushil won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games.
It’s a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind??
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) December 17, 2017
With this win, Sushil clinched his fifth title at the Commonwealth level.
Sakshi defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62 kg women’s freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.
Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullar’s via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.
It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.