Thursday, 21 November, 2019

Pakistan’s lone participant clinches wrestling gold


He was Pakistan’s lone participant at the ANOC World Beach Games. And he didn’t disappoint his fans back home.
Mohamed Inam produced a scintillating performance to clinch the 90kg gold in beach wrestling, beating Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili at Katara Beach Monday.
Inam lived up to his top billing as the two-time world beach wrestling champion by clinching a 5-2 win. He was dominant throughout as he won all his matches to top the Group A, before winning his semi-final and final bouts.
Inam is a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist (2010, 2018) in 84 and 86 kg freestyle and has received the Pride of Performance award from the government of Pakistan. He had qualified for the Qatar Beach Worlds after finishing as runner-up in a qualifying tournament in Rio, Brazil, in May.
In the semis, Inam recorded an easy 3-0 win over Pedro Jacinto Garcia Perez of Spain. His toughest bout was in the final, where Marsagishvili looked to pull off a shock result. The Georgian took a 2-0 lead with just a point more required to win gold, but Inam was not the one to give up so easily.
The Pakistani made it 2-2 with two throws, and with seconds remaining in the first period, produced a 3-point takedown to clinch a thrilling contest. Ahead of his trip to Doha, Inam had hoped to fulfil his dream of winning a gold medal at the World Beach Games, and he truly struck to his word.
“I trained very hard for this after missing the World Wrestling Championship in Kazakhstan last month. It was not easy but I was confident of winning gold at the World Beach Games. I have been training hard at home too, but training myself, and then also teaching and training other juniors at my gym is tough. I picked up an injury almost two months ago and underwent surgery,” Imam said.

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