New Delhi. India got a bronze medal in squash on the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games. In the men’s singles bronze medal match, Saurav Ghosal won the bronze medal by defeating James Willstrop of England in straight sets. In this match, Sourav dominated the host England player from the beginning and he retained it till the third game. Sourav has taken coaching from James’ father Malcolm. Before this match, James’s record against Sourav was strong. He won 8 matches against the Indian player. But, Ghosal fell heavily in the bronze medal match. James won the gold medal in the last Commonwealth Games.
Sourav has created history with this victory. He has become the first Indian to win a medal in the singles event of squash at the Commonwealth Games. He defeated former England world champion Willstrop 11-6, 11-1 and 11-4 in a one-sided match for the bronze medal.
The joy of winning a medal in the singles event for the first time was clearly visible on 35-year-old Sourav’s face. Tears of happiness welled up from his eyes. Sourav had defeated New Zealand’s Paul Cole in the semi-finals. Earlier, Sourav won a silver medal in the mixed doubles event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. This is his second medal at the Commonwealth Games.
India has won 15 medals in the Games so far. This includes 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals. Many players are still in the race for medals. While there are many other events remaining.
FIRST PUBLISHED : August 03, 2022, 22:55 IST