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Glasgow  : Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as wrestlers continued to rule the roost by bagging an impressive two yellow metals for India on the eighth day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, here on Thursday.

Discus thrower Vikas Gowda won India’s first gold medal from athletics in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Hampden Park Stadium here Thursday. The 31-year-old Gowda converted the silver he had won four years ago in New Delhi in to the yellow metal with a best throw of 63.64 metres. Cypriot Apostolos Parellis took the silver with 63.32m and Jamaican Jason Morgan held on to the bronze with a best throw of 62.34m.

While Yogeshwar (men’s 65kg freestyle) and Babita Kumari (women’s 55kg) won golds, Geetika Jhakar (women’s 63kg) failed to match her compatriots and managed a silver on the wrestling mat for India.

Indian wrestler Pawan Kumar pulled off a stunning come from behind win against Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam to clinch the bronze medal in the men’s freestlye 86kg category.

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The two wrestlers were tied at 6-6 but Pawan was adjudged the winner since he scored the last point.

It was good news for India in other disciplines as well as young Dipa Karmarkar on Thursday scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games by bagging a bronze in the vault event.

The Indians enjoyed a good day on the final day of wrestling competition as Yogeshwar hardly broke sweat en route to his gold medal effort by using his trademark ‘fitele’ (leg-twisting) technique to great effect.

Yogeshwar first beat Alex Gladkov of Scotland 4-0 and then easily defeated another Scottish wrestler Gareth Jones in the quarterfinals by employing the same leg-twisting technique he had used while winning bronze in the London Olympics.

In the semi-finals, Yogeshwar successfully used his favourite technique again to get the better of Sri Lanka’s Chamara Perera in just two minutes and three seconds. Yogeshwar won with a 0-5 verdict after taking a 10-0 lead on technical points. He continued his dominance in the final and made light work of his Canadian opponent Jevon Balfour to clinch the gold medal in just 1:53 seconds.

But it all started with Babita who completely dominated her gold medal bout against Brittanee Laverdure to seal the contest 9-2 in her favour and give India its first yellow metal of the day.

However, it was some sort of disappointment for India in the women’s 63kg as Geetika was no match for her Candian opponent Danielle Lappage. The world junior champion overpowered the Indian grappler 7-0 to pocket the gold with consummate ease.

Meanwhile, it was silver lining for India in gymnastics as 20-year-old Dipa collected 14.366 points to finish third in the women’s vault final at the SSE Hydro here. The gold went to England’s Claudia Fragapane who got 14.633 points while Elsabeth Black was second with 14.433 points.

In the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Ashish Kumar became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the CWG by winning a silver in vault and bronze in floor events.

Indian shuttlers too had a good day in office as Parupalli Kashyap, R M V Gurusaidutt and P C Thulasi entered the quarterfinals of their respective events.

Delhi Games bronze medallist, Kashyap took just 24 minutes to get the better of Jeff Tho of Australia 21-7, 21-8 in the men’s singles, while Thulasi thrashed Rachel Honderich of Canada 21-12, 21-7 in a 31-minute women’s singles match.

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