Wrestling concludes with Canadian triple gold
04 August 2002
The final three wrestling bouts are over bringing to a conclusion an amazing 10 days of sport at the historic G-MEX.
The first of the finals was the up to 60kg final between Canadian favourite Guivi Sissaouri and Indian Shokinder Tomar. In a bout lasting nine minutes Sissaouri eventually came out on top to beat Shokinder 3-1. Tebe Dorgu took bronze earlier.
Sissaouri said afterwards:
“India have some outstanding athletes and very experienced Russian coaches. But I showed great control in the six minutes. He had an unusual style for me but I was just waiting for the right moment and fortunately it went my way.”
“I am 36 now and mental preparation becomes more important. It can be tough at my age to compete.”
A disappointed Tomar was still upbeat:
“I am happy with the silver medal, this is what I was expecting. I’ve beaten Sissaouri before but that was at a heavier class and I feel a little weaker at this weight.”
In the up to 96kg final Canada picked up another gold when Dean Schmeichel beat Nigeria’s Victor Kodei 3-1.
Schmeichel said afterwards:
“It’s given me great confidence for the Worlds. This is a high pressure atmosphere. You can not substitute this kind of pressure even though you are not competing against all the top wrestlers.”
In the final bout of the competition red-hot favourite Daniel Igali destroyed Nigeria’s Sunday Opiah to claim a wrestling medal for his adopted country Canada to put alongside the one he won for Nigeria at the 1994 Games in Canada.