Pakistani wrestlers Mohammad Sharif Tahir, Asad Ali and Tayab Raza have made it into the semi-finals in their respective categories of wrestling events in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Tahir and his Canadian opponent Jasmit Singh Phulka fought hard on mat A here at Coventry Arena Wrestling.
Taking an early lead in Men’s Freestyle 74kg category’s quarter-final, Tahir was suffering to tackle the Canadian wrestler. Phulka took a point but failed to maintain consistency as he lost the match by 5-1. Tahir will now meet New Zealand’s Cole Hawkins in the semi-final on mat B later today. Earlier in the day, Tahir defeated John Vake of Tonga by 11-0 to qualify for the quarter-final.
Moreover, Asad Ali beat Namibia’s Romio Ricardo Goliath to qualify for the semi-final contest. In Men’s Freestyle 57kg wrestling event, Asad beat Goliath by 10-0.
In a qualifying match, Asad beat England’s Harvey Ridings by 10-0 in just 1 minute and 15 seconds. Asad will meet India’s Kumar Ravi in the semi-final. In Men’s 97kg category, Tayab Raza beat Scotland Cameron Nicol by 10-0 to become the third Pakistani to play a semi-final later today. Tayyab qualified for the quarter-final after defeating Rashji Mackey of The Bahamas. He will now face Canada’s Nishan RANDHAWA in the semi-final.
On Friday, Pakistan’s wrestlers Inam Butt (86kg) and Zaman Khan (125kg) won a silver medal each whereas Inayatullah won bronze in the 67kg category of Men’s Freestyle wrestling event.