Jayden Lawrence has edged a traditional battle for bronze to finish Australia’s 12-year wrestling medal drought on the Commonwealth Video games.
The 27-year-old Camden wrestler needed to maintain on to his younger South African opponent Edward Lessing’s leg for grim life within the denouement to the Friday’s bronze-medal bout within the 86kg freestyle occasion on the Coventry Area merely to cling on to his 12-11 triumph.
After profitable, Lawrence, in his third Video games, lay exhausted on the mat, head in arms as he celebrated turning into the primary Aussie male wrestler to win a Video games medal since Delhi 2010 when Ivan Popov gained gold within the males’s 120kg Greco Roman occasion.
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Emily Bensted took silver within the girls’s 55kg freestyle and Hassan Shahsavan additionally gained bronze in these Video games in India.
Lawrence, who’d earlier outclassed Singapore’s Weng Chow 10-0 earlier than discovering Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam an excessive amount of of a handful in an 8-3 defeat, made a glowing begin to his bronze-medal bout, placing 21-year-old Lessing below instant stress.
In an eventful first three minutes, the pair scored freely with the Australian pouring forward with a four-point throw to guide 11-6 on the break.
However when 12-6 forward, Lawrence, a certified cupboard maker who’s additionally a wrestling teacher at a membership in southwest Sydney, needed to survive a ferocious comeback because the South African decreased the arrears to only one level and felt he was unfortunate to not be awarded a levelling level.
He was nonetheless within the ascendancy within the last seconds searching for the two-point manoeuvre that will have gained him the medal however Lawrence nearly held on.
Earlier, six-time nationwide champion Irene Symeonidis additionally had an opportunity of profitable a medal within the girls’s 57kg class however the 30-year-old IT specialist from Melbourne was soundly overwhelmed 10-0 by the sensible 18-year-old Sri Lankan Nethmi Poruthotage.