Alka Tomar win Gold for India in CWG Delhi

Alka Tomar - once a world championship bronze medallist herself - showed great presence of mind and a solid defensive game to bring India gold in the 59kg freestyle women's wrestling on Friday. Then she put it all down to the champion in their midst. "After Sushil-bhai won gold at the Worlds, we all believe we can beat anyone," she said. Chances are very few heard what Alka Tomar said over the happy, racous din that she had helped kick off in the stands. It was an impromptu party, and everyone was invited. Music blared down from the Indira Gandhi Stadium stands - a noisy medley of bhangra and Bollywood. Fans were dancing, the mood was one of happy, deliriouspromise. It was one Anita showing up in the 67 kg title bout was determined not to ruin. She didn't, but first, Alka Tomar.
“I chose to stay back in the village even though my entire family is in Delhi to see Alka perform at the Commonwealth Games as I did not have the courage to see her had she lost in the bout today. Agar haar jati to dekh na paata.” Alka’s father Nain Singh Tomar thus explained the reason for not being there with her daughter in her moment of glory. His blessings however bore fruit and she claimed a gold in the 59 kg freestyle category in wrestling by defeating an Olympic medallist in style. He has been distributing sweets to the neighbours and in fact the entire village is celebrating Alka’s triumph at the Games. Hundreds of villagers gathered around her home is Sisoli village, in Meerut and were dancing on the beats of dhols and nagaras.


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