GOLD COAST - Promising wrestler Muhammad Inam won first gold medal for Pakistan in the the ongoing XXI Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Men’s freestyle 86kg wrestling event at Gold Coast Sports Centre on Saturday.

Promising wrestler Tayab Raza also claimed bronze medals in Men’s freestyles 125kg weight. With these two medals Pakistan jumped from 31 to 22 in medal rankings with one gold and four bronze medals

Inam, born in Gujranwala, has many credentials for the country. Before this gold medal Inam also won gold medal in 2017 Beach Wrestling World Championship in Dalyan, Turkey. He had fifth position in Glasgow in Men’s freestyle, won gold medal in 2010 in Delhi Commonwealth Games, fifth position in 2010 in Delhi, India in Men’s Greco-Roman 84kg weight and won silver medal in 2016 Singapore Men’s freestyle 86kg weight.

Before reaching to the grand final for the gold medal bout, Inam defeated Joyden Lawrence of Australia in the round of eight by 14-4. He scored 9 points in the first round and five points in the second to make a total of 14-4. The Australian had only four points in the first round and failed to get any points in the second round. In the round of four Inama defeated Sinivie Boltic of Negeria by 10-2. He got 10 points in the second round before no points in the first round when Sinivie got two points by putting pressure on Inam. Inam played with cool head in front of large number of local crowd and took 10 points and the match.

After defeating the Nigerian, Inam come up with big bang and defeated his strong and favourite Indian rival Soniveer in the round of four. He got 10-0 points in the first round and succeeded in beating the India wrestlers.

After reaching into final bout, Inam did not look behind and defeated his Nigerian rival Melvin Bibo 6-0 in the second round. He recorded one point against nil in the first round and in the second dominated the proceedings by taking five more points for the first gold medal for Pakistan.

Inam has also revealed how he hatched a spontaneous psychological plan to tame Indian rival Somveer in the quarter-finals before going all the way.

In a series of videos made soon after his historic 3-0 victory over Nigeria's Bibo in the final, Inam recalled: "Somveer was already the pre-event favourite and on my way to the wrestling mat I noticed how Indian fans were outnumbering Pakistani fans. They were chanting 'India, India!' and cheering for their guy. This is when I changed my mindset. I told myself that all these people are not shouting 'India India' but are actually saying Inam, Inam!'"

"It helped me become extra aggressive and win that fight. And once I had beaten the Indian guy I was sure that now I would not settle for anything less than gold."

Inam also talked about his dominating win over Bibo in the gold medal match, saying: "This guy (Bibo) is the African champions and currently world number two. But our team identified his weak areas and formulated a special plan, which I executed to perfection and won the gold medal for Pakistan."

For Inam, like any other wrestler, the ultimate target remains the Olympic Games — a dream he believes can be achieved if the government and relevant sports boards support local athletes.

"The athletes we compete against go through full four-year preparations for Olympics," said Inam. "Even the Indian athletes, when we talk to them, they tell us that as soon as an Olympic event ends they start preparing for the next one in foreign countries. An of course that four years of high-level training shows physically [and in their results]."

"The next Olympics is now two years away. I plead with the Pakistan government and the Pakistan Sports Board to please cooperate with us," he added.

Tayab Raza beat Cluude Kouamen of Cameroon before losing two matches and but got bronze medal in the Men's Freestyle 125kg Nordic System. In the second match Tayab Raza lost to Sumit of India by 10-4, he got four points in the first round but failed to click against Sumit who got six points in the first round and four points in the second round. He also lost to Karey Jarvis of Canada by 9-1, and victory by fall.

In the Javelin throw, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem got 8th position overall with his throw of 76.02m, before India’s Neeraj Chopra won gold medal with his 86.47m, followed by Hamish Peacock with his distance of 82.59m and Granda’s Anderson Peters with his throw of 82.20m got bronze medal.

Australia is leading the medal tally with 185 medals including 73 gold medals, 55 silver medal and 57 bronze medals, England is still on second at the medal tally with 122 medals including 42 gold medal, 39 silver medal and 41 bronze medals, India is at no. 3 with 59 medals including 25 gold medals, 16 silver medals and 18 bronze medals, Canada with 80 medals with 15 gold, 38 silver medal and 26 bronze medals. Pakistan with one gold medal and four bronze medals is at no. 22.