India wrestler Narsingh Yadav, 33, is delighted to win his first gold medal at the World Police Games (WPG) at Winnipeg in Canada recently. Narsingh beat United States’ Devin Patterson 8-4 in the 79 kg freestyle category title clash.
“To win a gold medal at the World Police Games is a big achievement because I was playing in this competition for the first time. It was really tough and I am delighted that I won gold for my police department. I hope this triumph will motivate other athletes in the police department to excel further,” Narsingh told mid-day.com.
Narsingh, who won a bronze at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, revealed how he overcame a USA wrestler in the WPG final. “Patterson is a strong athlete and it was a tough clash. I kept my patience and focused on my technique, which ultimately helped me emerge as the winner,” Narsingh, an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mumbai, remarked.
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When asked about his ambition to compete in the 2024 Olympics, he said: “I am working hard on my game. I am hopeful of qualifying for the Paris Olympics. Now, I am preparing for the next Senior National Championships [date and venue yet to be announced].”