Virender singh, a deaf-mute wrestler hailing from Delhi, won India’s only gold medal at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. He competed in men’s 74kg freestyle event at the 22nd Summer Deaflympics.

The 28-year-old Virender defeated Oguz Donder of Turkey to defend his title. The bronze medals went to Hiavorh Adamian and Aleksandr Ochirovich Tsoktoev of Russia.

The deaf-mute wrestler, who hails from Delhi, grew up training with Olympics silver medallist Sushil Kumar. This was his third straight medal in the Games.

Virender, known popularly as Goonga Pehelwan (mute wrestler in Hindi), has long emerged as the face of all deaf athletes in the country after repeatedly proving his mettle on the world stage.

After winning India’s first and only gold medal at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Virender added a silver medal at the World Deaf Wrestling Championships in 2008 in Yerevan, Armenia to his tally too.