Day 8 of CWG 2018 belonged to the Indian Wrestling team who bagged all the medals in their respective category. Indian athletes today won 2 Gold – 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Here’s a detailed report on the days event.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – Veteran Shooter Tejaswini Sawant wins 6th CWG medal
Indian shooters continue their sublime run in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games, with Tejaswini Sawant picking a silver medal in the women’s 50m rifle prone event at Belmont Shooting Centre.
On the eighth day of the Games, the 37-year-old brought her years of experience into play as she shot 102.1, 102.4, 103.3, 102.8, 103.7, 104.6 over six series in the finals to clinch her sixth Commonwealth medal. She ended with a cumulative score of 618.9 to finish at the second spot at Belmont Shooting Centre.
While Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore bagged the gold medal with a total score of 621, Scotland’s Seonaid Mcintosh settled for a bronze medal after posting a score of 618.1.
Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian in the fray, failed to qualify for the finals as she posted disappointing 98.3, 98.9, 97.9, 101.8, 101.8, 103.5 to end with a total score of 602.2 and finish 16th in the field of 20 competitors.
Both Tejaswini and Anjum will also represent India in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event on Friday.
Meanwhile, on day one of qualifications for the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, India’s Neeraj Kumar shot a table-topping 291 in the precision stage. Anish Bhanwala was third with 286. The top six from the 13-man field will qualify for the finals on Friday, after the second Rapid Fire stage.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – Babita settles for a Silver
Indian wrestler Babita Phogat missed out on reclaiming her Glasgow Games gold as she settled with a silver medal in the finals of women’s 53kg category at the ongoing XXI Gold Coast games in Australia.
Despite making a good start in the initial rounds of the summit showdown, Phogat failed to capitalise on it and slumped to a 2-5 defeat at the hands of Canada’s Diana Weicker.
It was Phogat’s third Commonwealth Games medal after winning silver and gold in Delhi (51kg) and Glasgow (55kg), respectively.
Phogat’s victory was India’s first wrestling medal at the ongoing edition of the Games.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – Rahul Aware scripts history
Rahul Aware, on the other hand, won India’s maiden gold medal in wrestling after defeating Canada’s Steven Takahashi 15-7 in the finals of the Freestyle 57kg category.
The 26-year-old grappler from Maharashtra scored six technical points in the first period and nine in the second in contrast to Takahashi’s four and three, respectively.
With this, India’s overall tally has had increased to 28 (and counting), including 13 gold, six silver and eight bronze.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – The King is Back!!
After bagging gold in the men’s freestyle 74kg category of the Commonwealth Games 2018, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said that the medal doesn’t only belong to him, but the entire team and coaches who had put in efforts in his preparation.
Playing his third consecutive Commonwealth Games final, a dominant Sushil hammered his South African opponent Johannes Botha 10-0 in the finals of the men’s freestyle 74 kg category at the Carrara Sports Arena to clinch his third consecutive CWG gold.
Speaking to the reporters following the victory, an ecstatic Sushil thanked his coaches and entire family for the support they had shown in him.
“This medal doesn’t only belong to me, but the entire team who had put in efforts in preparing him. I want to thank my coaches for giving me proper training which is why I have managed to perform well here. I also want to thank my family and friends. I just want everyone’s blessings so that I can once again prepare myself well and clinch a medal for the country in the next edition,” he said.
Sushil, the only Indian sportsperson to have two Olympic medals to his name, had earlier picked gold in the now disbanded 66kg category at the 2010 New Delhi edition, before clinching the same at the 2014 CWG in Glasgow in 74kg category.
This is India’s 14 gold of CWG 2018.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – Seema, Navjeet open India’s account in Athletics
Discus throwers Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s discus finals at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
Punia, after failing to cross the 60m-mark in five attempts out of six, settled for the silver medal. Her third and fifth throws were fouls.
Her first and best throw was 60.41m, while Dhillon’s was 57.43m.
Dhillon’s threw 55.61m, 56.22m, 54.09m and 57.43m, and fouled on her second and third attempt.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Dani Stevens won the gold with a record of 68.26m.
At present, India’s medal tally reads fourteen gold, seven silver and ten bronze.
India currently ranks third in the medal tally with the 31 medals. Australia and England are leading with 155 and 86 medals respectively.
Day 8 – CWG 2018 – Other Indian Athletes who shined
Elsewhere,in Table Tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra, Mouma Das and Harmeet Desai have all booked their place in the quarterfinals of the prestigious quadrennial event.
Meanwhile, India’s Arpinder Singh and Arpinder Singh have qualified for the finals of the men’s triple jump event.
While 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Arpinder qualified after topping his Group B with an effort of 16.39m at Carrara Stadium Horiz, Babu made a fifth-place finish in Group A with an effort of 15.98m.
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