The day 2 of Gold Coast Games was once again a fruitful outing for the Indian Athletes as we won two medals. If you missed the day’s action, here are all the Commonwealth Games highlights for you to follow.
Day 2 – Commonwealth Games Highlights – Sanjita Chanu breaks record to win Gold
Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu won India its second gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games by outshining in the women’s 53 kg category event at the Carrara Stadium.
The 24-year-old set a new record in the game by lifting a total of 192 kgs which includes 84 kgs in snatch and 108 kgs in clean and jerk.
Defending champion Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea bagged silver in the event with a total lift of 182 (80 in snatch and 102 in clean & jerk) while Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet won bronze with a combined effort of 181kg (81 in snatch and 100 in clean & jerk).
Sanjita’s Gold comes a day after her Manipuri teammate Saikhom Mirabai Chanu bagged country’s first gold in the women’s weightlifting 48 kg category event.
Elsewhere in the ongoing Day 2 of the prestigious multi-sport event, para-swimmer Kiran Tak finished last in the women’s S9 100m backstroke heats.
Indian women’s gymnastics team of Pranati Nayak and Aruna Budda Reddy logged 13.250 and 13.200 points in the vault and will know later in the day if they have made it to the medal round.
Day 2 – Commonwealth Games Highlights – Youngster Deepa Lather shines
Indian weightlifter Deepak Lather won bronze in the men’s 69kg category on the Day 2 of the Gold Coast Games.
The 18-year-old lifted a combined weight of 295kg (136kg in snatch and 159kg in Clean and Jerk). Gareth Evans of Wales claimed gold with a combined weight lift of 299kg in the event while Sri Lanka’s Indika won silver with a lift of 297kg.
India now has four medals at the Gold Coast Games and all four have come from weightlifting.
In boxing, India’s Naman Tanwar defeated Haruna Mhando of Tanzania to reach the quarter-finals in men’s 91kg category.
Day 2 – Commonwealth Games Highlights – Badminton stars dominate team and singles events
The star-studded Indian badminton team continued their exceptional performance on the second day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as they crushed Scotland 5-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Mixed Team event.
London Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal gave her country a perfect start by clinching a comfortable 21-14, 21-12 win over Julie Macpherson in a one-sided women’s singles clash that lasted 35 minutes.
Kidambi Srikanth, who has been in menacing form from a quite a long time now, did justice to his world number two ranking as he empowered India to a 2-0 lead by sweeping aside Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2 in the men’s singles event that lasted more than a half an hour.
The Indian pairs of N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty then emerged winners in their respective doubles to help India clinch victory.
In the women’s doubles event, Reddy and Ponnappa eased past the Scotland duo of Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O’Donnell 21-8, 21-12 inside 30 minutes.
Subsequently, Rankireddy and Chandrashekhar Shetty outsmarted Scottish team of Patrick MacHugh and Adam Hall 21-16, 21-19 in the men’s doubles clash to give India 4-0 lead.
In the last match of the day two, the Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy registered a 21-17, 21-15 win over Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson to ensure India complete a clean sweep over Scotland as well.
Earlier, the Indian badminton team also defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan with a margin of 5-0 on day 1 of the prestigious CWG 2018.
In cycling, Manjeet Singh failed to qualify forward in men’s 4000m individual pursuit after clocking 4:39.744 minutes to finish at 24th spot out of 27 competitors.
India are currently placed third in the Games after England and Australia, having clinched four medals in total including two gold.
Day 2 – Commonwealth Games Highlights – Indian women’s hockey team fight back with a win
The Indian women’s hockey team registered their first victory at the Commonwealth Games as they defeated Malaysia 4-1 in their second match of Pool A.
Two goals from Gurjit Kaur (6′, 39′) and a goal each from skipper Rani (56′) and Lalremsiami (59′) saw the Indians secure a morale-boosting victory against their Asian counterparts. The only goal for Malaysia was scored by Nuraini Rashid in the 38th minute.
India started the first quarter with electric pace and made chances inside the first minute itself. They won three penalty corners in the first quarter, the last of which was converted successfully by drag-flicker Commonwealth Games to give India a crucial lead in the 6th minute.
Towards the latter stages of the first period, it was Malaysia who looked to hit back with a goal by creating chances, but India’s defence made sure that the team maintained their lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, both the teams looked aggressive in their intent. While India wanted to stamp their authority on the match by getting the second goal, Malaysia, on the other hand, wanted to find an equaliser. However, neither of the teams could achieve their goal as it was a fairly balanced second quarter.
After the halftime break, a struggling Malaysia converted a penalty corner through Nuraini Rashid to equalise the scores in the 38th minute.
India regained their lead when Gurjit Kaur stroked a powerful flick above the Malaysian goalkeeper to convert her second penalty corner of the match.
In the 56th minute of the crucial last quarter, Neha Goyal made a darting run from the right flank, avoiding challenges from multiple defenders and passing the ball past the Malaysian Goalkeeper towards Rani, who then scored to extend India’s lead to 3-1.
In the 59th minute, Lalremsiami carried the ball upfield into the striking circle and passed it to Vandana Katariya, whose return pass was calmly finished off by Lalremsiami to secure a convincing victory.
Day 2 – Commonwealth Games Highlights – Joshna through to the Quarters, Dipika out
Multiple-time national champion Joshna Chinappa booked her place in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Commonwealth Games squash tournament after clinching straight-games win over Tamika Saxby of Australia in the women’s singles event here in Gold Coast, Australia.
The World No. 14, who picked the women’s doubles gold with Dipika Pallikal-Karthik in the last edition of the quadrennial sporting event, made everything looked so easy as she swept aside her Australian opponent Saxby 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 in a last-16 clash that lasted just 25 minutes.
Chinappa will now lock horns with the winner of another round-of-16 clash between New Zealand’s Joelle King and Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam.
Meanwhile, it was a heartbreak for Dipika Pallikal as she bowed out of the tournament after slumping to straight-games defeat at the hands of England’s Alison Waters.
Pallikal endured a crushing 3-11, 6-11 and 2-11 defeat against her England opponent in their women’s singles pre-quarterfinals.
However, it was curtains for Pallikal-Karthik as she was no match for England’s Alison Waters, going down 11-3, 11-6, 11-2.
In the men’s singles squash event, India’s Vikram Malhotra bounced back from a set down to win the second game but eventually failed to capitalize on the same and went down fighting 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11 defeat to top-seeded Englishman Nick Mathews in a clash that lasted 40 minutes.
With Vikram’s defeat, India’s campaign at the Commonwealth Games also folded.
Elsewhere in the CWG, the Indian lawn bowls team of Chandan Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar suffered a 14-15 defeat to England in the men’s Sectional Triples Sectional Play in round three.
Meanwhile, in the third round of the women’s singles event, Pinki lost to Litia Tikoisuva of Fiji 12-21.
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