What a Day 5 it was for Indian athletes as they won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals on Monday. If you have missed the day’s action here’s a special commonwealth games report.
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Weightlifters continue their great show
Indian weightlifters continued their medal rush at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 as Pardeep Singh won a silver medal in the sport.
The 22-year old lifted a combined total of 352 kg. In the snatch, he lifted 152 kg and subsequently 200 kg in clean and jerk, thus, registering a new personal best, four kilos higher than his previous record of 196 kg.
With this, Pardeep comfortably cemented his place in the second spot, with Samoa’s Sanele Mao taking gold after a total lift of 360kg.
Last year, Pardeep had claimed a surprise gold medal in his first senior competition in the 105kg category.
Pardeep’s feat now takes India’s medal count to 13 at the Games, and 9th in weightlifting alone.
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Shooters gun down some more medals
Indian shooters continued to bring glory to the country as Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharwal won gold and bronze medals respectively.
In the men’s 10m air pistol event at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, Rai shot a total of 235.1 points, thus, registering a new Games record.
Meanwhile, Mitharwal, in his debut at the event, bagged the third spot after shooting a total of 214.3 points, thus, taking India’s medal count to 15 in the 21st edition of the Games.
Earlier on Sunday, 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and seasoned campaigner Heena Sidhu clinched gold and silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol final, while Ravi Kumar bagged a bronze medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle final on Day four of the quadrennial event.
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Indian Girls excel in shooting
Indian shooters continued their medal rush at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Monday, with Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela bagging silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition.
17-year old Mehuli fell marginally behind Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso, who bagged gold, while Apurvi, with a score of 423.2, set a new qualification Games record.
While Mehuli and Martina both closed in at 247.2 in the final round, the latter clocked 10.3 in the shoot-off, thus inching ahead of Ghosh, who shoot a 9.9.
Earlier in the day, Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharwal won gold and bronze medals respectively in the men’s 10m air pistol event.
With this feat, India now stands third on the points table including seven in shooting alone.
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Indian men create history win Table Tennis Gold
A day after the Indian women’s table tennis team recorded a major upset in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games by beating defending champions Singapore for gold, the men’s team emulated them by scooping up the gold medal with a 3-0 win over Nigeria in the finals.
India put themselves ahead with the help of Sharath Achanta’s 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 win over Bode Abiodun of Nigeria in the men’s singles event.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran then doubled his side’s lead by bouncing back from the game down to eventually clinch a 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 win over Segun Toriola.
In the third match, the Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran swept aside the Nigerian team of Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 to seal the deal for India.
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Indian Shuttlers win GOLD in Badminton mixed team event
London Olympic silver-medallist Saina Nehwal produced a rich vein of form as she helped the star-studded Indian badminton team hammer Malaysia 3-1 to clinch the gold medal on Day Five of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Nehwal guided India to their maiden gold in the mixed team event of the prestigious multi-sport Games after the pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty lost their men’s doubles clash.
In the opening match, the Indian duo Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa rebounded strongly from a game down to register a 21-14, 15-21, 21-15 win over Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh in a thrilling mixed doubles clash that lasted one hour and five minutes.
It was star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth who then doubled India’s lead as he stunned Chong Wei Lee 21-17, 21-14 in a one-sided men’s singles clash that lasted for 43 minutes.
However, the men’s doubles team of Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and Satwik Rankireddy slumped to a shocking 15-21, 20-21 defeat at the hands of the Malaysian duo of V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan.
With a 2-1 lead, all eyes were on Nehwal and the experienced shuttler did not disappoint her Indian fans as she also bounced back from a game down to clinch a 21-11, 19-21, 21-9 win over Soniia Cheah to seal the deal for India.
This was India’s tenth gold medal at the 21st edition of the Games
Day 5 – Commonwealth Games Report – Other events
Earlier, India got the better of Singapore after they came back twice from behind to win the contest 3-2 in the semi-finals.
The win for the table tennis men’s team came just a day after the Indian women bagged their first-ever gold in the prestigious quadrennial event with a 3-1 victory over four-time gold medallists Singapore .
This is India’s ninth gold medal at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games.
Elsewhere in the Games, Indian sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya booked his place in the finals of the men’s 400m event after clocking 45.44 to top Semifinal 3.
In the men’s skeet final, shooter Smit Singh bows out of medals race after being eliminated. He shot 15 out of 20 in the final.
Meanwhile, Lalchhanhimi also bowed out of the race to podium in the women’s 90kg weightlifting category after her best-registered Clean and Jerk lift of 109kg gave her a combined total lift of 194kg.
In Boxing, India’s Manish Kaushik defeated Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 in men’s 60kg round-of-16, while Gaurav Solanki also entered men’s 52kg boxing quarterfinals with a 5-0 unanimous verdict against Ghana’s Akimos Annang.
India are now standing at the third spot on the points table with 19 medals in total, including seven in shooting alone.