There is just no stopping for Indian Athletes at the Commonwealth Games as they repeated the success of the first five days. Here’s the Day 6 Gold Coast Games recap and upcoming events of our sportspersons.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – Heena Sidhu wins second medal
Ending the wait for a medal on sixth day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, in Gold Coast, Australia seasoned campaigner Heena Sidhu bagged a gold in women’s 25m air pistol event.
The 28-year-old, who has already clinched a silver in the women’s 10m air pistol category, broke the Commonwealth Games record by posting 38 points in the 25m category to claim the second medal in the ongoing prestigious quadrennial event.
While Elena Galiabovitch of Australia picked the silver after finishing with 35 points, the bronze medal went to Malaysia’s Alia Sazana Azahari after firing 26 out of 50 shots.
Earlier, Sidhu shot 286 in precision and 293 in rapid to get to a total of 579 and finished third in the qualifying round.
Annu Singh, another Indian in fray, failed to capitalise on her strong start and finished at the sixth spot with a score of 15.
Earlier in the day, defending silver-medallist Gagan Narang and debutant Chain Singh failed to increase India’s medal tally in men’s 50m rifle prone event as they signed off at a disappointing seventh and fourth place respectively at the Belmont Shooting Centre.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – India win first medal is Para Sports
India’s Sachin Chaudhary bagged a bronze in the Men’s Heavyweight Para Powerlifting at the ongoing Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Chaudhary failed in the first two attempts, however, succeeded in his third try to lift a total of 201 kg to score 181.0 points.
Abdulazeez Ibrahim of Nigeria successfully defended his Glasgow gold medal with 191.9 points while Yee Khie Jong of Malaysia won a silver with 188.7 points.
His medal came after Heena Sidhu bagged a gold in women’s 25m air pistol event to end India’s medal drought on Day 6 of the Games.
India’s medals tally currently stands at 11 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze for a third position on the table.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – Indian Boxers are ruling Gold Coast
Indian boxers Amit Panghal and Naman Tanwar assured medals for India after booking their place in the semi-finals of their respective weight category at the XXI Commonwealth Games.
Amit hammered Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland 4-1 in the quarter-finals of the men’s light flyweight (49 Kg) category at the prestigious quadrennial event.
The Indian won the bout with decisions of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 28-29 and 30-27 from the five judges.
Naman, other Indian in the fray, defeated Frank Masoe of Samoa in an unanimous 5-0 verdict to make it to the last-four of the men’s heavyweight (91kg) category.
Naman received 30-25, 30-26, 30-24, 30-24, 30-24 verdict from the five judges.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – Boxers continued their rampage
Indian pugilists continued to display a rich vein of form at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as on Day 6 they assured five more medals for the country after booking their place in the semi-finals of their respective weight category.
After boxers Amit Panghal and Naman Tanwar advanced into the last four of their respective weight category, Hussamuddin Mohammed, Satish Kumar and Manoj Kumar also defeated their opponents to secure three more medals for India.
Hussamuddin Mohammed defeated Zambia’s Everisto Mulenga 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the men’s 56 kg category.
The Indian won the bout with decisions of 30-26, 30-26, 30-26, 30-25, and 30-26 from the five judges.
In another quarter-final clash, Veteran boxer Manoj Kumar outplayed Australia’s Terry Nickolas 4-1 in the 69 kg category. Kumar defeated the Australian 29-28, 27-30, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in a five round bout.
Satish Kumar, the last boxer in fray, beat Nigel Paul of Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 in men’s heavyweight (91kg) category.
Kumar defeated Paul 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, 28-29, 29-28.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – Men’s Hockey team one step away from a medal
The Indian men’s hockey team produced a spirited performance as they edged past lower-ranked Malaysia 2-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the XXI Gold Coast Games.
It was drag flick specialist Harmanpreet Singh, who scored both goals for India to guide them to the last-four.
Harmanpreet put India ahead as early as in the third minute of the match by converting the penalty corner into a goal before Faizal Saari pulled off the lone goal for Malaysia in the 16th minute of the match.
Subsequently, India remained on the back foot in the second quarter as well as the start of the third quarter, with their Asian rivals kept on driving the tempo of the game.
In the 18th minute of the match, the Manpreet Singh-led side had a great chance to retain their lead via Varun Kumar, but he failed to score the penalty corner by hitting it wide.
Just four minutes later, the Indian skipper came close to smashing a goal, but his attempt too was saved by Malaysian goalkeeper Hairi Abd Rahman.
However, Harmanpreet eventually helped the Men in Blue clinch the win when the Indian defender notched his second goal of the match by scoring the fifth successive penalty corner in the third quarter.
The quarter-final match saw the Manpreet Singh-led side earn as many as nine penalty corners, the first of which came as early as in the second minute of the match.
The victory pushed India’s points tally to seven from three matches and sealed them the semi-final berth, while both Malaysia and Pakistan are just with three points from as many outings.
India are now required just a draw in their next clash against England to top the Group B.
Day 6 – Gold Coast Games Recap – Anas misses Bronze by a whisker
Muhammad Anas shattered the national record for a third time but missed out on a 400m men’s medal while Hima Das qualified for the women’s final in the same event with a personal best on a bittersweet day for Indian track and field athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
It was first time that an Indian was competing in the 400m final at the CWG since the legendary Milkha Singh in 1958.
However, Anas’ effort was not enough for a medal, falling short by just 0.2 seconds, finishing behind winner Isaac Makwala (44.35), Baboloki Thebe (45.09) and Javon Francis (45.11).
“The rain affected my rhythm because the track became heavy and took more effort out of me. The track was spongy. It’s hard on the hamstring. It was cold as well which makes the body stiff,” Anas said
“But I have got the confidence that I can do much better at this level. My body tightened up a bit today. I expected to come third but it’s alright I am glad with what I managed. I will now prepare for the Asian Games,” he added.
“I will just go and sleep now because in the last semifinal I gave my everything.”
In the women’s 400m women’s semifinals, the 18-year-old Hima Das qualified for the final with a personal best of 51.53.
She had finished third in her semifinal, taking off 0.44 off her previous personal best, but eventually made the cut as the seventh fastest among eight finalists.
Das had stunned everyone by qualifying for the CWG and the imposing runner has continued a good run.
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