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Pugilists spearhead Indian medal rush
April 15, 2018
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GOLD COAST: MC Mary Kom (48kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg) claimed the gold medals, while Satish Kumar (91kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) settled for silvers on Saturday as India ended the boxing competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) with its highest-ever haul of nine medals.

Mary defeated Kristina O’Hara of Northern Ireland by a unanimous 5:0 verdict to take the title in probably her final CWG campaign.

Vikas defeated Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon by a 5:0 unanimous verdict in a close contest which saw both the boxers claiming to have won the bout before the referee’s verdict. It was Vikas’ first medal at the CWG.

Each of the five judges awarded 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 points in favour of Vikas at the end of all three rounds.

Gaurav won the gold medal in the men’s flyweight (52 kilogram) category as he won a tough, fast paced, tactical battle by a split 4:1 verdict against the impressive Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland in the final.

Meanwhile, India’s Manish had to be content with silver in the men’s lightweight (60kg) division. Kaushik lost 2:3 to Harry Garside of Australia in a hard-fought final.

Amit finished with the silver medal in the men’s light flyweight (49 kilogram) category after losing 1:3 to England’s Galai Yafai in the final.

Manika wins TT title

Manika Batra became the first Indian paddler to win a women singles gold at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Manika outplayed Mengyu Yu of Singapore 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) to clinch the gold medal.

Manika also admitted that she had played the best table tennis at the Games. Manika started off on a bad note as she was trailing 1-6 in the first game. But soon found her rhythm and made it 5-7 because of some errors on the backhand from her opponent.

The Indian player continued the same pace throughout the game and despite leading in the early stages of the game, Menyu lost the first game 7-11.

Duo clinches silver

India paddlers Achanta Sharath and Gnanasekaran Sathiyan lost their men’s doubles gold medal match at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

The Indian duo lost to England’s Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford 2-3 (5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 8-11).

The Indian pair committed several errors on length of serve and shots which resulted in their loss.

Right from the start, Sharath and Sathiyan struggled with their service and return shots. But soon, the Indian duo corrected the mistakes and won the next two games. The Indians won the third game 11-9 coming back from 6-9 down to make it 2-1.

India’s Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty bagged the bronze medal in the men’s doubles table tennis competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

Grapplers grab golds

Indian wrestlers did the nation proud as Sumit Malik won the 125-kilogram freestyle title while Vinesh Phogat took women’s 50kg gold.

Sumit won all his four bouts in the Nordic (round robin) format to emerge champion. Korey Jarvis of Canada got the silver while Pakistan’s Tayab Raza took the bronze.

Among the women, Vinesh won gold in the 50kg competition as she ended at the top of the standings at the end of the Nordic format.

Vinesh defeated Miesinnei Genesis of Nigeria, Rupinder Kaur of Australia and Canada’s Jessica MacDonald.

India got another medal when Somveer bagged bronze in the men’s 86kg division. Somveer defeated Alexander Moore of Canada 7-3 in the play-off for the bronze medal.

Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik took the bronze medal in the women’s 62kg category.

Meanwhile, Sakshi defeated Cameroon’s Berthe Emillene in her first match before losing to Michelle Fazzari of Canada.

Neeraj creates history

Neeraj Chopra won first ever gold for India in the men’s Javelin on Saturday. Neeraj registered his season’s best performance of 86.47 metres in the final.

Hamish Peacock took the silver medal for Australia with 82.59m while Grenada’s Anderson Peters hurled the javelin a distance of 82.20m for the bronze.

Vipin Kashana, the other Indian in the fray, took the fifth spot with an attempt of 77.87m.

Srikanth in final

World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth set his date with World No.7 Lee Chong Wei in the summit clash of badminton men’s singles competition after registering comfortable wins in their respective semi-finals on Saturday.

While Srikanth registered an easy 21-10, 21-17 straight games victory over England’s Rajiv Ouseph, Malaysia’s Lee Chong overcame World No.11 Indian HS Prannoy 21-16, 9-21, 21-14 in their respective semi-final matches.

Srikanth lived upto his billing as the top seed, comfortably pocketing the first game in mere 12 minutes. The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game.

All-India badminton final

World No.3 PV Sindhu set up an all-Indian women’s singles final with World No.12 Saina Nehwal in women’s badminton competition on Saturday.

While Sindhu thrashed Canada’s Michelle Li in straight games 21-18, 21-8 in the semi-final, Saina overcame a stiff contest from Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour winning by 21-14, 18-21, 21-17, and set her date with her compartriot in the summit clash on Sunday. Both Sindhu and Saina kept their unbeaten run alive and their victories over lower-ranked opponents went on expected lines.

Sanjeev shoots gold

India’s Sanjeev Rajput clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions on Saturday.

Sanjeev shot a total of 454.5 to create a Commonwealth Games record. Grzegorz Sych of Canada finished second with 448.4 and Dean Bale of England bagged the bronze medal with 441.2 points.

Chain Singh, the other Indian in the fray, finished fifth in the standings with 419.1.

Rajput started the final with 150.5 in the Kneeling stage to take the second spot on the standings behind Sych. He held on to the second position with a score of 306.9 by the end of the Prone round.

Dipika-Ghosal bag silver

Defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa stormed into the final of women’s doubles category while Dipika and Saurav Ghosal clinched silver in the mixed doubles of the squash competition. In the women’s double, Dipika and Joshna won in straight games 2-0 (11-10, 11-5) to seal their place in the final.

However, in the mixed doubles category, Dipika, who then partnered Saurav Ghosal and settled for a silver, losing to Australia’s Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley in the final.

Agencies

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