India’s Chanu Saikhom Mirabai won gold in the women’s 48-kg weight-lifting, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process with a total lift of 196-kg.
Mauritius’ Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa took silver while Sri Lanka’s Dinusha Gomes claimed bronze. Chanu smashed the Games records in 48-kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Chanu managed to lift 196-kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.
“I came here with the ambition of breaking my own record and I am glad I made it happen,” Mirabai Chanu said. The 23-year-old took silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, before qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s 48-kg category but didn’t perform how she wanted.
“I am my biggest opponent, I strive to always beat my best records to ensure that I keep progressing forward,” she said adding, “After the world championships, I started my training in Melbourne both mentally and physically. I am very happy and excited that I have achieved this. The crowd made me feel at home.”
Gururaja wins silver: Earlier, Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal. The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249-kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day.
Badminton: World No.2 Kidambi Srikanth and former World No.1 Saina Nehwal led the Indian badminton mixed team to the quarter-finals of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after outclassing Sri Lanka and Pakistan with an identical 5-0 scorelines in Pool A matches here on Thursday.
India will meet Scotland — who defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 — today in a match which will decide the top-placed team in the pool at the Carrara Sports Arena. In the first match against Sri Lanka, Srikanth beat Niluka Karunaratne 21-16, 21-10 to clinch the men’s singles match while Saina outshone Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-8, 21-4. Before Srikanth’s exploits, the mixed doubles duo of Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Pranaav Jerry Chopra beat Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 to give India a winning start.
Basketball: The Indian Basketball campaign started off with two back to back very close losses. Indian Women’s Team lost 57-66 to Jamaica in a very competitive game whereas the Men’s team lost 87-96 to Cameroon in a game where Cameroon had an unbelievable comeback and took the game away from India’s hands.
Women’s Hockey: India’s hockey campaign was off to a disappointing start at the Commonwealth Games after the country’s women’s team went down 2-3 to Wales, trailing for most of the Group A clash.
The Indian team, chasing its first CWG medal after the 2006 Melbourne Games silver, trailed the first 30 minutes of the match, scored a couple of goals in the third period to draw level before conceding one in the dying minutes of the match to end up on the losing side.
Table Tennis: The table tennis players also got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women’s team event defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The men’s team also blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0.
Boxing: Star boxer Manoj Kumar advanced to the round of 16 in men’s boxing 69 kilogram category after convincingly thrashing Osita Umeh of Nigeria 5-0 by unanimous verdict at the Games here on Thursday.
Swimming: In the swimming pool, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 50m butterfly event but Sajan Prakash failed to make it.
Cycling: The Indians were not much of a force on the cycling track either, finishing sixth in the women’s team sprint, which ruled them out of medal contention. The men’s team did even worse, finishing seventh.
Squash: India’s top squash player and third seed, Saurav Ghosal, suffered a shock defeat against Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie in the men’s singles second round of the Games. Ghosal squandered a two-game lead to go down to World No. 65 Binnie 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 10-12.
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