It was another memorable day for India as the Indian women’s team of Lolly Chaubey, Rupa Rani Turki, Pinky and Nenmuni Saikia beat South Africa (17-10) in a summit clash to win the country’s first medal in lawn bowls. Made history. India got a new sport to follow after the historic gold medal that took the limelight on Tuesday.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the gold medal. We have come close to winning a medal a couple of times at the Commonwealth Games but fell short by a point or two. This time we were determined from the start that we would never have such a situation. “Let it happen,” said Lolly Choubey after the final.
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Meanwhile, India won another gold medal but it was familiar territory as men’s table tennis also maintained its dominance at the CWG to win gold in the team event for the second time in a row. Sharath Kamal Achanta, Sathyan Ganasekaran and Harmeet Desai combined to produce a collective performance as India defeated Singapore 3-1 in the final to clinch their second consecutive gold medal in the event.
As expected, Gansekaran won both of their matches, 3-1 against Yeo-N Kuen Peng in singles and 3-0 against Kuen Peng and Yung-Isaac Kwek in doubles with Desai. Although Sarath lost his tie to Zhe Yu Clarence Chew 1-3. Desai sealed the deal for India though with a 3-0 win over Clarence Chew.
Heavyweight lifter Vikas Thakur bagged another medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in the men’s 96kg category. The experienced Thakur finished second with a total lift of 346kg (155kg+191kg) and bagged his third CWG medal in three editions. This was Thakur’s second silver, having also finished second in the 2014 Glasgow edition. In Gold Coast, they came back with bronze.
Late in the night, the Indian shuttlers lost 1-3 to Malaysia in the mixed team final and settled for the silver medal. It was a heartbreaking loss after their dominant run to the final. PV Sindhu was the only Indian shuttler to win the tie, while India lost the men’s doubles, men’s singles and women’s doubles ties to settle for silver.
Squash player Saurav Ghosal also lost to New Zealand’s Paul Cole in the semi-finals of the men’s singles event. It was a one-sided affair where Ghosal ended up on the losing side with a scoreline of 9-11 4-11 1-11. They will now play in the bronze medal match.
Discus throwers Seema Punia and Navjit Kaur Dhillon were disappointed as they finished fifth and eighth respectively in the final with underperforming.
Boxer Rohit Tokas (67 kg) reached the quarter-finals of the men’s welterweight category. The 29-year-old boxer from Delhi defeated Alfred Kote of Ghana 5-0.
It was a disappointing performance for the Indian women’s hockey team as they failed to convert chances against England and suffered a 1-3 defeat in the Pool A encounter. It was not an exemplary performance by the attackers who lacked awareness of the task at hand. Vandana Kataria was the only one to find the net but that too came in the last second.
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