India bagged its best-ever medal in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games (CWG), as Lopreet Singh won bronze in the men’s 109+kg category on day six of the Birmingham 2022 CWG, while Gardeep Singh won bronze in the men’s 109kg category. He won the medal.
Luprit lifted a total of 355 kg including 163 kg in the snatch and 192 kg in the clean and jerk. Cameroon’s Junior Nyabio won gold with a total of 361kg, while Samoan Jacques Opeluge won silver with 358kg.
Meanwhile, 26-year-old debutant Gurudeep managed a best effort of 390kg (167kg+223kg) to finish on the podium.
India won 10 medals — three gold, three silver and four bronze — in weightlifting at Birmingham.
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Also breaking a long-standing record, Saurav Ghosal claimed India’s first singles medal – a bronze – in squash at the CWG. World No. 15 Ghosal dominated from start to finish against England’s James Willstrop, winning 11-6 11-1 11-4 in the bronze play-off.
It was Ghosal’s second CWG medal, having won silver in mixed doubles with Deepika Pallikal at the 2018 Gold Coast edition.
In Judo, Tilika Mann reached the finals of the Women’s 78kg+ category as she scored two impressive victories, both by eppons, the highest score a fighter can achieve in Judo. She won the first quarter-final against Tracey Derhoun of Mauritania and then beat New Zealand’s Sydney Andrews in the semi-finals to set up a title clash against Scotland’s Sarah Adlington. Although she lost in the peak competition and won the silver medal.
India’s final medal of the day came in athletics as Tejsun Shankar won bronze in the men’s high jump final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, India’s first in the discipline.
On the cricket pitch, Renuka Singh took four wickets in the Barbados top order as India beat their weaker opponents by 100 runs to qualify for the semi-finals. Invited to bat, India scored 162 for 4 thanks to a fine unbeaten half-century of 43 off 26 balls by Jemima Rodriguez (56 not out off 46 balls) and opener Shifali Verma.
Indian boxers Nikhat Zarin (50kg), Neetu Gangas (48kg) and Mohammad Hussamuddin (57kg) assured India of three boxing medals.
Reigning world champion Zarin dominated the light-flyweight quarter-finals with a 5-0 unanimous decision over Helen Jones of Wales.
Muhammad Hussamuddin advanced to the semi-finals in the men’s 54kg-57kg featherweight category after defeating Namibia’s Tryagin Morning Ndevelo 4-1 on points. Netto won the Gungas as Northern Ireland’s Nicole Clyde dropped out in the final round after Netto easily won the first two rounds in the women’s minimum weight class of 45kg-48kg.
On the other hand, Olympic bronze medalist Bourgogne was beaten by last edition’s silver medalist Rosie Eccles of Wales. Ashish Kumar lost to England’s Aaron Bowen in the quarters in the men’s 75kg-80kg light heavyweight category.
There was more good news from the lawn bowls greens as Myrdal Borgohen picked up two victories in men’s singles in Round 2 and Round 3 of the sectional games. He first beat Falkland Islands’ Chris Locke 21-5 and then Scotland’s Iain McLean 21-19.
In the women’s doubles, Loli Chaubey and Nyan Muni Saikia, fresh from their gold medal in the women’s fours, started the day with a comfortable 23-6 win over Hina Rarity and Olivia Buckingham of New. But in the next match they were defeated by South Africa 16-16. the game
India also returned to winning ways in women’s hockey after an earlier reverse against England, beating Canada 3-2 in a tight Pool A encounter. For India, Lalarimsyamy, Navneet Kaur and Salima Tete were on target while Hannah Hawn and Brian Steers scored for Canada.
The men also solidified their position in Pool B with an 8-0 win over Canada. The Indians scored goals in each quarter of the game with Gurujant, Mandeep, Lalit and Amit scoring for India, along with braces from forward Akashdeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh.
In squash, Sanaina Cruella won her plate final against Guyana’s Marie Fung-A-Fet, 11-7, 13-11, 11-2, in straight games. She finished fifth in the tournament.
Manpreet Kaur finished bottom of the table with a throw of 15.59m in her third attempt in the women’s shot put.
Deepak Deswal, however, was on the other side of the spectrum in the men’s 100 kg category, facing two eliminations. England’s Harry Lovell-Hewitt got the better of him first in the quarters, before Fiji’s Tavita Takiwa edged him by a throw in the repechage round. This was after Cameron won a Round of 16 battle against Eric Fuda.
In the women’s 87+ kg Poornima Pandey though finished sixth with 228 kg. The gold went to England’s Emily Campbell at 286kg, a Commonwealth and Games record.
Indian swimmers Advait Page and Kshagra Rawat finished seventh and eighth respectively in the men’s 1500m freestyle.
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