The Indian women’s fours team gave lawn bowls a new identity.

Success came from the most unexpected corner for India at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday when an unheralded four-woman unit assured the country of a historic medal in the lawn bowls in a rare follow-up while weightlifters Judox added two medals to the country’s tally after Ajay Singh’s draw. empty

Coming together from diverse fields like police, teaching and administration, the outpost of Lolly Choubey, Rupa Rani Turki, Pinky and Nenmuni Saikia, finally has something to answer the disaffected.

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His new achievement is not expected to revolutionize the game and change the game drastically, but the CWG medal could be a huge step in that direction as more Indians can take up the game.

The ‘leader’ of the pack, 38-year-old Lolly, is a constable in the Jharkhand police while Roopa, also from Ranchi, works in the state sports department.

Pinky, who picked up the sport by accident during the 2010 CWG in Delhi, is a sports teacher with DPSR K Puram in New Delhi while Nainmuni hails from a farming family in Assam and works in the state’s forest department. do

The team defeated New Zealand 16–13 in the semi-finals to reach the final for the first time in the women’s fours format of the competition.

“We cannot express our feelings in mere words. We have fought as a team and our journey does not end here,” said an emotional Turki.

“We have to play in the same style against South Africa and do what has not been done before,” he added.

Against New Zealand, after conceding a 0-5 lead after the second end, the Indian team had Selina Goddard (lead), Nicole Toomey (second), Teal Bruce (third) and Val Smith (skip) in the Kiwi team. Strong back against. ).

They were tied at 7-7 after the 9th end, but after the 10th end, India took a 10-7 lead. It was a close contest between the two sides, as New Zealand narrowly led 13-12 after 14 overs.

A brilliant shot from Turki helped India seal the game with a scoreline of 16-13.

The Indian men’s pair crashed out of the competition after losing 8-26 to Northern Ireland in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

Judox won two medals.

Indian judokas L Shashila Devi and Vijay Kumar Yadav ensured that the country’s medal tally would increase on the day. Shusheela won silver in women’s 48kg, Vijay bagged bronze in men’s 60kg.

The 27-year-old Shashila fought hard against South Africa’s Michaela Whiteboy before losing the final in 4.25 minutes with a ‘waza-ari’.

Yadav put in a dominant display to defeat Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus with an ‘epon’ in the bronze medal match.

For Shashila, it was her second silver medal in the showpiece event. She was also runner-up at the 2014 Glasgow Games.

A sub-inspector with the Manipur Police, Shashila made it to the final after defeating Priscilla Morand of Mauritius.

No medals from the weightlifting arena.

After bagging five medals in two days, the weightlifting squad could not add to the tally as Ajay Singh (81 kg) narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.

The 25-year-old finished fourth in the men’s 81kg event with a total effort of 319kg (143kg + 176kg).

A low snitch total and a fluffed clean and jerk lift cost him dearly.

“I tried my best but it wasn’t my day. There was no negativity and coach (Vijay Sharma) kept encouraging me. I gave my best but couldn’t do it,” Singh said.

“I had three clean lifts and at one point I was over a kilogram. I thought I would do my best in the clean and jerk in my last attempt but it didn’t happen,” he said.

Easy win for the Boxers

Amit Pinghal advanced to the men’s flyweight (51kg) quarter-finals after pinning Vanuatu’s Namri Berry via unanimous decision.

Pinghal, who is competing in his first major tournament after a disappointing showing at the Tokyo Olympics, looked in control in all three rounds.

He used his right and left punch combinations effectively and fought from a distance, forcing Barry to come forward and attack.

“It was a good workout but it was easy. My opponent was good but he never gave me any problems,” Pinghal said after his win.

“I could have extended it but there’s still a long way to go and I’m here to sleep. I won silver in Gold Coast and I’m here to go one better.

Featherweight boxer Mohammad Hassamuddin defeated Bangladesh’s Mohammad Saleem Hussain 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Despair in hockey

The men’s hockey team squandered an advantage to play out a 4-4 draw against England. The team led 3-0 at one point but allowed the host nation to exit with a draw.

For the Indians, Lalit Upadhyay (3rd minute), Mandeep Singh (13th and 22nd) and Harmanpreet Singh (46th) scored from penalty corners.

England staged a brilliant second-half fightback and scored through Liam Ansel (42nd), Nick Bendorak (47th, 53rd) and Phil Roper (53rd).

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