Wrestlers added 6 medals with Bajrang, Sakshi and Deepak winning gold. Women’s hockey lost in the semifinals.

Indian wrestlers were in scathing form on day eight of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) as they bagged six medals, including three golds. As freestyle wrestling made its debut at the Birmingham Games, Bajrang Punia was a class apart defending her title before Sakshi Malik pulled off a sensational gold-medal effort and Deepak Punia also won the men’s freestyle 86kg gold. Contributed to increasing India’s medal tally by winning medals.

Birthday girl Anshu Malik (57 kg) had to settle for a silver medal in her first CWG. Divya Kakkaran took bronze in the 68kg, winning the play-off by just 26 seconds as Mohit Grewal ensured India had a medal to show for it in all categories on Friday, taking the 125kg bronze. capped off a successful day by winning the playoffs.

Heartbreak for the women’s hockey team as they lost 3-0 in a shootout in controversial circumstances to Australia in the semi-finals. The game was tied 1-1 in regulation time and Australia took the lead in the 10th minute through Rebecca Greiner before Vandana Kataria equalized in the 49th minute.

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The historic gold won by the women’s quartet seemed to have inspired the men as well as Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar who came back from 3-8 down after seven overs to beat hosts England. won the match against 13-12. reach the finals. He had earlier beaten Canada’s Robert Law, Greg Wilson, John Bezier and Cameron Lefresne 14-10 in the men’s quarterfinals.
However, Loli Chaube and Nyanmuni Saikia lost in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles event at Saikia Lawn Bowls. They lost 14-18 to England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh.

Achanta Sharath Kamal produced sensational performances to reach the semi-finals of all three of her events in the table tennis competition at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

The record nine-time national champion, who has a maximum of 10 CWG medals to his name, advanced to the men’s singles semi-finals with a 4-2 win over Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo in a thriller.

The 40-year-old Shrath also reached the semi-finals of the mixed and men’s doubles event with their respective partners.

He first paired with young Srija Akula to beat two-time silver medalist Liam Pitchford and England’s Tin Tin Ho 3-2 (11-7 8-11 11-8 11-13 11-9) in the mixed doubles quarters. beat the Sathyan along with Ganasekaran defeated another English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6 11-8 11-4) in the men’s doubles competition.

Sreeja also excelled with her mixed doubles performance to advance to the women’s singles semi-finals.

The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showed nerves of steel to see off Canada’s Mo Zhang 4-3 to reach the semi-finals with a thrilling win.

He defeated Zhang 9-11 11-4 6-11 9-11 11-5 11-4 11-8 in their quarter-final match.

Gnanasekaran also reached the men’s singles quarter-finals by beating Nicholas Lim 4-2 at the NEC Hall.

However, Sanil Shetty lost 2-4 to Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun.

Sreeja and Sharath had earlier beaten Malaysia’s Leon Chi Feng and Ho Ying 5-11 11-2 11-6 11-5, while Sharath and Ganasekaran had beaten Bangladesh’s Bum Ramhamalyan and Redoy Mohutsin Ahmed 11-1. -6 was defeated by 11-11. -4 in their Round of 16 clash.

Defending champion Manika Batra, however, had a poor day as she crashed out in the women’s singles quarter-finals with a 0-4 loss against Jian Zheng of Singapore.

Earlier, Manika and Sathian lost 2-3 to Malaysia’s Jeewin Chong and Karen Lain, while the men’s pair of Sunil Shetty and Harmeet Desai also lost 0-0 to Singapore’s Chiu Zee-Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Athan. Ended their campaign with 3 defeats. In another result, Srija and Reith Tennyson beat Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow 3-0 to advance to the pre-quarterfinals.

Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja entered the women’s singles quarterfinals. While the 27-year-old Batra defeated Australia’s Ji Min-hyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to take on Singapore’s Jian Zheng, Sreeja held on with a nerve-wracking win against Wales’ Charlotte Carey to secure her spot. Played the competition. Last eight berths. The 24-year-old worked hard but held his nerve to beat Kerry 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10.

Meanwhile, Reith Tennyson was eliminated in the women’s singles event after losing to Singapore’s Feng Tianwei in her round of 16 match.

Tianwei proved too strong for Tennyson as the latter was defeated 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.

On the athletics track, the men’s 4*400m relay quartet of Noah Nirmal, Amul Jacob, Mohammad Anas and Mohammad Ajmal qualified for the finals by finishing second in their heat-2. His time of 3:06:97 was behind the Kenyan’s 3:06:76. India’s Jyoti Yaraji finished fourth in her heat with 13.18 seconds. She was 10th overall. Ansi Sujan Edapally finished sixth in the Qualifying Round – Group A with a best jump of 6.25.
Hema Das failed to qualify for the women’s 200m final as the 22-year-old from Assam finished third in Semi-Final 2 with a time of 23.42 seconds, just 0.01 seconds short of the cut-off mark.

Joshna Chinappa and Deepika Pallikal suffered a 2-11, 7-11 loss to Yeon Chan and Aina Ampandi in the women’s doubles quarter-finals as Valavan Senthal Kumar and Abhay Singh advanced to the men’s doubles round of 16 clash with Douglas Campsell. and won against Alan Kline. 7-1. 11-10, 11-8

Deepika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal booked their place in the semi-finals as they defeated Australia’s Greenham Rachel and Alexander Zak 11-9, 11-5.

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