Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 2, Live Updates: Sanjita Chanu Wins Gold In Weightlifting, Badminton Stars In Action
Live Updates of 2018 Commonwealth Games, straight from Gold Coast, Australia
10:47 IST: In his second Snatch attempt, India’s Deepak Lather successfully lifts 136 kg. 10:42 IST: In Weightlifting 69kg, India’s Deepak Lather lifts 132 kg in his first Snatch attempt.10:40 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A: Kidambi Srikanth takes the opening game 21-18 against Kieran Merrilees.10:35 IST: India’s Vikram Malhotra draws level after winning the second game 11-8 against Nick Matthew of England in the Squash Men’s Singles Round of 16 clash 10:20 IST: In Squash — England’s Nick Matthew beats India’s Vikram Malhotra 11-6 in game one of the Squash Men’s Singles Round of 16 clash.
10:15 IST: Swimming — Thomas Hamer of England registers a new World Record in the Men’s S14 200m Freestyle.
10:13 IST: In the Women’s Pool A Hockey match, India have taken an early 1-0 lead vs Malaysia.
10:12 IST: Badminton Mixed Team Event — Saina Nehwal clinches the first match of the tie by beating Julie Macpherson 21-14, 21-12.
10:00 IST: India’s Amritha Reghunath, Sonali Mayanglambam fail to qualify for medal round in Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit Cycling event.
09:48 IST: India vs Scotland, Mixed Team Event, Group A: Saina Nehwal wins the first game 21-14 against Julie Macpherson.
09:38 IST: In Lawn Bowls, Pinki continues her poor run. She lost 9-21 to Firyana Saroji of Malaysia.
09:30 IST: India take on Scotland in Badminton mixed team event, group A, while Deepak Lather competes in Men’s 69kg weightlifting.
09:25 IST: Naman Tanwar advances to Men’s 91kg quarter-finals after a routine win over Haruna Mhando of Tanzania. In the quarter-final round, Naman will face Frank Masoe of Samoa on April 10.
09:10 IST: In boxing, Naman Tanwar is up against Haruna Mhando of United Republic of Tanzania in the Men’s 91kg, round of 16.
09:00 IST: Deborah Deborah, Aleena Reji advance to 1/8 finals in the Women’s sprint qualifying — Cycling, track. In qualification stage, Deborah finished in 13th position with the time of 11.484, while Aleena finished last with the time of 12.207.
08:45 IST: Swimming update: Para-swimmer Kiran Tak finishes last in the Women’s S9 100m backstroke heats with the timing of 1:46.29
08:33 IST: Gymnastics score update:
08:31 IST: In Lawn bowls, India’s Pinki is up against Firyana Saroji of Malaysia in the women’s singles section D, round 4
08:15 IST: Trivia — In the history of the Commonwealth Games, no athlete had ever represented Guernsey Commonwealth Games Association until Billy Le Poullain stepped into the ring on the opening Day of the 21st edition of the games.
08:02 IST: In Lawn Bowls, Pinki lost to Litia Tikoisuva of Fiji in the Women’s singles section D, round 2 and the men’s team bowed out after a 15-14 defeat to England.
07:30 IST: Sanjita Chanu stands tall on the podium as the national anthem plays in the background. Sanjita lifted a total of 192 kg which included a CWG record of 84 kg in the snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk. Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was distant second with 182 kg while New Zealand’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet took bronze with 181 kg. 07:20 IST: And India starts off with a bang, yet again! Sanjita Chanu wins gold in Women’s 53kg category weightlifting. 07:02 IST: Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has already given a strong start to India in the women’s 53 kg category as she registers a Commonwealth Games record.
07:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games.
A record-smashing Mirabai Chanu and a perseverant P Gururaja claimed gold and silver respectively as weightlifters lived up to the pre-event hype by delivering opening-day medals for India while star badminton players added to the cheer by making a winning start in the 21st Commonwealth Games.
Chanu smashed the Games records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold-medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from the Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Chanu managed to lift 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.
P 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 249kg (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 of competitions.
Weightlifting was not the only reason why India could boast of a good opening day. The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.
Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on court as well and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.
She was later in action against Pakistan as well and was her usual clinical self against Mahoor Shahzad, claiming a straight-game triumph in 26 minutes to ensure that India had a winning day to celebrate.
Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) was the lone boxer in action today and the 2010 CWG gold-medallist hammered Nigeria’s Osita Umeh to move into the pre-quarterfinals. The former Asian medallist won on a unanimous decision.
On the squash court, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa, who would be defending their women’s doubles gold medal, made winning starts in their singles competitions.
While Pallikal got the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Charlotte Knaggs, Chinnappa sailed past Papua and New Guinea Lynette Vai.
But Saurav Ghosal’s 2-3 defeat to Jamaica’s Chris Binnie came as a massive shock even though Harinder Pal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra won their respective opening matches.
The table tennis players got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women’s team defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The men’s team blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 before beating Northern Ireland by a similar margin.
Apart from Ghosal, the other major disappointment was the women’s hockey team’s stunning 2-3 defeat against Wales in its lung-opener.
In swimming, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the 50m men’s butterfly event but could not make the final, finishing 15th overall. Sajan Prakash failed to even make the semifinals in the same event.
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 in their competition.