Race for second spot will be hot on Day 5
The race for grabbing the immediate spot behind Australia is expected to become hotter as the Commonwealth Games moves into its fifth day of competitions today.delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2010 11:23 IST
The race for grabbing the immediate spot behind Australia is expected to become hotter as the Commonwealth Games moves into its fifth day of competitions today.
With Australia seemingly having taken an unassailable lead with 32 golds in their kitty, the race for finishing No. 2 in the Games has narrowed down to a three-horse race between second-placed India, No.3 England and No. 4 Canada.
While India, dominating the shooting range and also doing well in disciplines like wrestling and weightlifting, had 14 gold going into the day's events, England were two behind the hosts while Canada were one gold further adrift.
India would once again depend on their shooters, who provided 50 per cent of their gold medals in the first four days, to help them stay ahead of England and Canada.
In tennis, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza would aim to reach the finals of the men's and women's singles events.
Somdev and Rohan Bopanna are also set to play the men's doubles semi finals along with the "Indian Express" duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi while Nirupama Sanjeev and Pooja Venkatesha would be striving to make the women's doubles final.
In table tennis, the Indian women are up against Singapore in the tie for the gold medal and the men are up against England for a spot in the final. Preliminary rounds of the individual events are to commence.
In badminton India are up against Malaysia in the mixed team final to settle the gold and silver medals.
The men's and women's recurve team would also be in the race for medals and the members of the strong boxing squad would look to advance further in their endeavour to attain medal standard.