England's Mark Anthony was a happy man on Wednesday, for not only did he deal with a rather piquant situation, he also made it to the men's 100m semifinal.
Sources confirmed that after winning the first-round heat at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Anthony's spikes went missing from the dressing room. Anthony ran with a different pair of spikes, yet came on top in the second-round heat.
“The track was fast and I am happy with my performance. I want to explore Delhi after the event is over. I haven't been able to do that since the time I reached here,” he said.
The two gold medals at stake on Wednesday went to Uganda's Ndlema Kipsiro in the men's 5000m and Louise Ellery of Australia in women's shot-put (para-sport).
India ended the day with a mixed bag. Sprinter Mohd. Abdul Najeeb Qureshi, Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur in 400m heats and Om Prakash Singh Karhana and Saurabh Vij in the men's shot-put qualified for the next round.
Hardeep Kaur, in the women's hammer, also made it to the next round. “I am very happy that I did well in my first heat. Though I was not 100 per cent in the zone today, I will try to do better in the next round, “said Qureshi, who finished third in the 100m sprint.
“I am aiming to break the national record of 10.30. I finished 10.40 today but I am happy with the performance,” he added.
In the women's 400m, Manjeet Kaur outshone the rest to reach the semifinal clocking 52.75. Mandeep Kaur accompanied Manjeet into the semis. “I will give it my best shot in the Games despite tough competitors from England and Jamaica,” said Manjeet.
In shot put, Om Prakash was placed fourth and Saurabh Vij seventh ahead of the final on Thursday. Dylan Armstrong of Canada was the leader.