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HindustanTimes Mon,15 Sep 2014
CWG 2014 Day 9: India win 3 silvers and 2 bronzes; 5 more medals assured
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Glasgow, August 01, 2014
First Published: 18:16 IST(1/8/2014)
Last Updated: 04:29 IST(2/8/2014)
(L) Seema Punia with her medal and (R) Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj and Sharath Kamal Achanta in action at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Agency Photo)

India won three silvers and two bronzes on Day 9 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow while at least another five silvers were assured as four boxers and the squash duo of Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa made it to the finals.

The first medal of the day came from Pinki Rani Jangra who lost her semi-final to settle for the bronze medal. The Haryana pugilist gave a tough fight to Michaela Walsh but the Northern Ireland woman's height and better reach helped her win all four rounds.

The second silver came from Seema Punia in women's discus throw as India continued to do uncharacteristically well in athletics. Seema, who had won a bronze in 2010 Delhi Games and a silver in 2006 Melbourne, threw the discus to 61.61m, her season's best, to grab the silver late last night while defending champion Krishna Poonia could just come up with a below-par effort of 57.84m.

Read: Seema wins silver, Poonia disappoints in women's discuss

Former world champion Dani Samuels won the gold comfortably with a throw of 64.88m which she achieved in her third attempt. Jade Lally of England won the bronze with a best throw of 60.48m.

The next silver came for Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj who bagged the medal for men's doubles table tennis after losing to Singapore's Ning Gao and Hu Li in the final.

Sharath and Amalraj squandered a game lead to lose 1-3 (11-8 7-11 9-11 5-11) against the Singaporan duo to setlle for the silver medal.

Read: Sharath-Amalraj win silver in men's doubles TT

The Indian duo had earlier blanked Singapore's Yang Zi and Zhan Jian 11-7 12-10 11-3 in the semifinals at the Scotstoun Sports Campus. Sharath, however, is still in the hunt in the men's singles event after having qualified for the semifinals.

The third silver and second bronze came to India when Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh were awarded the medals after Nigeria's Chika Amalaha failed a dope test.

Read: Nigeria weightlifter stripped of gold after drugs shame

Meanwhile, four Indian boxers - L Sarita Devi, L Devendro Singh, Mandeep Jangra and Vijender Singh - made it into their respective gold medal bouts to assure India at least silvers.

To start the proceedings, former World Champion Sarita proved too good for Mozambique's Maria Machongua to win all four rounds of two minutes each in the women's 57-60 kg semi-final at the SECC Hall.

Read: Four Indian boxers in final, Pinki takes bronze

Sarita's state-mate Devendro also delivered a brilliant performance to beat Welsh Ashley Williams 3:0 in the men's 49 kg last four bout. The 22-year-old Indian earned a maximum of 30 points from each of the three judges to enter the summit clash.

Haryana's Jangra then came out on top against Northern Ireland's Steven Donnelley in the men's 69 kg semi-final. After sharing the first two rounds, Jangra attacked Donnelley to come out the winner and will take on England's Scott Fitzgerald in the final.

In-form Olympic bronze medallist Vijender also came out with a stupendous performance to beat Connor Coyle of Northern Island 3:0 on points. The two-time Commonwealth Games medallist had a perfect score of 30 points in each round to Coyle's 27 in the men's 75 kg bout.

Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa also assured India of their maiden Commonwealth Games squash medal as they beat second seeds Kasey Brown and Rachael Grinham to make the women's doubles final.

The fifth seeds battled to a 11-9, 7-11, 11-4 victory and will now look to create another upset when they play English top seeds Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro in Saturday's final.




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