2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Highlights: India add three golds to tally
Monday’s action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games got underway as India’s Pardeep Singh won a silver medal in men’s 105 kg weightlifting in Gold Coast. A short while later Jitu Rai clinched the men’s 10m air pistol gold while Om Mitharval took home the bronze in the same category. Then Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela added to the tally as they won a silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. The Indian men’s table tennis team won a gold medal by beating Nigeria 3-0 in the final. India’s mixed badminton team clinched its maiden gold medal defeating defending champions Malaysia 3-1 in the final. Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, Day 6, here. (DAY 6 FULL SCHEDULE) (MEDAL TALLY) (INDIA AT CWG ON MONDAY)
18:01 hrs IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us!
17:45 hrs IST: It has been a really good day for India.
17:26 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago won women’s 100m gold ahead of Jamaican duo of Christania Williams (silver) and Gayon Evans (bronze).
17:19 hrs IST: Loganathan Suriya finished 13th (out of 19 contestants) in Women’s 10,000m Final clocking Personal Best of 32:23.56.
17:15 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Tejinder Singh finished 8th (out of 12 contestants) in Men’s Shotput with 19.42m as his best throw.
17:06 hrs IST: That’s it. India beat Malaysia 3-1 to win first ever mixed team badminton gold.
16:59 hrs IST: Saina on the verge of a big win. What a match!
16:42 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal has her task cut out against S Cheah.
16:28 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Gurdeep Singh has finished fourth with a total combined weight of 382 kg.
16:18 hrs IST: It is getting tough for Tejinder Singh in Men’s Shot Put final.
16:10 hrs IST: Meanwhile Gurdeep Singh has slipped to second position.
16:08 hrs IST: Meanwhile Gurdeep Singh 207 kg in clean and jerk to go top of the standings.
16:07 hrs IST: After Manika Batra-led India to a historic triumph over Singapore yesterday, the men too beat the team from the city state 3-2 in the semi-finals, played earlier today. With individual and doubles medals still on offer, India’s performance is already a marked improvement from its disappointing showing in Glasgow four years ago when it just managed just a silver in men’s doubles
16:05 hrs IST: India swept the table tennis team events of the Commonwealth Games as the men matched the women to claim a memorable gold with an emphatic 3-0 win over Nigeria in the final today. It is the first time since the racket sport’s induction into the Commonwealth Games’ programme that India has topped both categories
16:02 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India’s Saina Nehwal is taking on Soniia Cheah of Malaysia in the fourth match of the mixed team badminton final. India currently lead 2-1
16:00 hrs IST: That is clean sweep for India in table tennis team events at the Commonwealth Games
15:58 hrs IST: What a performance from India! Another gold and another from table tennis
15:56 hrs IST: And they have done it! India have won the men’s table tennis gold beating Nigeria 3-0 in the final
15:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile in mixed team badminton, V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan have beaten Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 21-15, 22-20 in 38 minutes to help Malaysia make 1-2 vs India in the final
15:50 hrs IST: Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan have won the first two games. India are just one game away from another gold medal and second from table tennis
15:45 hrs IST: And Gurdeep is in line for a weightlifting gold too
15:40 hrs IST: Satwik and Chirag have lost the first game of men’s doubles in mixed team badminton
15:35 hrs IST: Two men’s doubles matches are going on in two different sports - badminton and table tennis - a win in both will bring India two more gold medals
15:28 hrs IST: G Sathiyan has given India 2-0 lead in table tennis!
15:23 hrs IST: India could be winning almost three gold medals simultaneously
15:17 hrs IST: G Sathiyan is taking on Segun Toriola in the second singles of men’s team table tennis final
15:15 hrs IST: This was Srikanth’s first victory against Lee Chong Wei in five meetings
15:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile Gurdeep Singh lifted 168 kg in his first snatch attempt. He failed his second chance but then lifted 175 kg in his third attempt of the men’s +105 kg weightlifting final
15:07 hrs IST: At the same time, Sharath Kamal has beaten Bode Abiodun 3-1 to help India take 1-0 lead in the men’s team table tennis final vs Nigeria
15:05 hrs IST: Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty taking on V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan in the men’s doubles badminton event now. If India win this, they will clinch yet another gold at Gold Coast
15:00 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth beats the legendary Lee Chong Wei 21-17, 21-14 in 43 minutes to help India take 2-0 lead vs Malaysia in the mixed team badminton final
14:55 hrs IST: The only two teams to have won gold at the mixed team event in Commonwealth Games badminton are England and Malaysia. Will India be the third today?
14:51 hrs IST: Sharath Kamal has fought back to win the second game and level the contest at 1-1
14:49 hrs IST: But in badminton Srikanth has won his first game. Such contrast
14:47 hrs IST: Sharath has lost the first game here!
14:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Sharath Kamal will start against Bode Abiodun of Nigeria in the first singles match of the men’s team table tennis final
14:40 hrs IST: Just to let you know, Malaysia have won the mixed team gold in the last three Commonwealth Games - 2006, 2010, 2014
14:35 hrs IST: And Srikanth leads Lee Chong Wei 11-8 at the break in the first game. Good start for the Indian against the legendary Malaysian
14:30 hrs IST: Gurdeep Singh’s entry weight in snatch is 165 kg, the third highest in the field
14:25 hrs IST: The men’s +105 kg weightlifting event is beginning and India’s Gurdeep Singh is a medal prospect
14:21 hrs IST: Meanwhile England have beaten Singapore 3-0 to win the men’s table tennis team bronze
14:15 hrs IST: This match will decide where the contest is heading
14:10 hrs IST: Big match coming up - Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles final
14:05 hrs IST: What a win! Brilliant that was from Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy 21-14, 15-21, 21-15 in an hour and five minutes
14:00 hrs IST: Brilliant fightback by Ashwini and Satwik, they leading 15-12 now in the decider
13:52 hrs IST: Satwik and Ashwini have lost the second game 15-21 in 21 minutes. It all boils down to the decider
13:45 hrs IST: The Indian men’s team table tennis gold medal match against Nigeria is also about to begin soon
13:39 hrs IST: This time Malaysia have taken an 11-7 lead at the break of the second game
13:34 hrs IST: Meanwhile in mixed team badminton final, Ashwini and Satwik have won the first game 21-14 in 19 minutes
13:30 hrs IST: Apurvi Chandela who won bronze in the same shooting category said: “Very good overall, a medal for my country again. Maybe a few shots could have been better, but overall I am happy with my medal.”
13:25 hrs IST: Mehuli Ghosh following her silver medal in women’s 10m air rifle event said: “It was my mistake. I was so focused on the game I didn’t notice it was only a shoot-off. It was my first Commonwealth Games. I’m happy but definitely not satisfied. I will try harder next time. I know I can do more and will try my best.”
13:20 hrs IST: Meanwhile Jitu Rai following his gold medal finish said: “Frankly speaking, my qualification score was not very good, but I had 100 percent faith in my ability that I can do it, because I have done well in the finals and won many medals in the past. My belief was unflinching. Two-three low scores pulled me down but then my belief helped me. That makes me really happy. So, I was confident of covering it in the finals and I never back off. So again, I am reaping the rewards of all the hard word work I have put in during training.”
13:16 hrs IST: A short while earlier, Indian shooter Smit Singh flunked in the men’s skeet final, finishing a disappointing sixth and last. Smit paid the price for a sluggish start and was the first to be eliminated from the six-man final after managing a lowly 15 out of 20. Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus clinched the gold, shooting a Commonwealth Games record total of 57 while the silver went to Ben Llewellin of Wales, with a total of 56. England’s Gareth Mcauley took the bronze with 45
13:12 hrs IST: Good start for India as they lead 11-7 at the break of the first game
13:00 hrs IST: So first up is Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa taking on Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh in the opening mixed doubles
12:50 hrs IST: India’s final vs Malaysia in mixed team badminton is about to start in a while
12:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile see Milkha Singh’s interview who was the first Indian to win a Commonwealth Games gold way back in 1958, click here
12:30 hrs IST:India have so far won five medals on Monday: Gold – Jitu Rai (shooting), Silver – Pardeep Singh (weightlifting), Mehuli Ghosh (shooting), Bronze – Apurvi Chandela, Om Mitharval (both shooting)
12:20 hrs IST: The next big event for India is the mixed team badminton final against Malaysia. If India win, they bring home another gold, if they lose, it will be a silver
12:05 hrs IST: Only one final weightlifting competition left at the 2018 Commonwealth Games - the men’s 105 kg final where India’s Gurdeep Singh will be plying his trade
11:58 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey, on the other hand, is sixth out of eight competitors in women’s +90 kg weightlifting final. She lifted 212 kg (94 kg + 118 kg)
11:54 hrs IST: Weightlifter Lalchhanhimi finishes eighth and last in the women’s 90 kg final. She lifted a total weight of 194 kg (85 kg + 109 kg)
11:47 hrs IST: The New Zealander, who lived as Gavin Hubbard until four years ago and competed at national level as a man, finished second in the women’s super-heavyweights behind American Sarah Robles at the world championships in December. Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg called on her nation to support the lifter. “I hope all New Zealanders... would get behind one of their athletes that has gone through the pathway to achieve greatness, and within the rules of the sport,” Grevemberg said
11:45 hrs IST: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdrew midway through despite leading the standings after the snatch in the +90 kg division. The New Zealander, whose participation was criticised as “unfair” by the Samoan team, lifted 120 kg but appeared to injure her arm after attempting 132 kg with her third effort. Shortly into the clean and jerk component, it was announced that Hubbard had declined her lifts
11:40 hrs IST: India’s Smit Singh has been eliminated from the men’s skeet finals. He finishes sixth and last
11:34 hrs IST: After 10 shots, Smit Singh is sixth and last in the men’s skeet final with 8/10 shots hitting the target
11:30 hrs IST: Lalchhanhimi is out of medal contention in women’s 90 kg weightlifting now
11:27 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey lifts 118 kg in her final clean and jerk attempt. She has lifted a total of 212 kg (94 kg + 118 kg) and is top of the table but will likely fall down
11:25 hrs IST: The men’s skeet final has also begun
11:20 kg IST:Purnima lifts 115 kg in her second clean and jerk attempt
11:15 hrs IST: Lalchhanhimi fails to lift 113 kg in her last clean and jerk attempt. She finishes with a total of 194 kg (85 kg + 109 kg) and is in third place but will drop down soon
11:10 hrs IST: Looks like medals are out of reach for these two lifters from India
11:07 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey meanwhile lifts 110 kg in her first clean and jerk attempt
11:03 hrs IST: Clean and jerk has started and Lalchhanhimi lifts 105 kg in her first attempt and 109 kg in second
10:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the men’s skeet final will start in about 20 minutes and India’s Smit Singh will be taking part in it
10:43 hrs IST:Lalchhanhimi is also last in the women’s 90 kg weightlifting category. It is not looking good for the Indian lifters at present
10:37 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey’s best lift of 94 kg is in fact the lowest in women’s +90 kg weightlifting. It will be difficult for her in the next round
10:31 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey successfully lifts 94 kg in her third and final snatch attempt. This is looking good ahead of clean and jerk
10:25 hrs IST: Indian shooter Smit Singh qualified for the final of men’s skeet after shooting a total of 119 to find himself among the six qualifiers after the second day of qualifications. Earlier, on Sunday, Smit shot 46 after the first two rounds, finding himself at No.11. The Punjab shooter, however, lifted his game on Monday to shoot 25, 24 and 24 in the next three rounds and take his total to 119. It was however, curtains for Sheikh Sheeraz, who finished No.10 after firing a total of 117
10:20 hrs IST: India’s Lovely Choubey and Rupa Rani Tirkey beat Wales duo of Laura Daniels and Jessica Sims 20-16 in lawn bowls women’s pairs sectional play first round. The Indian pair started on slow pace but gathered momentum once the match progressed before turning the heat on the Wales duo. Meanwhile, in men’s singles sectional play first round, Krishna Xalxo beat Kenya’s Cephas Kimwaki Kimani 21-12 at Broadbeach. Krishna started on a confident note and kept his domination throughout the contest against the Kenyan, who found the going tough
10:15 hrs IST: Defending champion Chandela totalled 225.3 to finish third. Chandela had earlier smashed her own Commonwealth Games qualifying record from four years back by scoring 423.2. Chandela’s sequence of scores over four series in the qualifying read a very impressive 105.7 105.2 106.1 106.2 while Ghosh was fifth in qualifying with 413.7 following scores of 104.3 103.7 102.2 and 103.5 over four series. However, Ghosh, a bronze medallist in her maiden ISSF World Cup outing in Mexico last month, produced a better performance to topple her more experienced compatriot. Trained by Olympian Joydeep Karmakar, Ghosh showed her fighting abilities all through but fell short by just .4 in the end
10:10 hrs IST: Young Mehuli Ghosh settled for a silver medal after forcing a shoot-off in the women’s 10m air rifle event with a perfect final shot of 10.9 while Apurvi Chandela secured bronze. The 17-year Ghosh shot an excellent 10.9 to take the finals into a shoot-off with Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso, the eventual gold medallist with a Games record of 247.2. Ghosh also aggregated a record 247.2 but a 9.9 in the shoot-off put paid to her hopes of claiming the top prize, as Veloso shot 10.3
10:02 hrs IST: Purnima Pandey, on the other hand, lifted 85 kg and 89 kg in her first two snatch attempts of women’s +90 kg weightlifting and will have one more chance before clean and jerk begin
09:56 hrs IST: Lalchhanhimi successfully lifted 85 kg in her first snatch attempt but failed to lift 89 kg in her next two final chances in the women’s 90 kg weightlifting
09:50 hrs IST: It is Lalchhanhimi in 90 kg and Purnima Pandey in +90 kg
09:45 hrs IST: Two weightlifting events are taking place simultaneously now: women’s 90 kg and women’s +90 kg
09:36 hrs IST: Indian boxer Manish Kaushik entered the quarter-finals after beating off a strong initial challenge before getting the better of Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago in the Round of 16 stage of men’s 60 kg category. The Indian won by a 4:0 margin as four of the five judges ruled in his favour while one scored it as a draw
09:33 hrs IST: That was one riveting shooting final. Mehuli shot a brilliant 10.9 to level the scores and take the final into a shoot out but then she shot 9.9 while Singapore’s Martina Lindsay Veloso shot 10.3. Absolutely brilliant stuff
09:30 hrs IST: Oh! Mehuli misses out in the shoot-out! But nevertheless brilliant performance from her to bag the silver while Apurvi brings home a bronze
09:27 hrs IST: Bronze for Apurvi, who won gold four years ago! Mehuli in last two
09:22 hrs IST: Two medals confirmed! But who will take which one for India! Apurvi is now first and Mehuli third
09:20 hrs IST: Wow Mehuli shoots a near perfect 10.7 to get into the top three. Only four shooters remain now in women’s 10m air rifle event
09:18 hrs IST: Welsh Sian Corish has been eliminated. Five shooters remain with Apurvi second and Mehuli fourth
09:16 hrs IST: Victoria Rossiter of Australia gets eliminated. Six shooters remain, including both Indians
09:14 hrs IST: While Apurvi is second, Mehuli is fourth now and one shooter has been eliminated
09:12 hrs IST: After the first stage, meaning 10 shots, Mehuli is second with 102.8 while Apurvi is fifth with 102.1. Elimination round begins
09:10 hrs IST: Good start by Mehuli. After the first five shots she leads with 51.8 while Apruvi is fifth with exact 51! There are a total of 24 shots
09:06 hrs IST: National record holder Tejaswin Shankar today advanced to the high jump final after finishing ninth in the qualifying round. Shankar finished a joint fifth in Group A and ninth overall. The Indian cleared 2.21m in final analysis after starting out at 2.10m. None of the competitors in fray could touch the official mark set at 2.27m with 2.21m being the best effort by the top-12, who made the cut for the finals scheduled on April 14. The 21-year-old Shankar is a Youth Commonwealth Games gold medallist.He had qualified for the Games by claiming a national record of 2.28m during the Federation Cup last month. Among others who advanced were Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc’s younger brother Brandon Starc, a crowd favourite at today’s event
09:03 hrs IST: And the women’s 10m air rifle event has also begun!
09:02 hrs IST: Indian boxer Manish Kaushik is currently taking on Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago in the men’s 60 kg Round of 16
09:00 hrs IST: Apurvi Chandela is the defending champion, having won the gold four years ago in Glasgow while Ayonika Paul had finished second to claim the silver
08:55 hrs IST: The women’s 10m air rifle final is about to begin. Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Mehuli Ghosh are medal contenders. There will be a total of 8 contenders
08:45 hrs IST: India are now third in the medals tally with eight gold, three silver and four bronze medals. To see medals tally click here
08:33 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki entered the men’s 52 kg quarterfinals with a 5:0 unanimous verdict against Ghana’s Akimos Annang Ampiah
08:30 hrs IST: The Indian men’s table tennis team upstaged defending champions Singapore to enter the final. Following in the footsteps of the women’s team, which stunned Singapore to clinch its maiden gold at Commonwealth Games, the men’s team got the better of the Asian powerhouse 3-2. Veteran Gao Ning was the only one who managed to record singles victories for Singapore. The 35-year-old legend, a three-time gold medallist at CWG, defeated Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan 3-0 and 3-1 respectively but the rest of his team fell apart against the Indians. India’s very own veteran star A Sharath Kamal won both his singles matches against Xue Jie Pang and Shao Feng Ethan Poh by similar margins of 3-0. In the doubles, the combination of Sathiyan and Desai rallied for a 3-1 win over Pang and Poh to clinch the issue for India
08:25 hrs IST: The Indian flag is raised and time now for the national anthem in Gold Coast, this time for Jitu Rai
08:20 hrs IST: India defeated Singapore 3-2 in the men’s table tennis semi-final to enter the gold medal match where they will await the winner of the other semi-final between Nigeria and England. The final will be played at 2 PM IST. Yesterday the Indian women’s table tennis team won gold beating Singapore 3-1 in the summit clash
08:18 hrs IST: Meanwhile Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki is taking part in his men’s 52 kg Round of 16 bout against
08:14 hrs IST: Star shooter Jitu Rai bagged a gold in shooting for India with a masterful performance in the men’s 10m air pistol event. Jitu created a new Commonwealth Games record of 235.1 in the final to win the gold. Kerry Bell of Australia took silver with 233.5 while Om Mitharwal bagged the bronze for India with 214.3
08:10 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade crashed out of his event. Khade registered 23.11 seconds in Heat 6 of the men’s 50 metre freestyle event. With the best 16 athletes progressing to the next phase, Khade’s time was not enough to keep him in competition. Benjamin Proud of England clocked the overall fastest time in the heats with 21.45 seconds
08:07 hrs IST: Pardeep Singh after winning the silver: “I have lifted a personal best of 215 kg in the past but may be it wasn’t my day. Whatever happens is God’s wish. It was meant to be a silver for me, so I ended up with that. I don’t know why it was declared invalid. As I said, perhaps it was meant to be a silver for me. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. If you ask me about motivation, there was none, I was just pushed into it by my family. Probably because my uncle was into it.”
08:05 hrs IST: Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Mehuli Ghosh have also entered the final of the women’s 10m air rifle event. Apurvi set a new CWG record of 423.2 to clinch the top spot in qualifying, beating her own previous record of 415.6 which was set at the 2014 edition in Glasgow. Ghosh registered 413.7 to finish fifth in the qualification stage
08:03 hrs IST: Jitu Rai wins men’s 10m air pistol gold, Om Mitharval bronze
08:02 hrs IST: Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh (105 kg) came agonisingly close to a gold but eventually settled for a silver after a close contest with Samoa’s Sanele Mao. Singh, the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, lifted a total of 352 kg (152 kg+200 kg) to claim second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao, which had the packed arena on its feet. The 23-year-old went for 211 kg lift, which would have been a new Commonwealth and Games record in clean and jerk, but could not pull it off in his final attempt. His second attempt at 209 kg was declared invalid by the jury despite getting the judges’ nod as his elbow had pressed out. Mao also dropped his final attempt of 211 kg but had managed to lift 206 kg in his second chance. He finished with a total of 360 kg (154 kg+206 kg). The bronze went to England’s Owen Boxall (351kg (152kg+199kg)
08:00 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj crashed out of the men’s 200 metre backstroke event after finishing sixth in Heat 2. Srihari clocked 2 minutes and 4.75 seconds to finish at a disappointing sixth position out of the seven competitors in Heat 2. He finished a whopping 6.83 seconds behind South Africa’s Martin Binedell who clocked 1:57.92 to win Heat 2. Binedell also claimed the overall top position after the completion of all the three heats
07:55 hrs IST: But Hima Das managed to qualify for the semi-finals after finishing third in her heat. She clocked 52.11 seconds
07:52 hrs IST: India’s Poovamma Raju finished fifth in Heat 1 of the women’s 400 metres event but failed to qualify for the semi-finals. Poovamma clocked 53.72 seconds to finish 0.175 seconds behind Botswana’s Amantle Montsho, who registered 51.20 to take the top spot. The top four runners in each of the heats earn a direct spot in the semi-finals. Poovamma still has a chance to reach the next stage as the four fastest athletes outside the top four are also allowed into the semi-finals. However, she will now have to wait for the results of the other four heats later in the day
07:47 hrs IST: Indian shooter Om Mitharval equalled the Commonwealth Games (CWG) record on his way to qualifying for the final of the men’s 10m air pistol event. Om shot 584 in the qualifying round to equal the meet record set by fellow Indian Samaresh Jung at the 2006 CWG in Melbourne. Jitu Rai, the other Indian in the fray, also reached the final. Jitu had score of 570
07:40 hrs IST: India’s total medals tally is now up to 13 with seven gold, three silver and three bronze medals. India are currently fourth in the standings behind Australia, England and Canada
07:35 hrs IST: And what a morning it has been already. Pardeep Singh brings home a silver medal in men’s 105 kg weightlifting. That is a bright start to the day
07:30 hrs IST: Hello and good morning
India take on Malaysia in the mixed Team gold medal match, while Jitu Rai & Om Mitharval will be taking part in the men’s 10m Air Pistol qualifiers early in the day.
Tejinder Singh will gun for gold in the men’s shot put final as will Loganathan Suriya, who competes in the final of the women’s 10,000 m final.
Aside from this, there will be plenty of action to look forward to in weightlifting, lawn bowls, swimming and athletics.