2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Highlights: Sanjita Chanu gives India 2nd gold, Deepak Lather wins bronze
India started Day 2 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on a brilliant note after Sanjita Chanu won gold in the women’s 53 kg weightlifting event. A little while later Deepak Lather clinched a bronze in men’s 69 kg weightlifting. The Indian women’s hockey team thrashed Malaysia 4-1 following a loss to Wales on Thursday. The Indian contingent made a fine start on Thursday, winning gold through Mirabai Chanu (women’s 48 kg) and silver in men’s 56 kg (P Gururaj). Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast here. (India’s full schedule at CWG 2018) (Live streaming) (Medals tally)
17:30 hrs IST: That’s it for today. Thank you for joining us.
16:51 hrs IST: India’s Kiran Tak finished last in women’s S9 100m Backstroke Final in the para-swimming category.
16:33 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India have beaten Samoa 26-4 in Lawn Bowls Men’s pairs sectional play.
16:10 hrs IST: Indian track cyclists Deborah Herold and Aleena Reji have failed to qualify for the medal rounds of women’s sprint.
16:00 hrs IST: The competition at CWG 2018 is coming to an end. Just a few events left in Gold Coast
15:50 hrs IST: Earlier, the Indian lawn bowls team of Chandan Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar lost 14-15 to England in the men’s Sectional Triples Sectional Play in Round 3. In women’s singles round 3, Pinki lost to Litia Tikosisuva of Fiji 12-21. The Indian then lost 9-21 to Firyana Saroji of Malaysia in women’s singles section D, round 4
15:40 hrs IST: India finally had something to cheer about in lawn bowls as the women’s Fours Sectional Play team comprising Farzana Khan, Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia beat England 21-9. However, there was disappointment for the men’s Pairs Sectional Play team, who lost to Scotland 12-17 in a Round 3 match
15:30 hrs IST: Indian gymnasts and one swimmer are still in medal contention today
15:20 hrs IST: A Commonwealth Games athlete is in serious condition at a Gold Coast hospital after being diagnosed with malaria. The 23-year-old, who has not been identified, is under close observation at Gold Coast University Hospital after being admitted on Thursday with the mosquito-borne disease
15:10 hrs IST: Indian weightlifters have been forced to treat their teammates after their physiotherapist Aakranth Saxena was denied accreditation and was refused entry into the Games Village. “Athletes within our team have tried to treat each other’s injuries because our physio is not allowed to come into the Games Village or for our competition,” Mirabai Chanu, gold medallist in women’s 48 kg event, said.
“I have struggled with my recovery due to the absence of my physio. Accreditation issues should have been sorted out earlier to enable our physio to be with us.”
Men’s silver medallist Gururaja Poojary shared his compatriot’s sentiments.
15:05 hrs IST: Saraswati will not take part in clean and jerk as she failed to lift in all three snatch attempts. All over for India in weightlifting today
15:02 hrs IST: It is all over for Rout! She has finished all her attempts to lift 78 kg in snatch! A DNF - Did not finish!
15:00 hrs IST: Saraswati Rout has failed in her second attempt too! Oh no. Very difficult now
14:57 hrs IST: Saraswati Rout has failed to lift 78 kg in her first attempt
14:54 hrs IST: It was a unanimous decision as the judges fuled in favour of the Indian 5:0
14:50 hrs IST: Indian boxer Amit Phangal beats Tetteh Sulemanu to enter men’s 49 kg quarterfinals at Gold Coast
14:45 hrs IST: In men’s 4000 metres individual pursuit, Manjeet Singh failed to qualify forward after posting 4:39.744 to finish 24th out of 27 competitors
14:43 hrs IST: The story was same in women’s 3000m individual pursuit cycling where India’s Amritha Reghunath and Sonali Mayanglambam failed to qualify for the medal round. While Sonali clocked 3:59.028 to finish 20th, Amritha finished a disappointing last at No.22 in 4:12.437. The qualifying rules say that the top-two cyclists go for the gold medal round while the third and fourth contend for the bronze
14:41 hrs IST: Indian cyclists Deborah Deborah and Aleena Reji lost in the quarter-finals of women’s sprint event at the Anna Meares Velodrome. Deborah lost to Australia’s Kaarle Mcculloch by 0.117 seconds in Heat 4 of the Round of 16 event while Aleena was slower by 0.106 seconds in Heat 1 to another local cyclist Stephanie Morton, who topped in qualifying. In the qualification stage, Deborah finished 13th, clocking 11.484 seconds, while Aleena finished last in 12.207
14:38 hrs IST: Time for Indian boxer Amit Phangal’s bout in men’s 49 kg category. This is the Round of 16
14:37 hrs IST: Meanwhile this also happened - New Zealand boxer David Nyika alleged that his opponent bit him twice in an “ugly” fight as he launched his bid for a second Commonwealth Games gold. The 22-year-old heavyweight defeated Yakita Aska of Antigua and Barbuda 5-0
14:34 hrs IST: Saraswati Rout’s entry weight of 78 kg is the third highest in the category after 85 kg and 80 kg
14:30 hrs IST: The women’s 58 kg weightlifting event has begun. Another medal for India?
14:28 hrs IST: Indian para-swimmer Kiran Tak meanwhile has qualified for the women’s S9 100m backstroke final
14:25 hrs IST: The Queensland state police have charged a Mauritius team official for sexually assaulting one of the delegation’s athletes at the Commonwealth Games
14:20 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj has also failed to qualify for the men’s 100m backstroke final
14:16 hrs IST: In swimming, Sajan Prakash and Virdhawal Khade have failed to qualify for the men’s 50m butterfly final
14:11 hrs IST: Weightlifting’s final event of the day, the women’s 58 kg category is about to start. India’s Saraswati Rout is a medal contender
14:10 hrs IST: Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa has entered the women’s singles quarterfinals with a 3-0 victory over Australia’s Tamika Saxby
14:08 hrs IST: Indian squash ace Dipika Pallikal has been knocked out of the women’s singles Round of 16, losing to England’s Alison Waters 0-3
14:05 hrs IST: While Dipika Pallikal has lost the first two games, Joshna has won them
14:02 hrs IST: Lather added: “It was very tough today and I was lucky to get a medal. I will try to improve upon the mistakes I have made. There are some technical faults I need to improve. I actually did not like weightlifting when I started, but I am so happy today. It is just amazing.”
14:00 hrs IST: “I was just sitting inside and hoping he would fail his attempt. I know it’s bad to wish ill for someone but I couldn’t help it. I was just hoping he would drop the bar, luckily he did. He had beaten me in the Commonwealth Championships, I had got a bronze there after losing by just a kilogram to him. I don’t know why he went for 175 kg in his final lift, maybe he wanted gold,” Lather said
13:55 hrs IST: Going into the details of Lather’s bronze, he managed 136 kg in snatch and 159 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 295 kg. Gareth Evans of Wales won gold with a total of 299 kg following efforts of 136 kg in snatch and 163 kg in clean and jerk. Indika Dissanayake of Sri Lanka took the bronze medal following lifts of 137 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk which gave him a total of 297 kg
13:52 hrs IST: Meanwhile Sanjita Chanu is relieved after proving critics wrong with gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games
13:47 hrs IST: Meanwhile Joshna Chinappa has won her first game 11-6 against Tamika Saxby of Australia
13:43 hrs IST: Alison Waters won the first game 11-3 against Dipika Pallikal - that is quite a difference
13:35 hrs IST: Dipika Pallikal is currently trailing 3-1 in the first game of her squash match vs Alison Waters
13:30 hrs IST: Chinappa is all set to face Australia’s Tamika Saxby now
13:20 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal will be in round of sixteen action very soon
13:15 hrs IST: Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar has praised weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu after she won the gold medal in the women’s 53kg final. The legendary batsman tweeted: “Continuing from where she left off four years ago in Glasgow. Congratulations, Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu on giving India it’s second Gold Medal in the on-going Commonwealth Games. Proud moment.”
13:12 hrs IST: With this win, the Indian mixed badminton have entered the quarterfinals as the toppers of Group A. It will be interesting to see who they face in the last eight following whitewashes over Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Scotland.
13:10 hrs IST: Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy defeat Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson 21-17 and 21-15 in 36 minutes in mixed doubles to give India a 5-0 win over Scotland
13:08 hrs IST: Soon Indian squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal will be taking part in the women’s singles Round of 16.
13:05 hrs IST: Here is a detailed copy of how Sanjita Chanu went on to clinch her second successive gold at the Commonwealth Games. Click here
13:01 hrs IST: Also Naman Tanwar has inched closer to a medal. Read here
12:55 hrs IST: If you want to read how Deepak Lather created history at the Commonwealth Games then click here
12:50 hrs IST: Action still in full flow at the Commonwealth Games. India are third in the medal standings behind England and Australia with four medals
12:40 hrs IST: Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy have won the first game of their mixed doubles contest. India on their way to another clean sweep, third in a row
12:25 hrs IST: Weightlifter Gareth Evans won Wales’ first gold medal at this year’s Games in the men’s 69 kg final after lifting a combined total of 299 kg. Sri Lanka’s Indika C. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage won silver after lifting a total of 297 kg ahead of India’s Deepak Lather
12:40 hrs IST: India’s only bronze medallist at the Games so far, Lather trained at the Army Sports Institute as a diver before being pushed into weightlifting by the coaches
12:35 hrs IST: Lather, competing in his maiden Commonwealth Games, holds the distinction of being the youngest to hold the national record as well. He held the 62 kg category national record at 15
12:32 hrs IST: Teenager Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal. The 18-year-old from Haryana lifted a total of 295 kg (136 kg+159 kg) to finish third
12:25 hrs IST: Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have given India a 4-0 lead over Scotland after beating Patrick Machugh and Adam Hall 21-16 and 21-19 in men’s doubles
12:22 hrs IST: At 18, Deepak Lather has become the youngest male weightlifter to win a Commonwealth Games medal
12:20 hrs IST: Also, India’s campaign in men’s singles squash has came to an end after Vikram Malhotra lost 1-3 to England’s Nick Matthew in a Round of 16 match at the Oxenford Studios. On Thursday, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal suffered loses in their respective Round of 32 men’s singles matches
12:16 hrs IST: In women’s hockey, India thrashed Malaysia 4-1 in a Group A match with Gurjit Kaur (6th, 39th minutes), Rani (56th) and Lalremsiami (59th) scoring goals. India are scheduled to face England and South Africa in their later group matches
12:14 hrs IST: Two medals for India on Friday too!
12:10 hrs IST: Deepak Lather has won the men’s 69 kg weightlifting bronze medal! India now has four medals from the CWG 2018 - 2 gold, one silver and bronze each! All four have come from weightlifting
12:05 hrs IST: We will come to know in a couple of minutes whether India have won another medal or not!
12:00 hrs IST: It is very close in weightlifting right now! Deepak Lather is right on the edge of the podium
11:54 hrs IST: In an attempt to go for the gold, Lather tried to lift 162 kg but failed after lifting it to his shoulder. He is in line for a bronze now
11:51 hrs IST: Lather has now been pushed back to third! He is practising his moves in the dressing room
11:49 hrs IST: Lather is still topping the standings by 20 kg! But there are lifters who are yet to perform
11:46 hrs IST: After their win over Malaysia, India will next take on England on Sunday. That will be a tough match
11:43 hrs IST: Deepak Lather has successfully lifted 159 kg in his second clean and jerk attempt. He is currently leading the standings and in line for gold. However, he is shaking his right could, could have hurt himself during that lift
11:40 hrs IST: And after losing 2-3 to Wales on Thursday, the Indian women’s hockey team have come back to defeat Malaysia 4-1 in Pool A. That was quite an impressive performance indeed
11:37 hrs IST: Deepak Lather successfully lifts 155 kg in his first attempt
11:34 hrs IST: But captain Rani scores and India are leading 3-1! Less than four minutes left on the clock
11:31 hrs IST: India totally wastes another penalty corner attempt
11:27 hrs IST: N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa have beaten Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O’Donnell 21-18, 21-12 in 27 minutes to give India an unbeatable 3-0 lead against Scotland in mixed team badminton
11:24 hrs IST: This is Deep Grace Ekka’s 150 international cap! Congratulations to the defender. The 23-year-old from Lulkidihi village in Sundargarh district made her international debut for the national team in 2011 during the Four-Nation Tournament in Argentina
11:21 hrs IST: India had a very good chance of scoring from a penalty corner but solid defensive technique from Malaysia
11:15 hrs IST: Last 15 minutes left and India lead 2-1 against Malaysia in women’s hockey
11:10 hrs IST: Following a best lift of 136 kg in snatch, Deepak Lather’s entry weight will be 153 kg in clean & jerk in the men’s 69 kg weightlifting - the second event of the discipline in the day
11:07 hrs IST: India score another via penalty corner to retake the lead 2-1! Gurjit Kaur has scored both of India’s goals
11:04 hrs IST: Malaysia score and level the match at 1-1
11:00 hrs IST: Indian squash player Vikram Malhotra has been knocked out after losing 1-3 to England’s Nick Matthew in the men’s singles Round of 16
10:56 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth has smashed Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2 in men’s singles to India a 2-0 lead over Scotland in mixed team badminton event
10:54 hrs IST: Oh! Later failed his third attempt of 138 kg! So 136 kg remains his best which is 138 kg lifted by Indika C. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage of Sri Lanka, who also failed to lift his third attempt of 139 kg. It boils down to clean & jerk
10:51 hrs IST: Deepak Lather has picked 136 kg in snatch! This was his second attempt
10:49 hrs IST: Meanwhile Vikram Malhotra is 1-2 down in men’s singles Round of 16 squash
10:47 hrs IST: Deepak Lather has successfully lifted 132 kg in his first snatch attempt of men’s 69 kg weightlifting
10:45 hrs IST: “I am very happy to win gold medal. The aim now is do well in the Asian Games and eventually the Olympics,” said Sanjita after the Indian national anthem was played out the second time at the presentation ceremony in Gold Coast
10:42 hrs IST: Vikram Malhotra has won the second game to level the contest at 1-1 vs English squash player Nick Matthew in men’s singles Round of 16
“Lot of people had doubts on whether I would win a medal again. I had another injury to my back during the World Championships in 2017. I had to work harder, had lot of help from my coaches and federation, who showed lot of patience with me, and even after coming here, I had to spend extra time with the physio, nearly half-an-hour before every trainign session to get ready.
“so, when I received the medal, that brought teas to my eyes as I was very happy and relieved to have answered my critics,” Sanjita said at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre here on Friday
10:40 hrs IST: “Lot of people had doubts on whether I would win a medal again. I had another injury to my back during the 2017 World Championships. I had to work harder, had lot of help from my coaches and federation, who showed lot of patience with me, and even after coming here, I had to spend extra time with the physio, nearly half-an-hour before every training session to get ready. When I received the medal, that brought teas to my eyes as I was very happy and relieved to have answered my critics,” Sanjita said at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
10:38 hrs IST: Sanjita had suffered an injury to her back after the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and struggled to recover. On comeback she did not have good results, had to get used to higher weight category and work extra hard to get into the top bracket. She finished a poor 13th in the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim
10:35 hrs IST: Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham went through a torrid time recovering from an injury which also required her moving up to a higher weight category. Sanjita was happy because she had managed to add another Commonwealth Games gold to the one she had won in 48 kg class in Glasgow 2014
10:32 hrs IST: Vikram Malhotra has lost the first game of his contest vs Nick Matthew of England
10:30 hrs IST: Just to let you know, both India and Scotland have qualified for the mixed team badminton quarterfinals. This contest is just to see which team tops Group A
10:26 hrs IST: Later, Pinki lost to Litia Tikoisuva of Fiji in the women’s singles section D, Round 2 and then suffered another reverse against Firyana Saroji of Malaysia in Round 4
10:25 hrs IST: The Indian men’s lawn bowls team bowed out of the Commonwealth Games after suffering a 14-15 defeat to England in men’s triples. India, represented by Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar, lost in men’s triples, section A, to England’s David Bolt, Jamie Chestney and Robert Paxton at Broadbeach
10:20 hrs IST: The Indian artistic gymnastics trio of Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy and Pranati Nayak have registered decent scores, beating Sri Lanka in Subdivision 1 with a total score of 128.975. By individual apparatus, Nayak scored highest in vault, Reddy was fourth-best in uneven bars, Das was third in the balance beam, and topped the floor exercise. Vault specialists Nayak and Reddy did well, scoring 13.300 and 13.200 respectively after Subdivision 1. In all round, Das, Reddy and Nayak slot in at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively at the moment. There are four Subdivisions in women’s artistic gymnastics. The Indian trio’s qualification to vault finals will be clear only after the other three Subdivisions are over
10:18 hrs IST: Now Kidambi Srikanth is in action against Kieran Merrilees of Scotland
10:16 hrs IST: Meanwhile the Indian women’s hockey team have scored a goal against Malaysia
10:15 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal has won the women’s singles contest 21-14, 21-12 in 36 minutes against Scotland’s Julie Macpherson of Scotland. India have taken 1-0 lead in their final group game
10:12 hrs IST: Now Indian squash player Vikram Malhotra is in action against England’s Nick Matthew in men’s singles Round of 16
10:10 hrs IST: In women’s singles Round 3, Pinki lost to Litia Tikosisuva of Fiji 12-21. The Indian then lost 9-21 to Firyana Saroji of Malaysia in women’s singles section D, Round 4
10:08 hrs IST: The triples gold in all three previous editions, since it was introduced in the lawn bowls programme in 2006, has always been won by South Africa
10:06 hrs IST: In lawn bowls, the Indian team of Chandan Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar lost 14-15 to England in the men’s sectional triples sectional play in Round 3
10:04 hrs IST: India had lost to Wales in the opening round. India are placed with England, Wales, Malaysia and South Africa in Pool A and only two of the five teams will progress to the semi-finals
10:02 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team have stepped out on to the field are about to start the game
10:00 hrs IST: Lifter Deepak Lather’s entry weight is 132 kg in snatch, the highest among the competitors of the men’s 69 kg category
09:58 hrs IST: Following his victory, Indian boxer Naman Tanwar will next be up against Frank Masoe of Samoa in the quarter-finals
09:55 hrs IST: Indian women’s hockey team’s pool match vs Malaysia will also start in five minutes
09:53 hrs IST: Men’s 69 kg weightlifting has also started and India’s Deepak Lather will be in contention for a medal
9:48 hrs IST: Saina brings her A-game after the break, winning the first game 21-14
09:41 hrs IST: Saina leads 11-10 at the break of what has been a tight first game
09:31 hrs IST: India’s mixed team badminton event vs Scotland is underway. Saina Nehwal begins the action vs Julie Macpherson.
09:27 hrs IST: Meanwhile Indian track cyclists Deborah Deborah and Aleena Reji have advanced to the 1/8 finals in women’s sprint qualifying. Deborah finished in 13th position, clocking 11.484 seconds, while Aleena finished last with a timing of 12.207 in the qualifiers.
09:23 hrs IST: It was a unanimous decision for Tanwar, winning 5:0 - with all five judges giving the Indian full 10 points in all the three rounds. Impressive scoreline.
09:21 hrs IST: Naman Tanwar wins his bout to enter the quarterfinals of men’s 91 kg category!
09:13 hrs IST: Naman took a bad hit to his head in the first round.
09:11 hrs IST: This Indian has an open stance. The 20-year-old Tanwar had earlier claimed a gold medal and the Best Boxer award at the Galym Zharylgapov Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
09:07 hrs IST: And here is Indian boxer Naman Tanwar to take part in his men’s 91 kg round of 16 bout vs Haruna Mhando of Tanzania.
09:04 hrs IST: Boxer Naman Tanwar and squash player Vikram Malhotra will be action in the next few minutes.
08:59 hrs IST: Many Indians will be in action in individual track cycling events.
08:48 hrs IST: Indians are currently in action in artistic gymnastics as Pranati Das, Pranati Nayak and Aruna Reddy aspire for women’s team final and individual qualification medals
08:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile, this is a historic day as beach volleyball is debuting at the Commonwealth Games
08:35 hrs IST: To recap, Sanjita Chanu lifted a total of 192 kg which included a CWG record of 84 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk. To cut it short, Sanjita was by far the most dominant competitor in both snatch and clean jerk
08:30 hrs IST: Squash and boxing events will also begin soon
08:25 hrs IST: Just in case you did not know, this is Sanjita Chanu’s consecutive gold at the Commonwealth Games. She had won gold in Glasgow 2014 but in the women’s 48 kg category
08:19 hrs IST: However, India’s real chance of winning another medal will be again in weightlifting when Deepak Lather will take part in the men’s 69 kg event in about one and a half hours time
08:12 hrs IST: Today medals can be won in four different sports at Gold Coast - artistic gymnastics, track cycling, swimming and weightlifting
08:05 hrs IST: Later in the day, the Indian women’s hockey team will take on Malaysia in another group match while the Indian badminton outfit will face Scotland in their last pool fixture
07:56 hrs IST: India are currently third in the medal’s tally with England and Australia at No.1 and 2 respectively
07:47 hrs IST: Sanjita Chanu, a Manipuri, lifted a total of 192 kg which included a CWG record of 84 kg in 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
07:43 hrs IST: All of India’s medals so far have come in weightlifting
07:40 hrs IST: Sanjita’s gold came in women’s 53 kg weightlifting
07:32 hrs IST: What a start to the day as India have won their second gold medal thanks to Sanjita Chanu
07:30 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the 2018 Commonwealth Games
In women’s hockey, India face Malaysia in their second group game and gymnast Aruna Reddy will compete in the women’s individual all-round event.
India will also be in action in boxing, track cycling, squash, swimming, lawn bowls.
England led the medals table after Day 1 of competitions and India were seventh.