2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Highlights: India at 3rd spot with 12 golds
Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Day 8 here. Indian shooters Shreyasi Singh, Om Mitharval and Ankur Mittal won a gold and two bronze medals in their respective events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Wednesday.other sports Updated: Apr 11, 2018 17:55 IST
Shooter Shreyasi Singh won India’s first gold on Wednesday when she clinched the women’s double trap final in a shoot-off at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Earlier, Om Mitharval was the first Indian to win a medal on Wednesday when he clinched the men’s 50m pistol bronze. A short while later, Ankur Mittal won the men’s double trap bronze. Another highlight for India was MC Mary Kom’s victory in the 48 kg semi-final bout against Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku. The Olympic bronze medallist will now fight for a gold in the final. Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, here (Full schedule of Indians in action on Wednesday | Medal tally | Live streaming)
17:50 hrs IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us!
17:20 hrs IST: Hima Das finished sixth, clocking her personal best 51.32 in Women’s 400m Final.
16:50 hrs IST: In badminton, Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh of England 21-17, 21-16 in the mixed doubles round of 32.
16:44 hrs IST: All over for Tejaswin Shankar. He fails to clear 2.27m in his three attempts.
16:36 hrs IST: Wow! India beat England 4-3 in men’s hockey.
16:20 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Tejaswin Shankar has a good chance of winning a medal in men’s high jump.
16:15 hrs IST: India have made it 2-1! But wait there is a referral.
16:07 hrs IST: Indian table tennis player G Sathiyan has beaten Pakistan’s Muhammad Rameez to enter the men’s singles Round of 64
15:58 hrs IST: India have scored! It is 1-1 in their last group game against England
15:47 hrs IST: Meanwhile the Indian hockey trails England 0-1
15:40 hrs IST: Indian table tennis player A Sharath Kamal has beaten Malaysian Javen Choong 4:3 to enter the men’s singles Round of 16
15:35 hrs IST: Indian boxer Manish Kaushik beats English Calum French 5-0 to enter the men’s 60 kg semi-final, ensuring India of at least another medal
15:25 hrs IST: Indian table tennis player Harmeet Desai defeated Geoffrey Loi of Papua New Guinea to enter the men’s singles Round of 16
15:22 hrs IST: England have taken a 1-0 lead against India in their last group clash in men’s hockey
15:10 hrs IST: Nellickal V Neena and Nayana James have qualified for the women’s long jump final that will be held tomorrow
15:00 hrs IST: Indian badminton’s rising star HS Prannoy has defeated Christopher Jean Paul of Mauritius 21-14, 21-6 to enter the men’s singles Round of 32
14:57 hrs IST: Indian table tennis player Mouma Das has beaten Elodie Ho Wan Kau of Mauritius 4:0 to advance to the women’s singles Round of 16
14:55 hrs IST: The India vs England hockey game is a dead rubber as both teams have qualified for the semi-finals. However, the winning team will top the pool
14:50 hrs IST: The Indian hockey team will take on England in a short while. Get all the live updates here
14:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian boxer Pinki Rani lost her women’s 51 kg quarterfinal 2:3 to Lisa Whiteside of England
14:30 hrs IST: Indian badminton player Ruthvika Gadde earned a 21-15, 21-7 victory over Grace Atipaka of Ghana to enter the women’s singles Round of 32
14:20 hrs IST: PV Sindhu defeated Andra Whiteside of Fiji 21-6, 21-3 in 18 minutes to enter the women’s singles Round of 16 in badminton
14:10 hrs IST: Indian table tennis player Madhurika Patkar defeated Rheann Chung of Trinidad and Tobago to advance to the women’s singles Round of 16
14:00 hrs IST: The next medal contest for India is the men’s high jump final where Tejaswin Shankar is a contestant
13:50 hrs IST: Indian women’s doubles squash team of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal defeated Dianne Kellas and Colette Sultana of Malta 11-5, 11-6 in their Pool C clash
13:35 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth defeated Aatish Lubah of Mauritius 21-13, 21-10 to advance to the men’s singles Round of 16
13:21 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth is taking on Aatish Lubah of Mauritius currently
13:10 hrs IST: Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal thrashes South African Elsie de Villiers 21-3, 21-1 in 18 minutes to enter women’s singles Round of 16
12:57 hrs IST: Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of G Sathiyan and Manika Batra entered the Round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over Malaysian combine of Ho Ying and Leong Chee Feng
12:53 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan said he will turn professional by the end of this year, putting into action a plan he originally wanted to implement after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Speaking to PTI after confirming his maiden Commonwealth Games medal by advancing to the semi-finals, Vikas said he is now fully prepared to go ahead with his long-held ambition. “I have made up my mind, I am turning professional at the end of this year. I will be holding discussions with the federation and I am hopeful that they would be supportive. I don’t wan to do anything which they resent,” he said
12:45 hrs IST: Ankur Mittal added to the Indian shooting contingent’s medal rush by winning a bronze in the men’s double trap. Mittal finished third after scoring 53 in the finals at the Belmont Shooting Centre. Mohammed Ashab, the other Indian shooter in the six-man finals, finished fourth, a climbdown from the bronze he won in Glasgow four years ago. Scotland’s David Mcmath claimed the gold with a Games record 74 while the silver went to Tim Kneale (70) of Isle of Man
12:35 hrs IST: Cricket great Anil Kumble also praised Indian athletes at this year’s Games with shooter Shreyasi Singh winning the nation’s 12th gold medal
12:30 hrs IST: Indian mixed doubles table tennis pair of Sanil Shetty and Madhurika Patkar have defeated Sri Lankans Jayasingha Mudiyanselage Buwaneka and Warusawithana Erandi 3:0 to advance to the Round of 16
12:20 hrs IST: Badminton and table tennis action has also begun in Gold Coast
12:10 hrs IST: India have won three medals today and all three have come from shooting. Shreyasi Singh won the women’s double trap gold, Ankur Mittal the men’s double trap gold while Om Mitharval won the men’s 50m pistol bronze
12:00 hrs IST: That is all the shooting action from today
11:50 hrs IST: Scotland’s David McMath won the gold with the Commonwealth Games record while Tim Kneale of Isle of Man clinched the silver
11:44 hrs IST:Ankur Mittal wins bronze in men’s double trap! Third medal for India on Wednesday and all three have come from shooting
11:38 hrs IST: Mohammed Ashab has been eliminated in fourth position with a score of 43 but medal assured for Ankur Mittal. But which one will it be?
11:35 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Ankur Mittal and Mohammed Ashab are both in medal winning positions in the men’s double trap final currently
11:30 hrs IST: Shreyasi won the individual silver in double trap in Glasgow and followed that by winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon
11:25 hrs IST: The 26-year-old Shreyasi, thus, improved on her silver medal-winning effort at the Glasgow Games four years ago. Shreyasi was in second position while Varsha at third after three rounds. Recently, she won a double trap silver at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships. Shreyasi, whose grandfather and father served in the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) as its president, represented the country in two events at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games Delhi but failed to win a single medal
11:20 hrs IST: Shreyasi Singh held her nerve and produced some excellent shooting to win the women’s double trap gold. She shot 96 in the finals and beat Australia’s Emma Cox 2 shots to 1 in the shoot-off at Belmont Shooting Centre. The other Indian contender in the field, Varsha Varman finished fourth with 86. The bronze medal went to Scotland’s Linda Pearson, who shot 87 to finish a point ahead of Varsha, who held the third place for a while
11:15 hrs IST: In some disturbing news, 5 athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon have gone missing from the Commonwealth Games. Three weightlifters and two boxers have not been seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of returning home. The matter has been reported to Australian police
11:10 hrs IST: The Asian Games are scheduled in August-September in Indonesia. “The body needs some rest too. I am not completely ruling out competing in the Asian Games but it is definitely on my mind that perhaps I will give it a miss,” Mary Kom said. The World Championships are scheduled to be held in New Delhi in November
11:00 hrs IST: In other news, Indian boxing star MC Mary Kom might give the Asian Games in Indonesia a miss to ensure her body is in best shape for the World Championships later this year. The 35-year-old, who entered the finals of the Commonwealth Games today, is keen to ensure that her career continues for another two years before she considers calling time on a stellar stint inside the ring. “I am thinking of skipping Asian Games, if I am asked I will go but I will take a decision on that later. I have to ensure that I am in top shape for the World Championships so may be I will skip Asian Games and take a small break,” Mary Kom (48kg) said after her win over Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku
10:50 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Vikas Krishan has also qualified for the men’s 75 kg semi-final with a 5:0 win over Benny Muziyo of Zambia. Another medal assured for India
10:43 hrs IST: Indian shooters Mohammed Ashab and Ankur Mittak qualified for the men’s double trap final. Ashab was in good form during the qualification stage, scoring 137 to take second spot behind Scotland’s David McMath. Ankur was fifth at the end of the qualification round with 133
10:39 hrs IST:It is gold for Shreyasi Singh! What a performance from the Indian shooter. She wins the women’s double trap gold
10:34 hrs IST: There will be a shoot-off between Shreyasi Singh and Emma Cox of Australia, both of whom are on the same score of 96. This is for the gold
10:32 hrs IST: Looks like Varsha Varman is out, fourth position for her
10:25 hrs IST: Vikas Krishan is taking on Zambian boxer Benny Muziyo in the men’s 75 kg quarterfinal
10:18 hrs IST: L Sarita Devi, who lost her quarterfinal, said: “It was distracting and I think this other girl was very good. I could not handle the power of her punches. Besides, home turf always brings out the best in you, which was the case with her today.”
10:15 hrs IST: Mary Kom after winning her bout: “It was difficult in the sense that this girl would just not come to me. I had to be careful because she was perhaps waiting for me to let my guard down.”
10:10 hrs IST: Both Indians Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman are in medal winning positions
10:05 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the fourth and final round has commenced in women’s double trap shooting
09:50 hrs IST: Indian mixed doubles table tennis combine of Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das have defeated Sri Lankan pairing of Sirisena Rohan and Madurangi Ishara to advance to the Round of 16
09:45 hrs IST: Indian mixed doubles table tennis players Harmeet Desai and Pooja Sahasrabudhe have lost 1-3 to Malaysian pairing of Choong Javen/Lyne Karen in the Round of 32
09:40 hrs IST: It was a 5:0 unanimous verdict for Solanki
09:35 hrs IST: Indian boxer Gaurav Solanki has beaten Charles Keama of Guyana to advance to the men’s 52 kg semi-final, ensuring another medal for India
09:30 hrs IST: India women’s doubles squash pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal defeated Welsh combine of Tesni Evans and Deon Saffery in a Pool C match
09:25 hrs IST: Indian men’s doubles squash pair of Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon beat Welsh Peter Creed and Joel Makin 2-1 in their Pool F match
09:20 hrs IST: Indian table tennis players Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty have beaten Guyanese pair of Shemar Britton and Christopher Franklin 3-0 to advance to the men’s doubles Round of 16
09:10 hrs IST: Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe beat Kinoo Ruqayyah amd Sanjana Alix Ramasawmy 3-0 to advance to the women’s doubles Round of 16
09:08 hrs IST: India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran entered the Round of 16 in men’s doubles table tennis after thrashing Kiribati duo Tauramoa Miita and Nooa Takooa 3-0. The Indian duo had no problems in dealing with the inexperienced Kiribati pair, comfortably clinching the affair 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 in the round of 32
09:05 hrs IST: The 35-year-old Mary Kom will face Wales’ Kristina O’Hara for the gold medal
09:00 hrs IST: After being placed sixth at the end of first round of Stage 1, Mitharval jumped to the top spot with 93.7. The Indian maintained his lead with his next two shots but Repacholi went ahead by a point after two more attempts. Mitharwal then found himself in the silver medal position with 148.3 following scores of 9.8 and 8.6, before a 10.2 and 10.0 placed him level with the home favourite. He maintained the second position as he raced to 186.3, ahead by three points over Ahmed. However, he could not continue the momentum and conceded lead in the following round with a 7.2 and 7.6, going down from gold to silver and finally settling for bronze
08:50 hrs IST: Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharval settled for the bronze in men’s 50m pistol final but fancied Jitu Rai finished a disappointing 8th. Mitharval, who won a bronze in the 10m air pistol event two days ago, shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre. Australia’s Daniel Repacholi bagged the gold with a Games record 227.2 while Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh won silver with 220.5. Rai, gold medallist in 10m, was out of reckoning quickly, having managed 105.0 in what turned out to be a disappointing finals
08:40 hrs IST: On the other hand, Maitreyee’s compatriot Vaishnavi’s dreams of reaching the semi-finals are almost over after losing 0-3 to Nigerian Obazuaye. The Indian had no reply to the Nigerian’s aggressive play in all the three games that saw her winning 11-0, 11-2, 11-2. Vaishnavi had earlier lost to Canada’s Stephanie Chan on Tuesday. She will next face Australian Andrea McDonnell on Thursday
08:30 hrs IST: Indian para paddlers Maitreyee Sarkar and Vaishnavi Sutar had a mixed outing in their respective women’s TT6-10 singles group matches. While Maitreyee thrashed Papua New Guniea’s Vero Nime 3-0 in Group 1, Vaishnavi went down 0-3 to Nigerian Faith Obazuaye in Group 2. Maitreyee overcame the loss to Australian Melissa Tapper, with a 3-0 (11-2, 11-9, 11-2) win over the PNG paddler. She will next face England’s Felicity Pickard on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals
08:20 hrs IST: The judges have ruled against Sarita Devi as she loses her women’s 60 kg quarterfinal by a unanimous 0:5 decision to Anja Stridsman of Australia
08:17 hrs IST: This is a brilliant fight from Sarita! And the fight is over
08:14 hrs IST: Meanwhile, in women’s pairs sectional play Round 4, India’s Lovely Choubey and Rupa Rani Tirkey went down narrowly 17-19 to South African duo of Nicolene Neal and Colleen Piketh. India had earlier beaten Jersey 22-12 in Round 2 and in Round 1, the Indian duo won over Wales 20-16. They however, lost the Round 3 tie against Northern Ireland 14-15
08:10 hrs IST: India were off to a disappointing start in lawn bowls events on Wednesday after both Krishna Xalxo and the women’s pairs team losing their respective matches. In men’s singles sectional play, Krishna failed to open his account against New Zealand’s Shannon McIlroy to go down 0-21 in a tie that only lasted for nine rounds. McIlroy began his domination right from the start even as the Indian was struggling to open his scoring at Broadbeach. With the loss, Krishna’s journey in men’s singles come to an end
08:05 hrs IST: Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom (48 kg) advanced to the final with a comprehensive triumph over Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwak. It was a battle of veterans as 35-year-old Mary Kom took on the 39-year-old Dilrukshi. Mary Kom prevailed 5-0 in a dull contest where clean punches were few and far. Despite the height advantage, Koddithuwak struggled to connect for most part. She picked up pace in the final three minutes but Mary Kom drew from her own well of experience to thwart her. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Indian is competing in her maiden Commonwealth Games
08:00 hrs IST: Mitharval had also won a bronze in the 10m air pistol event where Jitu Rai had clinched a gold
07:55 hrs IST: Shooter Om Mitharval is bringing home a bronze, another one! Congratulations to him
07:52 hrs IST: Meanwhile Om Mitharval is second in men’s 50m air pistol final in the final three contestants
07:50 hrs IST: Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku meanwhile has to be content with a bronze as she lost to Mary Kom by a unanimous verdict of 0:5
07:46 hrs IST: This means that if Mary Kom loses the final, she will bring home a silver and if she wins then the gold!
07:45 hrs IST: Mary Kom has entered the women’s 48 kg final! What a boxer, a complete champion! And what a sweet smile she gave after winning the bout
07:44 hrs IST: Om Mitharval meanwhile is second out of seven shooters
07:43 hrs IST: Jitu Rai, who won gold the last time in the same category at the 2014 edition in Glasgow, has been eliminated in eighth and last position
07:41 hrs IST: Jitu Rai is eighth and last while Om Mitharval is on top after the first two stages. Elimination round begins
07:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile in women’s double trap finals Shreyasi Singh is third and Varsha Varman is fourth after two of the four rounds
07:37 hrs IST: Poor first round from Jitu who is eighth and last, a better one for Om
07:35 hrs IST: Meanwhile Mary Kom is having quite an interesting fight in women’s 48 kg boxing
07:34 hrs IST: There will be a total of 24 shots in men’s 50m pistol final and eliminations will begin after 10 shots
07:32 hrs IST: Three medal events for India right now, two in shooting and one in boxing
07:30 hrs IST: The men’s 50m pistol final has also started with Jitu Rai and Om Mitharwal in it
07:25 hrs IST: Indian shooters Om Mitharwal and Jitu Rai qualified for the men’s 50 metre pistol final. Om topped the standings at the end of the qualification stage with a score of 549 points while Jitu qualified in sixth position with 534
07:20 hrs IST: MC Mary Kom will also have her women’s 48 kg semi-final bout in some time
07:10 hrs IST: Indian shooters Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman are currently taking part in the women’s double trap finals and medal is on the cards
07:07 hrs IST: More Indians are likely to win medals today. Keep following us for all the live updates
07:00 hrs IST: Hello and good morning to the live blog of the 2018 Commonwealth Games
Top shooters will also be in action in men’s 50m pistol, men’s and women’s double trap. Jitu Rai and Om Mitharval (men’s 50m pistol), Ankur Mittal and Mohammed Ashab (men’s double trap) along with Shreyashi and Varsha (women’s double trap) are all capable of winning medals.
In boxing, apart from Mary, Sarita Devi (women’s 60kg), Pinki Rani (women’s 51 kg), Gaurav Solanki (men’s 52kg), Vikas Krishan (men’s 75kg) and Manish Kaushik (men’s 60kg) are all playing their quarter-final bouts. A win for each of them will assure India of medals.
In athletics, national champion Tejaswin Shankar is competing in the high jump final. In women’s long jump, Nellickal V Neena and Nayana James would hope to do wonders.
Indian men’s hockey team is playing England in a Pool B match.
Apart from that individual competition starts in badminton from Wednesday. Top players like Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be in action.
Indian squash players and table tennis players will also start their individual competitions from Wednesday.
First Published: Apr 11, 2018 00:06 IST