2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, highlights: Lifters Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, Ragala Venkat Rahul win gold
Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam gave India a brilliant start after winning a gold medal in men’s 77 kg at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Later in the day, Ragala Venkat Rahul also clinched a gold, this time in men’s 85 kg. In Boxing Sarita Devi, Manoj Kumar and Hussamuddin Mohammed entered the quarters in their respective categories. The Indian badminton outfit entered the semi-finals of the mixed team event. Meanwhile, the Indian hockey team slipped from a winning position to draw 2-2 against rivals Pakistan in their group opener. The Indian men’s and women’s table tennis teams progressed to the semi-finals too after defeating Malaysia 3-0 in their respective matches. In squash it wasn’t good news as Joshna Chinappa was ousted in the quarters. Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast here (India’s full schedule at CWG 2018) (Live streaming) (Medals tally)
18:12 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa has lost her quarter final to Joelle King 5-11, 6-11, 9-11.
18:06 hrs IST: King has tightened her grip on the match and could soon win against Joshna Chinappa.
18:01 hrs IST: Decent start in game 3 by Joshna Chinappa, it’s 3-3
17:59 hrs IST: No! Chinappa loses the second game 6-11 and is now up against it.
17:53 hrs IST: Comeback on the cards perhaps, Joshna Chinappa has pulled it back to 6-7
17:51 hrs IST: Not a good start for Joshna Chinappa in the second game, she trails 7-4 to King.
17:46 hrs IST: Chinappa loses first game 5-11 to Joelle King.
17:42 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa’s match with Joelle King has begun, She trails 5-8 in the first game.
17:08 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian cyclers have not won anything in the men’s sprint finals event.
16:50 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa’s squash quarter-final with Joelle King should begin soon. Start has been delayed for a while now.
16:41 hrs IST: Venkat cuts a proud figure after the national anthem’s are played. And rightfully so.
16:36 hrs IST: What a brilliant performance from Venkat! He lifted a best of 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean and jerk to total 338 kg, which was seven more than his nearest competitor - Don Opeloge who took home the silver. Muhamad Fazrul Azrie Mohdad of Malaysia got the bronze
16:31 hrs IST: Indian boxer Manoj Kumar has beaten Kassim Mbundwike of Tanzania 5:0 to enter the men’s 69 kg quarterfinals
16:26 hrs IST: It is gold for India! A fourth one and all four have come in weightlifting
16:23 hrs IST:Ragala Venkat Rahul is leading the pack with 338 kg in total! He fails in his third attempt!
16:16 hrs IST: Venkat now lifts 187 kg and moves even further towards the gold medal!
16:13 hrs IST: Venkat Rahul lifts 182 kg and immediately goes into gold medal position
16:05 hrs IST: Meanwhile Indian boxer Manoj Kumar’s men’s 69 kg Round of 16 has begun! It is quite an intense fight
15:58 hrs IST: Earlier, India’s Yogeshwar Singh finished a disappointing 14th in men’s individual all-around final, totalling 75.600 after six rotations. The 20-year old gymnast from Haryana scored 12.250 in pommel horse in the final rotation. Earlier, he had posted 11.400 in floor exercise, 12.600 in rings, 14.100 in vault, 13.000 in parallel bars and 12.250 in horizontal bars
15:55 hrs IST: India’s medal hopes in artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final were dashed after Aruna Budda Reddy and Pranati Das finished a disappointing 14th and 16th respectively. While Aruna totalled 44.400 after her four rotations, Pranati’s final score was 43.900 at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. Aruna scored 13.650 in her favourite apparatus vault while scoring 10.200 in uneven bars, 9.000 in balance beam, 11.550 in floor exercise. Pranati, on the other hand, scored 12.900 in vault, 10.050 in uneven bars, 9.900 in balance beam and 11.050 in floor exercise
15:50 hrs IST: Indian boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin has defeated Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara 5:0 in the men’s 56 kg Round of 16 to progress to the quarterfinals
15:45 hrs IST: The Indian women’s basketball team have lost their second match in row, this time 72-85 to Malaysia in a Pool B game after going down to Jamaica on Thursday
15:40 hrs IST: Currently Indian boxer Mohammed Hussamuddin is taking onVanuatu’s Boe Warawara in the men’s 56 kg Round of 16
15:34 hrs IST: Sarita Devi will take on Anja Stridsman of Australia in the quarter-final
15:30 hrs IST: Earlier, Indian woman boxer L. Sarita Devi stormed into the quarter-finals of the 60kg category with a 5:0 unanimous verdict over Barbados’ Kimberly Gittens. Sarita, 36, brought her experience to the fore against the 26-year-old Kimberly. The Indian got identical 30-25 verdicts from each of the five judges. Sarita, a silver medallist at Glasgow CWG, played her trademark counter-attacking game, waiting for the opponent to open up in launching an attack. The blows from Sarita were so accurate and stinging that the ring judge even gave a three count to Kimberly to end the contest. But the Barbadian pugilist refused to surrender
15:26 hrs IST: Venkat’s entry weight in clean and jerk is 185 kg, the highest among the lot. He is going for gold here
15:24 hrs IST: It is clean & jerk time in men’s 85 kg lifting!
15:20 hrs IST: The competition will be close in weightlifting. Ragala Venkat Rahul looks good for a medal. Which one? We will find out in some time
15:15 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Sajan Prakash clocked 1:59.5, a full 5.05 seconds slower than gold medal winner Chad Le Clos of South Africa
15:14 hrs IST: Ragala Venkat Rahul lifts 151 kg in his third and final snatch attempt! He is joint 1st now in the men’s 85 kg weightlifting event
15:11 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash finished 8th and last in the men’s 200m butterfly final at the Optus Aquatic Centre
15:09 hrs IST: Ragala Venkat Rahul, however, fails to lift 151 kg in his second snatch attempt in men’s 85 kg weightlifting
15:02 hrs IST: Ragala Venkat Rahul lifts 147 kg with such ease in his first attempt! He looks very good for a gold here
14:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile, England have beaten India 100-54 in a men’s preliminary round Pool B match at the Gold Coast. This is India’s 2nd loss in a row after going down to Cameroon on Thursday
14:50 hrs IST: Indian gymnasts Aruna Reddy and Pranati Das have finished 14th and 16th respectively in the women’s individual all-around final out of 18 competitors
14:45 hrs IST: India squandered a promising start to narrowly go down 11-13 to Malta in the lawn bowls women’s fours quarter-final. The Indian team comprising Farzana Khan, Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia led till 11-7 but then found themselves on the backfoot with the Malta side making a brilliant comeback in the final stages to cut down the deficit. Earlier, India outplayed Fiji 24-9 in fours sectional play to advance to the quarter-finals.
14:40 hrs IST: Indian hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne said this following their 2-2 draw vs Pakistan: “Today, I didn’t recognise the team I have been coaching for the last five months. Sometimes if you have nerves then it can look you are too relaxed. The structure wasn’t good enough, the level was low. It could just be because we were playing Pakistan, or it can be because this is the first match of tournament. I can’t change the result now, we are now looking forward to the next match. We are not happy but the players are even more disappointed than me. We need to figure out why did this happen, that’s most important. I am absolutely not satisfied with the performance. If you see this match, we have to improve the basics. We let Pakistan play well. I want to have a feedback fom the team, what did they feel. The gameplan was clear but still they lost their heads.”
14:32 hrs IST: Sprinter Yohan Blake’s ambitions of stepping out of Usain Bolt’s shadow face a preliminary test on Sunday when the Commonwealth Games’ athletics get underway at Carrara Stadium. Former world champion Blake has declared the Gold Coast event as a first step to restoring Jamaica’s primacy in the 100 and 200 metres following last year’s retirement of Bolt, the world record holder and eight-times Olympic gold medallist
14:30 hrs IST: India’s Dipika Pallikal gave a walkover to Canada’s Samantha Cornett in the women’s squash classic plate quarter-final. The reason for Dipika’s walkover isn’t clear as the Canadian will now face Tamika Saxby in the semi-finals. Importantly she could not have progressed to medal rounds as she had earlier lost in straight games to World No.10 Alison Waters in the women’s singles Round of 16 on Friday.
14:25 hrs IST: Ragala Venkat Rahul’s entry weight is the highest in the category. Let us see how he performs
14:22 hrs IST: The men’s 85 kg weightlifting event has also begun where Ragala Venkat Rahul is participating
14:20 hrs IST: That was a unanimous 5:0 decision by judges in favour of Sarita, she completely, and quite literally, thrashed Kimberkey Gittens of Barbados
14:17 hrs IST: And Sarita Devi is through to the women’s 60 kg quarterfinals
14:14 hrs IST: What a brilliant bout between Sarita and Kimberley! Just wow! Very impressive, Sarita was cleverly avoiding contact in the third round after an intense Round 2 but the Barbados boxer fought back
14:12 hrs IST: Sarita Devi shows why she is a former World Boxing Champion! That was a wow Round 2!
14:10 hrs IST: Wow! Some flurry of punches by Sarita on her opponent from Barbados in the second round. This bout is definitely going in her favour
14:06 hrs IST: And Sarita Devi is in action at the CWG!
13:58 hrs IST: Ragala Venkat Rahul will compete in the men’s 85 kg weightlifting in about 15 minutes
13:50 hrs IST: Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi’s will open her 60 kg Round of 16 match against Kimberly Gittens of Barbados in about 10 minutes
13:46 hrs IST: The Indian women’s basketball team will take on Malaysia now. They lost to Jamaica 57-66 in their opening group clash
13:41 hrs IST:Gymnast Pranati Das gets 11.050 points in floor exercise in the women’s individual all-around final
13:40 hrs IST: England now lead India 37-22 in men’s basketball. This looks tough for the Indian team
13:37 hrs IST: Indian cyclist Majeet Singh has failed to qualify in the men’s 15km scratch race. Manjeet finished a disappointing 13th in Heat 2 with England’s Christopher Latham topping the list. Earlier, the Indian trio of Sanuraj Sanandaraj, Ranjit Singh and Sahil Kumar failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the men’s sprint event at the Anna Meares Velodrome. The Indian trio finished at the penultimate spot with Sanuraj clocking 10.381 seconds to finish at No.20 while Ranjit and Sahil took 10.486 and 10.584 to finish at 21st and 22nd out of the 24 participants
13:31 hrs IST: England led India 19-15 in the first quarter of the men’s basketball match
13:29 hrs IST: Indian gymnasts Pranati and Aruna are in the last two positions - 17th and 18th in women’s individual all-around final
13:20 hrs IST: India have been pegged back after a bright start against England in basketball. England now lead 16-13
13:12 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India lead 9-4 against England in men’s basketball
13:10 hrs IST: In the same category, Aruna Budda Reddy scores 9.000
13:00 hrs IST: In pommel horse, Pranati Das scores 9.900
12:50 hrs IST: In the same category, Pranati Das received 10.050 points in the final
12:40 hrs IST: In uneven bars, Aruna Reddy got 10.200 points in the Women’s Individual All-Around Final
12:25 hrs IST: The women’s individual all-around final in artistic gymnastics has also begun. There are two Indians -- Pranati Das and Aruna Reddy -- taking part in it
12:15 hrs IST: The Indian men’s basketball team will be taking on England in their second Pool B game after losing to Cameroon 87-96 on Thursday
12:07 hrs IST: Canada’s Maude Charron clinched the gold in women’s weightlifting 63kg final after lifting a Games record 122 kg in her final attempt in clean and jerk to record a total of 220 kg. England’s Zoe Smith challenged for the gold after successfully completing all six of her attempts but had to settle for silver. South African Mona Pretorius hit a personal best in her final attempt to win the bronze medal
11:58 hrs IST: Pakistan scored a last minute goal to hold India 2-2 in their opening Pool B match of men’s hockey competition. India had taken a comfortable 2-0 lead with goals from Dilpreet Singh (13th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (20th) in the first half. A desperate Pakistan struck back late in the match. They managed to reduce the margin with striker Muhammad Irfan Junior’s (39th) goal. With India seemingly coasting to a narrow win, Pakistan snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat with a last minute penalty corner conversion
11:52 hrs IST: The women’s 63 kg event comes to an end and Vandna Gupta finishes in fifth position. She had ended fourth in the 2014 Glasgow event. Unfortunate to miss out on medals both times
11:41 hrs IST: Meanwhile Vandna Gupta has dropped out of medal contention and is currently fourth
11:38 hrs IST: Cycling sprint world champion Matt Glaetzer said he felt embarrassed after he was dumped out in the early stages at the Commonwealth Games in front of a shocked Australian crowd. Glaetzer was the hero on Friday when he romped to gold in the men’s keirin, but less than 24 hours later he was stunned by Malaysia’s Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who came a lowly 34th at the recent world championships. Glaetzer, 25, a hot favourite for sprint gold on Australia’s Gold Coast, had qualified fastest and set a Commonwealth Games record of 9.583 seconds in the process
11:36 hrs IST: From a winning position, Indian hockey team has drawn 2-2 against Pakistan in their opening pool game
11:34 hrs IST: Pakistan score at the stroke of the hooter and the final result is 2-2!
11:31 hrs IST: Vandna has slipped to third position and only a distant chance of a bronze as others are likely to lift higher weights
11:30 hrs IST: Wasteful chance by India in hockey, they should have been leading 3-1. However, it is still 2-1
11:29 hrs IST: Vandna has to be content with 180 kg (80 kg + 100 kg) and is still in second position
11:27 hrs IST: Vandna’s third and final attempt! And.... she fails!
11:26 hrs IST: Meanwhile India continue to lead Pakistan 2-1
11:24 hrs IST: Vandna fails to lift 104 kg in her second clean & jerk attempt! She is still second in the standings though
11:21 hrs IST: Vandna Gupta successfully lifts 100 kg in clean and jerk to go second in the standings!
11:20 hrs IST: In the women’s quarterfinal tie, Manika Batra registered a comfortable 11-9 11-7 11-7 win over Ying Ho in the opening match. In the second singles match, Madhurika Patkar lost the opening game 7-11 against Karen Lyne but fought back to win the next three games 11-9, 11-9, 11-3. Madhurika then paired with Mouma Das in the doubles to notch up a 11-8 10-12 11-8 11-7 win against the Malaysian duo of Ying Ho and Ai Xin Tee to to wrap up the tie in style
11:18 hrs IST: In the men’s quarterfinal tie, Harmeet Desai started off the proceedings with a comfortable 11-4, 12-10, 11-6 victory over Chee Feng Leong before Sharath Kamal gave India a 2-0 lead by thrashing Muhammad Ashraf Haiq 11-8 11-7 11-6. The duo of Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran then beat the pairing of Javen Choong and Chee Feng 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 to make it 3-0 in favour of the Indians
11:15 hrs IST: Indian table tennis players continued their impressive run as they outshone Malaysia to cruise into the semi-finals of both men’s and women’ team events. Both the men’s and women’s teams crushed Malysia 3-0 in their respective quarterfinal matches at the Oxenford Studios
11:10 hrs IST: Two Grenada beach volleyball players were driven 100 kilometres to the wrong Australian city because the driver made a mistake with his GPS at the Commonwealth Games. The bus driver punched the wrong information into his navigation system and mistakenly drove Thornia Williams and Ranisha Stafford from Gold Coast to Brisbane
11:06 hrs IST: Rightwing Australian politician Pauline Hanson slammed the segments on aboriginal culture at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as “absolutely disgusting”, saying they didn’t reflect Australian society. Hanson, an anti-immigration firebrand known for her outspoken views, said the ceremony’s opening sequence was “over the top”, but denied her views were racist
11:03 hrs IST: Pakistan have scored through Muhammad Irfan Jr but India still lead 2-1
10:55 hrs IST: Vandana Gupta’s medal hopes not looking very bright at the moment. She will be making her second clean and jerk attempt shortly
10:45 hrs IST: India lead Pakistan 2-0 at half-time in a men’s hockey match, the opening game of both teams’ campaigns in Gold Coast
10:45 hrs IST: The clean and jerk competition will begin shortly
10:41 hrs IST: Vandna is currently out of medal contention after the snatch attempts got over
10:36 hrs IST: The Indian women’s team outplayed Fiji 24-9 in lawn bowls Fours Sectional Play. The Indian team comprising Farzana Khan, Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia now occupy second place in section B behind Malta and look good to qualify forward. Meanwhile, in men’s pairs Sectional Play, India lost 7-17 to Norfolk Island at Broadbeach. Earlier, India defeated South Africa 18-17 in men’s Triples Sectional Play. The team comprising Chandan Singh, Sunil Bahdur and Dinesh Kumar, started slowly but picked pace gradually to occupy third place in Section A behind England and Wales. In women’s singles sectional play, India’s Pinki beat Niue’s Pauline Blumsky 21-9
10:32 hrs IST: Harmanpreet Singh has put the Indian hockey team 2-0 ahead vs Pakistan
10:30 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Vandna Gupta is currently fourth in women’s 63 kg weightlifting
10:28 hrs IST: Meanwhile away from Gold Coast, Indian tennis legend Leander Paes has become the most successful player in the history of Davis Cup, notching up a record 43rd doubles win in tie against China
10:25 hrs IST: The Indian trio of Sanuraj Sanandaraj, Ranjit Singh and Sahil Kumar failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the cycling men’s sprint event. The Indian trio finished at the penultimate spot with Sanuraj clocking 10.381 seconds to finish at No.20 while Ranjit and Sahil took 10.486 and 10.584 to finish at 21 and 22 out of the 24 participants
10:21 hrs IST: Meanwhile in men’s hockey, Dilpreet Singh has put India 1-0 ahead of Pakistan
10:20 hrs IST: Just to let you know, Vandna finished fourth and out of medal contention at Glasgow 2014. However, Punam Yadav had won the bronze in the same category as two Nigerians clinched the gold and silver
10:15 hrs IST: She has done it! Vandna Gupta lifts 80 kg in her third and final attempt of snatch! That was close! However, she is currently leading the field with her lift
10:12 hrs IST: It is now or never for Vandna
10:11 hrs IST: Vandna Gupta has failed in her second attempt too!
10:09 hrs IST: Oh no! Vandna Gupta fails to lift her entry weight of 80 kg! She is training with her coach ahead of her second attempt
10:05 hrs IST: India’s Sajan Prakash narrowly qualified for the final of swimming men’s 200 metre butterfly event at the Optus Aquatic Centre. Sajan recorded a timing of 1:58.87 to better his own national record of 1:59.10 and finish at fifth spot in Heat 2. Earlier, another Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj entered the semi-finals of the men’s 50 metre backstroke event. Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in ninth among 16 qualifiers
10:02 hrs IST: India vs Pakistan hockey action begins!
10:01 hrs IST: India thrashed Malaysia 3-0 in the men’s team table tennis quarter-finals. The Indian team of Harmeet Desai and Achanta Sharath Kamal in the singles and the doubles combination of Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran comfortably won their respective matches in straight games.
Desai gave India the early lead by beating Chee Feng Leong 11-4, 12-10, 11-6. Kamal extended the lead with an easy 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win over Muhammad Ashraf Haiq in just 33 minutes. Desai then joined Sathiyan to carve out a 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 victory over Javen Choong and Chee Feng
09:55 hrs IST: India stormed into the semi-finals of the badminton mixed team event after thrashing an unfancied Mauritius 3-0 in the quarter-finals at the Carrara Sports Arena. India will now face Singapore on Sunday. India got an early 1-0 lead after the men’s doubles duo of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty outclassed Aatish Lubah and Christopher Jean Paul 21-12, 21-3 before the women’s double combo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy doubled it by handing a 21-8, 21-7 thrashing to Aurelie Marie Elisa Allet and Nicki Chan-Lam. Thereafter, top seed Kidambi Srikanth sealed India’s win after whipping past Georges Julien Paul 21-12, 21-14 in the men’s singles tie
09:52 hrs IST: Meanwhile it is hockey time! And India are taking on Pakistan! For live updates click here
09:40 hrs IST: Vandna Gupta’s entry weight is 80 kg. Will she another medal for India?
09:30 hrs IST: Women’s 63 kg weightlifting is about to start. India’s Vandna Gupta is also expected to win a medal
09:20 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj entered the semi-finals of the men’s 50 metre backstroke event. He recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in ninth spot among 16 qualifiers
09:15 hrs IST: India’s Yogeshwar Singh finished a disappointing 14th at the gymnastics all around final, totalling 75.600 after six rotations. The 20-year old from Haryana scored 12.250 in Pommel Horse in the final Rotation. Earlier, he had posted 11.400 in floor exercise, 12.600 in rings, 14.100 in vault, 13.000 in parallel bars and 12.250 in horizontal bars
England’s Nile Wilson clinched the gold after totalling 84.950 while another Englishman James Hall took silver, totalling 83.975. Cyprus’ Marios Georgiou settled for the bronze after totalling 83.750
09:12 hrs IST: The former chef de mission of Mauritius has left Australia following his charge for sexually assaulting one of the delegation’s athletes. Kaysee Teeroovengadum resigned from his role at the Gold Coast Games after police received a complaint that he had assaulted javelin thrower Jessika Selma Rosun, the Mauritius sports ministry said
09:07 hrs IST: Satish said he felt the absence of a physio inside the warm-up area more because with his struggles with injury. “There is not much support there though the coaches are trying their best but that is not the same as a physio doing that. I felt my legs loosen a bit, the back was loose because taping was not correct but I managed to overcome,” said Satish, who dedicated his medal to his coaches and parents.
He said he will be going into rehabilitation for the next few months before starting his preparations for the Asian Games in Indonesia. “Usually there is not a lot of time between Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. But this time there is, so I plan to use this period for proper rehabilitation. Of course the ultimate aim is to win a medal in the Olympics in 2020,” said Satish
09:02 hrs IST: Though confident of his abilities after the snatch section, Satish had to spend a few anxious moments as Oliver made an attempt at 175 kg to overtake Satish. “If he had lifted that, I would have had to go for 176 kg and I was a bit worried how that would have impacted my injury. But he failed to lift 175 and so I did not go for 176,” said Satish after the medal ceremony. Oliver had to be satisfied with silver while Francios Eutoundi of Australia, despite struggling with an injured shoulder, took the bronze with a lift of 305 kg
08:58 hrs IST: However, Sathish steeled himself for a tough competition and despite not having the support of a physiotherapist inside the village and warm-up hall, Sathish bagged India’s third gold medal in weightlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a commanding performance in men’s 77kg. Having finished second in snatch section after lifting one kilogram less than England’s Jack Oliver, Satish overcame the deficit by heaving 173 kg, a good six kilograms more than the Englishman for a total of 317 kg
08:55 hrs IST: A few months back Satish Kumar Shivalingam was worried about his medal prospects in Commonwealth Games and even in the Asian Games later in the year. The weightlifter from Vellore in Tamil Nadu had hurt his quads badly while lifting 184 kg, his best effort ever, in the National Weightlifting Championships in Karnataka. “The injury was serious and I had to undergo rigorous rehabilitation. Because of that I could not prepare properly for Gold Coast and I am actually not fully fit even now,” Satish said.
08:50 hrs IST: The Indian men’s table tennis team has reached the semi-finals after beating Malaysia 3-0. They will face either Singapore or Canada next
08:42 hrs IST: Indian gymnast Yogeshwar Singh finished 14th out of 18 competitors in men’s individual all-around final
08:35 hrs IST: India defeated South Africa 18-17 in lawn bowls men’s Triples Sectional Play. The team comprising Chandan Singh, Sunil Bahdur and Dinesh Kumar started slowly but picked pace gradually to occupy the third place in Section A behind England and Wales. Earlier, in women’s singles sectional play, India’s Pinki beat Niue’s Pauline Blumsky 21-9
08:30 hrs IST: Meanwhile the Indian men’s team are taking on Malaysia in the table tennis quarterfinals
08:20 hrs IST: India have entered the semi-finals of mixed team badminton with a 3-0 victory over Mauritius in the last eight stage. They will take on either Singapore or Australia in the semis
08:15 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj has entered the semi-finals of men’s 50 metre backstroke event. Srihari recorded a time of 26.47 seconds to qualify in 9th spot among 16 qualifiers in his category
08:12 hrs IST: India’s Sajan Prakash has advanced to the final of the men’s 200 metres butterfly event in swimming. Sajan clocked a time of 1 minute and 58.87 seconds in his heats
08:10 hrs IST: Madhurika then paired up with Mouma Das to beat the Malaysian pair of Ying Ho and Ai Xin Tee to complete the 3-0 Indian win over Malaysia in women’s team table tennis
08:06 hrs IST: Manika Batra started the proceedings with a comfortable 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 win over Malaysia’s Ying Ho in the opener. Madhurika Patkar slipped a bit when she lost the opening game of the second match to Karen Lyne. But the Indian recovered by claiming hard fought wins in the next two games before blowing away her opponent in the deciding game to claim a 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 verdict
08:00 hrs IST: Great news! India blanked Malaysia 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the women’s team table tennis competition and have entered the semis where they will take on England
07:55 hrs IST: At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sathish won the gold medal with 149 kg snatch and 179 kg clean and jerk lifts, totalling 328 kg. His lift of 149 kg in snatch continues to be the Games record. He is also the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold medallist
07:50 hrs IST: However, Sathish had the last laugh quite comfortably in clean and jerk after Oliver failed two attempts of 171 kg and settled for a total of 312 kg (145 kg+167 kg). The bronze medal went to Australian showman Francois Etoundi, who lifted 305 kg (136 kg+169 kg). Etoundi injured his shoulder after his final lift
07:45 hrs IST: However, it was a fascinating contest of one-upmanship between Sathish and eventual silver-medallist Jack Oliver of England in snatch. The two kept upping the weights before their attempts but Oliver managed to keep his nose ahead at the end of snatch as he lifted 145 kg in his second attempt. It was a kilogram more than Satish’s final attempt
07:40 hrs IST: Defending champion weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam (77 kg) came out on top quite comfortably today. The Indian lifted a total of 317 kg (114 kg+173 kg) and was so ahead of the competition that he did not go for his final clean and jerk lift
07:35 hrs IST: Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam (men’s 77 kg) claims India’s third gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games
07:30 hrs IST: Sathish is close to the gold
07:26 hrs IST: At the same time, India are also taking Mauritius in the quarterfinals of the mixed team badminton event
07:22 hrs IST: Sathish Kumar Sivalingam is in line for a gold in men’s 77 kg weightlifting event
07:15 hrs IST: India are currently fifth in the standings behind Australia, England, Canada and Scotland with four medals
07:10 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast
India will also be in action in boxing pre-quarters in men’s (Manoj Kumar and Mohammed Hussamuddin) and women’s (Sarita Devi) sections, table tennis and badminton team events, squash women’s singles quarterfinal (Joshna Chinappa), swimming, basketball, track cycling and lawn bowls.
Hosts Australia led the medals table after Day 2 of events with 14 gold while India had improved to fifth with two gold, one silver and bronze each.