2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, highlights: Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware win gold; India’s tally 31
Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware won gold medals in 74kg and 57 kg men’s freestyle wrestling categories respectively at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Thursday.Three athletes Babita Kumari (women’s 53 kg freestyle), Tejaswini Sawant (women’s 50m prone shooting) and Seema Punia (women’s discus throw) won silver. Two athletes won bronze - Navjeet Dhillon (women’s discus throw) and Kiran (women’s 76kg). So far, third-placed India have won 31 medals - 14 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze. Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Day 9, here. (Full schedule of Indians in action on Thursday | Medal tally | Live streaming)
18:16 hrs IST: That’s it for today. Do join us tomorrow for more live action.
18:00 hrs IST: India have lost the match 0-1 and will play England in the bronze medal match on Saturday.
17:40 hrs IST: Australia have taken 1-0 lead in the third quarter against India
17:22 hrs IST: At half-time, India’s semi-final with Australian women’s hockey team is still goalless at half-time.
17:06 hrs IST: BREAKING! Seema Punia wins silver in women’s discus throw, Navjeet Dhillon bronze.
17:03 hrs IST: After the first quarter in the women’s hockey semi-final, India and Australia are 0-0
17:02 hrs IST: Navjjet Dhillon is up at the third spot with a throw of 57.43.
16:55 hrs IST: Navjeet Dhillon has bettered her mark with a throw of 56.22m in her fourth attempt. But she still remains at the fourth place.
16:50 hrs IST: Seema Punia has maintained her second position with a throw of 60.41m, which she achieved with her first attempt. Australia’s Dani Stevens has achieved a Games record of 68.26m in her fourth attempt.
16:47 hrs IST: The Indian women’s hockey team’s semifinal against Australia has started. The team will face a tough task.
16:41 hrs IST: In women’s long jump final, India’s Nellickal V. Neena (6.19m) and Nayana James (6.14m) finished 10th and 12th.
16:32 hrs IST: In the women’s discus throw final, Seema Punia is currently in the second place with a throw of 60.41m while Navjeet Dhillon is fourth with a throw of 55.61m.
16:22 hrs IST: Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy have won the second game 21-13 in 18 minutes. They are through to women’s doubles quarter finals.
16:14 hrs IST: Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon have beaten the Jamaican pair of Chris Binnie and Lewis Walters11-4, 11-10 in men’s squash. They are through to the quarters.
16:10 hrs IST: Manika Batra takes the fifth game 11-9. She is through to the semi-final of the women’s Table Tennis.
16:09 hrs IST: Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy have won the first game 21-18 in 21 minutes.
16:00 hrs IST: A minor blip for Manika Batra, she loses the fourth game 6-11 but still in the drivers seat.
15:54 hrs IST: In women’s doubles badminton Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are taking on Singapore pair of Ren-Ne Ong and Jia Ying Crystal Wong
15:52 hrs IST: In men’s squash Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon have taken the first game 11-4 against the Jamaican pair of Chris Binnie and Lewis Walters.
15:51 hrs IST: Batra has stormed to a three game lead, taking the third game 11-2.
15:46 hrs IST: The second game has also gone Batra’s way, 11-6 the score this time.
15:44 hrs IST: Manika Batra has taken the first game 11-5 against Zhou Yihan of Singapore.
15:30 hrs IST: In table tennis action, Manika Batra is taking on Zhou Yihan in the women’s singles quarter-final.
15:10 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles badminton event due to her opponent retiring. Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty too made the last eight of the men’s doubles event with a straight games win over Mauritius’ Aatish Lubah and Christopher Jean Paul.
15:06 hrs IST: In squash, Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu have been knocked out of the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles squash event.
14:57 hrs IST: In Table Tennis Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty have gotten the better of Paul McCreery and Ashley Robinson. The Indian duo won 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 in straight games.
14:52 hrs IST: Good start in game 2 for Sandhu and Chinappa, they lead 5-3.
14:48 hrs IST: The Kiwi pair have taken the first game 11-10 in 17 minutes.
14:40 hrs IST: The Indian pair after trailing early have clawed back. the first game now stands at 7-7.
14:36 hrs IST: Joelle King knocked out Joshna Chinappa in the singles event at the quarter final stage.
14:31 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu’s squash match has begun against Joelle King and Paul Coll of New Zealand.
14:25 hrs IST: India have consolidated their place in the medals tally.
14:05 hrs IST: Sushil Kumar wins gold in men’s freestyle 74 kg wrestling final with consummate ease! What a match that was.
14:02 hrs IST: Sushil’s bout is underway and he has already taken the lead!
13:45 hrs IST: Sushil Kumar’s gold medal bout vs South Africa’s Johannes Botha will begin in a while.
13:32 hrs IST: Kiran secures a bronze medal in the women’s 76 kg event - India’s third wrestling medal of the day.
13:27 hrs IST: Kiran’s bronze medal bout in the women’s 76 kg event is underway. She takes on Katouskia Pariadhaven.
13:15 hrs IST: Rahul Aware beats Canada’s Steven Takahashi in men’s 57 kg freestyle wrestling final, wins gold medal! This is India’s first wrestling gold medal in the CWG 2018.
13:05 hrs IST: Rahul Aware’s bout vs Canada’s Steven Takahashi is underway. This is a gold medal bout.
12:55 hrs IST: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Nigeria’s Segun Toriola in their men’s round of 16 table tennis match due to the latter retiring.
12:45 hrs IST: Babita Kumari loses 5-2 to Canada’s Diana Weicker in the women’s 53 kg freestyle wrestling and settles for a silver medal. This is India’s first CWG 2018 wrestling medal.
12:35 hrs IST: The women’s freestyle 53 kg wrestling event was a round-robin due to there being only five entrants. Babita Kumari’s bout vs Diana Weicker is now essentially a gold medal bout.
12:05 hrs IST: India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is facing Nigeria’s Segun Toriola in a men’s round of 16 table tennis match. Gnanasekaran leads the first game 8-5.
12:00 hrs IST: India are currently third in the overall CWG medal tally. That number looks set to jump up considerably today.
11:50 hrs IST: There’s also some squash action this afternoon. The team of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal will be in mixed doubles quarter-final action, as will Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu. Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon will be in men’s doubles round of 16 action as well.
11:45 hrs IST: There’s plenty of afternoon action to look forward to in badminton as well. Saina Nehwal plays Isle of Man’s Jessica Li in a women’s round of 16 match. This will be followed by Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty playing in mixed doubles round of 16 as well as N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa playing in the women’s doubles pre-quarters.
11:31 hrs IST: In the afternoon session at the wrestling arena in Gold Coast, India are expecting four gold medals, three of them being gold. Sushil Kumar (74kg freestyle), Rahul Aware (57kg) and Babita Kumari (women’s 53 kg) are in the summit clash while Kiran will fight for bronze in the 75kg women’s division.
11:07 hrs IST: With Tejaswini Sawant’s silver, the total haul by India in Gold Coast has reached 25 which includes 12 gold, five silver and eight bronze medals.
10:53 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the Indian men’s lawn bowls team lost 18-15 to Wales.
10:48 hrs IST: Sharath Achanta and Harmeet Desai have both sealed spots in the quarter-finals of the men’s table tennis singles event.
10:41 hrs IST: Achanta now leads Heming 3-1 and is ahead in the fifth game. He’s inching closer to a spot in the quarter-finals.
10:32 hrs IST: Meanwhile in TT action - Sharath Achanta leads Hu Heming 2-1.
10:23 hrs IST: JUST IN: India’s Tejaswini Sawant clinches silver medal in the women’s 50m rifle prone event.
10:14 hrs IST: Sharath Achanta has won the first game vs Hu Heming.
10:09 hrs IST: India’s Sharath Achanta is taking on Australia’s Hu Heming in a table tennis round of 16 game.
10:01 hrs IST: Harmeet Desai also beat Leong Cheng Fee 4-1 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
09:58 hrs IST: Mouma Das, you beauty. Trailing 3-2 in five games, she won the next two games to make it to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event. TT has been a welcome surprise for Indian fans given how well the players have fared.
09:54 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth beats Niluka Karunaratne 21-10, 21-10 to progress to the men’s singles quarter-finals. India’s strong showing in badminton continues.
09:49 hrs IST: PV Sindhu beats Australia’s Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen 21-15, 21-9 to progress to the women’s singles quarter-finals. Well done!
09:45 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Tin-Tin Ho leads Mouma Das 3-2 in their round of 16 TT match.
09:43 hrs IST: Harmeet Desai has now won three games on the trot. He needs to win one more game to progress to the next round.
09:38 hrs IST: Table tennis update - Harmeet Desai has won two consecutive games vs Leong Cheng Fee. He has one foot in the quarter-finals.
09:36 hrs IST: PV Sindhu wins the first game in her round of 16 badminton match, as does Kidambi Srikanth.
09:30 hrs IST: Women’s 50m rifle prone final will begin now. India’s Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant are among medal contenders.
09:25 hrs IST: Another table tennis match set to begin - India’s Harmeet Desai set to take on Leong Cheng Fee of Malaysia.
09:22 hrs IST: Table tennis update here - Tin-Tin Ho wins the third game vs Mouma Das 11-9.
09:19 hrs IST: Kidambi Srikanth set for men’s singles round of sixteen action vs Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne.
09:15 hrs IST: PV Sindhu is now in action, facing Australia’s Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen in a women’s singles round of 16 match.
09:14 hrs IST: HS Prannoy beats Australia’s Anthony Joe 21-18, 21-11 to make the quarter-finals of the men’s singles badminton event.
09:11 hrs IST: Tin-Tin Ho wins the second game vs Mouma Das 11-7, match is tied at 1-1.
09:06 hrs IST: Coming through with a table tennis update - India’s Mouma Das has won the first game of her singles round of sixteen match vs. England’s Tin-Tin Ho.
09:05 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Prannoy continues to make easy work of Joe. Having won the first game 21-18, he now leads the second game 11-4 at the break. A quarter-final spot awaits him at this rate.
09:01 hrs IST: The women’s 50m rifle prone final will begin in a while. India’s Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant are among the medal contenders.
08:58 hrs IST: Prannoy wins the first game of his round of 16 encounter vs Anthony Joe 21-18.
08:50 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu will take on Paul Coll and Joelle King of New Zealand in the squash mixed doubles quarter-final. Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghoshal will take on Tesni Evans and Peter Creed of Wales.
08:47 hrs IST: The action keeps flowing thick and fast today. Here’s a badminton update - HS Prannoy is taking on Australia’s Anthony Joe in a men’s singles round of sixteen match. Prannoy leads the first game 11-9.
08:43 hrs IST: Pallikal and Ghosal too have won their squash match vs Malaysia!
08:40 hrs IST: Chinappa and Sandhu won their mixed doubles squash match vs New Zealand 2-1!
08:35 hrs IST: Today will be a packed day as far as Indians in action are concerned. HS Prannoy will be in action later, as will PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth in badminton action. Indian wrestlers will feature in medal events later in the day. Shooters Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant will take part in the women’s 50m rifle prone final in about an hour.
08:31 hrs IST: Squash update coming through - both mixed doubles matches featuring Indians are at 1-1 at this point.
08:29 hrs IST: India’s Ruthvika Gadde beat Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min 21-10, 23-21, 21-10 to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles badminton event.
08:21 hrs IST: In the women’s badminton round of 16 game, Ruthvika Gadde leads the deciding game 11-6.
08:17 hrs IST: Squash update - Pallikal and Ghosal have lost the first game vs Malaysia 11-7. However, Chinappa and Sandhu have won the first game vs New Zealand 11-7.
08:14 hrs IST: Ruthvika Gadde lost the second badminton game vs Yeo Jia Min 23-21. The match goes into a third and deciding game.
08:12 hrs IST: In mixed doubles squash action - India’s Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghoshal are facing Malaysia’s Aifa Azman and Sanjay Singh Chal. In another mixed doubles match, Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Sandhu are taking on New Zealand’s Amanda Landers-Murphy and Zac Miller.
08:00 hrs IST: Meanwhile in badminton action - India’s Ruthvika Gadde is playing Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min in a women’s round of 16 encounter. Gadde won the first game 21-10 and is currently 12-11 up in the second game.
07:54 hrs IST: Babita Kumari becomes the third Indian wrestler to reach the final on Thursday. She pinned down Carissa Holland of Australia with ease to progress to the gold-medal bout.
07:46 hrs IST: Indian wrestlers have been sublime on the mat. Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware have made it to the final which will happen later in the afternoon. Kiran, who was competing in the women’s 76kg segment, lost in the semi-finals to Blessing Onyebuchi of Nigeria. She will now fight the repechage round for a chance to wrestler for bronze. Babita Kumari, who is wrestling in the women’s 53kg division, is set to take on Carissa Holland of Australia in the semis.
07:40 hrs IST: Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das beat David McBeath and Kelly Sibley in straight games to enter the quarter-finals of the table tennis mixed doubles event.
07:35 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are through to the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the badminton with a 21-10, 21-7 win over Canada’s Kristen Tsai and Nyl Yakura.
07:30 hrs IST: Rahul Aware, competing in the 57kg freestyle wrestling category, has entered the final, beating Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal in the semis.
07:15 hrs IST: As expected, Indian wrestlers have made a good start, dominating the proceedings on the mat at Gold Coast 2018. Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware, Babita Kumari and Kiran breezed through their opening round matches. AAll four are gold-medal contenders and India’s medal tally is likely to swell by the end of today’s action in the Commonwealth Games.
Apart from double Olympic medallist Sushil (men’s 74kg freestyle), Rahul Aware (Men’s 57 kg), Babita Kumari (women’s 53kg), Kiran (women’s 76kg) are also competing.
In shooting, Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant are competing in the 50m rifle prone finals. Neeraj Kumar and Anish will be playing in the Qualification - Stage 1 of men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.
In athletics, Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon are competing in the women’s discus throw final while Nellickal V. Neena and Nayana James will aim for medal in women’s long jump.
Apart from them, top Indian shuttlers like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will play in the Round of 16 of individual competition. The Indian table tennis players will also compete in their Round of 16 individual matches.