2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, highlights: Lifters Mirabai Chanu, Gururaja give IND glory
Get highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast here. Lifters Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja won the women’s 48 kg gold and men’s 56 kg silver respectively on Thursday.
Mirabai Chanu gave India their first gold medal in women’s 48 kg weightlifting. This came soon after weightlifter P Gururaja started the day on a great note as he won the men’s 56 kg silver -- India’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. More Indian lifters are expected to win medals. The Indian badminton outfit totally outclassed Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the opening pool games, winning both ties 5-0, while the women’s hockey team lost 2-3 to Wales. In basketball both men’s and women’s team lost their ties to Cameroon and Jamaica respectively. It was bad news for India in squash as both Saurav Ghoshal and Harinder Pal Sandhu are now out of competition.. Get highlights of Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast here. (FULL SCHEDULE OF DAY 2) (Medal tally)
17:27 hrs IST: India have squandered a 16 point lead in the fourth quarter to lose 96-87 to Cameroon in basketball
17:18 hrs IST: India have thumped Pakistan 5-0 in badminton.
17:15 hrs IST: India women’s pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde have beaten Pakistan pair of Mahoor Shahzad and Palwasha Bashir 21-6, 21-10 in just 21 minutes.
17:13 hrs IST: India women have lost to Jamaica 57-66 in basketball
17:03 hrs IST: India women’s pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde take the first game against Pakistan pair of Mahoor Shahzad and Palwasha Bashir 21-6.
16: 56 hrs IST: India are leading Cameroon 81-67 in Basketball. the match is now in the fourth quarter.
16:38 hrs IST: Muthupandi has finished sixth in the overall standings.
16:31 hrs IST: Muthupandi is now fifth in the standings and is out of contention for a medal.
16:20 hrs IST: Raja Muthupandi is in contention for a silver in men’s 62 kg weightlifting! He picked 150 kg in clean and jerk to shoot up to second!
16:15 hrs IST: Well as of now, Raja Muthupandi is in medal contention -- for a bronze
16:12 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal easily beat Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-11 in the mixed team badminton event
16:00 hrs IST: It is unlikely that India will win another medal today
15:50 hrs IST: Indian boxer Manoj Kumar, who won a gold at the 2010 edition in New Delhi, has won his opening men’s 69 kg round to enter the Round of 16 in boxing. All five judges ruled in his favour, making it a comprehensive win
15:45 hrs IST: Next up is women’s singles where Saina Nehwal will be plying her trade
15:42 hrs IST: Srikanth has won his men’s singles to give India a 2-0 lead against Pakistan in the mixed team badminton event
15:35 hrs IST: India’s Ashish Kumar, Yogeshwar Singh, Rakesh Patra have also failed to win individual or combined team medals in men’s artistic gymnastics
15:26 hrs IST: Vikram Malhotra has entered the men’s singles squash Round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over Xavier Koenig of Mauritius
15:20 hrs IST: Raja is unlikely to win a medal here in weightlifting. He will need a special performance in clean and jerk to take a medal
15:15 hrs IST: India have won the first match against Pakistan in mixed team badminton. Up next is K Srikanth in men’s singles
15:10 hrs IST: The Indian Olympic Association has expressed happiness at the strong performance of the country’s contingent on the opening day of competitions in the Commonwealth Games and said that the medal count will only go up in the coming days
15:08 hrs IST: Raja Muthupandi’s first attempt was 113 kg, his second was a failed attempt while he lifted 116 kg in his third attempt
15:06 hrs IST: Meanwhile Saurav Ghosal has been knocked out of men’s singles squash in the Round of 32 by Jamaican Chris Binnie
15:02 hrs IST: Raja has lifted 113 kg in his first snatch attempt
15:00 hrs IST: India’s mixed team badminton match against Pakistan has also begun with Satwik Rankireddy and N Sikki Reddy opening the match
14:56 hrs IST: Can India win a third medal from weightlifting today? But it will be tough for Raja Muthupandi
14:47 hrs IST: Joshna Chinappa has also progressed into women’s singles squash Round of 16 with a 3-0 victory over Papua New Guinea’s Lynette Vai
14:41 hrs IST: Indian squash ace Dipika Pallikal has won her women’s singles Round of 32 3-0 vs Charlotte Knaggs to progress at the Games
14:35 hrs IST: Meanwhile action begins in men’s 62 kg weightlifting and taking India’s flag forward will be Raja Muthupandi
14:27 hrs IST: The men meanwhile are facing Northern Ireland
14:20 hrs IST: India have beaten Wales 3-1 in the women’s team table tennis event. They will progress to the quarterfinals
14:10 hrs IST: Meanwhile the Indian men’s team is facing Northern Ireland in their last pool tie
14:06 hrs IST: The Indian women’s basketball team is also taking on Jamaica in a group match
14:00 hrs IST: Indian squash player Saurav Ghosal is facing Jamaica’s Chris Binnie in the men’s singles Round of 32
13:47 hrs IST: Earlier in the day, the Indian women’s cycling team failed to qualify in the track 4,000 metres Team Pursuit event. The team, with Deborah Herold, Amritha Reghunath, Sonali Chanu, Aleena Reji and Monorama Devi, finished fifth in 5:05.668
13:40 hrs IST: Indian cyclists finished on a disappointing note in all three qualifying events today. In men’s team sprint qualifying, the trio of Ranjit Singh, Sahil Kumar and Sanuraj Sanandaraj finished at the penultimate seventh spot with an overall timing of 46.174 seconds. In the women’s team sprint, the duo of Deborah Herold and Aleena Reji clocked 35.309 to finish a disappointing last spot after the Canadian team was disqualified
13:35 hrs IST: Is a controversy brewing up following India’s two medals at the CWG games on Thursday. Read here
13:25 hrs IST: A spectator dropped a mobile phone onto the cycling track during the first session at the Commonwealth Games, drawing warnings of a “major accident”. The incident took place during the men’s team pursuit as racers pelted round the banked track. The riders were unhurt but it drew a curt warning from the stadium announcer to the packed crowd at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.
13:20 hrs IST: And Wales win two points in quick succession and take the match! India will be a bit disappointed with that given they were at match point at 10-8 but couldn’t get the job done.
13:17 hrs IST: India’s mixed doubles table tennis match with Wales is hanging on a thread. Scores currently 11-11 in the deciding game.
13:07 hrs IST: India’s first gold medallist of the 2018 Commonwealth Games is now targeting Asian Games glory.
12:55 hrs IST: India’s men’s and women’s team group stages in table tennis will be over today. They will later most likely play in the knockouts
12:45 hrs IST: Wow. Interesting story coming out. No weightlifter had a physio by their side to take care of their aches and niggles during a demanding day. “I don’t have a physio with me here in the competition. He was not allowed here, I did not get enough treatment coming into the competition. There is nobody, we did tell officials but nothing happened,” Chanu said.
“I had requested that my physio be allowed but he has not been allowed. But we are helping each other and managing so far.”
Gururaja, the soft-spoken wannabe-wrestler-turned-weightlifter from Karnataka, also spoke about the problems he faced.
“I’ve sustained multiple injuries. My physio is not here, so I haven’t been able to get the treatment that I need for my knee and sciatic nerve,” he said.
12:40 hrs IST: At the same time, reports are coming in about protests. Many Australians see the Commonwealth Games as a sporting celebration, but for Aboriginal activists they symbolise invasion, dispossession and a culture shunted to the sidelines. Hundreds of protesters have already made their presence felt at the Games’ host city, Gold Coast, where three people were arrested in scuffles just before Wednesday’s opening ceremony
12:35 hrs IST: Meanwhile, world champion Ben Proud will not defend his men’s 50 metres butterfly title at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after his appeal against his disqualification in the heats was thrown out
12:30 hrs IST: Having beaten the Chinese lifters to win gold at the 2017 World Championships, Mirabai Chanu is aware the Chinese will be coming strongly at her. That is why she wants to do her best at the Asian Games in Indonesia later this year.
“The Chinese will be there as also the lifters from Thailand and Korea will be there so that will be a tougher competition and therefore that is my aim. I want to do well in the Asian Games and win gold medal there,” Chanu said. “I knew the competition will not be tough here so therefore went on doing my own without bothering about what others were doing.”
12:25 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Indian table tennis players opened their Commonwealth Games campaign on a winning note with the men’s team thrashing Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 while the women completed a 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka
12:20 hrs IST: Just to recap, Indian squash players Harinderpal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra notched up comfortable wins against their respective opponents in the men’s singles Round of 64 matches at the Oxenford Studios
12:15 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal has spoken to the media following India’s victory over Sri Lanka in the mixed team badminton event. “It is nice to get used to the court conditions. The Commonwealth Games is very prestigious for all of the countries, and for India, we are trying our level best and I just want to be focused and concentrate on all of my matches. I hope that the whole team can play well. We are not thinking too much about the semis and finals,” said Saina
12:10 hrs IST: The Indian women’s table tennis team is currently taking on Wales in a group match
12:00 hrs IST: India could well get another weightlifting gold before the end of today’s action. Raja Muthupandi, another Indian weightlifter, will be competing in the men’s 62 kg category later today.
11:56 hrs IST: This has been quite an action packed day for India
11:51 hrs IST: That was a record shattering performance from Mirabai Chanu
11:48 hrs IST: India have won a gold and a silver on Day 1 of action at CWG 2018. Both medals have come from weightlifting
11:46 hrs IST: Mirabai lifted 103 kg, 107 kg and 110 kg in her three clean and jerk attempts, even though she had won the gold in her first
11:42 hrs IST: India has also become the first country to win two medals at Gold Coast
11:40 hrs IST: Mirabai Chanu’s total lift of 196 kg is 26 kg better than Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius who won silver
11:35 hrs IST: What a performance by the very, very special Saikhom Mirabai Chanu who is also a World Champion. The Manipuri lifted a combined weight of 196 kg (86 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk) which is a new Commonwealth and Games record!
11:30 hrs IST:Mirabai Chanu has won gold! And India are atop the standings!
11:23 hrs IST: The best total lift is 166 kg as of now in women’s 48 kg. Mirabai is yet to lift in clean & jerk
11:17 hrs IST: Indian squash player Vikram Malhotra has also won his men’s singles Round of 64 to progress in Gold Coast
11:10 hrs IST: The Indian track cycling team comprising Amritha Reghunath, Monorama Devi Tongbram, Sonali Mayanglambam and Deborah Herold finish seventh and last in women’s 4000m team pursuit qualification and fail to enter the medal rounds
11:00 hrs IST: The best total weight lift in women’s 48 kg is 155 kg. Mirabai had already lifted a record 86 kg in snatch. It should be easy for her in clean and jerk
10:50 hrs IST: Indian squash player Vikram Malhotra is in action vs Manda Chilambwe of Zambia in the men’s singles Round of 64 at the Oxenford Studios
10:43 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India have recorded a timing of 5:05.668 in women’s 4000m team pursuit qualification
10:40 hrs IST: Mirabai broke the CWG record, her own too, as many as three times today, basically all three attempts
10:35 hrs IST: Mirabai’s lift of 86 kg in snatch is a new Commonwealth Games record! She is 10 kg ahead of the next best
10:30 hrs IST: Mirabai lifts 84 kg and 86 kg in the next two snatch attempts, though in 86 kg she had to put in a lot of effort
10:25 hrs IST: Mirabai lifts her entry weight of 80 kg in snatch with ease
10:21 hrs IST: The Indian track cycling team is also in action for the women’s 4000m Team Pursuit Qualification
10:20 hrs IST: “It felt really good. We played really well and I’m happy with our performance. I’m confident going into the match (against Wales) this afternoon. We’re all in good shape,” Manika said.
10:17 hrs IST: Just to recap, India thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the women’s team table tennis group match. Manika Batra hardly broke a sweat in her 11-3 11-5 11-3 victory over Erandi Warusawithana in the first singles before Sutirtha Mukherjee made it 2-0 up for India with an easy 11-5 11-8 11-4 win against Ishara Manikku Badu. Sutirtha then paired with Pooja Sahasrabudhe in the doubles to notch up a 11-6 11-7 11-3 win against Hansani Kapugeekiyana and Ishara Manikku Badu.
10:13 hrs IST: Harinder Pal Sandhu has won 3-1 vs Cameron Stafford to advance to the Round of 32
10:08 hrs IST: Mirabai’s entry weight is 81 kg which is 10 kg more than any one else in her category in snatch
10:01 hrs IST: Sandhu wins the third game to take a 2-1 lead vs Stafford
09:54 hrs IST: After winning the first game, Sandhu has lost the second in men’s squash. The final game ongoing
09:47 hrs IST: World Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu’s entry weight is 81 kg and 103 kg in snatch and clean and jerk respectively in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting competition
09:45 hrs IST: Do you know that the Indian women’s hockey team wasted as many as 14 penalty corners in their match against Wales today. “We conceded soft goals, which is concerning. We only had a 31 percent conversion rate. We missed our chances despite having 50 percent of our shots on goal. That’s mainly down to the Welsh goalkeeper Roseanne thomas who played superbly,” India coach Harendra Singh said
09:38 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Gold Coast organisers apologised after the public transport network failed its first major test of the Commonwealth Games, causing long delays for ticket-holders travelling to and from the opening ceremony
09:30 hrs IST: Indian squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu is in action against Cameron Stafford of Cayman Islands in the men’s singles Round of 64
09:21 hrs IST: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be in action in women’s 48 kg weightlifting later on. The 23-year-old from Manipur is the reigning world champion in 48 kg and is expected to break the CWG record
09:17 hrs IST: In men’s 100m backstroke event, Srihari Nataraj also qualified for the semi-finals after clocking 56.71 seconds in the heats.
09:15 hrs IST: Khade’s time was good enough to secure his place in the top 16 swimmers, who advanced to semi-finals from a total of 56 who competed across seven heats. The semi-finals will be held later on Thursday.
09:10 hrs IST: As mentioned earlier, Virdhawal Khade has advanced to the men’s 50 metre butterfly semi-final at the Optus Aquatic Centre. Khade, who competed in Heat 5 along with compatriot Sajan Prakash, overcame a slow start in lane 6 to finish fifth, clocking 24.52 seconds. South African Ryan Coetzee, who swam next to the Indian, topped the heat with a time of 23.94.
09:05 hrs IST: Australia’s world champion 100 metres hurdler Sally Pearson has been forced to withdraw from her home Commonwealth Games as she battles an Achilles injury
09:00 hrs IST: India’s next medal hope, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be in action in women’s 48 kg weightlifting in less than an hour
08:45 hrs IST: Indian swimmers, table tennis players and gymnasts are all in action in Gold Coast presently
08:32 hrs IST: Swimmer Virdhawal Khade has qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 50m butterfly event
08:23 hrs IST: “I am very happy to have opened India’s medal account in the Games. It was nowhere close to being my best performance but I am glad that it was enough to get me a silver medal,” a grinning Gururaja said after the effort.
“I didn’t quite understand why my second lift was not declared valid. It was disallowed for a very minor movement of the arm. Had it been allowed I could have gone for a higher lift and perhaps target gold. But still I am happy. The medals for the last three years have been rotating among the three of us. I am happy I took up weightlifting ,” added the silver medal winner
08:15 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian shuttlers have begun on a brilliant note, having won their opening pool contest against Sri Lanka 5-0
08:12 hrs IST: P Gururaja is a low-ranking Indian Air Force employee. He is the son of a truck driver, Gururaja had aspired to be a wrestler for the longest time before being pushed into weightlifting by a watchful coach who saw potential in him
08:11 hrs IST: Ahmed, meanwhile, bettered his compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahim’s snatch record of 116 kg, created in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He then broke the overall Games record, which was also in the name of Ibrahim. The third position was taken by Sri Lanka’s Lakmal Chaturanga (114+134)
08:08 hrs IST: Gururaja was third after snatch, pulling off a best of 111 kg after two good lifts before surviving a few nervy moments in clean and jerk. The Indian failed in his first two attempts before managing a good lift off his last chance
08:06 hrs IST: India’s first medal winner at the Games, weightlifter P Gururaja is 25 and equalled his personal best of 249 kg (111+138) to finish second in a field where Malaysia’s three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117+144) broke the Games record for snatch and overall lift.
08:02 hrs IST: Also, India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in their first match in the women’s table tennis competition at the Commonwealth Games
Manika Batra gave India the lead with an easy 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 win over Erandi Warusawithana in the first singles.
07:58 hrs IST: Bermuda’s Flora Duffy won the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games, and her country’s first since Auckland in 1990, when she stormed to victory in the women’s triathlon
07:52 hrs IST: In a major disappointment, the Indian women’s hockey team lost to Wales 2-3 in Pool A today
07:45 hrs IST: In men’s 56 kg lifting, Malaysia won the gold medal via Mohd Azroy Hazalwafi while the bronze went to Chaturanga Lakmal of Sri lanka
07:40 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal (women’s singles) has made it 4-0 for India in mixed team badminton and Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are in action in the final women’s doubles event
07:34 hrs IST: Gururaja has won a silver in men’s 56 kg weightlifting! India’s first medal from the Games!
07:32 hrs IST: In India’s first mixed team match vs Sri Lanka in badminton, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Ruthvika Gadde (mixed doubles) won the contest in three tight games. Then Kidambi Srikanth made it 2-0 for India with a straight games victory. In men’s doubles, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also won to take it 3-0 for India
07:30 hrs IST: Top seeds India are placed with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Scotland in Group A of Mixed team badminton. After their match vs Sri Lanka, they will face Pakistan later in the day.
07:28 hrs IST: In badminton action, India have already won the group tie 3-0 against Sri Lanka in Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Two more matches are to be played
07:25 hrs IST: We will largely follow Indians in action on Thursday Down Under and other major performances
07:20 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast
As many as five disciplines will see medals being awarded on Thursday. They are: artistic gymnastics, track cycling, swimming, triathlon and weightlifting. Indian athletes will take part in all the events except triathlon.
Elsewhere, India will face Sri Lanka and later Pakistan in the mixed team badminton event while the women’s hockey team will take on Wales. India will challenge Jamaica in women’s basketball while among men, they will face Cameroon.
In boxing, pugilists will open their campaign while swimmers and weightlifters will be favourites to earn medals.