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2018 Commonwealth Games: Shooters, lifters and paddlers win three gold medals

After Punam Yadav, Manu Bhaker, Heena Sidhu and Ravi Kumar won medals for India, Vikas Thakur clinched the fifth medal for India when he won bronze in men’s 94kg weightlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday.

other sports Updated: Apr 09, 2018 13:20 IST
B Shrikant
B Shrikant
Hindustan Times, Gold Coast
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Vikas Thakur won the men’s 94kg bronze medal in weightlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday.(Twitter)

It was a good day for India at the Commonwealth Games as the country won three gold, one silver and two bronze here – the gold medals coming in shooting through 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, in weightlifting by 22-year-old Punam Yadav and the women’s table tennis team competition. (CWG 2018 LIVE UPDATES)

Indian women rose in unison to make their presence felt as they bagged three gold and one silver.

As the sun rose in Queensland, called Sunshine State in Australia, Manu Bhaker rose as colossal in Indian shooting, totalling a Games record score to qualify for the final in the women’s 10m air pistol.

Manu went from strength to strength as she defeated compatriot Heena Sidhu by a big margin to win gold medal. India completed a grand double with Heena taking silver.

India also won a bronze through Ravi Kumar in men’s 10m air rifle, missing a chance for another gold-silver double as Ravi and compatriot Deepak Kumar had qualifed in first and second position.

READ | Punam Yadav adds to India’s gold haul in weightlifting at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Punam Yadav came up with a dominant performance in the women’s 69kg weightlifting for India’s second gold medal.

Then as the sun set on Gold Coast, the women’s table tennis team shone bright as to overcome a strong Singapore team and bagged the gold medal, Manika Batra, India’s highest-ranked singles player won two singles matches while Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das won the doubles to seal 3-1 win for India.

Shooter Ravi Kumar in men’s 10m air rifle and weightlifter Vikas Thakur in men’s 94kg won the bronze medals as India surged ahead in the medals tally.

READ | Manu Bhaker wins shooting gold, Heena Sidhu silver at 2018 Commonwealth Games


And there is more to come on Monday as led by Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, India registered a comfortable 3-1 win against Singapore to reach the finals in the badminton mixed team competition where they will meet Malaysia to settle the gold.

First Published: Apr 08, 2018 10:13 IST