2018 Commonwealth Games: Shooters, lifters and paddlers win three gold medals
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.
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.
SHUTTLERS, MARY KOM ON PATH TO GLORY
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.