The Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign for India hit another gear on Friday, headlined by a medal rush for the wrestling contingent. Ace Bajrang Punia successfully defended his title in style. It was also a day of firsts for Sakshi Malik as she won her maiden CWG gold medal as did Deepak Punia. Anshu Malik gave herself a birthday gift with a silver while Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal won a bronze each.
Lawn bowls assured another medal for India as, this time, the men’s fours team reached the final. In badminton, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen are on track in the singles as are Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan in table tennis. Also on track is the men’s 4x400m relay team.
The women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss in a shoot-out in the semi-final but will play for bronze next. Table tennis ace Manika Batra, meanwhile, had a challenging day as she will not be able to defend her singles title following her quarter-final exit. She also lost her mixed doubles round with G Sathiyan. World doubles squash champions Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa were stunned too. But, Dipika has advanced in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal.
The biggest disappointment of the day was Hima Das’ unexpected failure to qualify for the women’s 200m final.
The mixed doubles pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra dominated against Nigerian opposition in the round of 16. The 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 victory sealed their spot in the quarter-final. Meanwhile, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra, the sixth-ranked mixed doubles pair, were upstaged by Javen Choong and Karen Lyne in the quarter-final. The Indian duo lost 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11 and faced elimination from the mixed doubles category at Birmingham 2022.
World no. 41 Manika Batra won in straight games against 218th-ranked Minhyung Jee to advance to the women’s singles quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 27-year-old Indian paddler won 11-4, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10 in the round of 16. Manika Batra was beaten 12-10, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 in the women’s singles quarter-final by Jian Zeng of Singapore.
Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula, meanwhile, also triumphed to seal a quarter-final spot. The Indian mixed doubles pair beat Chee Feng Leong and Ying Ho 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5. Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula beat English opposition in the quarter-final and made it to the semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The quarter-final was a close encounter as the Indian pair won 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-9.
Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 in the men’s doubles. They beat Ramhimlian Bawm and Mohutasin Ahmed of Bangladesh to make it to the quarter-final. Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, took charge of their men’s doubles quarter-final and won 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 to advance into the semi-final.
Manika Batra and Diya Chitale dominated in their women’s doubles round of 32 encounter against Rheann Chung and Catherine Spicer. They won 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 to confirm a round of 16 berth.
Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty also advanced to the quarter-final after winning their men’s doubles match 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 against Australian opposition. Paddlers Harmeet Singh and Sanil Shetty, however, were unable to make it to the semi-final after their defeat against Zhe Yu Clarence and Shao Feng Ethan
India’s veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal beat Finn Luu of Australia in the men’s singles round of 32 at Birmingham 2022. The 12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 win enabled the Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallist to progress into the round of 16. Sharath Kamal, Gold coast 2018 bronze medallist, beat Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo 8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6, 12-14, 11-9 at the National Exhibition Centre.
Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 against Paul McCreery from Northern Ireland in the men’s singles round of 32. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, meanwhile, won 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 against 261st-ranked Nicholas Lum.
Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison won 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 in the women’s doubles round of 32 at CWG 2022. They beat Scotland’s Lucy Elliot and Rebecca Plaistow to advance into the round of 16.
Sreeja Akula won a thrilling encounter against Mo Zhang, the current world no. 52, in the women’s singles quarter-final. Akula won 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 to make the semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
The 32-year-old Sanil Shetty also triumphed over Nigerian opposition by 4-2 games.
Bajrang Punia wins the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 65kg final
Bajrang Punia had a victory by fall in one minute and 47 seconds against Lowe Bingham of Nauru in the men’s freestyle 65kg 1/8 final. Bajrang Punia won against Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou in the men’s freestyle 65kg quarter-final at the CWG 2022. He sealed victory by fall in one minute to make it to the semi-final. Bajrang Punia won 10-0 against George Ramm in the semi-final of the men’s freestyle 65kg category. Bajrang Punia, a gold medal-winner at the 2018 Asian Games, triumphed over Lachlan McNeil of Canada in the men’s freestyle 65kg final. The 9-2 victory gave Bajrang a second-consecutive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in this category.
Deepak Punia wins the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 86kg final
India’s Deepak Punia began his Birmingham 2022 campaign with a victory by technical superiority in the men’s freestyle 86kg 1/8 final. He beat Matthew Oxenham from New Zealand in three minutes and 22 seconds. Deepak Punia too made it to the semi-final after beating Sheku Kassegbama by technical superiority in the men’s freestyle 86kg category. Deepak Punia beat Alexander Moore 3-1 in the semi-final. Deepak Punia triumphed over Muhammad Inam of Pakistan, a 3-0 victory on points, in the men’s freestyle 86kg final to win the gold medal. Deepak won the silver medal in this category at the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships. He also won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Junior Championship.
Anshu Malik wins silver medal in the women’s freestyle 57kg category
Indian wrestler Anshu Malik beat Irene Symeonidis in the women’s 57kg freestyle quarter-final to progress to the semi-final. The 21-year-old won by by technical superiority in just one minute and four seconds at Birmingham 2022. Anshu Malik defeated Sri Lanka’s Nethmi Poruthotage 10-0 after 1:04 minutes in the women’s freestyle 57kg semi-final. India’s 21-year-old wrestler Anshu Malik was defeated by Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the women’s freestyle 57kg final. She lost 7-3 in the final but was awarded the silver medal at Commonwealth Games 2022
Sakshi Malik wins gold medal in the women’s freestyle 62kg final
Sakshi Malik, meanwhile, secured a victory by fall against Kelsey Barnes in the women’s freestyle 62kg quarter-final at Commonwealth Games 2022. Sakshi Malik too advanced into the final after a 10-0 victory against Berthe Emilienne Etane in the semi-final of the women’s freestyle 62kg category. Sakshi Malik, India’s 29-year-old wrestler, beat Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Canada and won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 62kg final. The victory by fall gave Sakshi her first-ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
This is Sakshi Malik’s third-consecutive Commonwealth Games medal; previously winning a silver medal at Glasgow 2014 and a bronze medal at Gold Coast 2018. She also won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics.
Mohit Grewal wins the bronze medal in men’s freestyle 125kg category
In the men’s freestyle 125kg quarter-final, Mohit Grewal won 3-1 against Alexios Kaouslidis to make the semi-final. Mohit Grewal will also take the mat in the men’s freestyle 125kg bronze medal match after his defeat to Amarveer Dhesi in the semi-final of the category. Mohit Grewal beat Jamaica’s Aaron Johnson in the men’s freestyle 125kg bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Grewal sealed the bronze medal with a victory by fall as the match lasted for three minutes and 30 seconds.
Divya Kakran wins the bronze medal
Divya Kakran was unable to win her quarter-final match in the women’s freestyle 68kg category against Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria. Kakran lost due to her opponent’s technical superiority as the match lasted for five minutes and 24 seconds. Divya Kakran won the repechage round and will feature in the women’s freestyle 68kg bronze medal match. Divya Kakran won her second-consecutive Commonwealth Games bronze medal after winning in the women’s freestyle 68kg bronze medal match. The Indian wrester secured the victory by fall against Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie.
Indian athlete Jyothi Yarraji was clocked with a time of 13.18s in the women’s 100m hurdles heats. As a result, she finished 10th in the heats and suffered elimination at Birmingham 2022.
The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team finished second in their heats with a time of 3:06.97. The result ensured India’s qualification for the final at Commonwealth Games 2022.
Ancy Sojan, world no. 64 women’s long jump athlete, finished with a best jump of 6.25m in the qualification round at Birmingham 2022. However, she was ranked 13th and failed qualification for the women’s long jump final.
Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das finished third in the women’s 200m semi-final 2 with a time of 23.42s. She ranked 10th overall in the semi-final and as a result, failed to qualify for the final.
The Indian women’s pairs team of Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia lost 18-14 to England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh. The defeat in the quarter-final ended the CWG 2022 campaign for the pair.
The Indian men’s fours team made another successful step forward in lawn bowls at Birmingham 2022 after a closely-fought win against Canada. India won the quarter-final 14-10 and advanced to the semi-final.
India continued their strong showing in lawn bowls at Birmingham 2022 with a narrow win against England in the men’s fours semi-final. The 13-12 victory ensured India’s place in the final at the expense of the hosts. The England men’s fours team had taken a five-point lead after seven ends in the match but India make a successful comeback to win the semi-final after 15 ends.
Indian shuttlers Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly convincingly won their women’s doubles round of 16 match to advance into the quarter-final. The duo beat Ganesha Mungrah and Jemimah Leung For Sang 21-2, 21-4 in straight games.
Kidambi Srikanth won 21-9, 21-12 against Sri Lankan opposition in the badminton men’s singles round of 16 to advance to the quarter-final.
India’s PV Sindhu showed great form in the women’s singles round of 16 at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The top seed defeated Husina Kobugabe 21-10, 21-9 to seal her quarter-final berth.
Lakshya Sen, the no.2 seeded player at the Commonwealth Games 2022, won 21-9, 21-16 against Ying Xiang Lin of Australia in the men’s singles round of 16.
The world no. 57 Aakarshi Kashyap made light work of 692nd-ranked Eva Kattirtzi in the women’s singles round of 16. Kashyap won 21-2, 21-7 to advance into the quarter-final.
The world no. 7 men’s doubles pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won 21-8, 21-7 against Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Bhatti of Pakistan in the round of 16, ensuring their place in the quarter-final.
The women’s doubles pair of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshana Chinappa were knocked out in the quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. They were beaten 11-2, 11-7 by the Malaysian pair of Yiwen Chan and Ainaa Ampandi.
Indian mixed doubles pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik won 11-9, 11-5 against Zac Alexander and Rachael Grinham of Australia in the quarter-final and ensured their semi-final berth.
Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh beat Scottish opposition in three games in the men’s doubles round of 16 to make it to the quarter-final.
The Indian women’s hockey team lost out to Australia in the penalty shoot-out and as a result failed to make it to the final. They will now face New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.
After the match ended 1-1, the Australian team kicked off the shoot-out competition. Ambrosia Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton helped Australia convert their first three penalty strokes. However, neither of Lalremsiami, Neha or Navneet Kaur were able to score in the shoot-out, enabling the Australian women’s hockey team to qualify for the final after winning the shoot-out.
Rebecca Greiner and Vandana Katariya were the goal-scorers for Australia and India respectively in regular time.
Result: India beaten 3-0 by Australia on penalties (1-1 at full-time) in the women’s hockey semi-final.
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