Indian women’s fours team created history in lawn bowls by winning its first CWG medal, a gold. Vijay Thakur won the silver medal in the men’s 96kg category to make it eight medals for India at these games in weightlifting.
The medal rush continued as the Indian men’s table tennis team beat Singapore to win its second consecutive gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. However, the mixed badminton team could not repeat their achievements from Gold Coast 2018 but sealed a silver.
Long jumpers Murali Sreeshankar and Muhammed Anees Yahiya qualified for the final as did Manpreet Kaur for the women’s shot put final. Swimmers Kushagra Rawat and Advait Page took the final two spots in qualification to reach the men’s 1500m freestyle final. Saurav Ghosal will fight for the bronze medal after his loss in the men’s singles semi-final in squash.
There was some disappointment for Indians as well. Dutee Chand was eliminated from the women’s 100m heats, India were beaten 3-1 in women’s hockey, weightlifter Punam Yadav had a tough day in the women’s 76kg and Seema Punia finished an underwhelming fifth in the women’s discus throw final.
Table Tennis: India won Gold Medal
Clinical India edged past Singapore 3-1 in the final of the Commonwealth Games 2022 men’s team table tennis event to retain their title at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK, on Tuesday.
India fielded the tried and tested line-up for the summit tie as its top-ranked singles player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran teamed up with Harmeet Desai in the opening doubles match to beat Singapore’s Izaac Quek Yong and Pang Yew En Koen 3-0 (13-11, 11-7, 11-5).
Sharath Kamal, who beat Nigeria’s world No. 15 Quadri Aruna in the semis, was flattened by Singapore’s world No. 133 Zhe Yu Clarence Chew 3-1 (11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9) in a big upset.
With India under pressure for the first time in the competition, Sathiyan Gnanasekarn responded with a 3-1 (10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 4-11) win over 20-year-old Pang Yew En Koen.
Harmeet Desai, playing his only second singles match at Birmingham 2022, faced an uphill task against free-flowing Zhe Yu Clarence Chew, who beat Sharath Kamal in the second match.
The Indian, ranked 121st, was up for it and beat the energy-sapped Zhe Yu Clarence Chew 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-6) with precise returns and help India win back-to-back golds.
The Indian women’s fours team won a memorable gold medal in lawn bowls at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK. The team of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Tirkey beat South Africa 17-10 in the final at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa to clinch India’s maiden lawn bowls medal at the Commonwealth Games. South Africa, meanwhile, won their second straight silver medal in the women’s fours at the CWG.
The Indian women’s triples team lead by Tania Choudhury beat New Zealand 15-11 after 18 ends in round 1. India took the lead early on in the lawn bowls match and were in control until the end.
India’s women’s doubles team, however, suffered a heavy defeat to New Zealand today at CWG 2022. The Kiwis dominated and won the match 18-9.
Indian lawn bowls player Mridul Borgohain faced defeat in his first men’s singles match at Commonwealth Games 2022. He was beaten by a 21-8 scoreline by New Zealand’s Shannon McIlroy.
The Indian men’s fours team of Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar and Dinesh Kumar beat Fiji in the first group stage match. Fiji took the early five-point lead after five ends. However, India made a strong comeback in the latter stages to win the match 14-11.
England beat the Indian women’s triples team by a 24-11 scoreline. After a poor start, the English team got into the groove post the third end and ended up comfortable winners.
Murali Sreeshankar ensured qualification in the men’s long jump final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a 8.05m effort. He was the only athlete in the qualifying round to complete a jump above 8m.
Indian athlete Muhammed Anees Yahiya also qualified for the final thanks to his 7.68m jump. He finished eighth in the qualifying round of the men’s long jump.
Manpreet Kaur successfully put 16.78m in the women’s shot put qualifying round at Birmingham 2022. She finished seventh and qualified for the final
Dutee Chand clocked a time of 11.55s in the first round of the women’s 100m race at Birmingham 2022. She finished 27th and failed to qualify for the semi-final.
India’s Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon failed to win a medal in the women’s discus throw final. Seema Punia made a 55.92m throw in the second attempt, her best in the final, to finish fifth. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon’s 53.51m throw was only good enough for an eighth position.
Chioma Onyekwere managed to throw a season-best 61.70m to win the gold medal. Jade Lally won her second medal in Commonwealth Games, a silver. Obiageri Amaechi won the bronze medal after her 56.99m throw.
Two-time Commonwealth Games medal winner Punam Yadav failed to lift 116kg in all of her three attempts in the clean and jerk round of the women’s 76kg final. The result meant that she failed to get a ranking in the event at CWG 2022. Punam Yadav had successfully lifted 98kg in the snatch round of the final. Maya Laylor won the gold medal in the women’s 76kg final with a combined lift of 228kg, a Commonwealth Games record.
Indian weightlifter Vikas Thakur lifted a combined 346kg in the men’s 96kg final to win the silver medal at Birmingham 2022. This is his third medal in a row at the Commonwealth Games; two silvers and one bronze. Thakur’s medal is India’s eighth in weightlifting in this edition. The 28-year-old successfully lifted 155kg in the snatch round and lifted 191kg in the clean and jerk round. Don Opeloge from Samoa won the gold medal in the final, creating Commonwealth Games records in both snatch as well as clean and jerk.
Usha Bannur lifted a combined weight of 205kg (95kg in snatch, 110kg in clean and jerk) in the women’s 87kg final. Her lifts saw her finish sixth in the final as she failed to add to India’s weightlifting medal tally at Birmingham 2022.
Eileen Cikamatana from Australia won the gold medal in the women’s 87kg final thanks to a 255kg lift, creating CWG records in both snatch as well as clean and jerk. The Aussie has now won two gold medals in a row at the Commonwealth Games. Kristel Ngarlem and Mary Taiwo Osijo won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Advait Page and Kushagra Rawat qualify for men’s 1500m freestyle final
Indian swimmer Advait Page finished with a time of 15:39.25 in heat 1 of the men’s 1500m freestyle event. He clocked 36.59s slower than Sam Short, the top-ranked swimmer in the heat. Page qualified for the final, ranked seventh. Kushagra Rawat finished eighth, clocking a time of 15:47.77 and qualified for the final.
Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj rewrote his personal best record but still failed to qualify for the men’s 200m backstroke finals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG 2022) in Birmingham on Tuesday (August 2). Nataraj finished third in Heat 2 with a time of 2:00.84s, erasing his previous best of 2:01.70s, which he had set at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in 2019. The best eight swimmers, across three heats, qualify for the final. The Indian finished ninth overall, missing out on a direct final berth by just 0.19 seconds. Although the third-pace finish did not help Srihari to automatically qualify, the Indian swimmer is now the first reserve for the final. This means if a swimmer pulls out before the final, Srihari will get a chance.
England dominated in the women’s Pool A encounter against India at Birmingham 2022 to seal a 3-1 win. The win keeps England at the top of the Pool A standings.
England’s Giselle Ansley scored from a penalty corner in the first half while Tess Howard and Hannah Martin got on the scoresheet in the second half. Vandana Katariya scored a late goal in the fourth quarter as the England women’s team conceded for the first time in this edition.
The Indian women’s team will go up against Canada on August 3
World no. 119 Sunanya Kuruvilla beat Faiza Zafar 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in the women’s singles plate semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 23-year-old Indian player dominated the entire duration of the match and comfortably made it to the plate final.
Saurav Ghosal lost the men’s singles semi-final 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-1) to New Zealand’s Paul Coll at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Tuesday.
However, Saurav Ghosal still has the opportunity to win his maiden CWG medal in singles as he will play the bronze medal clash either against England’s James Willstrop or Wales’ Joel Makin, who will play the other semi-final.
Indian pugilist Rohit Tokas started his Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign with a 5:0 win on points against Alfred Kotey of Ghana. The 29-year-old won the first round by a 4-1 split decision but won the next two rounds unanimously to make it into the quarter-final of the welterweight category.
Badminton: India won Silver Medal
Pre-tournament favourites India were handed an astonishing 3-1 defeat by Malaysia in the final of the Commonwealth Games 2022 mixed team badminton event in Birmingham on Tuesday.
Playing in front of a deafening crowd at the National Exhibition Centre, the five-match India vs Malaysia badminton tie started with the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallists Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik beating India’s Thomas Cup heroes Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 21-18, 21-15.
PV Sindhu defeated Jin Wei Goh in the women’s singles tie. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist won a close encounter 22-20, 21-17
Kidambi Srikanth, 13th in the badminton world rankings lost to world No. 42 NG Tze Yong in the third match by 19-21, 21-6, 16-21
19-year-olds Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand – fought hard against the world No. 11 pair of Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan but lost by 18-21, 17-21.