The Indian contingent is picking up the pace at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. While the competition is high, Indian athletes are trying to find an extra gear to win a maximum number of medals for the country. There was history in the making when the Women’s Team in Lawn Bowls reached the final and secured a first-ever medal in this particular discipline.
Shushila Devi Likmabam won silver while Vijay Kumar Yadav won bronze in judo on Monday. In Weightlifting, Harjinder Kaur won bronze medal in the 71kg category. Indian men’s hockey team played an exciting draw with England in field hockey. Saurav Ghosal advanced further in his bracket in squash. There were positives from boxing as well while Pranati Nayak came close in the final of Women’s Vault. The Indian men’s team in Table Tennis and Badninton mixed team also reached the finals in their respective events,
Here is a roundup of the Indian results from Day 4 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham:
Suchika Tariyal beat Zambia’s Rita Kabinda in one minute in the women -57kg category round of 16 encounter. However, Suchika Tariyal lost in 57 seconds to 14th-ranked Christa Deguchi in the quarter-final of the women -57kg category. She won her women’s -57kg repechage round match in 52 seconds against Donne Breytenbach. Later, Suchika Tariyal lost bronze medal match to Mauritius’ Christianne Legentil.
World No. 161 Jasleen Singh won against Maxence Cugola in 48 seconds in the men -66kg category and booked a place in the quarter-final. Later he defeated world no. 95 Nathon Burns in the quarter-final of the men -66kg category. Jasleen Singh lost to Scotland’s Finlay Allan in 2:22 minutes in the judo men’s -66kg semi-final at Birmingham 2022. Later, Jasleen Singh Saini has lost the bronze medal match to Australia’s Nathan Katz in men’s 66kg judo.
Vijay Kumar wins bronze medal in -60kg category
India’s Vijay Kumar won against Winsley Gangaya in 1 minute 26 seconds in the judo men -60kg round of 16. Later, Vijay Kumar lost against Joshua Katz from Australia in 7:05 minutes in the men’s -60kg quarter-final. Vijay Kumar, meanwhile, won the repechage contest against Scotland’s Dylan Munro in the men -60kg category. Vijay Kumar defeated Cyprus’ Petros Christodoulides in men’s 60kg judo bronze medal match. The bout ended in a flash
Shushila Devi wins silver medal in women -48kg category
Shushila Devi beat Harriet Bonface in 1 minute and 19 seconds in the judo women -48kg quarter-final at Birmingham 2022. Later she defeated Priscilla Morand of Mauritius in 2:52 minutes in the judo women -48kg semi-final. However, Shushila Devi lost to Michaela Whitebooi of South Africa in 4 minutes and 25 seconds in the judo women -48kg final at CWG 2022. Despite the defeat, Shushila Devi won the silver medal, her second in Commonwealth Games history. Her previous medal had come in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow.
The Indian women’s fours team assured the nation of a first-ever lawn bowls medal after going through to the final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK.
The team of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Tirkey beat the fancied New Zealand 16-13 in a gripping contest at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa. The Kiwis have won 40 CWG medals in the sport, including 13 gold medals. Overcome by emotion and a sense of achievement, the Indian players broke into tears after the win.
The Indian team will now take on South Africa, who beat Fiji in the other semi-final, for the gold medal on Tuesday.
Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash finished with a time of 54.36s in heat 6 of the men’s 100m butterfly event at the Commonwealth Games 2022. He was three seconds behind the leader in his heat and failed to qualify for the semi-final of the category. The 28-year-old finished 19th overall.
Later he qualified for the semi-final after three of the qualified swimmers withdrew from the semi-final.
He finished 16th in the men’s 100m butterfly semi-final, clocking at 54.24s, at CWG 2022. Matthew Temple from Australia was the fastest in the semi-final, finishing the 100m in 51.52s.
Srihari Nataraj clocked a time of 25.23s in the men’s 50m backstroke final to finish fifth. He had finished with a time of 25.38s in the semi-final of the category. Earlier in the CWG 2022 campaign, the 21-year-old made it to the final of the men’s 100m backstroke event where he finished seventh.
New Zealand’s Andrew Jeffcoat won the gold medal in the men’s 50m backstroke final, Pieter Coetze and Javier Acevedo won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Ajay Singh successfully lifted 143kg at the third attempt in the snatch round and lifted 176kg at the second attempt in the clean jerk round in the men’s 81kg final. The Indian weightlifter finished with a combined weight of 319kg but fell short of the bronze medal by 1kg to finish fourth at CWG 2022. Ajay Singh holds the national record in snatch in the men’s 81kg category which he created at the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships 2021.
England’s Chris Murray won the gold medal with his combined lift of 325kg, a Commonwealth Games record in the category. Kyle Bruce won the silver medal and Nicolas Vachon won the bronze medal.
Harjinder Kaur wins bronze medal in women’s 71kg final
Harjinder Kaur added another medal to the weightlifting contingent’s tally as she won the bronze medal in the women’s 71kg category. The 25-year-old successfully lifted 93kg in the snatch round and 119kg in the clean and jerk round to make it a combined lift of 212kg. India now have seven medals in weightlifting at CWG 2022.
England’s Sarah Davies won the gold medal in the women’s 71kg category with a combined lift of 229kg, a Commonwealth Games record.
India’s 23-year-old squash player Sunayna Kuruvilla comfortably beat Chanithma Sinaly of Sri Lanka in the women’s singles plate quarter-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. She won 11-3, 11-2, 11-2 in straight games against the Sri Lankan player.
Canadian squash player Hollie Naughton beat Joshana Chinappa in the women’s singles quarter-final in a close encounter. The Indian veteran squash player lost 9-11, 5-11, 13-15.
Veteran Indian Saurav Ghosal progressed to the men’s singles semi-finals in squash at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Monday. Saurav Ghosal, playing in his fourth CWG, beat Scotland’s Greg Lobban 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3) at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.
Indian boxer Amit Panghal began his campaign at the Commonwealth Games with a facile win as he stormed into the men’s flyweight (51kg) quarterfinals here on Monday. Panghal, a world championship silver medallist, out-punched Namri Berri of Vanuatu via an unanimous verdict.
India’s Hussam Uddin Mohammed dominated Md Salim Hossain in the featherweight category round of 16 bout at Birmingham 2022. The Indian boxer won 5:0 on points to take him into the quarter-final of the category.
Later in the day, light heavyweight boxer Ashish Kumar (80kg) produced a dominating show to also move to the last eight with a 5-0 unanimous decision win over Travis Tapatuetoa of Niue.
Indian cyclists Triyasha Paul and Shushikala Agashe failed direct qualification to the women’s keirin second round after they finished last in their respective heats. Later Triyasha Paul finished third and Shushikala Agashe finished fourth in their respective first round repechages heats. The result meant that the duo faced elimination from the women’s kierin event at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Ronaldo Laitonjam clocked 1:02.500 in the men’s 1000m time trail final to finish 12th. He finished 2.995s behind the winner with an average speed of 57.600.
Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer won the gold medal while fellow Aussie Thomas Cornish won the silver medal in the men’s 1000m time trail at Birmingham 2022.
Indian cyclist Meenakshi did not finish the women’s 10km scratch race final and was ranked 19th in the category.
Naman Kapil and Venkappa Kengalagutti did not finish the men’s 40km Points Race final
Artistic Gymnastics: Pranati Nayak finishes fifth in the women’s vault final
Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak finished fifth out of eight competitors in the artistic gymnastics women’s vault final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Monday.
The two-time Asian championships bronze medallist earned 12.699 points – an average of 13.633 and 11.766 – in her two attempts at the Arena Birmingham. Her landing wasn’t as smooth as her take-off, and there were two penalties of -0.1 and -0.3.
The Tokyo Olympian was a strong contender at Birmingham 2022 after her second Asian medal in Doha in June. The 27-year-old Pranati Nayak missed the chance to match the heroics of Dipa Karmakar, the only other Indian woman to have won a gymnastic medal at the CWG.
Pranati had reached the final with 13.275 points – 13.600 in her first vault attempt and 12.950 in her second.
Georgia Godwin of Australia (13.233), Laurie Denommee of Canada (13.233) and Shannon Archer of Scotland (13.083) finished with gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
England fight back in second half, draw 4-4 against India
The Indian men’s hockey team were in a dominant at half-time with a 3-0 lead in the men’s Pool B match against England. The Englishmen came back strongly in the second half as the match ended in a 4-4 draw.
Mandeep Singh scored a brace while Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Harmanpreet Singh also got on the scoresheet for India. Nicholas Bandurak scored twice for England, including the equalizer in the fourth quarter.
Indian mixed badminton team will defend its title as PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy took India to the final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Monday.
The Indian team beat Singapore 3-0 in the semi-finals. India will now take on Malaysia for the gold medal in mixed team badminton at CWG 2022 on Tuesday.
The Chirag-Satwik pair put up the first win for India in the last-four clash as the duo beat Singapore’s Yong Kai Terry Hee/Andy Jun Liang Kwek 21-11, 21-12.
In the next match, PV Sindhu comfortably got the better of Jia Min Yeo 21-11, 21-12.
The third match of the tie was the most hotly anticipated one as it pitted world champion Loh Kean Yew against world championships bronze-medallist Lakshya Sen – two youngsters who are seen as the next big thing in world badminton.
The fact that it was a medal-clinching match for India while Singapore had to win to stay alive added the extra spice.
In the end, Lakshya Sen beat Loh Kean Yew 21-18, 21-15 to seal another medal for India in the mixed team event at the Games.
Defending champions India kept the ball rolling with a 3-0 win over Nigeria in the men’s team table tennis event semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Monday.
India fielded the same line-up against Nigeria, the 2018 CWG finalists, from their win against Bangladesh in the last game.
India’s top-ranked singles player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran teamed up with Harmeet Desai for the first doubles fixture against Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo at the National Exhibition Centre and won the match 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7).
Sharath Kamal, who is playing his fifth CWG, then tamed the fiery world No. 15 Quadri Aruna 3-1 (11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 15-13) to give India a 2-0 lead.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, ranked 35th, then denied any opening to world No. 112 Olajide Omotayo and got the job done tactically by winning 3-1 (11-9, 4-11, 11-6,11-8).
In the final, India will face their Group 3 opponents and 2014 CWG champions Singapore on Tuesday. The Indian team had handed Singapore a 3-0 drubbing in the group stage earlier in the competition.
Indain para-swimmers, Vaishnavi Jagtap and Kiran Tak finished 6th and 7th respectively in the finals of 50m freestyle S7 event.
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