A glorious day for India at the Commonwealth Games 2022 comes to an end. India grabbed 14 medals on Saturday – a day full of medals, headlined by a historic feat in athletics and a windfall in wrestling. Avinash Sable’s historic silver medal broke the Kenyan podium monopoly in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the CWG while Priyanka Goswami won silver and created history of her own by winning the first-ever medal by an Indian woman in the 10km race walk.
India won six medals in wrestling on Friday and the success spilled over today. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian female wrestler to win a hat-trick of golds at the Commonwealth Games. Ravi Dahiya and Naveen, meanwhile, won their first medal at the CWG, coloured gold. Pooja Sihag, Pooja Gehlot and Deepak Nehra – all won bronze.
Lawn bowls continued to make history at Birmingham 2022, thanks to the men’s fours team who won the silver medal. A place in the final was secured for both the men’s hockey and women’s cricket teams after their semi-final victories today. The women’s 4x400m relay team too qualified for the final.
Indian boxers Jaismine Lamboria, Mohammad Hussamuddin and Rohit Tokas ended their campaigns with bronze medals as Nitu Ghanghas, Amit Panghal, Nikhat Zareen and Sagar won their bouts and made the gold medal finals.
In badminton, PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth all progressed to the singles semi-final while Aakarshi Kashyap crashed out in the quarters. The men’s and women’s doubles pairs also made the semi-final berth.
Manika Batra’s tough campaign ended with nothing to show after her loss in the women’s doubles quarter-finals. Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan, however, advanced to the singles semis. Sharath Kamal also reached the mixed doubles final with Sreeja Akula. The squash mixed doubles pair of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal failed to win their semi-final but will play for the bronze medal tomorrow.
Manika Batra and Diya Chitale showed their class in the women’s doubles round of 16 against Mauritian opposition. The Indian duo won 11-5, 11-5, 11-3 to advance into the quarter-final. Manika Batra and Diya Chitale suffered a defeat at the hands of Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey of Wales in the women’s doubles quarter-final. The 7-11, 6-11, 13-11, 10-12 loss meant that Manika Batra’s CWG 2022 campaign ended without a medal.
The women’s doubles pair of Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison won 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 in the round of 16 against Chloe Anna Thomas and Lara Whitton of Wales. Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison also lost their women’s doubles quarter-final in four games against Singapore’s Xin Ru Wong and Jingyi Zhou. The defeat also ended the Birmingham 2022 campaign for Reeth Tennison.
India’s veteran table tennis player Sharath Kamal won 11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 against Yong Izaac Quek in the men’s singles quarter-final.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-9 against Sam Walker from England in the men’s singles quarter final at Birmingham 2022. The hard-fought win ensured a semi-final berth for 35th-ranked Indian player.
Sanil Shetty, meanwhile, lost against Liam Pitchford, Sathiyan’s semi-final opponent, in the quarter-final of the men’s singles category and thus ended his singles journey.
The men’s doubles pair of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal beat Finn Luu and Nicholas Lum of Australia in the semi-final at the CWG 2022. The 40th-ranked duo won 8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1, 11-8 to advance into the final of the category.
In the women’s singles, Sreeja Akula lost a close encounter 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12 against Tianwei Feng in the semi-final.
The mixed doubles pair of Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula triumphed over Nicholas Lum and Minhyung Jee in the semi-final and advanced into the final. The Indian duo won the first two games 11-9 and 11-8 after which the Aussie pair came back to win the next two games 11-9 and 14-12. However, Sharath and Sreeja won the last game 11-7.
Indian pugilist Nitu Ghanghas beat Priyanka Dhillion of Canada after the referee stopped the contest in the women’s minimumweight semi-final at Birmingham 2022. The victory confirmed a berth in the final for Nitu
Vinesh Phogat win the gold medal
Vinesh Phogat won 2-0 against Samantha Stewart in her first match in the women’s freestyle 53kg – nordic category. The match lasted only 36 seconds. Vinesh Phogat won her second-consecutive match in the women’s freestyle 53kg – nordic category. She beat Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye of Nigeria 6-0 at the CWG 2022. Vinesh Phogat, meanwhile, won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 53kg category after winning against Chamodya Keshani Maduravalage of Sri Lanka. The match lasted for two minutes and 24 seconds as Phogat sealed victory by fall.
This is Vinesh Phogat’s third-consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal. She also won the gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in 2021.
Pooja Gehlot wins bronze medal in women’s 50kg freestyle category
Pooja Gehlot secured a victory by technical superiority over Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio in the women’s freestyle 50kg -nordic category. Pooja Gehlot lost to Madison Parks in the semi-final. Indian wrestler Pooja Gehlot beat ‘Dangal star’ Christelle Lemofack Letchidjio for the second time today to win the bronze medal in the women’s 50kg freestyle category.
Naveen Kumar wins the gold medal in men’s freestyle 74kg category.
Naveen Kumar ensured his quarter-final berth after winning 13-3 against Ogbonna Emmanuel John in the men’s freestyle 74kg 1/8 final. Naveen Kumar too made it to the semi-final in the men’s freestyle 74kg category after winning the quarter-final 10-0 against Hong Yeow Lou. Naveen Kumar beat Charlie Bowling in the men’s freestyle 74kg semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 12-1 victory on technical superiority ensured that Naveen progressed into the final. Naveen Kumar won India’s third gold medal of the day after his 9-0 victory by points against Pakistan’s Muhammad Sharif Tahir in the men’s freestyle 74kg category.
Pooja Sihag win the bronze medal
Pooja Sihag ensured her semi-final spot after winning 5-3 against Michelle Montague in the women’s freestyle 76kg quarter-final. Pooja Sihag, however, suffered a defeat in the women’s freestyle 76kg semi-final against Canada’s Justina di Stasio by a 6-0 scoreline. Pooja Sihag added yet another medal, a bronze, to India’s highly successful wrestling campaign at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 25-year-old beat Naomi de Bruine 11-0 in the women’s freestyle 76kg bronze medal match in four minutes and 25 seconds. Sihag also won the bronze medal in this category at the 2021 Asian Wrestling Championships.
Ravi Dahiya won Gold Medal
Ravi Dahiya started his Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign with in a win in the quarter-final against Suraj Singh of New Zealand in the men’s freestyle 57 kg category. The 10-0 victory by technical superiority took Dahiya into the semi-final. Ravi Dahiya, a silver medallist at Tokyo 2020, beat Asad Ali of Pakistan in the men’s freestyle 57kg semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The 14-4 victory on technical superiority assured Dahiya final place. Ravi Dahiya added to India’s medal tally at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a gold medal, his first at the CWG, in the men’s freestyle 57kg category in wrestling. Dahiya sealed a 10-0 victory by technical superiority against Ebikewenimo Welson in the gold medal match. Ravi Dahiya has won three-consecutive gold medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships in this category and was also a silver medallist at Tokyo 2020.
Deepak Nehra win the bronze medal
Deepak Nehra was defeated by Nishan Randhawa of Canada in the men’s freestyle 97kg quarter-final. Deepak Nehra won 10-2 against Pakistan’s Tayab Raza in the men’s freestyle 97kg category to win the bronze medal. Nehra won his first CWG medal
Amit Panghal, a silver medallist at Gold Coast 2018, won 5:0 on points against Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba in the men’s flyweight semi-final at the CWG 2022.
Indian pugilist Nikhat Zareen won 5:0 on points against Savannah Alfia Stubley in the women’s light flyweight semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Jaismine Lamboria won Bronze Medal
Jaismine Lamboria, the 20-year-old Indian boxer, lost to Gemma Paige Richardson in a close bout in the women’s lightweight semi-final. Despite the 3:2 defeat on points, Jaismine won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022
Mohammad Hussamuddin wins bronze in the men’s featherweight category
Indian pugilist Mohammad Hussamuddin was beaten Joseph Commey in the men’s featherweight semi-final bout at Birmingham 2022. He lost 4:1 on points but won the bronze medal which he was assured after winning the quarter-final fight against Tryagain Morning Ndevelo.
Hussamuddin also won the bronze medal at Gold Coast 2018, making this his second bronze in a row at the CWG.
Rohit Tokas wins bronze medal after semi-final defeat
Indian pugilist Rohit Tokas lost a close fight in the men’s welterweight semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 against Zambia’s Stephen Zimba. However, despite the defeat, Tokas won the bronze medal, which was the least assured colour after his quarter-final victory.
Sagar unanimously beat Ifeanyi Onyekwere of Nigeria in the men’s super heavyweight semi-final. The 5:0 win on points assured the 23-year-old atleast a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022. He is a two-time gold medallist at the Khelo India University Games. Sagar beat Maxime Yegnong Njieyo in the round of 16 and defeated Keddy Agnes in the quarter-final.
Priyanka Goswami wins the silver medal in women’s 10km race walk final
Priyanka Goswami finished the women’s 10km race walk final with a time of 43:38.83 to win an historic silver medal at Birmingham 2022. The time is also her personal best in the race. This is the first-ever medal in race walk for an Indian woman. Priyanka was leading the race after the first 4km but slipped down to third place in the next few minutes. However, she came back strongly and finished second in the race walk.
Bhawna Jat, meanwhile, was clocked at 47:14.13 in the women’s 10km race walk final and finished eighth.
Avinash Sable wins silver in men’s 3000m steeplechase final
Indian athlete Avinash Sable finished the men’s 3000m steeplechase final with a time of 8:11.20 and won the silver medal at the event in the Commonwealth Games 2022. The time he clocked in the final is also his personal best and broke the national record in this event. The 27-year-old is the first non-Kenyan athlete to finish on the podium in steeplechase in the last six editions of the Commonwealth Games. Sable has previously won the silver medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships. His medal today is India’s 28th medal at Birmingham 2022
The women’s 4x100m relay team of Dutee Chand, Hima Das, Srabani Nanda and Jyothi Yarraji finished with a time of 44.55s in the heats. They finished seventh overall in the round, second in heat 1, and qualified for the final.
Indian athlete Manju Bala made a best throw of 60.96m, which came in the third attempt, and finished 12th in the women’s hammer throw final. She had qualified for the final with a 59.68m throw on Thursday. Manju Bala was the only Indian player in the final after Sarita Singh, the national record-holder, managed only a best throw of 57.48m in the qualifying round to finish 13th, one spot below the last qualified athlete.
Canada’s Camryn Rodgers won the gold medal in the women’s hammer throw final with a best throw of 74.08m. Julia Ratcliffe and Jillian Weir won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Avinash Sable failed to finish in the men’s 5000m final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Jacob Kiplimo from Uganda won the gold medal while the Kenyan duo of Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli and Jacob Krop won the silver and bronze medal respectively. Sable won the historic silver medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase earlier in the day.
Indian ace badminton player PV Sindhu won a tough match against Jin Wei Goh in the women’s singles quarter-final at Birmingham 2022. The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist won 19-21, 21-14, 21-18 to make it to the semi-final.
Indian shuttler Aakarshi Kashyap was beaten 21-10, 21-7 by Kirsty Gilmour, a bronze medallist at Gold Coast 2018, in the women’s singles quarter-final at Birmingham 2022.
Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen won 21-12, 21-11 in the men’s singles quarter-final against Julien Georges Paul of Mauritius. The victory ensured a semi-final berth for the 20-year-old player at Birmingham 2022.
Kidambi Srikanth too confirmed his semi-final spot after winning a close match against 54th-ranked Toby Penty in the men’s singles quarter-final. The world no. 13 won the silver medal at Gold Coast 2018. Kidambi will face Tze Yong NG of Malaysia in the semi-final on August 7 2022.
The Indian women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand dominated in the quarter-final against Tahlia Richardson and Katherine Wynter of Jamaica. The 21-8, 21-6 victory helped the Indian duo to advance to the women’s doubles semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. This is the first Commonwealth Games campaign for Jolly as well as Gopichand.
The world no. 7 men’s doubles pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won 21-9, 21-11 in the quarter-final against Jacob Schueler and Nathan Tang. This was their second win of the campaign and helped them seal a spot in the men’s doubles semi-final at Birmingham 2022.
India beat England by four runs to seal final berth
India won a thrilling semi-final against the England women’s cricket team at the Edgbaston Stadium. The four-run victory helped India become the first team to make the final at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
India elected to bat after winning the toss and Smriti Mandhana laid a solid foundation to the Indian innings with her half-century, the fastest-ever by an Indian women’s cricket team batter in T20s. Jemimah Rodrigues added the finishing touches to ensure India reached 164 after 20 overs.
In the run-chase, Danni Wyatt gave the English team a brisk start after which Nat Sciver and Amy Jones took over as the hosts looked ahead in the match after 10 overs. However, Indian spinners made Sciver and Jones work hard for their runs in the latter half and in the end got the Women in Blue over the line.
India win the silver medal in men’s fours
The Indian men’s fours team created another milestone in lawn bowls at Birmingham 2022 after winning the silver medal. India played against Northern Ireland in the gold medal match and suffered an 18-5 defeat. However, they were assured of atleast the silver medal after winning the semi-final. Northern Ireland dominated the men’s fours final and kept the Indian team at bay for the entire match. Earlier at the Commonwealth Games 2022, the women’s fours team won the gold medal.
The mixed doubles pair of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 11-7, 11-4 to New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Joelle King in the semi-final.
Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh were defeated in straight games in the men’s doubles quarter-final by Malaysian Eain Yow NG and Chee Wern Yuen.
India win 3-2 against South Africa to advance into the final
The Indian men’s hockey team edged out South Africa in a competitive semi-final and won 3-2 to book their spot in the final. India are now assured atleast a silver medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Abhishek and Mandeep Singh scored in the first half to give India the lead at the interval. However, South Africa came back strongly at the start of the second half as Ryan Julius scored from a penalty corner within the first three minutes.
After an intense third and fourth quarter, Jugraj Singh scored in the 58th minute of the match to restore India’s two-goal lead. Mustapha Cassiem pulled one goal back for the South African men’s hockey team within a minute of Jugraj’s goal but the time wasn’t on the side of the African nation and they were unable to score the equalizer.
India had 53 percent ball possession and made 35 attack circle penetrations in the men’s hockey semi-final.
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