Indian athletes are giving their utmost at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham. Day 2 saw several high-profile athletes in action. On a successful day, India won its first gold through the excellent Mirabai Chanu in the 49kg weightlifting category. She set a new Commonwealth Games record by lifting a total of 201 kg. Three more medals were won by the Indian athletes in the weightlifting discipline on Saturday. Sanket Sargar and Bindyarani Devi won Silver while Gururaja won Bronze medal.
Apart from success in weightlifting, Indian badminton stars also gave a good account of themselves. They swept away Sri Lanka and Australia in the team event after demolishing Pakistan yesterday. There was disappointment in store for Manika Batra and Co. in the table tennis Women’s Team event as they crashed out in the quarter-finals.
Here is a roundup of Indian results from Day 2 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games:
Indian weightlifter Sanket Sargar won India’s first medal – a silver – at Birmingham 2022 in the men’s 55kg category. The 21-year-old lifted 113kg in the third attempt at the snatch round and 139kg in the third attempt at the clean & jerk round of the final. Malaysia’s Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq lifted a total of 249kg, a Commonwealth Games record in the category, to win the gold medal.
Gururaja wins India’s first bronze medal at Commonwealth Games 2022 in the weightlifting men’s 61kg final. He successfully lifted 118kg at the second attempt in the snatch round and lifted 151kg in the third attempt in the clean and jerk round. Malaysia’s Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamad lifted a combined 285kg in both rounds to win the gold medal and create a new Commonwealth Games record in the category.
Mirabai Chanu gives India their first gold medal of Commonwealth Games 2022 after successfully lifting a combined weight of 201kg in the women’s 49kg category. The 27-year-old was levels ahead of all her competitors in the category. Her 88kg lift in the snatch round is a Commonwealth Games record and equaled her personal best. The 113kg lift in the clean and jerk round is also a Commonwealth Games record.
Bindyarani Devi wins a Silver Medal in Women’s 55 kg Weightlifting
Bindyarani goes for 116 kg in her last attempt and succesffully lifts to set a Commonwealth Games record in clean and jerk. Her total weight stands at 202 kg and she secures a silver medal in the event.
Indian squash player Ramit Tandon hands walk over to Christopher Binnie of Jamaica in the men’s singles round of 32.
Joshana Chinappa beat Barbados’ Meagan Best 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 in a closely fought match in the squash women’s singles round of 32.
Aifa Zaman of Malaysia beat Sunayna Kuruvilla 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in the round of 32 match.
Saurav Ghosal beat Shamil Wakeel of Sri Lanka 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 in the round of 32 match in the men’s singles category.
Teen sensation Anahat Singh bowed out of the women’s singles event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Saturday after losing 3-1 (7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11) to Wales’ Emily Whitlock.
Clyne seals the first game, winning it 11-3. Abhay Singh retires in the second set, with the Scotland player getting a walkover into the Round of 16.
Indian women’s team beat Guyana 3-0
India’s top women’s table tennis player Manika Batra beat Guyana’s Thuraia Thomas 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 in the singles match. Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison won the doubles category match and Reeth Tennison also beat Chelsea Edghill 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 to take the tie 3-0.
Women’s Team Quarter-final – India lost to Malaysia 2-3
Reeth Tennison/Sreeja Akula lose 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11 to Karen Lyne/Li Sian Alice. Manika Batra beats Ying Ho 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3. Sreeja Akula beats Li Chang 11-6, 11-6, 11-9. Manika Batra loses 6-11, 3-11, 9-11 to Karen Lyne. Reeth Tennison loses to Ying Ho 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11.
Indian Men’s team defeated Northern Ireland 3-0
Indian duo of Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai gave India a 1-0 lead in the men’s team match against Northern Ireland. They won the doubles match 11-3, 9-11, 11-6, 11-1 against James Skelton and Owen Cathcart. Sanil Shetty beat Paul McGreery and Harmeet Desai beat Owen Cathcart over five games
Hussam Uddin Mohamed wins to reach round of 16
Indian boxer Hussam Uddin Mohamed beat South Africa’s Amzolele Dyeyi by a unanimous 5-0 scoreline in the round of 32 match in the featherweight category at Birmingham 2022. The Indian will go up against Md Salim Hossain from Bangladesh.
Lovlina Borgohain went through to the quarter-finals in the women’s light middleweight 70kg category. She comprehensively beat New Zealand boxer Ariane Nicholson 5-0 by unanimous decision to sail through at the National Exhibition Centre.
Sanjeet Kumar lost by split decision to Samoa’s Ato Leau Plodzicki-Faoagali in the men’s 92kg heavyweight and was eliminated.
Defending champions India eased into the quarter-finals as they floored Australia and Sri Lanka to top Group A of the Commonwealth Games 2022 mixed team badminton event on Saturday.
India defeated Australia 4-1
India rested their highest-ranked men’s player Lakshya Sen for the tie against Australia and world championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth opened the proceedings with a straightforward 21-14, 21-13 win over Ying Xiang Lin.
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu was next to take the court and steamrolled the challenge from world No. 74 Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen to win 21-10, 21-12.
B Sumeeth Reddy replaced Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to partner Chirag Shetty in the men’s doubles match. The duo defeated Tran Hoang Pham and Jack Yu 21-16, 21-19 to help India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie.
The women’s pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Indian legend Pullela Gopichand, was pegged back by Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville as India lost its first match in the group stage 21-13, 21-19.
B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa restored normalcy and beat Ying Xiang Lin and Gronya Somerville 21-14, 21-11 to help India clinch the tie 4-1.
India defeated Sri Lanka 5-0
Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa give India 1-0 lead in the badminton mixed team tie against Sri Lanka. They won 21-14, 21-9. Lakshya Sen, beat Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne 21-18, 21-5 in the men’s singles round. B. Sumeeth Reddy and Chirag Shetty win men’s doubles match in mixed team event against Sri Lanka 21-10, 21-13. Aakarshi Kashyap won the women singles 21-3, 21-9.
Kushagra Rawat finished with a time of 1:54.56 at eighth in heat 3 of the men’s 200m freestyle event. Rawat, as a result, has failed to qualify for the final.
100m backstroke – Final
Srihari Nataraj finishes fourth after 50m. However, at the end of 100m, he is seventh at 54.31 seconds, with a better timing than that he had at the Olympics (54.33 seconds)
Wales’ Laura Daniels beat Tania Choudhury 21-10 after 20 ends as the Indian player’s winless run in the women’s singles category at the Commonwealth Games 2022 continued on day 2.
Men’s triples team took an early lead against Malta but ended up finishing the match as a 16-16 draw after the 18 ends.
Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar featured in Indian men’s pairs team’s 13-10 victory against Cook Islands in lawn bowls at CWG 2022.
The women’s fours went through to the quarter-finals of the lawn bowls competition at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Friday. The team of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Tirkey beat Canada 17-7 in their final sectional match to finish second in section D. India had also beaten the Cook Islands while losing to England, the section toppers.
Mayuri Lute finished 20th and Triyasha Paul finished 23rd in cycling women’s sprint qualifying as both Indian riders face elimination from this category of CWG 2022. Mayuri Lute finished with a time of 11.542s and Triyasha Paul was timed at 11.813s.
Meenakshi finished 15th in qualifying with a time of 3:49.596 in the women’s 300m individual pursuit at Birmingham 2022 and won’t be featuring in the finals.
India’s Vishavjeet Singh and Dinesh Kumar finished 18th and 19th respectively and are eliminated from the men’s 4000m individual pursuit at Birmingham 2022. Vishavjeet Singh notched up the distance in 4:36.709 and Dinesh Kumar finished with a time of 4:37.066 as the pair were at the bottom of the rankings.
David Beckham and Esow Alban will feature in the first round repechages in the cycling men’s keirin event after they finished fourth and third respectively in their heats. Later on David Beckham and Esow Alban finished second in their respective first round repechages heats in the men’s keirin category and fail to qualify for the next round
Nitender Singh Rawat recorded a time of 2:19:22 to finish 12th in the Men’s Marathon. He was 8:27 minutes behind the leader and more than three minutes slower than his personal best.
India’s Pranati Nayak qualified for the vault final after she finished second in the event.
Shannon Archer of Scotland topped the vault apparatus with an average of 13.500.
However, with only the top eight progressing further to the next round in apparatus events, Pranati Nayak’s fellow compatriot Protistha Samanta missed out as she finished 10th with an average of 11.950 in the vault event.
Ruthuja Nataraj qualified in the women’s all-around final courtesy of finishing 16th in the field of 30 gymnasts. The top 18 gymnasts (maximum two per country) make it to the medal round in the all-around event in artistic gymnastics.
Pranati Nayak, who also performed on all four apparatuses, scored a combined 43.500 points. Protistha Samanta competed only in vault apparatus.
In the women’s team category, the trio of Pranati Nayak, Protistha Samanta and Ruthuja Nataraj bowed out after finishing last with a combined score of 102.650 among nine teams.
In the men’s artistic gymnastics at Birmingham 2022 on Friday, Yogeshwar Singh was the only Indian to progress to the finals after he finished 18th in the all-around event.
The Indian women’s hockey team continued its winning streak at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a dominating 3-1 victory against Wales at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre on Saturday.
Vandana Katariya* (16’, 48’) and Gurjit Kaur* (28’) scored the goals for India while Xenna Hughes (45’) pulled one back for Wales.
The Indian women’s hockey team will play world No. 5 England at Birmingham 2022 next on Tuesday.
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