Indian athletes are performing well at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Picking up from a successful outing on Saturday, India managed to add more medals to the tally on Sunday. Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Sheuli won gold in weightlifting and wrote their name in history by making a Commonwealth Games record in snatch and in total kgs lifted.
Boxing World Champion Nikhat Zareen, the Indian women’s cricket team and the Indian men’s hockey team all won their respective contests as well. While on the other hand, there was disappointment in waiting for Indian boxer Shiva Thapa.
Here is a roundup of Indian results on Day 3 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games:
Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins the gold medal in weightlifting men’s 67kg final after a successful combined lift of 300kg, a Commonwealth Games record. Jeremy Lalrinnunga successfully lifted 140kg at the second attempt in the snatch round and lifted 160kg at the second attempt in the clean and jerk round.
Achinta Sheuli secured India’s third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in the men’s 73kg weightlifting event on Sunday. The 20-year-old Achinta Sheuli lifted a total of 313kg (snatch – 143kg; clean and jerk – 170kg) at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Solihull to win his category. The medal was yet another big step forward for Achinta Sheuli, who was forced to take up embroidery to support his family after his father, a cycle-rickshaw driver, passed away when he was young.
Popy Hazarika finishes seventh in the women’s 59kg final. Popy Hazarika managed to successfully lift a combined 183kg in the final of the women’s 59kg category at CWG 2022. She lifted 81kg in the snatch round and 102kg in the clean and jerk round.
Nigerian weightlifter Rafiatu Folashade Lawal won the gold medal after setting the Commonwealth Games record in both rounds, lifting a combined weight of 206kg.
The Indian men’s hockey team started its campaign at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a massive 11-0 win over Ghana in Pool B at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre in UK, on Sunday.
India, ranked fifth, opened the scoring against world No. 36 Ghana in the first minute through Abhishek. Harmanpreet Singh (11’, 35’, 53’), Shamsher Singh (14’), Akashdeep (20’), Jugraj Singh (22’, 43’), Nilakanta Sharma (38’), Varun Kumar (39’) and Mandeep (48’) scored the rest of the goals for India.
With this win, Tokyo 2020 bronze medallists India jumped to the second position in Pool B ahead of Wales, courtesy of a +11 goal difference. Hosts England, with two wins from as many matches, are leading the Pool B points table.
Mixed Team Quarterfinals – India defeated South Africa 3-0
Ashwini Ponappa and Sumeeth Reddy made easy work of the challenge of the South African duo of Elliott and Jordaan, beating them 21-9, 21-11 to wrap the first match for India in this mixed team quarterfinal. Lakshya Sen makes it 2-0 for India as he beats Kakora with absolute ease, 21-5, 21-6. Aakarshi Kashyap defeated South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz 21-11, 21-16.
Tania Choudhury finally broke her duck at Birmingham 2022 in the lawn bowls women’s singles by defeating Shauna O’Neill in her final group stage match. The Indian player comfortably won 21-12 after 19 ends. Shauna O’Neill took the lead of the match in the early stages but the Indian came back strongly after the fifth end to take the victory. Despite the win, Tania Choudhury fails to qualify for the quarter-final.
Indian men’s pair’s team of Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar beat England to finish second in the group on shots difference. The 18-15 win meant that India qualified for the quarter-final of this category in lawn bowls.
Indian men’s pairs team knocked out in the quarter-final
Northern Ireland dominated the Indian men’s pairs team, winning 26-8 in the quarter-final of the category in lawn bowls. Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar began the match poorly and were unable to recover throughout the 16 ends. The Indian men’s pairs team had won three out of the four matches in the group stage at CWG 2022.
Indian women’s fours beat Norfolk Island to enter the semi-final
The Indian women’s fours team lead by Lovely Choubey beat Norfolk Island 17-9 after 15 ends in the quarter-final of the category in lawn bowls. The Indian team took an early lead in the match and dominated until the end.
India’s Yogeshwar Singh scored 74.700 to finish 15th in the artistic gymnastics men’s all-around final. English duo of Jake Jarman and James Hall won the gold and silver medal respectively in this category.
The Indian gymnast’s apparatus scores in the final were 11.500 in floor exercise, 12.900 in pommel horse, 12.350 in rings, 13.200 in vault, 12.050 in parallel bars and 12.700 in horizontal bar.
Ruthuja Nataraj finishes 17th in the women’s all-around final
India’s 18-year-old gymnast Ruthuja Nataraj scored 43.000 in the women’s all-around final at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The performance saw her finish 17th in the category. Nataraj’s individual apparatus scores were 12.950 in vault, 10.000 in uneven bars, 10,250 in balance beam and 9.800 in floor exercise.
Georgia Godwin from Australia won the gold medal in the category, Ondine Achampong won silver and Emma Spence won bronze.
Ronaldo Laitonjam qualifies for Men’s Sprint 1/8 Finals
India’s Ronaldo Laitonjam has qualified for Men’s Sprint 1/8 Finals after finishing 13th (10:012), and will face Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer. In the 1/8 finals he lost to Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer. Ronaldo Laitonjam finished 0.162s behind Matthew Glaetzer. David Beckham and Esow finished 18th and 23rd respectively.
Women’s cyclist Mayuri Lute finished with a time of 36.868s in the 500m time trail final at Birmingham 2022. She was the only Indian in the final and finished 18th with a gap of 3.634s behind the winner.
Kristina Clonan finished with a time of 33.234s, a Commonwealth Games record in the category, to win the gold medal.
Naman Kapil finished 11th in the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying round.
Vishavjeet Singh finished fifth in the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying round at Birmingham 2022 and sealed a place in the finals of the category.
India’s 19-year-old cyclist Vishavjeet Singh ended his men’s 15km scratch race campaign with a did not finish (DNF) result in the final. He featured in the final after finishing fifth in his heat in the qualifying round at the Commonwealth Games 2022.
Corbin Strong from New Zealand won the gold medal with the silver and bronze medals going to John Archibald and William Roberts respectively.
Sajan Prakash out from heats!
In the 200m butterfly, India’s Sajan Praksh finishes fourth in heat 4. Overall, he finishes 9th with a timing of 1:58.99. He is reserve for the final. Qualification Rules: Best 8 athletes progress to the Final. Sajan Prakash will race-off against Australia’s Kieren Pollard in case a spot in the final becomes vacant. Later on he managed to win his Swim-off race and is now the reserves for the upcoming Men’s 200m Butterfly final.
Srihari Nataraj qualifies for men’s 50m backstroke semi-final. Srihari Nataraj finished second in his heat with a time of 25.52s in the men’s 50m backstroke category. Srihari Nataraj qualifies for the men’s 50m backstroke final after finishing eighth with a timing of 25.38.
Nikhat Zareen beats Helena Ismael Bagao (Mozambique) in the third round with the referee stopping the match. She is through to 50kg quarter-finals.
By a split decision, World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa lost in his 60kg Round of 16 bout to Scotland’s Reese Lynch 4-1.
Men’s Middleweight Boxing – Round of 16 – After three rounds, Sumit loses 0-5 to Australia’s Callum Peters, getting eliminated in the pre-quarterfinals.
Sagar Ahalwat, put up a power-packed performance to win by 5-0 verdict against Cameroon’s Maxime Yegnong Njieyo in 92kg+ bout.
Men’s Quarterfinals: India 3-0 Bangladesh
Defending champions India continued their winning run at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with a 3-0 clean sweep of Bangladesh in the quarter-finals of the men’s table tennis team event on Sunday.
The Indian men’s team fielded its top-ranked players Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai for the first doubles match against Ramhimlian Bawm and Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. The Indian TT pair was clinical and won the opener 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-2).
None of the Bangladeshi table tennis players are ranked inside the top 600 in the ITTF singles rankings. Nevertheless, defending champions India kept their foot down with five-time CWG veteran Sharath Kamal defeating Rifat Sabbir 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-2) in the second match.
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, ranked 35th, then brushed aside the challenge from world No. 602 Mohutasin Ahmed Ridoy to win 3-0 (11-2, 11-3, 11-5) and set up India’s clash against Nigeria in the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, India will face a strong challenge from the Nigerian men’s table tennis team which has world No. 15 Quadri Aruna in its ranks.
India Women beat Pakistan Women in a must-win match to boost their chances of making the Birmingham 2022 cricket semi-finals. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat but India’s bowlers made them regret that decision pretty early. Renuka Singh Thakur began with a maiden and once Meghna Singh removed Iram Javed, the wickets kept falling for Pakistan bar a short second-wicket stand between Muneeba Ali and Bismah Maroof. Pakistan eventually folded for 99, losing their last wicket on the last ball of the innings.
In response, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma attacked relentlessly in the powerplay, racing to 52 in the powerplay. Shafali fell while going for a cut but Smriti continued to attack and brought up a rapid 50, which proved more than enough to give India victory with eight wickets in hand and more than six overs to spare.
The big win gave them a huge run-rate boost and India now sit atop Group A with two points, level with Australia and Barbados, but with a net run-rate of +1.170.
Joshana Chinappa through to women’s singles QF!
Joshana Chinappa came back strongly after losing that second game against New Zealand’s Katliyn Watts. In the end, she won by 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6 and is through to the squash women’s singles quarter-finals where she will face Canada’s Hollie Naughton.
Sourav Ghosal defeated David Baillargeon of Canada in straight sets 11-6, 11-2, 11-6. He advances to the quarterfinals of men’s singles squash event
India finish 10th in the mixed team relay final
The Indian team of Adarsh Muralidharan, Pragnya Mohan, Vishwanath Yadav and Sanjana Joshi finished with a time of 1:31:43 in the triathlon mixed team relay final at Commonwealth Games 2022 to finish 10th.
England won the gold medal in the category with a time of 1:16:40, Wales and Australia won the silver and bronze medal respectively.