CWG 2018: Gold rush for India on penultimate day
Gold Coast (Australia): Indian athletes clinched as many as eight gold medals on the penultimate day of the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) being held in Gold Coast in Australia.
India has 59 medals in total with 25 gold medals in the games so far. India has won 16 silver and 18 bronze medals till now at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
Star Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom won gold in the women’s 48 kilogram category by defeating Kristina O’Hara of Northern Ireland by a unanimous 5:0 verdict to take the title.
Neeraj Chopra won the men’s Javelin title at the games and became the first Indian to do so in the history. Neeraj registered his season’s best performance of 86.47 metres in the final.
Boxer Gaurav Solanki won gold medal in the men’s flyweight (52 kilogram) category. Solanki won a tough, fast paced, tactical battle by a split 4:1 verdict against the impressive Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland in the final.
Meanwhile, India’s Manish Kaushik had to be content with silver in the men’s lightweight (60kg) division.
Indian wrestlers did the nation proud as Sumit Malik won the 125 kilogram freestyle title while Vinesh Phogat took women’s 50kg gold. Sumit won all his four bouts in the Nordic (round robin) format to emerge champion. Korey Jarvis of Canada got the silver while Pakistan’s Tayab Raza took the bronze.
Among the women, Vinesh won gold in the 50kg competition as she ended at the top of the standings at the end of the Nordic format. Vinesh defeated Miesinnei Genesis of Nigeria, Rupinder Kaur of Australia and Canada’s Jessica MacDonald.
Meanwhile, Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik took the bronze medal in the women’s 62kg category.
Indian paddler Manika Batra clinched a gold medal in the women’s singles category at the games. Manika outplayed Mengyu Yu of Singapore 4-0 (11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) to clinch the gold medal. This is India’s first ever gold in the women’s singles event at the CWG.
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan defeated Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon in the 75kg category final to clinch the eighth Gold of the day for the country. Vikas won by a 5:0 unanimous verdict against Ntsengue in a close contest which saw both the boxers claiming to have won the bout before the referee’s verdict. It was Vikas’ first medal at the CWG.
(With IANS Inputs)