Here is the current medal count on the Day 3 of the 21st edition of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday. With four Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze, India are currently fourth on the table. Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala won gold for India. Sivalingam retained his gold medal in the 77-kg weightlifting event.
The following is the current top-10 positions in the medal tally on Day 3. The list is in the order of rank, nation, gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal and total medals.
(Medals tally updated at 1640 IST on Day 3, on April 7, 2018)
Indian Medal Winners on Day 3
Sathish Kumar Sivalingam
Indian weightlifters continued to dominate at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia’s Gold Coast with the veteran Sathish Kumar Sivalingam winning a Gold in the men’s 77-kg event here on Saturday. Sivalingam won the third gold medal for India in weightlifting as he lifted 317 kg in total, 144 kg in Snatch and 173 kg in Clean-and-Jerk in Men’s 77 kg weightlifting event here. It is his 2nd consecutive gold medal at Games, as he secured the gold in Glasgow in 2014, as well.
It is India’s 5th medal so far in Commonwealth Games 2018, and all of them have come in weightlifting so far. He faced a stiff competition from England’s Jack Oliver who remained in the second position, after a difficult clean-and-jerk round. England’s Jack Oliver took silver with a total of 312 kg while Francois Etoundi ensured bronze for hosts Australia with 305.
Sanjita Chanu & Deepak Lather
Indian women’s lifter Sanjita Chanu, from Mizoram, followed on the footsteps of Mirabai Chanu and won gold in the 53kg category. The second medal, a bronze though, was pocketed by male lifter Deepak Lather in the 69kg category. Interestingly, it was Lather’s birthday on Friday and he couldn’t have had any better gift than that bronze medal.
Though, it was Sanjita who added a gold to India’s medal tally on Friday by dominating the Carrara Arena. She created a Commonwealth Games record by lifting 84 kg in Snatch. By doing that, she also broke Swarti Singh’s Games record of 83 kg created in the last edition of the Games. When she reached the clean and jerk stage of the competition, Sanjita was as smooth as she was during Snatch.
Very much like Mirabai, she began by opting to lift 104 in her first attempt, a weight none of the other opponents had opted for. She bettered the next attempt by lifting 108kg and failed in third while trying 112kg. Papua New Guinea lifter Loa Dika Toua, who clinched the silver, accumulated a total of 182, 10kg less than Sanjita in the final total. Canada’s Rachel LeBlanc-Bazinet took the bronze at 181 kg.
In the men’s 69 kg, Deepak Lather missed the silver by a whisker. Having lifted 155, 159 in his first two attempts of clean & jerk, he failed in the final attempt of 162 kg. Had he completed that lift, he could have totalled 298 kg, and which could have forced the Sri Lankan lifter to take the Bronze. But that was not to be and India collected their first bronze through Lather.
The only disappointment for India in weightlifting proved to be Saraswati Rout, who despite being pitted as a medal contender in the women’s 58 kg, failed miserably in all her snatch attempts. Because of that, she did not feature in the next leg of the competition – clean and jerk.
India thrash Malaysia 4-1 in Women’s Hockey
If these were the two medal winners, India otherwise experienced a mixed day in Gold Coast. In hockey, India women’s team made a U-turn and beat Malaysia 4-1. After the blip against Wales, where India conceded three late goals and rued a 2-0 lead, Friday saw them maintaining their tempo.
Talking of racquet sports, India carried their winning momentum from yesterday and thrashed the Scots 5-0 in the team event in badminton. Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy, men’s doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and the Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy did not lose a game and brushed aside the Scottish challenge.
From the squash court, India’s best medal hope Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost her Round of 16 match against England’s Alison Waters. Pallikal Lost in straight games. On the other hand, Joshna Chinappa won her Round of 16 tie against Australian Tamika Saxby. There was some disappointment as well as India’s male squash player Vikram Malhotra lost to English opponent Nick Matthew 3-1. Vikram lost the first game, pulled the next one back but conceded the following two to bow out of the Games.
Boxing is another sport in which India remains highly confident of picking up quite some medals. And as far as India’s campaign was concerned, it was on track. Indian pugilist Naman Tanwar cruised to the quarterfinals of the 91kg category defeating Tanzania’s Haruna Mhandu. Tanwar boxed with confidence and faced no competition from his opponent. He dropped down his guard and landed telling blows to win the bout with a unanimous decision. Later, in the 46-49kg category, India’s Amit Kumar too crafted her way to the quarters. Like Tanwar, he too beat the Ghanian opponent and won by a unanimous decision.
A record-smashing Mirabai Chanu and a perseverant P Gururaja claimed gold and silver respectively as weightlifters lived up to the pre-event hype by delivering opening-day medals for India while star badminton players added to the cheer by making a winning start in the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Thursday.
Chanu smashed the Games records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold-medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from the Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Chanu managed to lift 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.
“I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can’t put in words, how it feels right now,” an exhausted but jubilant Chanu told PTI.
Earlier, Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal.
The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day of competitions.
“After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country,” he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments.
M Raja (62kg) was the third weightlifter in contention today but he lost out to much superior competition and finished sixth overall with a total effort of 266kg (116kg+150kg).
Weightlifting was not the only reason why India could boast of a good opening day. The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.
Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on the court as well and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.
She was later in action against Pakistan as well and was her usual clinical self against Mahoor Shahzad, claiming a straight-game triumph in 26 minutes to ensure that India had a winning day to celebrate.
Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) was the lone boxer in action today and the 2010 CWG gold-medallist hammered Nigeria’s Osita Umeh to move into the pre-quarterfinals. The former Asian medallist won on a unanimous decision.
On the squash court, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa, who would be defending their women’s doubles gold medal, made winning starts in their singles competitions.
While Pallikal got the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Charlotte Knaggs, Chinnappa sailed past Papua and New Guinea Lynette Vai.
But Saurav Ghosal’s shock 2-3 defeat to Jamaica’s Chris Binnie came as a massive shocker even though Harinder Pal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra won their respective opening matches.
“It’s hard because this is the biggest thing for us squash players and I planned a lot over the last year and put in a lot of hard work. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out and it’s something I have to live with for the rest of my life,” the dejected world No.13 Ghosal said after the loss.
“It wasn’t the best match to play from the first point. It was not the way I was taught to play squash. I guess you have to find a way whatever circumstances you are in, but I couldn’t find that way to win,” he added.
The table tennis players got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women’s team defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The men’s team blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 before beating Northern Ireland by a similar margin.
Apart from Ghosal, the other major disappointment was the women’s hockey team’s stunning 2-3 defeat against Wales in its lung-opener.
In the swimming pool, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the 50m men’s butterfly event but could not make the final, finishing 15th overall. Sajan Prakash failed to even make the semifinals in the same event.
The Indians were not much of a force on the cycling track either, finishing sixth in the Women’s Team Sprint, which ruled them out of medal contention. The men’s team did even worse, finishing seventh in their competition.
(With PTI Inputs)