By Prarthana Mitra
After setting the victorious note on the first day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, Indian weightlifters followed it up with another set of impressive performances on the second day of the prestigious games in West Coast, Australia.
Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham won another weightlifting gold for India in the Women’s 53 kg category while Deepak Lather brought home a bronze in the Men’s 69 kg.Deepak Lather wins a Bronze in the Men’s 69 kg category. Credit: Twitter/@PMOIndi
Cruising steadily to quarter-finals
The women’s hockey team also revived itself, after losing their first match to Wales yesterday. Registering their first win in the tournament against Malaysia, Gurjit Kaur, Rani Rampal (captain) and Lalremsiami scored four goals in the Group A match which ended with a score of 4-1.Indian Women’s hockey team beat Malaysia 4-1. Credit: Twitter/@iManishPatelBJP
In boxing, Naman Tanwar cruised to the Men’s 91 kg quarter-finals after defeating Tanzania’s Haruna Mhando. Amit Phangal also progressed to the 49 kg quarter-finals after winning by a unanimous verdict against Ghana’s Tetteh Sulemanu.
India remained unbeaten in the badminton mixed team event (group A). After dominating Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Day 2 marked Scotland’s 5-0 defeat starting with Saina Nehwal beating Julie MacPherson in the women’s singles and current World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth winning against Kieran Merrilees in the men’s event.
The women’s doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy got the better of Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O’Donnell, while the men’s doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Patrick MacHugh and Adam Hall. Last but not the least, the mixed doubles combination of Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy triumphed over MacPherson and Martin Campbell.
However, India was knocked out of squash, at least in the Men’s round of 16 singles squash event, after losing to England. In the equivalent event for women, Joshna Chinappa advanced to the quarter-finals after her spectacular performance against Australia’s Tamika Saxby.
In Lawn Bowls yesterday, India beat Samoa 26-4 Men’s (pairs) sectional play.
What to watch out for on Day 3
A crucial match between India and Pakistan’s hockey teams (Men’s) is scheduled for April 7 and the team seems confident about their victory in the Pool B match. As all eyes will be on the men in blue, other major medals are also up for grabs as competition enters Day 3.
Manoj Kumar will represent India in the boxing ring against Tanzania. Pinki will compete in the fifth round of Lawn Bowls Women’s Singles section.
After bringing home (two) gold, silver and bronze medals, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, Vandana Gupta and Venkat Rahul Ragala from the weightlifting contingent will try to further raise the medal tally for India tomorrow. After an eventful Day 2, India ranks fourth on the table.
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