Highlights, Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast, Day 8: Wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware win gold; India claim two medals in athletics

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Highlights, Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast, Day 8: Wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware win gold; India claim two medals in athletics
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    That's it from us. Before we end the blog, here's a quick wrap:

    Sushil Kumar exceeded expectations to win gold in the freestyle wrestling 74 kg category. Fellow wrestler Rahul Aware earlier won India’s first gold medal of the day in the men’s freestyle 57 kg category.

    Other medals include Tejaswini Sawant's silver medal in 50m Rifle Prone, while Babita Phogat also claimed silver in the women’s freestyle 53 kg Nordic wrestling category. 

    In discus throw finals, Seema Punia won a silver, while Navjeet Dhillon got the bronze. 

    Also, take a look at the medal tally: https://www.firstpost.com/commonwealth-games-2018/medal-tally/

    Thanks for following our blog. We'll be back tomorrow. Take care! 

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    FT: India 0-1 Australia

    It’s not all over; huge amount of positives. There is a massive difference in the team that went to Rio and what we have seen at the CWG. Harendra needs an attacking midfield that has the legs and the power to find the player up front. The middle half lacked for India. Yet they had the chances. Defended stoutly; great future. We now look forward to the bronze medal match.

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    Two sharp misses by India in the last two minutes. India couldn’t find the equaliser. No doubt, Australia was the better team. But you had the feeling that India were scattered in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. They needed to regroup and they didn’t. They came together at the end of the 4th quarter. But that was also because Australia yielded space. India could have gone closer, that would remain with them. Still a good campaign as India will fight it out for a bronze.

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    Three penalty corners blown by India. Not done in a semi-final. Australia lead 1-0. India could have easily equalised. But the belief seems to be slipping. India looked tired. Do they have enough strength for a few final assaults? They can if they build up to it. It’s a great opportunity for an equaliser. Create it.

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    Just 15 minutes to salvage something from this match. They began well. But crumbled later. Not in terms of goals but structure. They are defending and defending. Need to make some inroads into the Aussie striking circle. Australia lead 1-0.

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    GOAL! Australia 1-0 India

    One mistake and India concede. High ball and Stewart connects and the ‘tennis volley’ goes in; lovely goal. But it could have been avoided. India making too many mistakes. Giving away the ball too easily. If India don't get some control back, there could be trouble.

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    India needs to give the ball early. Pressure from Aussies is making India commit mistakes in the midfield and just outside the striking circle. As a counter measure if India can just stretch the flanks, Australia could be surprised. It’s goalless in the 3rd Q. Australia will come strongly now.

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    And that’s the end of second quarter. India defending in numbers and attacking towards the end of second quarter. But Australia has the edge. They still haven’t got the Indian defence breaking. Goalkeeper Savita has come up with three penalty corners. In the 1st quarter, Australia had two penalty corners. India has been resolute but they need a little sharpness upfront. Long shots could also do it.

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    India slightly frustrated; five Indian defenders trying to crowd out one Aussie player. But that leaves gaps which one cross can exploit. India needs to hold the ball and stretch the players; too many coming together.

  • Women's discus throw final:

    Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon fetched India’s first medals from track and field sport with silver and bronze respectively in women’s discus throw. The 34-year-old Seema Punia’s first throw over 60.41m was good to get her the silver medal – her fourth medal in successive Commonwealth Games since 2006. The Haryana girl who is now based in Meerut after the marriage has three silver medals and a bronze from the Games. Her 23-year-old team-mate Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, a bronze medallist at the world u-20 championships in 2014, lifted herself from fourth place by uncorking a gallant effort on her final throw. It went over 57.43m and past New Zealand’s Sostina Hakeai’s 57.16m. Australia’s Dani Stevens retained her hold on gold medal won in Glasgow 2014 with a stunning series of throws, including a Games record of 68.26m to erase New Zealand’s Beatrice Raini Liua Faumuina’s mark of 65.92m in 1998.

Day  report: Indian shooters extended their purple patch as Shreyasi Singh won gold in the women's Double Trap event, Ankur Mittal and Om Mitharwal bagged bronze in their respective men's categories, while star boxer MC Mary Kom (48kg) stormed into the final and the men's hockey team scored a thrilling win over England. The badminton, table tennis and squash teams had a satisfactory day at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

Shreyasi edged out Emma Cox of Australia in a shoot-off to win the title after both shooters had finished the final round on 96 points each.

 Highlights, Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast, Day 8: Wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware win gold; India claim two medals in athletics

File image of the India women's hockey team. Image credit: Facebook/Hockey India

Varsha Varman, the second Indian in the fray, missed out on the bronze by a narrow margin. She scored 86 to finish fourth, just a single point behind bronze medallist Linda Pearson of Scotland.

Among the men, Mittal took bronze in men's Double Trap and Om finished third in men's 50m pistol.

In boxing, India were assured of nine medals which is their best tally at the Commonwealth Games.

Boxers Gaurav Solanki, Vikas Krishan Yadav and Manish Kaushik entered the semi-finals while MC Mary Kom stormed into the final, even as Sarita Devi and Pinki Rani crashed out.

Gaurav defeated Charles Keama of Papua New Guinea in a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the quarter-finals of the men's flyweight (52kg) category while Vikas coasted to an easy win over Benny Muziyo of Zambia in the 75kg category. Manish also advanced, defeating Calum French of England in 60kg.

In the women's category, five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom defeated Anusha Dilruksh of Sri Lanka.

Gaurav came up with an impressive performance against three-time Oceania champion Charles Keama of Papua New Guinea to claim a well-deserved victory.

Vikas also registered a comfortable 5:0 victory over Benny Muziyo of Zambia in the last eight stage.

The duo thus confirmed another couple of medals to the Indian tally as every boxer in the last-four stage is assured of a spot on the podium.

In badminton, India's star singles shuttlers and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa advanced to the pre-quarterfinals.

Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu thrashed Fiji's Andra Whiteside 21-6, 21-3, while 2012 bronze medallist Saina Nehwal routed South African Elsie De Villiers 21-3, 21-1.

Three-time World championship medallist Sindhu will meet Wendy Chen Hsuan-yu in the next round, while Saina's challenger will be Jessica Li of the Isle of Man.

In the men's singles Round-of-32, HS Prannoy beat Mauritius' Jean Paul Christopher 21-14, 21-6, while Kidambi Srikanth beat Mauritius' Aatish Lubah 21-13, 21-10.

On Thursday, Prannoy will battle it out with Anthony Joe, while Srikanth will face Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka.

The mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini beat England's Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh 21-17, 21-16.

The Indian pair will meet Canada's Kristen Tsai and Nyl Yakura on Thursday for a place in the quarters.

With inputs from IANS

 

Updated Date: Apr 12, 2018 21:16:01 IST



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