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Highlights, Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast: Heena Sidhu wins gold in 25m pistol; Indian boxers shine on Day 6

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Highlights, Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold Coast: Heena Sidhu wins gold in 25m pistol; Indian boxers shine on Day 6
  • 19:24 (IST)

    Day 6 action began with hockey and the Indian men's team played out a hard-fought match against Malaysia and won 2-1.  With that win, India entered the semi-finals of the event. 

    Later in the day, the women's hockey team emulated the same feat and entered the semi-final by beating South Africa 1-0 courtesy a field goal by captain Rani Rampal. 

    The day started off disappointingly for the Indian shooting contingent as Gagan Narang failed to make it to the podium for the first time in his CWG career. Chain Singh came 4th in the same rifle prone event.

    However, the disappointment soon turned into jubilation when Heena Sidhu picked up the gold in the 25m pistol event.

    In squash, India had a brilliant day as Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, not only mounted a successful start to their women's doubles title defence, but also won the mixed doubles matches with their respective partners Harinder Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal. 

    It was an impressive day for India in athletics. Hima Das became the first Indian woman to enter a track final after her speed of 51.53 seconds in the women's 400m was one of the two fastest losers. In the men's 400m event, Muhammad Anas Yahiya ran a dream run in the final, but missed out on a medal by a mere 0.2 seconds. 

    It was a brilliant day for the Indian boxers as Naman Tanwar, Manoj Kumar, Satish Kumar and Hussamuddin Mohammed won their respective quarter-final bouts to ensure India return from the CWG with a rich haul.

    That's it from us for today. Join us tomorrow morning for Day 7 action at the Commonwealth Games 2018


    Muhammad Anas Yahiya misses men's 400m medal by 0.2 seconds

    A mere 0.20 seconds separated Muhammad Anas Yahiya and the elusive Commonwealth Games 400m medal after he turned in another strong performance, clocking a National Record time of 45.31 seconds in torrential rain.

    It was an improvement on his own mark of 45.32 seconds clocked in New Delhi last year. The 32 year old Isaac Makwala (Bostwana) expectedly won gold in 44.35 seconds ahead of his 12-year younger team-mate Baboloko Thebe (45.09) and Jamaica’s Javon Francis, who clocked a season’s best of 45.11 to dash the Indian’s hopes of becoming only the second track star from the country after Milkha Singh to win a Commonwealth Games medal.

    In the event, the 23-year-old Services ace Muhammad Anas covered himself with glory with his consistency and improvements that he showed in each of the three races in Gold Coast.


    Hima Das enters women's 400m final

    Assam teenager Hima Das sent India on wild celebrations after becoming the first Indian woman to enter a track final.

    The 18-year-old sprinter turned quarter-miler clocked a personal best time of 51.53 seconds in pelting rain at the Carrara Stadium, improving on the 51.97 seconds that she had clocked on debut in the event in the Federation Cup in Patiala last month.

    After finishing third in a fast semi-final heats behind Jamaican Anastasia Le-Roy (51.08 for a season’s best) and Botswama’s Amantle Montsho (51.26), she endured a wait for the other two heats to be completed before it was confirmed that she had made the grade as one of the two fastest losers.

    Milkha Singh remains the only Indian individual gold medallist on track in Commonwealth Games.

    Hima Das’ 400m final will be run at 5.15 p.m. tomorrow

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    Muhammed Anas Yahiya finishes 4th

    What a run by Anas! He missed the bronze medal by 0.2 seconds but it's the new national record as well as his personal best.  

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    Muhammed Anas Yahiya finishes 4th

    What a run by Anas! He missed the bronze medal by 0.2 seconds but it's the new national record as well as his personal best.  

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    Alright, now Muhammed Anas Yahiya is gearing up for men's 400 M finals. Can he win India's first athletics medal in this edition of Commonwealth Games?  

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    Hima in finals!

    After running her personal best in the semi-final, Hima makes to the final. What an achievement!  

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    Personal best Hima Das

    51.53 seconds is the personal best for Hima Das as finishes third in the semi-final. We will have to wait and see if she makes it to the final.    

  • 16:59 (IST)


    Victory for Satish Kumar!

    What a win for Satish Kumar. He wins with a split decision of 4-1 against Nigel Paul. He also makes it to the semis and ensures another boxing medal for India.  

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    Satish Kumar vs Nigel Paul

    Satish Kumar is taking on Nigel Paul of Trinidad and Tobago in boxing +91kg quarter-final. He will look to book his place in semis by beating his opponent. 


    Big win for India 

    Close tense encounter but India will be happy to enter the SF. Gurjit’s PC hit the cross piece. But the best moment of the match will remain Rani Rampal’s goal. Great pick up and the best swivel of the tournament till now and the squeeze through into the SA goal. South Africa did try hard and pressed in the last seven minutes but the Indian defence held out.


    Superb victory for India

    India are in the semi-finals of the women’s hockey. They have beaten SA 1-0. Super win. Held out under pressure. Scored a lovely goal. Played with ten on the field in the last 5 minutes. Happiness is Harendra Singh and his Rani Rampal led team. The Asian Champions are now in the last four of the CWG women’s hockey.

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    India beat South Africa 1-0

    Terrific win for India's women's hockey team as Rani Rampal's goal proved to be the difference against South Africa. With that victory, India moved into semi-finals.


    India holding on

    Can India hold out for two minutes? They lead 1-0. SA putting India under pressure.


    India take lead

    India has scored. Vandana through and Rani Rampal turns beautifully and squeezes it into goal. Great goal from the captain. India leads 1-0.


    Time's running out!

    15 mins of action left. Both teams need goals. Will go all out. Win gives SA 7 points. India takes 9 if they win. SA going full press. India should exploit the gaps.  


    India almost take lead

    Oh, that was close. India’s 2nd PC hits the cross bar. India on the offensive now. They are building up. Navjot Kaur couldn't’get hold off the ball. India are getting close. But they need to maintain composure.


    South Africa dominating proceedings

    So much space in the match and India are on the defensive. SA playing aggressively. And they look good. India going flat for a while.

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    India's Manoj Kumar beat Terry Nickolas

    Yet another medal for India in boxing as Manoj Kumar beat his opponent Terry Nickolas in the men's 69 kg quarter-final. He wins the bout by a 4:1 split decision.


    It's 0-0 at half-time

    India having possession in the match but the goals are not coming. India has to move in with 3-4 players and try the penalty corner route. At the moments, the space is there but the shots are from far. India shouldn't’t be playing for a draw. Or even thinking about it. They need a clean goal and then look at the situation and play accordingly.


    India missing a few sharp chances 

    Lovely cross from Deepika wasn’t trapped well. If India doesn’t score, they could be in trouble. A goal from SA and them closing down the defence could make it difficult. On the other hand, if India scores, SA will come out for the equaliser and India will get more space.


    Second miss by India 

    Vandana had the space and no defender. But she delayed the shot. And the defenders swarmed in. India need to score to put SA under pressure. SA coming back into the 2 quarter again. India need to be careful.


    Second miss by India 

    Vandana had the space and no defender. But she delayed the shot. And the defenders swarmed in. India need to score to put SA under pressure. SA coming back into the 2 quarter again. India need to be careful.


    End of Q1 

    Both teams have had a PC each. Vandana missed an opportunity and at the other end, Savita Punia brought off a brilliant save. India have had the major share of the 1st Q but SA has come into the game with some good moves on the flanks.


    What a miss by Vandana!

    It was a Rani shot on India’s 1st penalty corner. Rebound picked up by Vandana but she fires over the cross piece.  


    Positive start by SA

    India needs to make their moves inside the SA circle count. Not to waste any effort moving in. If they can get a goal in the 1st Q. But SA also has their first shot on the Indian goal. Punia saves.


    India women's hockey team take on South Africa

    Good control by India. They are trying to use the short passes to create some moves inside the SA striking circle. SA is a good counter attacking team but India should try for some PC’s as they have Gurjit Kaur to flick them in. India attacking with some venom now.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Hussamuddin WIN

    India assured of a medal in boxing after Hussamuddin beat Mulenga Everisto of Zambia with a unanimous decision of 5-0. 

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    Another tight round

     Everisto showed more intensity but he couldn't dominate Hussamuddin. Let's wait for the results. 

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    Hussamuddin dominate

    The Indian was quite aggressive in the second round. His opponent Everisto was all over the place.  

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    Tight first round

    Hussamuddin dominated in the early stages of the round but did not look very convincing at the end. 

  • 14:53 (IST)


    Mohammed Hussamuddin in action

    Hussamuddin is taking on Mulenga Everisto of Zambia in the men's 56kg quarterfinal.

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    Dipika Pallikal-Saurav Ghosal clinch the tie

    The indian pair maintained their dominance as they won the second game 11-3. With that, they also clinched the match against Pakistan. 

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    Dipika Pallikal-Saurav Ghosal off to a good start

    Top stuff from the Indian pair as they clinch the opening game 11-2.

  • 14:12 (IST)


    It's squash time!

    India's two premium squash players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal will team up against Pakistan's Madina Zafar and Tayyab Aslam in mixed doubles Pool E match.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Take a look at the upcoming events involving India on day 6. 

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    "Indian women don't just believe in winning medals, they like shattering records in doing so"

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    Here's the medals tally:

    India are on third spot after taking 11 gold medals. Still five more days to go so there's ample time to overtake last year's tally of 15 gold medals. India will look to get more medals in shooting, boxing and wrestling.  


    Heena Sidhu silences critics by winning gold

    Heena Sidhu kept her nerve throughout the Russian Roulette of a women’s 25m pistol and shot gold to quell some of the criticism around her selection ahead of the teenager Manu Bhaker for the event. Coming through qualification only in third place, she kept teasing the guillotine and beat Australian Elena Galiabovitch to win India’s 11th gold in this Commonwealth Games and her first individual gold in three editions of the Commonwealth Games. Annu Raj Singh, who was second in qualification, was unable to find her rhythm and went out in sixth place. It is tough to imagine what Heena Sidhu’s scores would have been if indeed the 28-year-old dentist from Mumbai did not shoot in Gold Coast with the sensation of pins and needles in her index finger (the trigger finger) as she pointed out after finishing with a silver in the 10m air pistol two days ago.

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    Heena Sidhu wins gold as Annu Raj Singh finishes sixth

    Brilliant shooting from Heena as she sets the Games record by hitting the target 38 times out of her 50 shots. After winning silver in the 10m air pistol event, she swaps the colour of her medal to gold in the 25m pistol event. Annu, on the other hand, couldn't build on her strong start and finished sixth.

  • 11:26 (IST)



    Heena Sidhu breaks the Commonwealth Games record on her way to clinching gold in the women's 25m pistol shooting event.

  • 11:22 (IST)


    Heena in a two-way battle for gold

    Heena misses two shots as Galiabovitch closes the gap on Heena by a point.

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    Heena increases lead by three points

    Heena misses her first shot but nails the rest to open a three-point lead over Galiabovitch.

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    Heena opens a two-point gap at the top

    Heena only misses her second shot on her way to take a two-point lead as Galibovitch can only find the target twice. Xiu Hong Teh is eliminated after a shoot-off with Eleanor Bezzina.

  • 11:14 (IST)


    Heena in joint lead as Annu is eliminated

    After the sixth series, Heena fires five perfect shots to level with Galiabovitch at the top. However, Annu is successful in only two shots and finds herself eliminated.

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    Heena trims lead at top to two points while Annu battles for survival

    Heena shoots 5 to trim Galiabovitch's lead at top to two points while Annu survives elimination after Malaysian Bibiana Pel Chin Ng shoots a 0. 

  • 11:10 (IST)


    Heena Sidhu second while Annu Raj Singh seventh after fourth series

    After the fourth series in the rapid shooting variant, Heena Sidhu is second with 13 points, three behind Elena Galiabovitch. However, Annu finds herself one place away from elimination after shooting only 11.

  • 11:08 (IST)

    Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh in action in final 

    Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh are in action in the women's 25m pistol shooting final. The first stage — the rapid shooting variant — is underway.

  • 11:05 (IST)


    Naman Tanwar enters semi-finals

    19-year-old Naman Tanwar is in the semi-finals of the 91kg men's boxing event after a unanimous points win over Masoe. His win also assures India of another medal in boxing.

  • 11:03 (IST)


    Naman Tanwar vs Frank Masoe

    That third period was particularly damaging for Masoe. He found himself repeatedly at the end of Tanwar's punches. He was given the count by the referee once in the third period, and dropped his mouth guard once. But the third period was where Tanwar's domination showed.   

Day 5 report: Two first-time gold medals from the men's table tennis team and the mixed badminton team, shooter Jitu Rai's triumph with a meet record and a medal each from Pardeep Singh, Om Mitharwal, Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela took India to the third position in the medal table at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast on Monday.

While the men's table tennis team, spearheaded by Achanta Sharath Kamal, thrashed Nigeria 3-0 in the final, the mixed badminton team outplayed three-time defending champions Malaysia 3-1 in the final, as India overtook Canada in the medal table with 19 medals in total, including 10 gold. India is behind hosts Australia (106 medals) and England (63 medals).

Among other success stories, Manish Kaushik and Gaurav Solanki entered the quarter-finals, while high jumper Tejaswin Shankar and sprinter Muhammed Anas entered the finals on a day mixed day for the athletics contingent.

Shooters, for the second consecutive day, delivered the most number of medals, headlined by Jitu's wire-to-wire victory in the men's 10m Air Pistol final. Jitu created a new CWG record of 235.1 for his second gold medal at the CWG.

Om bagged the bronze in the same event with 214.3. He exited after the 22nd shot of the 24-shot final.

The women shooters also did India proud as Mehuli and Apurvi bagged silver and bronze respectively in the women's 10m Air Rifle event.

Mehuli lost to eventual champion Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore in the shoot-off after both were tied at a CWG record score of 247.2 in the final. Mehuli scored 9.9 while Martina shot 10.3 in the shoot-off.

Apurvi, the defending champion, got the bronze with 225.3.

Smit Singh flunked in the final of men's skeet shooting competition, finishing a disappointing sixth.

In team table tennis, India struck a golden pair as the men emulated the women's effort. The men's team defeated Nigeria 3-0, after beating Singapore in the semi-finals earlier in the day.

Sharath gave India an early 1-0 lead with a thumping 4-1 (4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9) comeback win over Bode Abiodun in the first singles match of the contest.

India's top-ranked singles player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran then doubled the lead with another come-from-behind victory over Segun Toriola 4-1 (10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4).

Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai were assigned to the doubles tie and the duo rather had a comfortable 11-8, 11-5, 11-3 win against Omotayo Olajide and Abiodun Bode.

Sharath had won twice to guide India past Singapore in the semi-finals.

The mixed badminton team also rose to the occasion. World No.2 men's singles star Kidambi Srikanth, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa all winning a match each to power India past Lee Chong Wei-spearheaded Malaysia which was winning gold since the 2006 CWG.

Elsewhere, India completed its weightlifting campaign with nine medals — the last coming from Pardeep's Singh silver in the men's 105 kg category, lifting 152kg in snatch and 200kg in clean and jerk for a total of 352kg.

Other lifters in action during the day, Purnima Pandey finished sixth in a field of eight competitors in the women's +90kg category, while Lalchhanhimi finished eighth in the 90kg category with a total of 194kg.

In boxing, Kaushik overcame Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago in the round of 16 stage of the lightweight (60kg) category, with a 4:0 margin as four of the five judges ruled in his favour while one scored it as a draw.

Earlier, Solanki entered the quarter-finals of the men's flyweight (52kg) category, defeating Akimos Annang Ampiah of Ghana by a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the round of 16.

In athletics, Shankar entered the final of the men's high jump event with a best attempt of 2.21 metres, finishing the qualification stage at the joint fifth spot.

Sprinter Anas entered the final of the men's 400m event, finishing first in the semifinal, clocking 45.44 seconds with a reaction time of 0.132.

Long-distance runner Suriya Loganathan finished outside of the medals in the women's 10,000m final but had a personal best timing of 32:23.56. She finished at the 13th spot.

Tejinder Pal Singh finished a disappointing eighth in the men's shot put final with a best throw of 19.42 metres.

In lawn bowls, India outplayed South Africa 19-7 in the men's Fours round 1, while the women's team lost 15-23 to Fiji in the Triples opening round.

However, there were disappointments on the pool, with Virdhawal Khade and Srihari Nataraj crashing out of the 50m Freestyle and 200m backstroke event respectively.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Apr 10, 2018 19:24:06 IST