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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

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Apr 10, 2018 - 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

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:56 (IST)

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.

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:47 (IST)

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

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:25 (IST)

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.  

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:25 (IST)

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.  

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:19 (IST)

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?  

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:17 (IST)

Hima in finals!

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

Apr 10, 2018 - 17:11 (IST)

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.    

Apr 10, 2018 - 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.  

Apr 10, 2018 - 16:47 (IST)

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. 

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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