D'Tigers lose again at Commonwealth Games

Randolph Lopez
April 8, 2018

Indian hopes in the individual events now rest exclusively on eighth seed Joshna Chinnappa, who beat Tamika Saxby in straight games.

Day 3 of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 draws to a close and it has been a rather successful day for India.

Guy, who won the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle final on Thursday, is expected to be fit for the rest of his events.

India's Chanu Saikhom Mirabai won gold in the women's 48-kg weight-lifting, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the process with a total lift of 196-kg.

Joshna defeated lower-ranked Tamika Saxby of Australia 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-4). The 21-year-old from Stuartpuram in Andhra Pradesh may have been surprised by how much the Samoan had improved in snatch, equaling his best effort of 151kg on Saturday, but played the pressure game admirably to secure the nation's fourth gold and sixth medal.

Table tennis, hockey, swimming and the mixed-team triathlon are among the sports on the schedule on day three of the Games with Australia looking to add to their 14 gold medals at the top of the table. Blair Evans of Australia took the bronze.

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"I think that these wins in the tournament are important because they give us confidence moving forward, said K Srikanth after defeating Kieran Merrilees in straight sets".

While Lather had luck on his side as his nearest rival fouled the all-important final clean and jerk lift, Chanu had her fortitude to thank as she claimed her second successive CWG gold despite nursing a nagging back problem here.

"I'll go into the final and try to do the same routine as I did today and see what happens". His most memorable display for the crowd, though, was undoubtedly a somersault. "I know that if I didn't have this injury, this would have been a gold medal for sure".

Wilson, an Olympic bronze medalist on the horizontal bar, did just enough to win with a combined 84.950.

Leading New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was a maiden feat for Sophie Pascoe.

The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest meets of 2018 and it features several rising stars as well of a bunch of established names, including Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Isaac Makwala (South Africa), Nijel Amos (Botswana), Elijah Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya), Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) among others.

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