2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, live updates: Lifter Punam Yadav & shooter Manu Bhaker win gold among medal boost on Sunday
Weightlifter Punam Yadav’s began India’s campaign on a brilliant note on Sunday when she won the women’s 69 kg gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. India’s medal bag swelled further when Manu Bhaker won the women’s 10m air pistol gold with Heena Sidhu taking silver. Ravi Kumar also clinched a bronze in men’s air rifle event. Later, Vikas Thakur clinched a bronze medal in the men’s 94 kg weightlifting competition. It is a big day for India as they have won as many as five medals already and looking for more. Get live updates of 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast here. (Medals tally | Live streaming | Full schedule of Indians on Sunday)
15:10 hrs IST: The Indian men’s hockey team’s match against Wales is starting now as well. This is their second Pool B match after drawing 2-2 against Pakistan
15:08 hrs IST: The bronze went to England after beat Australia 3-1
15:05 hrs IST: It is gold medal match time in women’s table tennis. The opening contest is between Manika Batra of India and Tianwei Feng of Singapore
15:03 hrs IST: Indian cyclists Aleena Reji and Deborah Herold crashed out of women’s Keirin first round repechage qualifiers. Aleena finished fourth in repechage Heat 1 after consuming 0.732 seconds more than England’s Lauren Bate, who topped the heat and qualified for the second round. Deborah too had a poor outing, finishing at the penultimate spot in repechage Heat 2. She found herself to be 0.221 seconds more than the topper, New Zealand’s Olivia Podmore. Earlier, Aleena posted time of 17.12700 in 200 metre to stand fifth in Heat 1, 5.773 seconds adrift of the quickest cyclist Natasha Hansen. In Heat 2, Deborah registered a time of 11.801 seconds to stand fourth, 0.451 seconds behind the quickest cyclist Stephanie Morton
15:00 hrs IST: The second fastest man on the planet will have the fastest one cheering for him in the stands at Commonwealth Games’ men’s 100m finals tomorrow. Yohan Blake, whose speed on the track is second only to Usain Bolt, will have his acclaimed countryman in the stands when he attempts to light up the athletics arena in the 100m final tomorrow. “He should be flying in on the eighth or the ninth, one of them. I’m looking forward to it. This morning he messaged me on Instagram and said ‘I believe in you’,” Blake said after his semifinal run, which he topped with a timing of 10.06 seconds
14:55 hrs IST: Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has lost the women’s 69 kg quarterfinal by a split 2:3 decision by the judges. She is out of the event. England’s Sandy Ryan wins on points
14:50 hrs IST: It is over for the Indian women’s basketball team after they lost their third consecutive group match on the trot
14:45 hrs IST:Meanwhile the Indian women’s basketball team lost 55-90 to New Zealand in their final Pool B clash and will take no further action in the Commonwealth Games
14:40 hrs IST: Seema has lifted 84 kg in her third and final snatch attempt!
14:35 hrs IST: However, she has failed at her 84 kg second attempt
14:30 hrs IST: Seema successfully lifts 80 kg in her first snatch attempt of women’s 75 kg weightlifting
14:25 hrs IST: Meanwhile New Zealand lead India 82-52 in women’s basketball. Looks like India are heading for a defeat. The last quarter is being played
14:15 hrs IST: Women’s 75 kg weightlifting has begun
14:05 hrs IST: Seema’s entry weight is 80 kg in snatch and will likely go for 100 kg in clean and jerk
14:00 hrs IST: Seema is definitely a medal prospect
13:50 hrs IST: Women’s 75 kg weightlifting is about to commence in some time
13:40 hrs IST: Can India score a victory against New Zealand?
13:20 hrs IST: The India women’s basketball team is in action against New Zealand.
13:05 hrs IST: Indian gymnast Rakesh Patra finished eighth and last in men’s rings final
13:01 hrs IST: India have so far won 11 medals at the Commonwealth Games – 6 gold, 2 silver and three bronze
12:50 hrs IST: The Indian women’s basketball team will soon take on New Zealand in a Pool B clash
12:43 hrs IST: Indian gymnast Rakesh Patra is currently taking part in the men’s rings final as of now
12:37 hrs IST: India have won five weightlifting gold medals so far
12:35 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur added a shade of bronze to Indian weightlifters’ golden run at the Commonwealth Games, claiming third position in the men’s 94 kg by equalling his personal best. Vikas lifted a total of 351 kg (159 kg+192 kg) on a day when Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari broke the Commonwealth as well as the Games record in clean and jerk for a total lift of 370 kg (154 kg+216 kg). The silver went to Canada’s Boady Santavy, who lifted 369 kg (168 kg+201 kg). His snatch effort was a new Games record. For Vikas, the medal was a climbdown from the 2014 edition where he had claimed a silver with a lesser lift of 333 kg
12:31 hrs IST: India’s Tejinder Singh has qualified for the men’s shot put final
12:28 hrs IST: Indian sprinter Muhammed Anas advanced to the semi-finals after winning Heat 4 of men’s 400 metres. Anas registered a time of 45.96 seconds to beat out tough competition from Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald at the Carrara Stadium
12:25 hrs IST: Indian shooters Sheeraz Sheikh and Smit Singh found themselves tottering at the seventh and 11th spots respectively at the end of Day 1 of the men’s skeet qualifiers. Sheeraz shot 25 and 23 in his first two rounds to take his total to 48 while Smit shot 21 and 25 to accumulate 46
12:22 hrs IST: Heena Sidhu following her silver medal said: “I feel good. I mean I was facing some problems before going into the finals and the match, but I figured my way around it, and that is what athletes are supposed to do, fight with the challenges. I couldn’t feel the muscles properly and that is why I lost in the first 5, 50 is about minimum I would have gotten. If I had paid more attention to the gripping I would have given her (Bhaker) more competition.”
The former world number one also spoke about a few injury issues bothering her for a while.
“I had this injury, although I don’t know if you could call it an injury, because it was not really a fall and I did not get hurt or anything, but slowly last year I had my index finger, the trigger finger, it used to tremble. I did a lot of MRIs and physiotherapy, so we understood there was some nerve involvement, and we worked on it. For the past month or so I’ve been having tingling sensations and now it’s pins and needles. It flared up a lot in the last week so I had my physiotherapists come in,” she added.
12:20 hrs IST: Manu Bhaker after winning her gold medal said: “I am very happy… it is my first Commonwealth Games and I won with a qualification record also. The gap between me and the second competitor, that was a huge margin. So it was pleasure winning this medal for India and I am very, very happy.”
12:18 hrs IST: “This is the first time we have beaten England, they are the Olympic champions so we are very happy,” India captain Rani Rampal said after the match. “It’s always a special moment and achievement when you beat the Olympic champions. We’ve had very little chance to compete against them, and today was our day. We had to grab the chances and work hard.”
12:15 hrs IST: Earlier in the day, the Indian women’s hockey team rallied from a goal down to script a stunning 2-1 triumph over Olympic champions England in their third Pool A match. India, aiming to do better than the fifth-place finish at the last two CWG editions, are now second on the points table behind England and look set to qualify for the semi-finals. Gurjit Kaur and Navneet Kaur sounded the board for India in the 42nd and 48th minutes after England captain Alexandra Danson had put her team ahead just 35 seconds into the game.
12:10 hrs IST: Steven Kari of Papua New Guinea lifted 216 kg in clean and jerk (a new Commonwealth as well as Commonwealth Games record) to total 370 kg for the gold!
12:07 hrs IST: Weightlifter Vikas Thakur wins the men’s 94 kg bronze medal! Another medal in the discipline for India!
12:03 hrs IST: Medal confirmed for Vikas but will it be a silver or a bronze?
12:02 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur fails in his final attempt too! He has lifted a total weight of 351 kg which puts him currently in contention for the silver medal. The gold is out of reach
12:00 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur fails to lift 200 kg in his second clean and jerk attempt!
11:58 hrs IST: Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has qualified fastest for the men’s 100m semi-finals after clocking 10.15 seconds in the heats. The former world champion is among the favourites to win the event and re-establish Jamaica’s dominance following the retirement of eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt
11:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile Vikas Thakur is in second position in men’s 94 kg weightlifting
11:53 hrs IST: Despite a good start, Indian shooter Saniya Sheikh finishes fourth to miss out on the women’s skeet bronze
11:48 hrs IST: Meanwhile Vikas Thakur has lifted 192 kg to go into gold medal winning position in men’s 94 kg weightlifting
11:46 hrs IST: Two eliminated meaning that Saniya is in the last four of women’s skeet shooting!
11:44 hrs IST: Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak finishes eighth and last in the women’s vault final
11:41 hrs IST: Very close competition in women’s skeet final. Saniya was almost on the verge of elimination despite a solid start
11:35 hrs IST: The women’s skeet shooting event is taking place at the Belmont Shooting Centre
11:31 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Pranati Nayak is fifth in women’s vault final in artistic gymnastics
11:27 hrs IST: After 10 shots, Saniya is second in silver medal position in women’s skeet finals
11:22 hrs IST: Saniya has shot all six of her targets so far and is definitely a gold medal prospect here in women’s skeet shooting
11:15 hrs IST: And the women’s skeet final is about to start! Saniya Sheikh of India is a medal prospect here
11:08 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur’s entry weight in clean and jerk is 195 kg! Whopping, that is it
11:04 hrs IST: “It is always important to have the first set under your belt. It gives you a lot of confidence going into the second set. It is the hard job done if you win the first set,” Kidambi Srikanth said.“Also, to have a 1-0 lead against them (Singapore), meant that the whole team was not depending on me.”
11:00 hrs IST: “It was expected that we would play in the finals. I never thought they (Singapore) would give us such stiff competition,” Saina said. I was actually happy that I could play the match today and make that winning point for the Indian team.”
10:57 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak is taking part in women’s vault final which is about to begin
10:51 hrs IST: In the overall standings of snatch, Vikas Thakur is second with a best lift 159 kg. The only person above him is Canada’s Boady Santavy, whose lift 168 kg creates a new Commonwealth Games record!
10:46 hrs IST: Vikas lifts 159 kg in his third and final attempt
10:40 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur lifts 156 kg in his second attempt
10:36 hrs IST: “This will be my first Commonwealth Games medal and I am happy to achieve that but gold is what I’m after. I am fighting for 16 years. I know Megan and she will do well. I gave her advice to keep trying. Young people need exposure and preparation,” Mary Kom said after winning
10:30 hrs IST: Vikas Thakur has successfully lifted his entry weight of 152 kg and will now go for 156 kg in his second snatch attempt of men’s 94 kg weightlifting
10:26 hrs IST: Manika batra defeated Kelly Sibley 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in the opening singles while Madhurika Patkar beat Tin-Tin Ho 11-7, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 to extend the lead. Patkar returned to action alongside the experienced Mouma Das in the doubles. They outplayed Sibley and Maria Tsaptsinos to seal the issue for India
10:23 hrs IST: The Indian women’s table tennis team equalled its best ever performance at the Commonwealth Games by reaching the final. India blanked 3-0 England to set up a summit clash against favourites Singapore later today. It is the second time the women’s team have made a CWG final, having made its maiden appearance in the 2010 edition in Delhi
10:20 hrs IST: With the team 2-1 up, all eyes were on experienced Saina to propel India to the final and the Hyderabadi responded in style by thrashing Jia 21-8, 21-15 in a 38-minute contest. India will now take on the winner of the second semi-final between England and Malaysia in the gold medal match on Monday
10:17 hrs IST: Srikanth, the top seed, doubled India’s lead by going past Kean 21-17, 21-14 in a men’s singles match that lasted for 37 minutes at the Carrara Sports Arena. India, however received a scare in the third match of the contest as the men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag went down 21-17, 9-21, 12-21 to the duo of Yong Kai Terry Hee and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
10:15 hrs IST: Srikanth outclassed Kean Yew Loh in the men’s singles match after the mixed doubles duo of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa gave India a winning start. India got to a 1-0 lead after the mixed doubles duo of Satwik and Ashwini overcame a stiff challenge from Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jia Ying Crystal Wong to win 22-20, 21-18 in a 42-minute contest
10:13 hrs IST: World No.2 Kidambi Srikanth and London Olympics medallist Saina Nehwal guided India to the final of the mixed team badminton event, beating Singapore 3-1 in the semi-final. World No.12 Saina’s win against Jia Min Yeo sealed India’s win after the men’s doubles duo of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty shockingly lost the third match of the contest
10:10 hrs IST: India’s Ravi Kumar bagged the bronze medal in men’s 10 metre air rifle shooting competition, shooting a total of 224.1 to finish behind Australian Dane Sampson (245) and Bangladesh’s Abdullah Hel Baki (244.7), who won the gold and silver, respectively at the Belmont Shooting Centre. Deepak Kumar, the other finalist from India, however, was eliminated earlier in the final
10:08 hrs IST: India will face either Malaysia or England in the final of mixed team badminton
10:05 hrs IST: Saina Nehwal beats Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 in 28 minutes to help India beat Singapore 3-1 and enter the final of mixed team badminton, ensuring themselves of at least a silver!
10:03 hrs IST: And Indian boxer Vikas Krishan has entered the men’s 75 kg quarterfinals with an easy 5:0 win over Australian Campbell Somerville
10:00 hrs IST: Time now for some more weightlifting action as India’s Vikas Thakur takes part in men’s 94 kg event
09:58 hrs IST: Indian boxer Vikas Krishan’s men’s 75 kg bout is on right now against Australian Campbell Somerville
09:55 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India are leading Singapore 2-1 in mixed team badminton semi-final and Saina Nehwal is about to win her women’s singles match which means that India will progress to the final, assuring themselves of at least a silver!
09:50 hrs IST: India are now third in the rankings with 10 medals – six gold, two silver and two bronze medals. All medals have come from either weightlifting or shooting
09:40 hrs IST: Indian shooter Saniya Sheikh qualified for the final of the women’s skeet event by shooting a total of 71 to finish the qualification stage in third place. But it was a disappointing outing for her compatriot Maheshwari Chauhan, who finished eighth after shooting a total of 68. Saniya shot 25 in the first round before shooting 23 each in the other two rounds at the Belmont Shooting Centre
09:34 hrs IST: India have won four medals today. One has come from weightlifting and the rest three from shooting
09:29 hrs IST: Another medal for India. Ravi Kumar wins bronze in the men’s 10 metre air rifle event — India’s third medal from the shooting range this morning
09:26 hrs IST: Ravi Kumar assured of a medal now with just three shooters left in the fray in the final of the 10 metre air rifle event. He is in third spot
09:24 hrs IST: Meanwhile Saniya Sheikh has qualified for the final of the women’s skeet competition, qualifying in third position. The other Indian in the competition, Maheshwari Chauhan, bowed out after finishing eighth in the qualifying round
09:22 hrs IST: After 18 of the stipulated 24 shots in the 10 metre air rifle final elimination round, Ravi Kumar is in second spot, in contention for a medal with just four shooters left in the fray
09:19 hrs IST: The field is now pruned to five in the final of the 10 metre air rifle final and sadly for India, Deepak Kumar has been eliminated. Ravi Kumar still in the fray and is in joint second spot Abdullah hel Baki of Bangladesh
09:15 hrs IST: Deepak has responded brilliantly to the pressure situation and is now in fourth position. Ravi is in joined second position in the men’s 10 metre air rifle final. It is a six shooter field now after two rounds of elimination
09:15 hrs IST: Ravi Kumar has hit two good shots and has surged up to third spot now while Deepak is languishing in seventh and a possible elimination from the 10 metre air rifle final
09:12 hrs IST: The elimination round of the 10 metre air rifle final begins and Ravi climbs up a spot to seventh and avoids elimination in the initial stages. Deepak has slid down to sixth spot. The Indians need to raise their game substantially to have a chance of winning a medal now
09:08 hrs IST: Deepak is hitting form now. He climbed up to third and is now fifth after the end of stage 1 of the men’s 10 metre air rifle final. Ravi is in eighth position and is staring down at elimination
09:05 hrs IST: Deepak and Ravi have had a slow start to the final. They are placed sixth and seventh respectively in stage one of the men’s 10 metre air rifle final
09:02 hrs IST: Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar are in action now in the final of the men’s 10 metre air rifle event. Will they add to the two medals won by India from the shooting range (gold by Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu’s silver)
08:55 hrs IST: Indian shooters Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar have qualified for the men’s 10 metre air rifle finals by securing the top two positions. Deepak created a Commonwealth Games record by shooting a total of 627.2 while Ravi secured his place in the final by totalling 626.8
08:45 hrs IST: The Indian women’s table tennis team defeated England 3-0 to enter the final, assuring themselves of at least a silver medal. They will take on Singapore in the final at 2 PM IST
08:35 hrs IST: Mary Kom will face Sri Lanka’s Anusha Dilrukshi in the semi-final on April 11. The Indian veteran is the favourite to claim the gold in her weight category, which would be her third in the last five months. She had won gold medals at the Asian Championships, the India Open before settling for a silver at the Strandja Memorial boxing tournament in Bulgaria
08:31 hrs IST: Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom (48 kg) assured herself of a medal on debut at the Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semi-finals. The 35-year-old Olympic bronze medallist quite literally sailed past Scotland’s Megan Gordon to make the last-four stage with a 5-0 win. Her win assured the Indian boxing contingent of its first CWG medal
08:27 hrs IST: Manu Bhaker was the overwhelming favourite to win the event, having bagged gold medals at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the following Junior World Cup in Sydney. Sidhu too did well to win silver after she was on the verge of elimination at one stage. She had also won a silver at the Delhi Games in 2010
08:23 hrs IST: India’s 16-year-old Manu Bhaker comfortably won the gold in women’s 10 air pistol while Heena Sidhu staged a remarkable recovery to secure silver. Bhaker’s calm and composure belied her age as she shot 240.9 to break the Commonwealth Games record, finishing well ahead of her senior teammate Sidhu, who aggregated 234
08:20 hrs IST: India’s Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu took gold and silver respectively in women’s 10m air pistol final. Bhaker produced a spectacular performance, setting a new CWG record with a total of 240.9 points in the final round. Heena registered 234 to make it 1-2 for India at the top of the podium. Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch took bronze with 214.9 to bring some cheer for the hosts
08:10 hrs IST: Veteran Indian boxer MC Mary Kom entered the semi-finals of the women’s 48 kg with a convincing victory over Megan Gordon of Scotland. The five-time world champion dominated her 18-year-old opponent throughout the one-sided quarter-final to claim a unanimous 5-0 verdict at the Oxenford Boxing Studios. Her entry into the last four stage confirms a bronze medal for Mary Kom. Although she has world titles and an Olympic bronze in her trophy cabinet, Mary is yet to win a medal at the CWG
08:08 hrs IST: Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash qualified for the semi-finals of men’s 100 metre butterfly. Sajan finished second in Heat 2, clocking 54.11 seconds, only behind Australia’s Grant Irvine, who finished with a timing of 53.89 at the Optus Aquatic Centre here
08:05 hrs IST: Imagine this is Manu Bhaker’s first Commonwealth Games and she is only 16! And she has won gold!
08:03 hrs IST:It is confirmed! Shooter Manu Bhaker has won the women’s 10m air pistol gold with Heena Sidhu taking bronze
07:59 hrs IST: Heena Sidhu is now 2nd! And Manu Bhaker top in women’s 10m air pistol event
07:58 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the women’s 10m air pistol finals is taking place with India’s Manu Bhaker at top and Heena Sidhu third
07:56 hrs IST: Yadav had claimed a silver at last year’s Commonwealth Championships, her first event after making the jump from 63 kg to 69 kg category. The bronze medal was won by Fiji’s Apolonia Vaivai with an effort of 216 kg (100 kg+116 kg). Earlier Mirabai Chanu (48 kg), Sanjita Chanu (53 kg), Sathish Sivalingam (77 kg) and Venkat Rahul Ragala (85 kg) had claimed gold medals
07:55 hrs IST: The gold rush continued in weightlifting for India as Punam Yadav added a fifth to the tally with a top finish in the 69 kg category. Yadav, a bronze-medallist from the 2014 Glasgow edition, lifted 222 kg (110 kg + 122 kg) to claim gold ahead of England’s Sarah Davies, who finished with 217 kg (95 kg+122 kg). The Englishwoman went for a 128 kg lift in her final clean and jerk attempt in pursuit of gold but could not complete it and dropped the bar
07:53 hrs IST: India’s Khushbir Kaur finished fourth in the women’s 20 kilometre race walk. She clocked 1 hour, 39 minutes and 21 seconds. Jemima Montag of Australia won the gold with a time of 1:32:50. New Zealand’s Alana Barber got the silver in 1:34:18 while Bethan Davies of Wales clocked 1:36:08 for the bronze
07:50 hrs IST: India staged a late comeback to beat England 2-1 in a a Pool A match of the women’s hockey competition. England skipper Alexandra Danson (1st minute) scored in the opening minute to put her team ahead right at the start. India hit back through Rani (42nd minute) and Gurjit (48th minute) in the second half to claim a hard-fought win
07:48 hrs IST: Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith produced a stunning burst in the final few hundred metres to win the first athletics medal at the Gold Coast Games in the men’s 20km walk
07:45 hrs IST: India’s Manish Singh and Irfan Kolothum Thodi registered disappointing performances in the men’s 20 kilometre race walk. Manish registered a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 22 seconds to take sixth spot. Irfan was even more disappointing, clocking 1:27:34 to finish 13th in a field of 15 athletes. Dane Bird-Smith of Australia claimed the title with a time of 1:19:34. He had to beat off a tough challenge from England’s Tom Bosworth who took the silver medal with 1:19:38. Samuel Ireri Gathimba got the bronze for athletics powerhouse Kenya with a time of 1:19:51
07:41 hrs IST: Indian shooters Manu Bhaker and Heena Sidhu qualified for the final of the women’s 10m Air Pistol event. The Indian shooters dominated the qualification stage, claiming the top two spots going into the final. Manu topped qualification with a total of 388 points. Heena qualified in second spot with 379 points
07:36 hrs IST: Punam Yadav had won a bronze in women’s 63 kg in Glasgow 2014
07:30 hrs IST: While Punam lifted 100 kg in snatch, she lifted 122 kg in clean and jerk
07:25 hrs IST: What a brilliant start to this Sunday with Punam Yadav’s gold, who lifted a total weight of 222 kg
07:20 hrs IST: And Punam Yadav has won the women’s 69 kg gold in weightlifting! India’s fifth from the discipline!
07:15 hrs IST: Punam’s attempt now in clean and jerk
0707 hrs IST: India’s Punam Yadav is in line for a medal in women’s weightlifting 79 kg
07:05 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of Commonwealth Games
In shooting, women’s air pistol hopes will be on Heena Sidhu and teenager Manu Bhaker, in women’s skeet (Saniya Shaikh, Maheshwari Chauhan) and men’s 10m air rifle (Ravi Kumar, Deepak Kumar).
In athletics, India pin medal hopes on their 20km race walkers (KT Irfan and Manish Rawat; Kushbir Kaur and Soumya Baby).
In table tennis women’s team event, India take on England in the semi-final, and if they win, they will battle for gold against Australia or Singapore.
Swimming, the feature event of the games, will see as many as eight gold medals decided.
Hosts Australia led the medals table with 57 medals, 20 of them gold, after Saturday’s events. India were fourth with four gold, one silver and one bronze.