Indian shooters continue to bring laurels to the country at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
They bagged 2 Gold and 1 Silver medal today, taking India’s overall tally to 16 Gold, 8 Silver and 10 Bronze.
Tejaswini Sawant claimed the first Gold of the day in the Women’s 50 metre Rifle-3 Positions event. Anjum Moudgil won the Silver. It was Tejaswini’s second medal as she had clinched a Silver in the 50-metre Rifle Prone event earlier.
The second Gold came in Men’s 25-metre Rapid Fire Pistol event through Anish Bhanwala, who became the country’s youngest ever gold medallist at the Games at the age of just 15. Neeraj Kumar ended 5th in the event.
With the 16th yellow metal, India has now bettered its Glasgow Commonwealth Games Gold tally of 15.
The medal rush is expected to continue later in the day as well.
Wrestlers Mausam Khatri in 97 kg category and Bajrang Punia in 65 kgs will play in the Finals. They have already assured India of at least two Silver medals. Divya Kakran and Pooja Dhanda will also be seen in action.
Three Silvers were also assured in Boxing after Amit Phangal, Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik entered their respective Finals today. Manoj Kumar, Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar and Mohammed Hussamuddin are also among the Indian pugilists who will look to book a place in the Final of their respective categories today.
In Men’s Hockey, India will take on New Zealand in the semi-finals. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match. It can be heard on the Rajdhani, FM Gold and other channels from 2:55 pm onwards.
In Badminton, world number one Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal secured a place in the Singles semi-finals today. PV Sindhu will play her quarterfinal later in the day. The pairs of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also entered the last-4.
In Table Tennis, the pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das cruised into the Women’s Doubles Final. Two Indian teams also made it to the Men’s Doubles semi-finals, with one pair reaching the last-4 in Mixed Doubles.
In Squash, the duo of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal also secured a semi-final berth.
Javelin Throwers Neeraj Chopra and Vipin Kasana also qualified to the Final. India also entered the Final of Men’s 4X400 metres Relay, with Jinson Johnson qualifying for 1,500 metres Gold medal round.
India continues to be third in the medals tally. Australia is at the top, with England second.