A blistering and much talked about opening ceremony at the monumental Carrara Stadium, the day 1 of the 21st edition of Commonwealth Games began with Indian badminton side locking horns with the mighty Sri Lankan in mixed team action.
The Pullela Gopichand coached Indian Badminton dugout include household names such as the 2016 Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, 2012 London Bronze Medallist Saina Nehwal and World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth.
Along Gopichand’s iconic trio of badminton stars, the Indian badminton contingent has also come up with promising prospects such as youngsters Satwik Reddy and Chirag Shetty.
While badminton team started their medal conquest with neighbours Sri Lanka, India women’s hockey team are facing an intense battle with Wales in the meanwhile on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.
Registering the first win on Day 1 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Pranaav Jerry Chopra edge past their Sri Lankan opponents in mixed doubles.
Chanu registered 86 kg in the snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 196 kg. Marie Hanitra of Mauritius finished a distant second with a total of 170 kg while Dinusha Gomes of Sri Lanka took bronze with 155 kg.
Chanu won the first gold for India at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games with a power-packed performance in the women’s 48-kilogram category here on Thursday. The Manipuri powerhouse left the competition far behind by setting Games records in the snatch, clean and jerk as well as the total.
India gets its first GOLD! Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has won India’s first gold in weightlifting at Gold Coast!
Continuing their brilliant run in weightlifting sports, Manipur, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has successfully reset the Commonwealth games record.
Swimmer Virdhawal Khade got his ticket to the semi-finals in the men’s 50-metre butterfly at Gold Coast. Virdhawal Khade was alongside his counterpart Sajan Prakash, in Heat 5 at the Optus Aquatic Centre improved his sluggish start to finish fifth. Khade, who was in lane 6 got the fifth spot after being clocked at 24.52 seconds.
In men’s table tennis action, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran defeated Trinidad and Tobago’s Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson. The India duo got the better of Trinidad and Tobago team with 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 scoreline.
Pinki failed to bridge the gap against Katherine Rednall in Women’s Singles Section D. The Indian eventually loses out to the England international 11-21 in Round 2.
For the final match, Sutirtha joined forces with Pooja Sahasrabudhe to beat Badu and Hansani Kapugeekiyana in the doubles action. With the win, India completed their 3-0 moulding of Sri Lanka in the women’s table tennis competition in the 2018 Commonwealth Game at Gold Coast.
After Manika Batra exploits, Sutirtha Mukherjee doubled India’s lead over the Sri Lankan women team with 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 scoreline. Mukherjee defeated Sri Lanka’s Ishara Badu in the second singles tie.
Earlier in the day 1 action, Indian women’s table tennis team floored Sri Lanka 3-0 in their opening game at Gold Coast. Manika Batra got India in a commanding position 1-3, 11-5, 11-3 win over Erandi Warusawithana.
The 17-year old promising lad has set a national record here at Gold Coast in the 50m backstroke. Srihari Nataraj was clocked 56.71 in the 50m backstroke in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast.
In swimming, Srihari Nataraj has been making waves as the 17-year advanced to 50m backstroke semis. Nataraj who bagged all three backstroke events last year at the Senior Nationals turned out as the 15th fastest qualifier.
Following the footsteps of Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, who decimated their opponents with ease, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy eclipsed Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimannage to complete the Sri Lankan whitewash at Gold Coast.
Game set and match for Team India! India thrashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in mixed-team badminton. Overall, it has been a one-sided affair.
Meanwhile in women’s doubles competition, Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy are battling out against Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimannage in the final match of the best of five at Gold Coast. India are already 4-0 up in the tie thanks to some scintillating performances by ace shuttlers Kidmabi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal.
Just 12 minutes! Amalgamating India’s lead over Sri Lanka, Saina Nehwal took her opponent by a surprise as she wrapped up the first game with a 21-8 margin in just 12 minutes. Earlier World No 2, Kidambi Srikanth got the better of his opponent in men’s action.
Coming back to badminton, Saina Nehwal has got the better of Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage. Nehwal gave Dilrukshi a heavy pounding and wrapped up the tie 21-8, 21-4 to help India take 4-0 lead over Sri Lanka at Gold Coast.
Gururaja lifted his level best weight of 111kg before adding 138kg in his third attempt to register a total lift of 249kg. Gururaja began weightlifting back in 2010 and is the son of a pickup-truck driver. The silver medallist at gold Coast comes from Kundapura in coastal Karnataka. The 25-year old clinched gold at the South Asian Games in 2016 and also won gold in Commonwealth senior weightlifting championship.
While Gururaja Poojary got silver, Malaysia’s Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar clinched the gold medal after making history with his record total of lifting 261KG.
Weightlifter Gururaja has cliched the silver medal. Gururaja Poojary, who failed in his first and second attempt to lift of 138kg has managed to open India’s medal tally with a silver!
India have floored Sri Lankan by taking a 3-0 lead over the neighbours. Up next for India is another medal aspirant—Saina Nehwal. The Indian ace shuttler is currently ranked 12th in the BWF World rankings.
That’s it! Its a hattrick of victories for India over Sri Lanka in badminton. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have registered a flawless win over their Sri Lankan opponent to help India go 3-0.
Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are looking eager to add another feather in the badminton dugout. Satwik and Chirag have clinched the first tie with a 21-17 margin.
In Men’s double action at Gold Coast on Day 1, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are up against Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratna and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Enjoying the bragging rights on Day 1, India have already bagged the men’s singles tie and mixed doubled tie in their kitty.
In a nail-biting encounter, Wales have emerged as the winning team. Wales, who are ranked 26th in women’s ranking have stunned ranked 10 India at Gold Coast.
Wales might’ve struck the winner ladies and gentlemen! heartbreak for Indian women’s who fought really well in the final quarter. Natasha Marke has scored the third and knockout blow for Wales.
Team India’s Pinki who is against Kiwi’s Jo Edwards in women’s action is fighting for supremacy in the closing stages on the brink. Jo Edwards leading the tie with 15-18 over India’s Pinki.
Always a favourite in court, World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth was in cruise control against his first opponent for tonight. Srikanth beat Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne21-16, 21-10 in India’s first men’s singles match. Before Srikanth’s exploits, Indian mixed double duo also emerged victorious over their Sri Lankan opponents.
After lifting 107kg in first, Gururaja has hit the ground running in the second with 111kg in his third attempt. The Indian weightlifter in the 57kg category, who failed in his second lift got the better of himself in the third.
Talk about resiliency! Indian women have made an emphatic comeback with another goal. Rani Rampal’s strike from outside has got India on level pegging. The shot took a wicked deflection though.
With Srikanth getting in the groove and Indian women’s displaying an impressive fightback against Wales, Indian weightlifter Gururaja lifted 107kg in his first attempt. 2 more attempts more to follow after Gururaja first triumph in 107kg.
Game on! India women’s team have opened their account but are still a goal behind. Poonam Rani gets his name on the scoresheet for India. Earlier India were 2-0 down when Deepika gave a penalty to Wales.
World No 2 in badminton and India’s prime medal aspirants in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Kidambi Srikanth has kick-started his pursuit to enhance India’s medal tally at Gold Coast.
With Indian mixed double clash against neighbours Sri Lanka coming to a conclusion, the Indian women;’s hockey team are battling a ruthless Wales side who are dominating the initial match proceedings. Wales have opened their account and are continuing to give Indians a hard time on the pitch so far.
In an enchanting seesaw battle where the scoreline read 18-18, 19-19, 20-20 before India turned things around for themselves. Gadde and Jerry took an 11-10 lead in closing stages of the match to register India’s first win in the CWG 2018 over an upbeat Sri Lankan side.
Indian badminton duo in mixed doubles — Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Pranaav Jerry Chopra have registered India’s first win in the ongoing Commonwealth games at Gold Coast. In an enthralling contest, Ruthvika and Pranaav outclassed their Sri Lankan rivals in mere 57 minutes.>