Day 4 was definitely the best day for the Indian contingent so far at the XXI Commonwealth Games here at Gold Coast, Australia; as they added 5 medals to take their their tally to 11. The day started with Punam Yadav’s gold in the women’s 69 kg category as she lifted 222 kg in total, to finish 5 kg ahead of English Sarah Davies. This was followed by another gold, the first from a sport other than weightlifting, and all thanks to Manu Bhaker who finished first in Women’s 10 m air pistol finals, the same competition where teammate Hina Sidhu finished second to give India its second silver. In the day’s final fixture, the Indian women won the finals of table tennis against Singapore 3-1 to give India its 7th gold medal. In the men’s finals of the same event, Ravi Kumar finished third and secured a bronze medal. Not much time passed as India soon bagged another bronze with weightlifter Vikas thakur lifting 351 kg in the Men’s 94 kg final to finish third. Veteran MC Mary Kom won her quarter-final bout and has now secured at least another bronze for India, whereas teammate Vikas Krishnan won his round-of-16 match in the 75kg category.
But the day had a few lows as well. gymnasts Pranati Nayak and rakesh Patra finished last in the finals of their respective events. saniya sheikh finished fourth in the women’s skeets finals, whereas the women’s basketball team lost its match against New Zealand 55-90.
Here are the Highlights for Day 4 of 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast:
UPDATE: Indian women won the finals of table tennis against Singapore 3-1 to give India its 7th gold medal. In the men’s finals of the same event, Ravi Kumar finished third and secured a bronze medal.
02:20 PM IST — Vikas Thakur’s heroics has helped India to go on the 11th spot at CWG medal’s tally. Here’s everything you need to know about Vikas Thakur. Vikas Thakur settles for bronze after Steven Kari goes ‘He-Man’ in the final round
01:20 PM IST — It’s all happening here! Basketball player Jamell Anderson proposed Georgia Jones of Great Britain on the court at Gold Coast. The current England baller Jamell Anderson plays for British club Cheshire Phoenix as a forward and Georgia Jones plays for Manchester Mystics.
01:10 PM IST — Athletics: Indian sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya has finished first in the 400m heat to enter in the semifinals. Anas breathtaking run got him a timing of 45.96 seconds which further confirmed his semi-final spot at Gold Coast.
12:52 PM IST — Shooting: Meanwhile India celebrates Vikas Thakur’s bronze medal win in men’s weightlifting at Gold Coast, Saniya Sheikh has finished fourth and missed out her opportunity if bringing another feather in her cap. Her three bird misses in a row cost her the bronze medal at Gold Coast. The 25-year-old, who hails from Haryana failed to impress in her last two shots and registered a score of 24 out of possible 30.
12:22 PM IST — Weightlifting: Defying all the odds, Vikas Thakur won the bronze medal in men’s 94kg weightlifting event at Gold Coast where he registered his personal best of 351kg. Defying all the odds, Vikas Thakur won the bronze medal in men’s 94kg weightlifting event at Gold Coast where he registered his personal best of 351kg. Thakur recorded 159kg in snatch and 192kg in clean and jerk. Finishing above were Papua New Guinea’s Steven Kari and Canada’s Boady Robert Santavy.
12:12 PM IST — Weightlifting: Another one! Vikas Thakur lifts bronze in men’s 94kg category!
11:30 AM IST — After Abhinav Bindra, former team India cricketer Virender Sehwag congratulated Manu Bhaker and Heenu Sidhu for their gold and silver medal win in Gold Coast 2018 shooting. “Sensational performance from #ManuBhaker to grab the gold in #GC2018Shooting and create a games record , all this at just 16. Quite an achievement. Also many congratulations to #HeenaSidhu on the silver. Daughters of India giving us glory,” Sehwag tweeted.
11:20 AM IST — As Indian shooters continue to shine on Day 4, former Indian Olympian Abhinav Bindra complemented Manu Bhaker and Heena Sindhu. Both Manu and Heena clinched gold and silver medals in 10m air pistol event. “Congratulations to #ManuBhaker for her superb show ! Sincerest compliments to coach @jaspalrana2806 for managing this young athlete superbly to get the best possible outcome,” Bindra tweeted.
11:10 AM IST — Shooting: Indian shooter Saniya Sheikh has entered the women’s skeet shooting final. While Sheikh made her way to the last stage in skeet shooting, her counterpart Maheshwari Chauhan failed to make her presence felt as she missed out the final spot.
11:00 AM IST — Weightlifting: Up next in the sport where 5 gold medallist emerged from India, weightlifter Vikas Thakur will be seen competing in men’s 94kg category. Vikas Thakur of India is in direct competition with Papua New Guinea’s Steven Karl, who won the 2014 championship.
10:40 AM IST — Badminton: With a remarkable set of performances from Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal helped India eas past Singapore with a 3-1 margin in the semis. The winner of the other semi-final between England and Malaysia will face India in the final.
10:30 AM IST — Badminton: Team India have made it to the finals of the mixed team event. Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal got the better of Jia Min yeo 12-8,21-15 to seal India’s place for the final.
09:20 AM IST — Bronze in shooting: Keep them coming! Ravi Kumar has just won a bronze medal in10m air rifle at Gold Coast. Ravi Kumar got 10.2 in his last shot which earned him a combined score of 224.1 in men’s air rifle event.
08:20 AM IST — Mary Gold please? It’s going to be a super Sunday for the Indian contingent folks. Indian boxer and Olympian Mary Kom has been guaranteed a medal after her win over Megan Gordon by unanimous decision.
08:00 AM IST — Gold and Silver for India in shooting! 16-year old Manu Bhaker has won India’s first gold medal in women’s shooting at Gold Coast. While Bhaker clinched gold, her counterpart Heena Sidhu came second and bagged the silver medal in the 10m air pistol event.
07:20 AM IST — Gold for India! Punam Yadav has struck Gold in weightlifting. Yadav’s exploits have come in her 69kg event in weightlifting.
06:50 AM IST — Athletics: Indian racewalker Soumya Baby has been disqualified in her 20km racewalking event.
06:40 AM IST — India beat England 2-1 in women’s hockey: Indian women’s hockey team have completed a stunning comeback against England. Despite being 1-0 down in the first quarterer, Team India have turned things around for themselves by registering a remarkable 2-1 win. Two lethal strikes from Navneet Kaur and Gurjit Kaur were the difference maker for India against mighty England.
06:10 AM IST — Hockey, India vs England: India are making an impressive fightback after conceding an early goal in the initial stages of the match. Their opponents who are Olympic champions in Rio are currently dominating possession.
06:00 AM IST — Hockey, India vs England: England women have started the match proceeding with a bang! After dominating the first quarter and terrorizing the Indian defence, England have scored the opening goal against India.
05:50 AM IST — Shooting: Manu Bhaker of India has broke the CWG qualification record at Gold Coast. The 16-year old smashed the CWG qualification record in women’s 10m air pistol. Bhaker had to shoot 388/400 in order to surpass Dina Aspandiyarova record which she scripted 12 years ago. Bhaker’s counterpart Heena Sidhu shot 379/400 to seal her berth for the finals.
05:40 AM IST — Race Walk — KT Irfan and Manish Singh Rawat are competing today in men’s 20KM race walk. Occupying the seventh place Manish is 0.02 minutes behind front-runner Dane Bird-Smith. Manish’ counterpart Irfan is in the tenth place.
05:30 AM IST — Hello and welcome to Day 4 LIVE coverage of the ongoing 22nd edition of Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. So far India have bagged 6 medals in their CWG kitty.