The Indian contingent is going from strength to strength here at the XI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018. India added 7 medals to their tally which includes 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals. The day started with India’s shooters following suit in the 10m air pistol finals after Minu Bhaker and Hina Sidhu won laurels yesterday. Jitu Rai won his second successive gold at the CWG and also set a new Commonwealth record. Teammate Om Mitharval finished third and won the bronze. Weightlifter Pardeep Singh won silver in the men’s 105 kg category as he lifted 352 kg to finish afterSamoann Sanele Mao who lifted 360 kg in total.
The men’s table tennis team won their semi-final match against Singapore 3-2 and then went onto win the finals against Nigeria 3-0 to give India its second gold medal of the day. It was then 17-year old Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela who finished second and third respectively in the women’s 10m Air Rifle finals to ad two more medals to India’s tally.
The day ended with the badminton team winning the much-awaited gold in the mixed team event by beating Malaysia 3-1 in the final. Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth once again starred in India’s victory, as the Pulela Gopichand coached team won its maiden gold medal in this event after thrashing the three-time defending champions Malaysia. This was India’s 10th gold as it finished with 19 medals at the end of the day.
Here are the Highlights from Day 5 of 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia:
5.09 PM IST: There it is! India wins the gold and defeats Malaysia 3-1. everyone deserves high-praise but they all should thank their veteran star – Saina Nehwal! Take a bow! What a great player this woman is. she won 10 straight points after the break to win the set 21-9 and takes the game 2-1. India’s 10th gold medal in this edition of the commonwealth games.
5.04 PM IST: Just two points away from glory and gold. saina is doing it for her team. the moment is not very far then.
5.03 PM IST: Saina is going all-guns-blazing here. she’s taken 7 consecutive points after coming back from the break. the India team is all smiles near the court.
4.57 PM IST: The players take a break with Saina leading 11-9. This match is going down the wire. Both of them are giving a tough time to each other. 1 minute then and the action resumes.
4.46 PM IST: the Malaysian has taken the set from Saina’s jaws. She wins the set 21-19 as action now shifts to the third set. This is going to be an exciting finish. Either of the two can win.
4.43 PM IST: 18-18. The spectators are cheering on as we’re all set to experience a nail-biting finish.
4.41 PM IST: Saina makes it 17-17. This match is still alive and will go down till the wire.
4.40 PM IST: The Malaysian is making a comeback here as she has taken the lead. The score’s now 17-15 in her favour.
4.35 PM IST: Looks like Soniia Cheah has hurt her fingers as she looks in discomfort. A bit of medication and play resumes with Saina in the lead.
4.30 PM IST: The players go into the break with Saina leading 11-10. the Malaysian is giving a god fight here as Saina conceded a lot of points due to over-aggression. If she manages to control her emotions here, it’ll be gold al the way for her team. Second-half then, here we go!
4.20 PM IST: We’re into the second set now and its 1-1 at the moment. If Saina wins this one, it’l be a gold for India in the mixed Team event.
4.17 PM IST: Saina Nehwal does an Unbelievable act here. Going into the break she was 9-1 down, but after that 1-minute interval, she’s come back and taken 12 points straight to win the set 21-1. former World no. 2 proves why one can never rule her out.
4.11 PM IST: Meanwhile in weightlifting, India’s Gurdeep Singh is out of contention for a medal in the men’s 105 kg+ weightlifting final. he’s lifted a total of 382 kg (175 kg + 202 kg). Pakistan’s Muhamad But curently leads the charts with a total of 395.
4.08 PM IST: India goes into the break with Malaysia’s SoniiaCheahh leading by 11-9 against Saina Nehwal in the first set.
4.04 PM IST: Its 6-6 in the women’s singles as Saina scores two-back-two points.
3.58 PM IST: GOLD!! There it is. the men’s team has won a gold in Table tennis by defeating Nigeria 3-0 in the final. The Men’s team followed suit after the women’s team won gold by defeating Singapore in the final yesterday.
3.51 PM IST: First points for Malaysia in the match as they snatch the men’s doubles match from India. the score is 2-1 in India’s favor. But one has to applaud the efforts of Satvik Reddy and Chirag Shetty as they gave a tough time to their opponents. The onus will now be on Saina Nehwal to deliver in her women’s singles match against Soniia Cheah and clinch the gold forIndia.
3.48 PM IST: Its 20-20 with the match point to India. This could be another gold at this very moment if Indian pair takes two points here.
3.46 PM IST: the Malaysian duo will not go down without a fight. Its 17-17 in the second set.
3:32 PM IST: India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar are off to brilliant start. They win three back-to-back points.
3:30 PM IST: LOSE!!! Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lose first game 15-21 against Malaysia’s V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan in Match 3.
3:25 PM IST: Malaysian pair are three points away from winning the opening game.
3:22 PM IST: Malaysia take 13-10 lead in the opening game of Match 3 against India.
3:16 PM IST: The Indian pair makes a strong comeback to make it 8-11 as they go off for a break
3:12 PM IST: Three-back-to-back points for Malaysia.
3:17 PM IST: Table Tennis Gold Medal Match: India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran draws level by beating Nigeria’s Segun Toriola 11-3 in the second game of Match 2.
3:15 PM IST: India take 5-3 lead against Malaysia.
3:11 PM IST: Next up for India will be India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty taking on Malaysia’s V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan in Match 3.
3:02 PM IST: WIN!!!!!! Kidambi Srikanth beats Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei 21-17, 21-14 to give India a 2-0 lead in the mixed team gold medal badminton match.
3:01 PM IST: Table Tennis Gold Medal Match: Sharath Kamal gives India 1-0 lead vs Nigeria by beating Bode Abiodun 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 in the opening match.
3:00 PM IST: Wonderfully picked by Kidambi. The Indian shuttler takes 18-12 lead against Lee Chong Wei.
2:58 PM IST: Superb smash from Lee Chong Wei. Kidambi still leads 16-12.
2:55 PM IST: Excellent shot from Kidambi. The Indian shuttler is cruising towards victory. He leads Lee Chong Wei 15-10.
2:51 PM IST: At the mid-break of the second game, Kidambi Srikanth leads 11-5 against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.
2:51 PM IST: Table Tennis Gold Medal Match: India’s Sharath Kamal takes 2-1 lead vs Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun by winning the 3rd game of the opening match 11-4
2:50 PM IST: Excellent drop shot from Kidambi and he takes a 10-5 lead against Lee Chong Wei.
2:48 PM IST: Brilliant work from Kidambi Srikanth. Two back-to-back points for him. He leads Lee Chong Wei 9-5.
2:44 PM IST: Table Tennis Gold Medal Match: India’s Sharath Kamal draws level vs Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun by winning the 2nd game of the opening match 11-5.
2:41 PM IST: WIN!!! Kidambi Srikanth beats Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei 21-17 in the opening game of Match 2.
2:40 PM IST: Table Tennis Gold Medal Match: India’s Sharath Kamal loses the 1st game of the opening match 4-11 to Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun.
2:39 PM IST: Lee Chong Wei asks for a review. It is unsuccessful. Kidambi leads 20-16.
2:37 PM IST: Brilliant drop shot from Kidambi. The Indian shuttler leads 17-15 against Lee Chong Wei.
2:35 PM IST: TABLE TENNIS: India’s Table Tennis gold medal match against Nigeria begins. In the first match, Sharath Achanta takes on Bode Abiodun.
2:30 PM IST: Brilliant smash from Kidambi Srikanth. The Indian leads 14-9 against Lee Chong Wei.
2:28 PM IST: At the mid-break of the opening game, Kidambi Srikanth leads 11-8 against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.
2:25 PM IST: WEIGHTLIFTING: The men’s weightlifting +105kg event featuring India’s Gurdeep Singh starts.
2:20 PM IST: Lee Chong Wei leads the first game 3-2 against Kidambi in the opening game.
2:15 PM IST: Next up for India will be Kidambi Srikanth taking on Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei in Match 2.
01:45 PM IST — Badminton: The formidable duo of Peng Choon Chan and Liu Ying Goh are putting immense pressure on the Indian duo. It was indeed Peng Choon Chan and Liu Ying Goh’s resiliency which snatched the second game from Satwik and Ashwini.
01:40 PM IST — Badminton: India are levelled 1-1 against Malaysia in mixed doubles so far. The India duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa were earlier trailing 9-15 in the second round. They are up against Peng Choon Chan and Liu Ying Goh.
9:40 AM IST — Mehuli’s counterpart in the event, Apurvi shot below 10.0 in the elimination stage for the first time in the women’s 10m Airriflee to settle for a third place. Overall its a double win for India in women’s 10m Air rifle as Mehuli Ghosh claims silver and Apurvi takes the bronze medal.
9:30 AM IST — Silver in Shooting: Mehuli Ghosh has just won the silver medal in women’s 10m Air rifle.
8:40 AM IST — Boxing: Gaurav Solanki has made his way into the quarter-finals of the men’s flyweight (52 kilograms) category at Gold Coast. Solanki defeated Akimos Annang Ampiah of Ghana by a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the round of 16. The Indian dominated the bout from start to finish, using his superior technique and hand speed to force Ampiah on to the defensive for the most part.
8:08 AM IST — Shooting: Om Prakash Mitharwal has won bronze medal while Australia’s Kerry Bell has finished second to9 claim the silver medal in 10m air pistol event.
8:00 AM IST — Shooting: No surprise in this one! Jitu Rai has won the gold medal in 10m air pistol.
7:27 AM IST — Weightlifting: Pardeeep Singh, who was battling with Samoa’s Sanele Mao for the gold medal was forced to settle with a silver medal. Samoa’s Sanele Mao registered a 2 kg lead over Pardeep Singh to finish at the top of the podium.
7:17 AM IST — Weightlifting: First medal for India on Day 5! Indian weightlifter Pardeep Singh wins silver in 105 kg class.
6:30 AM IST — Weightlifting: India’s Pardeep Singh and one of the favourites to land another gold medal in the ongoing Day 5 of 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast is competing in the 105kg event. In Pardeep Singh’s road for another gold in weightlifting stands many barriers, and one of the top names include the likes of David Katoatau from Kiribati and Stanislav Chalaev from New Zealand.
6:20 AM IST — Table Tennis: Taking the second game with a storm is Singapore’s Ning Gao. Gao beat Harmeet 11-9 to hit the ground running for Singapore in the first game. The Singapore international surpassed the Indian challenge 11-5 in the second round.
6:10 AM IST — Table Tennis: Representing India in the semifinals is Harmeet Desai, who is up against Ning Gao in the first encounter. Harmeet Desai is ranked 47 while his opponent is 27th in the paddlers’ ranking.
6:00 AM IST — Table Tennis: After Indian women setting the standards for the Indian contingent at Gold Coast, its time for men’s division to take centre stage. India is locking horns with Singapore at the moment for a place in the finals.
5:50 AM IST — Shooting: Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharwal are hustling hard to seal their qualification in 10m air pistol qualification. Jitu cliched gold in the same event at Glasgow in 2014. Along with the 2014 Gold medallist at CWG, his counterpart Om Prakash is India’s best bid of getting a finish on the podium. In last year Jitu and Prakash lifted India to silver and bronze finish in Commonwealth Championships.
5:40 AM IST — Men’s Skeet qualification: In one of the opening fixtures of Day 5 for India, Sheeraz Sheikh and Smit Singh are competing in men’s skeet. Both Sheikh and Singh are currently eyeing a place in the finals of men’s skeet in the ongoing qualification round.
5:30 AM IST — Hello and welcome to Day 5 LIVE coverage of the ongoing 22nd edition of Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. With 7 golds, 2 silver and 3 bronze, the Indian contingent at Gold Coast have added 12 medals in their CWG medal tally and are currently ranked fourth in the overall standings.