Boxer Naman Tanwar claimed India’s first boxing medal on Friday in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in men’s 91kg category at Gold Coast. The 19-year old was outclassed by his Australian opponent Jason Whateley in the semi-finals of men’s 91kg bout at Gold Coast. Tanwar, who won bronze in the 2016 AIBA World Youth Championship in 2016 was decimated 4-0 by the Australian in the semis. In his road to success at the Commonwealth Games, Tanwar kick-started his campaign with an easy win over Tanzania’s Haruna Mhando by a unanimous verdict. 

Tanwar’s medal hungry attitude served him right earlier as the Haryana boxer had assured his bronze finish at Gold Coast. Samoa’s Frank Masoe was caught by a surprise by Naman, who made a striking difference in his bout with his agile abilities. The Indian boxer had ease-past his opponent 5-0 to confirm his place in the semis. For the 19-year old, the Gold Coast games turned out as the highlight for his long promising career which just took a blistering start with a bronze. The Indian contingent started their Day 9 proceedings at Gold Coast with a gold and silver in women’s 50 m rifle shooting event. Tejaswini Sawant clinches ser CWG record to take home gold while her counterpart Anjum won silver at Gold Coast.  

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Triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been kicked out of the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast for violating the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) no-needle policy. As a result, both the athletes will vacate the Games village with immediate effect and will board the first flight to India from Australia. 

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