India had an impressive day 8 in the 2018 commonwealth games down under, which saw them adding 7 medals to the tally including two golds. the day started with Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware, Babita Kumari and Kiran breezing through their opening round matches. Sushil Kumar (74kg freestyle), Rahul Aware (57kg) and Babita Kumari (women’s 53 kg) entered the final clash while Kiran fought for bronze in the 75kg women’s division. While Sushil and Rahul were able to clinch gold, Babita lost 5-2 and had to settle for silver. Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon then won a silver and bronze medal respectively after finishing at the second and third spots in the women’s discus throw finals. Shooter Tejaswini Sawant also won silver in the women’s 50m prone shooting event.
The Indian badminton team continued its good run, with everyone progressing to the next rounds of their respective events. Sindhu, Srikanth, and Nehwal all starred as they reached the Quarters of the singles event. Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghoshal moved to the semis. A heartbreaking loss in the day was the Indian women’s hockey team’s defeat to Australia in the second semi-final. They’ll now face England in the bronze medal playoff on Saturday.
Here are the CWG 2018 Day 8 Highlights:
06.11 PM IST | HOCKEY: India lose 1-0! Despite an extended purple patch in the final quarter, courtesy some increased aggression on the field, Indian women failed to equalize Australia’s 1-0 lead and have lost their semi-final clash. Have to say that, the third quarter was the make or break one for both the teams respectively. They’ll now face England on Saturday for the Bronze-medal playoff.
That’s it for India today. Was another brilliant day at the Games for the Indian contingent, although suffering a few defeats.
05.59 PM IST | HOCKEY: India definitely under the pump now. They fail to score on the third straight penalty. But what defending from Australia.
05.57 PM IST | HOCKEY: India miss out on converting the penalty corner, twice!
05.51 PM IST | HOCKEY: End of the third quarter, and it’s safe to say that it was all Australia through the last 15 minutes. India looked clueless without their captain as Australia went 1-0 up. An excellent quarter for Australia as the goal brought their concentration back in the game, after looking a bit erratic in the first half.
05.40 PM IST | HOCKEY: GOALLLLL! Australia score the game’s first goal as they take a 1-0 lead. Grace Stewart with the field goal; meanwhile a green card to skipper Rani as India are again 10 on the field. Pressure building on the blue eves.
05.27 PM IST | HOCKEY: Another goal-less quarter as its halftime in the match. Both sides played attacking, but Australia looked a bit erratic, having lost possession of ball too easily on numerous occasions. Q3 underway.
05.21 PM IST | DISCUS THROW: India’s Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon finished second and third respectively, in the women’s discus throw finals. they add two more medals to India’s medals tally. Dani Stevens from Australia won the gold.
05.07 PM IST | HOCKEY: The 1st quarter is up and the scoreline hasn’t changed from 0-0. Australia got a couple of penalty corners but failed to convert them, as India lost their video referral in just the 5th minute of the match. The attacking mindset of India was pretty clear from the start, making a statement for themselves in this match. 2nd quarter underway.
04.42 PM IST | HOCKEY: We’re now at the Gold Coast Hockey Center for the most awaited match of the day. Its semi-final wherein the Rani Rampal led side take on the mighty Aussies. First quarter underway.
04.20 PM IST | BADMINTON: WON! The Indian pair of Ponappa and Reddy has won the second game 21-13 and take the match 2-0 after winning the first game 21-18. They’re now through to the quarter-finals tomorrow.
04.03 PM IST | BADMINTON: The pair of Ponappa and Reddy and have won the first game 21-18. Onto the second game now.
03.45 PM IST | BADMINTON- The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy are up against the duo of Ren-Ne Ong and Jia Ying Crystal Wong from Singapore in the women’s doubles round-of-16.
03.32 PM IST: TABLE TENNIS: Manika Batra beats Zhou Yihan in the women’s quarter-final by 11-5, 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 . She’s now through to the semis scheduled for tomorrow; hence India assuring of another medal.
03.00 PM IST | BADMINTON – Saina Nehwal has been awarded the match in her women’s singles round-of-16 draw, as IOM’s Jessica Li retired hurt. Saina won the first game 21-4, but Jessica got injured in the second game.
02.45 PM IST | SQUASH – All updates till now:
Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghoshal defeated the welsh duo of Tesni Evans and Peter Creed 2-0 in the Mixed doubles quarter-final. In the other match-up, however, Joshna Chinappa and Harinder PalSandhuu lost 2-0 and crashed out.
The action now shifts to the men’s doubles, where the pair of Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon take on the Jamaicans in their men’s round-of-16 match.
02.25 PM IST | Table Tennis – Harmeet Desai and Shankar Shetty have progressed to the next round after defeating the Northern Irish duo of Paul McCreery and Ashley Robinson 3-0 in their men’s doubles round-of-16 match.
02:00 PM IST | Wrestling – ANOTHER GOLD FOR INDIA! Star wrestler Sushil Kumar beats Johannes Botha 10-0 in the Men’s Freestyle 74 kg Gold Medal bout. Sushil was expected to clinch a gold and he duly delivered on that. Legendary stuff!
01:20 PM IST | Wrestling – INDIA HITS GOLD! Rahul Aware defeats Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the Men’s Freestyle 57 kg Gold Medal bout. The Indian earns back to back technical points over his opponent to get his country the first gold medal of the day.
12:45 PM IST | Wrestling – Star Indian wrestler Babita Kumari had to settle for a silver medal after losing out to Canada’s Diana Weicker in Women’s 53kg Freestyle Nordic Gold Medal match.
10:30 AM IST | Shooting – Tejaswini Sawant wins a silver medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle Prone Finals after shooting 618.9. She finishes behind record-breaker Martina Lindsay Veloso of Singapore, who shot 621.
10:05 AM IST | Table Tennis – Mouma Das and Harmeet Desai have moved to the round of 8 after winning their respective matches.
10:00 AM IST | Badminton – Indian shuttlers are on a roll today! Kidambi Srikanth books quarterfinal berth at the expense of Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne. The Indian star defeated his opponent 21-10, 21-10 in straight sets.
09:50 AM IST | Badminton – PV Sindhu advances to quarterfinals after defeating Australia’s Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen 21-15, 21-9 in a fierce contest. She will face the challenge from Canada’s Brittney Tam in next round.
08:00 AM IST | Table Tennis – Sanil Shetty-Madhurika Patkar is the third Indian paddler duo after Sathiyan Gnanasekaran-Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal-Mouma Das to advance into the quarter-finals.
07:50 AM IST | Badminton – Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy advance to mixed doubles quarterfinals after beating Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jia Ying Crystal Wong 21-19, 21-13. The Indian duo will now face Malaysia’s Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh.
07:45 AM IST | Wrestling – Sushil Kumar into the finals! The legendary wrestler has assured himself a silver medal and will fight for gold with South Africa’s Johannes Botha in the men’s 74kg wrestling final.
07:40 AM IST | Wrestling – Rahul Aware cruises through semifinals after receiving stiff competition from Pakistan’s Muhammad Bilal. He won 12-8 and will face Canada’s Steven Takahashi in the final.
07:25 AM IST | Wrestling – Kiran crashes out of the competition after sustaining a 10-0 defeat to Nigeria’s Blessing Onyebuchi but she is still in contention to secure a bronze medal.
07:20 AM IST | Wrestling – Sensational stuff from Sushil Kumar! The Indian grappler annihilates Pakistan’s Muhammad Asad Butt 11-0 in the quarterfinals to book a spot in the semifinals. He will face Australia’s Connor Evans in the next round.
07:05 AM IST | Badminton – The mixed doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa cruises into the quarter-finals after securing a resounding victory over Canada’s Kristen Tsai and Nyl Yakura 21-10, 21-7.
07:00 AM IST | Wrestling – Babita Phogat makes it two in a row! The Indian wrestler wins her second Nordic style match against Sri Lanka’s Deepika Dilhani.
06:35 AM IST | Wrestling – Sushil Kumar wins his first bout effortlessly. The Indian wrestler books himself a quarter-final berth after destroying his opponent 11-0.
06:15 AM IST | Wrestling – Babita Phogat comes back from behind and after losing the first round, goes on to win the bout 3-1 against Nigeria’s Bose Samuel.
05:55 AM IST | 100m Hurdles Heat – Purnima finally finishes at the sixth place but clocks her personal best time of 13.56 seconds.
05:40 AM IST | 100m Hurdles Heat – Heptathlete Purnima Hembram finishes second by a margin of 0.07 seconds. Ghana’s Elizabeth Dadzie tops the chart with 1052 points.
05:30 AM IST | Table Tennis – Another pair Sutirtha Mukherjee-Pooja Sahasrabudhe register win over Wales’ Charlotte Carey-Chloe Thomas 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6. The Indian duo also progresses to the quarters.
05:20 AM IST | Table Tennis – The doubles team of Manika Batra-Mouma Das have progressed to quarter-finals after beating Sri Lankan pair of Hansani Kapugeekiyana and Ishara Madurangi 11-4, 11-4, 11-1.
05:00 AM IST | Here is the medal tally by the end of the day 7 of Commonwealth Games 2018