Indian wrestlers were in ominous form on day eight of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) as they bagged six medals, including three golds. With freestyle wrestling making its debut at the Birmingham Games, Bajrang Punia was a class apart as he defended his title before Sakshi Malik attempted a sensational gold and Deepak Punia also contributed to India’s medal tally by winning men’s freestyle 86kg gold.
Birthday girl Anshu Malik (57kg) had to settle for a silver medal in her first CWG event. Divya Kakaran won bronze in the 68kg, winning the play-off by just 26 seconds as Mohit Grewal won the 125kg bronze play-off on Friday to ensure India’s medal haul in all events.
The women’s hockey team suffered heartbreak after losing 3-0 in a shootout in controversial circumstances to Australia in the semi-finals. The game was tied 1–1 after regulation and Australia took the lead in the 10th minute through Rebecca Greiner and Vandana Kataria equalized in the 49th minute.
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The historic gold won by the women’s quartet saw the men as well as Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandankumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar come back from 3-8 down to win 13-12 against hosts England. Reaching the finals. He had earlier beaten Canada’s Robert Law, Greg Wilson, John Bezere and Cameron Lefresne 14-10 in the men’s fours quarter.
However, Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia lost in the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles event at Lawn Bowl. They lost 14–18 to England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Farrow.
Achanta Sharath Kamal produced a sensational performance to enter the semi-finals of all three of her events at the table tennis event at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.
The record nine-time national champion, who has as many as 10 CWG medals to his name, advanced to the men’s singles semi-finals with a 4-2 win over Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo in a thrilling encounter.
The 40-year-old Sharath reached the semi-finals of the mixed and men’s doubles event with his respective partners.
He first partnered with young Srija Akula and then defeated two-time silver medalist Liam Pitchford and England’s Tin-Tin Ho 3-2 (11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-13 11-9) in the mixed doubles quarters. Sathian Gnanasekaran defeated the English pair of Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-4) in the men’s doubles.
Sreeja also excelled with her mixed doubles performance to reach the semi-finals of the women’s singles.
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showed steely composure with a sensational 4-3 win over Canada’s Mo Zhang to enter the semi-finals.
She defeated Zhang 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 in the quarterfinals.
Gnanasekaran also advanced to the men’s singles quarterfinals, defeating Nicholas Lum 4–2 at the NEC Hall.
However, Sunil Shetty lost 2-4 to Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun.
Sreeja and Sharath had earlier beaten Malaysia’s Leond Chee Fang and Ho Ying 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-5, while Sharath and Gnanasekaran had beaten Bangladesh’s Bavam Ramhimlian and Ridoy Mohtasin Ahmed 11-6, 11-6. Defeated by 111. -4 in their match in the round of 16.
Defending champion Manika Batra, however, had a bad day as she lost 0-4 to Singapore’s Jian Zheng in the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Earlier, Manika and Sathian lost 2-3 to Malaysia’s Jewen Chung and Karen Lion, while the men’s pair of Sunil Shetty and Harmeet Desai lost 0-3 to Singapore’s Chew Ze Yu Clarence and Poh Shao Feng Ethan. . In another result, Srija and Reith Tennyson cruised into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Scotland’s Lucy Elliott and Rebecca Plaistow.
Earlier in the day, Manika and Sreeja had entered the quarterfinals of the women’s singles. The 27-year-old Batra beat Australia’s Jee Minhyung 11-4 11-8 11-6 12-10 to take on Singapore’s Jian Zheng, while Sreeja played a nerve-wracking match to secure her place against Wales’ Charlotte Carey. Last eight berths. The 24-year-old worked hard but she defeated Kerry 8-11 11-7 12-14 9-11 11-4 15-13 12-10.
Meanwhile, Reith Tennyson lost in the round of 16 to Singapore’s Feng Tianwei in the women’s singles.
Tianwei proved too strong for Tennyson as the latter was defeated 11-2 11-4 9-11 11-3 11-4.
On the athletics track, Noah Nirmal, Amol Jacob, Md. Anas and Md. Ajmal’s men’s 4*400m relay quartet advanced to the final after finishing second in their heat-2. His time of 3:06:97 was behind Kenya’s 3:06:76. India’s Jyoti Yaraji finished fourth in her heat with a time of 13.18 seconds. She was 10th overall. NC Sojan Edappili finished 6th in Qualifiers – Group A with a best jump of 6.25
Hima Das failed to qualify for the women’s 200m final as the 22-year-old from Assam clocked 23.42 seconds to finish third in the semifinals, just 0.01 seconds short of the cut-off mark.
Joshna Chinappa and Deepika Pallikal lost to Yiwen Chan and Aina Ampandi 2-11, 7-11 in the women’s doubles quarter-finals as Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh won their men’s doubles round of 16 clash against Douglas Kempsell and Alan Klein. 11-10, 11-8.
Deepika Pallikal and Sourav Ghoshal booked their place in the semifinals by defeating Australia’s Grinham Rachel and Alexander Zak 11-9, 11-5.
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