Wrestling contributed six more medals to India’s tally at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on another victorious day for the country.
Indian wrestlers were in top form, with gold medals going to Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Deepak Punia. However, there were heartbreaks as the Indian women’s hockey team was eliminated in the semifinals by Australia.
Six Indian wrestlers contested at the Commonwealth Games 2022, and all six of them won medals. Olympic gold medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, as well as youthful Deepak Punia, won gold, while Anshu Malik took silver.
Lakshya Sen of India continued his stellar run at the Commonwealth Games with an easy win on Friday, advancing him to the men’s singles quarterfinals. Aakarshi Kashyap also won convincingly, joining Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, and PV Sindhu in the last eight stages.
Sindhu will now compete in the following round against Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei for a place in the semifinals. In his quarterfinal encounter, former World No. 1 Srikanth will face England’s Toby Penty.
Sen and Kashyap will face Mauritius’ Paul Julien Georges and Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour in the quarterfinals.
Manika Batra’s title defence in women’s singles table tennis was cut short when she was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. In the last-eight round, Singapore’s Jian Zeng defeated Manika in straight games.
Achanta Sharath Kamal, on the other hand, reached his third semi-final of this year’s Commonwealth Games. He initially defeated Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho with Sreeja Akula, then Tom Jarvis and Sam Walker with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.
Hima Das narrowly lost out on a spot in the women’s 200m final after finishing 10th overall in the semi-final at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Friday, August 5. Hima narrowly missed out on the final spot by 0-01 seconds.
Hima Das came in third place in the second of three heats in the women’s 100m semi-final. Ella Conolly of Australia got second place and the automatic qualifying slot in Semi-final Heat 2 with a time of 23.42s.
After reaching the final, the men’s fours team ensured India of a second lawn bowls title at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK.
Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh, and Dinesh Kumar’s men’s fours team defeated England 13-12 in a tough and thrilling semi-final at Victoria Park. The Indian men’s fours lawn bowls team will now compete in the final against Northern Ireland on Saturday.
Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Mohammed Ajmal, and Amoj Jacob of India recorded 3:06.97 to place second in the heats and reach the final at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
PARA TABLE TENNIS
Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel secured a medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 after defeating England’s Sue Bailey in the final of the women’s para table tennis singles (classes 3-5).
Patel, a silver medalist at the Paralympics in Tokyo, won her match in straight sets, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.
The Indian women’s hockey team was eliminated in the semifinals after a bitter 3-0 shootout loss to Australia after the game ended 1-1 in regular time.
Australia’s goal came from Rebecca Grenier, while India’s came from Vandana Katariya.
The Indian eves failed to score on any of their three attempts in the shootout. On Sunday, they will compete for bronze against New Zealand.
Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal advanced to the semifinals of the mixed doubles event at the Commonwealth Games.
In the quarterfinals, the Indian duo defeated Rachael Grinham and Zac Alexander of Australia 11-9 11-5.
In the women’s doubles, defending world champions Joshana Chinappa and Dipika were defeated 0-2 by Malaysians Yiwen Chan and Ainaa Ampandi.
Velavan Senthil Kumar and Abhay Singh also had a successful day at the workplace, advancing to the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles event with a 2-1 win over Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell and Alan Clyne.
In the round of 16, the Indian pair defeated the Scottish pair 8-11 11-10 11-8.