Indian weightlifters impressed again as Sanjita Chanu won gold in Women's 53 kg and Deepak Lather won bronze in the Men's 69 kg on the second day of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In other sports, the India women's hockey team, after losing their first match against Wales, bounced back in style to beat Malaysia 4-1 in a Group A match. Gurjit Kaur (6th, 39th minutes), Rani (56th) and Lalremsiami (59th) scored for India. However, India's campaign in Men's singles squash event came to an end after Vikram Malhotra lost 1-3 to England's Nick Matthew in Round-of-16 match. In boxing 91 kg category, Naman Tanwar cruised to a 5-0 victory and advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Tanzania's Haruna Mhando. India beat Samoa 26-4 in Lawn Bowls Men's pairs sectional play. In swimming, Kiran Tak finished last in the Women's S9 100m Backstroke Final (Medals Tally)
Highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, straight from Gold Coast, Australia
16:50 IST: India's Kiran Tak finished last in the Women's S9 100m Backstroke Final
16:32 IST: India beat Samoa 26-4 in Lawn Bowls Men's pairs sectional play - section D, round 4, match 3.
Easy win for #TeamIndia's @joshnachinappa today at the #GC2018 #GC2018Squash as she beat @tamikasaxby of #TeamAustralia in their Women's Singles Round of 16 in #GoldCoast#JoshnaChinappa is through to the Quarterfinals to be played on 7th April! #AllTheBest #SHARETHEDREAM pic.twitter.com/KLktry4CZN— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 6, 2018
Four prime hockey matches will take place on day three of the men's hockey event at the @GC2018 XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia on 7th April. Watch it LIVE on Sony SIX/SIX HD, Sony TEN 3/TEN 3 HD and https://t.co/C3ynNz0a49.#IndiaKaGame #HallaHockeyKa #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/QX5Du6yXFZ— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 6, 2018
16:15 IST: India now lead Samoa 24-4 in Lawn Bowls Men's pairs sectional play - section D, round 4, match 3.
15:48 IST: Australian police on Friday said that they had charged a Mauritian Commonwealth Games official with sexual assault following an incident on the Gold Coast last week. The official and alleged victim were not named, but police previously said they were investigating a Mauritian athlete's complaint of "inappropriate touching". The man will appear at a magistrates' court on April 17, two days after the Commonwealth Games finish.
15:40 IST: India are currently leading Samoa 14-4 in Lawn Bowls Men's pairs sectional play - section D, round 4, match 3.
15:26 IST: Ranjit Singh, Sanuraj Sanandaraj and Sahil Kumar lose in the Men's Keirin Repechage heat.
15:00 IST: Indian weightlifter Saraswati Rout fails to lift 78kg in all three attempts in snatch, exits women's 58kg competition.
14:50 IST: In boxing, Amit Panghal of India beats Tetteh Sulemanu of Ghana with a unanimous score of 5-0 in men's 46-49 kg round of 16. He will next meet Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland.
14:36 IST: In Lawn Bowls, while Women's fours section B beat England 21-9 in round 3, men's pairs section D lost 12-17 to Scotland
14:31 IST: Gareth Evans of Wales, who won gold in men's 69kg weightlifting, tweeted 'Had to wear my true colours!'
14:29 IST: Mixed news for India in Squash. While Joshna Chinappa registered a dominating win, Dipika Pallikal goes down 3-11, 6-11, 2-1 to Alison Waters of England.
14:15 IST: In Cycling, India's Manjeet Singh finishes 24th in Men's 4000m individual pursuit, fails to qualify for medal round.
14:04 IST: Joshna Chinappa beats Tamika Saxby in straight sets in the Squash Women's round of 16.
13:55 IST: Squash Women's round of 16 -- Joshna Chinappa takes 2-0 lead against Tamika Saxby by winning the first two games 11-6, 11-8 respectively.
13:38 IST: In Squash, India's Joshna Chinappa takes on Tamika Saxby of Australia in the Women's Singles Round of 16.
13:04 IST: India blank Scotland 5-0 in the Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A.
12:44 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A -- The pair of Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy takes the first game 21-17 against Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson. India lead the tie 4-0
12:10 IST: India's Deepak Lather wins bronze in weightlifting Men's 69kg category. Chris Evans of Wales won the gold while Indika C. Dissanayake Mudiyanselage of Sri Lanka won the silver.
11:58 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A -- The pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty extends India's lead to 4-0 after beating Patrick Machugh and Adam Hall 21-16, 21-19.
11:56 IST: Men's weightlifting 69kg, India's Deepak Lather fails in his third Clean and Jerk attempt to lift 162 kg, still in contention for a bronze medal.
#TeamIndia's #DeepakLather just lifted a total weight of 295kgs in the #GC2018Weightlifting Men's 69kg!— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 6, 2018
Will he be able to maintain his current 3rd position? #GC2018
Lets #WaitnWatch @WeightliftingIN pic.twitter.com/QdLVGdfShQ
11:47 IST: Men's weightlifting 69kg, Gareth Evans of Wales lifts 160 kg in his first Clean and Jerk attempt to temporarily lead India's Deepak Lather.
11:45 IST: Women's Pool A Hockey match -- Dominant India women outclass Malaysia 4-1.
Here are some moments captured from the Indian Eves' dominating win against Malaysia in the second group stage match at the @GC2018 XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia on 6th April. Album- https://t.co/j3W7qSLmCR#IndiaKaGame #HallaHockeyKa #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/r9dANHbxci— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 6, 2018
11:35 IST: In Men's weightlifting 69kg, India's Deepak Lather successfully lifts 155kg in his first Clean and Jerk attempt.
11:28 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A: The pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy give India 3-0 lead in the tie after a 21-8, 21-12 win over Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell.
11:15 IST: Women's Pool A Hockey match -- India lead Malaysia 2-1 at the end of the third quarter.
11:12 IST: In Cycling, India's Aleena Reji and Deborah Deborah lose in Women's Sprint 1/8 finals Heat 1 and 4 respectively.
11:10 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A: The pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy take the first game 21-9 of the third match against the pair of Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell. India lead the tie 2-0.
10:55 IST: India's Vikram Malhotra loses 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11 to England's Nick Matthew in the Squash Men's Singles Round of 16
10:50 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A: Kidambi Srikanth gives India a 2-0 lead in the tie after outclassing Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2.
10:47 IST: In his second Snatch attempt, India's Deepak Lather successfully lifts 136 kg.
10:42 IST: In Men's weightlifting 69kg, India's Deepak Lather lifts 132 kg in his first Snatch attempt.
10:40 IST: India vs Scotland, Badminton Mixed Team Event, Group A: Kidambi Srikanth takes the opening game 21-18 against Kieran Merrilees.
10:35 IST: India's Vikram Malhotra draws level after winning the second game 11-8 against Nick Matthew of England in the Squash Men's Singles Round of 16 clash
10:20 IST: In Squash -- England's Nick Matthew beats India's Vikram Malhotra 11-6 in game one of the Squash Men's Singles Round of 16 clash.
10:15 IST: Swimming -- Thomas Hamer of England registers a new World Record in the Men's S14 200m Freestyle.
10:13 IST: In the Women's Pool A Hockey match, India have taken an early 1-0 lead vs Malaysia.
10:12 IST: Badminton Mixed Team Event -- Saina Nehwal clinches the first match of the tie by beating Julie Macpherson 21-14, 21-12.
10:00 IST: India's Amritha Reghunath, Sonali Mayanglambam fail to qualify for medal round in Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit Cycling event.
09:48 IST: India vs Scotland, Mixed Team Event, Group A: Saina Nehwal wins the first game 21-14 against Julie Macpherson.
09:38 IST: In Lawn Bowls, Pinki continues her poor run. She lost 9-21 to Firyana Saroji of Malaysia.
09:30 IST: India take on Scotland in Badminton mixed team event, group A, while Deepak Lather competes in Men's 69kg weightlifting.
09:25 IST: Naman Tanwar advances to Men's 91kg quarter-finals after a routine win over Haruna Mhando of Tanzania. In the quarter-final round, Naman will face Frank Masoe of Samoa on April 10.
#GreatNews for #TeamIndia #Boxing @BFI_official #NamanTanwar has beaten #TeamTanzania's #HarunaMhando by 5-0 Win On Points at the #GC2018 #GC2018Boxing— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 6, 2018
Naman advances into Men's 91kg Quarterfinal 1 and will face #FrankMasoe of #TeamSAM! #GoodGame #Naman & #Haruna
09:10 IST: In boxing, Naman Tanwar is up against Haruna Mhando of United Republic of Tanzania in the Men's 91kg, round of 16.
09:00 IST: Deborah Deborah, Aleena Reji advance to 1/8 finals in the Women's sprint qualifying -- Cycling, track. In qualification stage, Deborah finished in 13th position with the time of 11.484, while Aleena finished last with the time of 12.207.
#TeamIndia pair of #Deborah & #AleenaReji have qualified in the #GC2018 #GC2018CyclingTrack Women's Sprint Event! They will now compete in the 1/8 Finals later today!#Congratulations you both! @OfficialCFI @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/jbzXhONApr— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 6, 2018
08:45 IST: Swimming update: Para-swimmer Kiran Tak finishes last in the Women's S9 100m backstroke heats with the timing of 1:46.29
08:33 IST: Gymnastics score update:
08:31 IST: In Lawn bowls, India's Pinki is up against Firyana Saroji of Malaysia in the women's singles section D, round 4
08:15 IST: Trivia -- In the history of the Commonwealth Games, no athlete had ever represented Guernsey Commonwealth Games Association until Billy Le Poullain stepped into the ring on the opening Day of the 21st edition of the games.
08:02 IST: In Lawn Bowls, Pinki lost to Litia Tikoisuva of Fiji in the Women's singles section D, round 2 and the men's team bowed out after a 15-14 defeat to England.
07:30 IST: Sanjita Chanu stands tall on the podium as the national anthem plays in the background. Sanjita lifted a total of 192 kg which included a CWG record of 84 kg in the snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk. Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea was distant second with 182 kg while New Zealand's Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet took bronze with 181 kg.
Bhartiya Naari Sab par Bhaari. One more Gold. Congratulations #SanjitaChanu for winning our second gold in #GC2018Weightlifting in the women's 53kg category. #CWG2018— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 6, 2018
Her second CWG gold after the 48kg one in Glasgow. Proud of you champion. pic.twitter.com/Xnms7T6Byz
07:20 IST: And India starts off with a bang, yet again! Sanjita Chanu wins gold in Women's 53kg category weightlifting.
07:02 IST: Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has already given a strong start to India in the women's 53 kg category as she registers a Commonwealth Games record.
07:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games.
A record-smashing Mirabai Chanu and a perseverant P Gururaja claimed gold and silver respectively as weightlifters lived up to the pre-event hype by delivering opening-day medals for India while star badminton players added to the cheer by making a winning start in the 21st Commonwealth Games.
Chanu smashed the Games records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold-medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from the Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Chanu managed to lift 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.
P Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal. The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day of competitions.
Weightlifting was not the only reason why India could boast of a good opening day. The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.
Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines for her ferocity in getting Games Village accreditation for her father, brought quite a lot of it on court as well and dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.
She was later in action against Pakistan as well and was her usual clinical self against Mahoor Shahzad, claiming a straight-game triumph in 26 minutes to ensure that India had a winning day to celebrate.
Veteran Manoj Kumar (69kg) was the lone boxer in action today and the 2010 CWG gold-medallist hammered Nigeria's Osita Umeh to move into the pre-quarterfinals. The former Asian medallist won on a unanimous decision.
On the squash court, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa, who would be defending their women's doubles gold medal, made winning starts in their singles competitions.
While Pallikal got the better of Trinidad and Tobago's Charlotte Knaggs, Chinnappa sailed past Papua and New Guinea Lynette Vai.
But Saurav Ghosal's 2-3 defeat to Jamaica's Chris Binnie came as a massive shock even though Harinder Pal Sandhu and Vikram Malhotra won their respective opening matches.
The table tennis players got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women's team defeating Sri Lanka 3-0. The men's team blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 before beating Northern Ireland by a similar margin.
Apart from Ghosal, the other major disappointment was the women's hockey team's stunning 2-3 defeat against Wales in its lung-opener.
In swimming, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the 50m men's butterfly event but could not make the final, finishing 15th overall. Sajan Prakash failed to even make the semifinals in the same event.
The Indians were not much of a force on the cycling track either, finishing sixth in the Women's Team Sprint, which ruled them out of medal contention. The men's team did even worse, finishing seventh in their competition.