Indian weightlifters continued the medal rush as Punam Yadav won gold in women's 69kg weightlifting event in on-going 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) at Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday. The Indian weightlifter, a bronze-medallist from the 2014 Glasgow edition, won the event with a combined lift of 222kg (100kg+122kg). Apart from her, Manu Bhaker also struck gold and took India's CWG gold medal tally to six after a dominating performance in women's 10m Air Pistol finals event. However, Heena Sidhu claimed silver as she bounced back in style from elimination zone early in the second round. The Indian contingent in the Games continued to display solid performances as MC Mary Kom advanced to the semi-final of the women's 45-48kg boxing event and the Indian Table Tennis blanked England in the women's team event to enter the finals event. India's Ravi Kumar bagged the bronze medal in men's 10 metre air rifle shooting competition. Ravi shot a total of 224.1 to finish behind Australian Dane Sampson (245) and Bangladesh's Abdullah Hel Baki (244.7), who won the gold and silver, respectively. Deepak Kumar, the other finalist from India, however, was eliminated from the final. Boxer Vikas Krishnan entered middleweight quarters and the Indian badminton team entered the final of the mixed team event. (India Day 4 Schedule | Medals Tally)
Highlights of 2018 Commonwealth Games, straight from Gold Coast, Australia
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18:24 IST: SWIMMING: India's Sajan Prakash finishes fifth with a timing of 54.12s in 100m Men's Butterfly semis.
18:13 IST: Basketball: India men's team lose 81-96 to Scotland in their preliminary Round Pool B match.
17:27 IST: GOLD! Indian women's table tennis team wins gold after beating Singapore in final. This is India's 7th gold of the Games
Take a Bow!!#GC2018TableTennis #TeamIndia sends home their greetings and #GoldMedal form #GoldCoast Women's Team Event!!#Congratulations Well done ladies...#MoumaDas#MadhurikaPatkar#ManikaBatra#GC2018 @GC2018 @ttfitweet @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/66CHstxRef— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018
17:08 IST: India's Manika Batra wins 11-7 against Yihan Zhou of Singapore in the first game of the fourth match in the women's team's gold medal tie.
17:00 IST: Table Tennis: India's Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar beat Singapore's Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu 3-1 in third match of the women's team gold medal tie. With this win, India take 2-1 lead in the final.
16:50 IST: HOCKEY: India beat Wales 4-3 in hockey men's Pool B match. India will next face Malaysia on Tuesday.
FT. India overpower a resilient Welsh team in the final minutes of their second game in the @GC2018 Commonwealth Games to register a thrilling first win in the competition on 8th April.#INDvWAL #IndiaKaGame #HallaHockeyKa #GC2018 #GC2018Hockey pic.twitter.com/l62fZC91O8— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 8, 2018
16:45 IST: Table Tennis: India's Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar lose 8-11 to Singapore's Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu in third game of the third match in the women's team gold medal tie
16:42 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! SV Sunil's 59th minute goal gives India 4-3 lead against Wales
16:40 IST: Table Tennis: India's Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar win 11-6 against Singapore's Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu in second game of the third match in the women's team gold medal tie
16:35 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Rupinder Pal Singh scores in 57th minute as India take 3-2 lead against Wales.
16:30 IST: Table Tennis: India's Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar win 11-7 against Singapore's Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu in first game of the third match in the women's team gold medal tie
16:24 IST: Table Tennis: India's Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar are up against Singapore's Yihan Zhou and Mengyu Yu in third match of the women's team gold medal tie.
16:19 IST: Table Tennis: India's Madhurika Patkar loses 6-11 to Mengyu Yu of Singapore in the third game of the second match in the women's team's gold medal tie. India 1-1 Singapore.
16:17 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Wales' Gareth Furlong scores in 44th minute to draw 2-2 level against India
16:04 IST: Table Tennis: India's Madhurika Patkar loses 2-11 to Mengyu Yu of Singapore in the second game of the second match in the women's team's gold medal tie
16:00 IST: Table Tennis -- India's Madhurika Patkar loses 11-13 to Mengyu Yu of Singapore in the first game of the second match in the women's team's gold medal tie
15:50 IST: Hockey -- India lead Wales 2-1 at half-time in Men's Hockey pool B match.
15:47 IST: Weightlifting -- Heartbreak for India as Seema falls out of medal contention in women's 75kg weightlifting after New Zealand's #BaileyRogers successfully lifts 112kg in her second Clean and Jerk attempt.
15:45 IST: Table Tennis -- India's Manika Batra beats Tianwei Feng of Singapore 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 in the opening match to give India 1-0 lead against Singapore in the women's team's gold medal tie.
15:35 IST: Table Tennis -- Brilliant play as India's Manika Batra draws level after winning the fourth game 11-9 against Tianwei Feng of Singapore in the opening match of the women's team's gold medal tie.
15:30 IST: Meanwhile in the Men's Hockey Pool B match India are tied 1-1 against Wales.
15:25 IST: Table Tennis -- Tianwei Feng of Singapore takes the third game 11-8 of the opening match against India's Manika Batra in the women's team's gold medal tie
15:15 IST: Table Tennis -- India's Manika Batra loses the second game 8-11 of the opening match of women's team's gold medal tie against Tianwei Feng of Singapore.
15:06 IST: Table Tennis -- India's Manika Batra takes the first game 11-8 of the opening match of women's team's gold medal tie against Tianwei Feng of Singapore.
15:00 IST: Table Tennis -- India women's team's gold medal match against Singapore begins
14:48 IST: In Boxing, Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain loses 2-3 to Sandy Ryan of England in women's 69kg quarterfinal.
14:42 IST: In Basketball, India lose to New Zealand 55-90 in Women's Preliminary Round Pool B match
14:40 IST: Brilliantly done! India's Seema successfully lift 84 kg in her third Snatch attempt in women's 75kg Weightlifting
14:38 IST: In women's 75kg weightlifting event, India's Seema fails to lift 84 kg in her second Snatch attempt
14:36 IST: India's Lovlina Borgohain faces Sandy Ryan of England in women's 69kg boxing quarterfinal
14:30 IST: India's Seema successfully lifts 80kg in her first Snatch attempt in women's 75kg weightlifting.
14:17 IST: India's Seema is in action in the Women's 75kg weightlifting event.
14:15 IST: In Cycling track, Deborah Deborah finishes fourth in Women's Keirin First Round Repechages.
14:10 IST: In Cycling track, Deborah Deborah finishes fourth in Women's Keirin First Round. She will participate in Women's Keirin First Round Repechages
14:08 IST: In Cycling track, Aleena Reji finishes fourth in Women's Keirin First Round Repechages.
14:06 IST: New Zealand are running away with the game against India in the women's preliminary round pool B match. The former lead 68-33.
13:34 IST: India's Aleena Reji finishes fifth in Women's Keirin First Round, will now participate in Women's Keirin First Round Repechages
13:29 IST: In Basketball, New Zealand lead India 40-16 in Women's Preliminary Round Pool B match.
13:10 IST: In Basketball, India take on New Zealand in Women's Preliminary Round Pool B match.
13:00 IST: Artistic Gymnastics -- India's Rakesh Patra finishes eighth in men's vault finals.
12:45 IST: Things not looking good for Rakesh Patra, the Indian gymnast is currently last among the five athletes to have got in their scores in men's rings final.
12:28 IST: India's Tejinder Singh qualifies for the Men's Shot Put finals.
12:05 IST: Vikas Thakur wins bronze in men's 94kg weightlifting. This is India's 11th medal overall at the Games
11:52 IST: Women's skeet -- India's Saniya Sheikh narrowly misses out on a medal, finishes fourth.
11:43 IST: India's Pranati Nayak finishes eighth in Women's Vault Final Gymnastics.
11:27 IST: India's Saniya Sheikh has started well in Women's Skeet Finals. She is currently tied in second place
11:21 IST: In her first attempt in the women's vault finals, Pranati chooses a difficulty of 4.800 but can only manage 7.700 in execution and also gets a -0.100 penalty, making her score 12.400. She has one more attempt remaining.
11:10 IST: In Gymnastics, India's Pranati Nayak is in action in Women's vault final.
10:46 IST: As the Snatch round ends, India's Vikas Thakur, at 159 kg, trails Boady Santavy of Canada, who registered a Games record by lifting 168 kg.
10:38 IST: Vikas Thakur successfully lifts 159 kg in his third Snatch attempt.
10:35 IST: Vikas Thakur successfully lifts 156kg in his second Snatch attempt
10:25 IST: India's Vikas Thakur successfully lifts 152kg in his first Snatch attempt. He made it look so easy!
09:56 IST: Men's 94 kg weightlifting event featuring India's Vikas Thakur begins.
09:54 IST: India advance to the final of Badminton mixed team event after beating Singapore 3-1
09:52 IST: Indian boxer Vikas Krishnan through to the quarters with an easy win over Campbell Somerville of Australia in the round of 16 match of Men's 75kg
09:32 IST: India's Ravi Kumar wins bronze in men's 10m Air Rifle. This is India's 10th medal overall at the Games
09:30 IST: Indian shooter Saniya Sheikh qualified for the final of the women's skeet event. Saniya shot a total of 71 to finish the qualification stage in the third place. But it was a disappointing outing for her compatriot Maheshwari Chauhan.
09:20 IST: India's Deepak Kumar is eliminated but the good news is that Ravi Kumar is in gold medal position in the men's 10m Air Rifle finals
09:18 IST: After 14 shots, India's Ravi Kumar is paced joint third, while Deepak Kumar is placed joint fourth in the men's 10m Air Rifle finals
09:05 IST: After five shots, India's Ravi Kumar is placed sixth and Deepak Kumar is placed seventh in the men's 10m Air Rifle finals
08:50 IST: In Skeet Men's Qualification, Day 1 -- India's Sheeraz Sheikh finished seventh, while Smit Singh finished 11. The Day 2 of the qualification will be held On April 9
08:28 IST: Table Tennis women's team event -- India advance to the final after beating England 3-0.
#TeamIndia strikes at the #GC2018 to reach Finals of the #GC2018TableTennis Women's Team Event!— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018
Indian trio of #ManikaBatra #MoumaDas #MadhurikaPatkar beat #TeamEngland3-0 to proceed to their Gold Medal match against #TeamSGP #GoldQuest #AllTheBest pic.twitter.com/pRPdMqXXOK
08:15 IST: Athletics update: Men's 20 Km Race Walk
#TeamIndia 's @walkermanish101 & @irfangoodstar completed their #GC2018Athletics Men's 20km walk Event at #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames being placed 6th & 12th.— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018
Clocking 1:22:22, #Manish was DQ by IAAF 125.5 rule while #Irfan took 8 extra minutes to complete, clocking 1:27:34! pic.twitter.com/jRnYilbRbM
08:00 IST: Women's 10m Air Pistol Finals -- India's Manu Bhaker wins gold as she registers a Games Record and Heena Sidhu bags silver.
07:48 IST: India's Manu Bhaker leads the table in Women's 10m Air Pistol Finals after 14 shots.
07:45 IST: India's Mary Kom is in action against Megan Gordon of Scotland in women's 45-48kg quarterfinal Boxing
07:30 IST: Earlier in the day, the Indian women's hockey team defeated England 2-1.
Nobody does it better! #GC2018Hockey— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018
An amazing comeback by #TeamIndia in a game they were trailing 0-1 to #TeamEngland has secured them a top position in Pool A! Winning 2-1, the Indian Eves now face #TeamSA in their final group match! #WellDone @imranirampal & girls.. pic.twitter.com/yNs3L55xN4
07:29 IST: In Badminton, India are leading Singapore 1-0 in Mixed Team Semifinal, while in Table Tennis India are 1-0 up in Women's Team Semifinal against England.
07:28 IST: India's Deepak Kumar and Ravi Kumar have qualified for the 10m Air Rifle Men's finals event.
07:27 IST: India's Sheeraz Sheikh and Smit Singh are competing in the Skeet Men's Qualification -- Day 1.
07:26 IST: India's Saniya Sheikh and Maheshwari Chauhan are currently in action in Women's Skeet Qualification.
07:25 IST: India's Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker are currently competing in the Women's 10m Air Pistol Finals.
07:20 IST: India's Punam Yadav gives India another weightlifting gold in women's 69 kg event.
07:15 IST: India's Punam Yadav after failing to lift 122kg in her second clean and jerk attempt, successfully lifts 122 kg in her third attempt
07:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day 4 of Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old Sathish lifted a total of 317kg (114kg+173kg) and was so ahead of the competition that he forfeited his final clean and jerk lift. The 21-year-old Rahul, who is a Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 338kg (151kg+187kg) to finish on top. Their performances despite fitness issues once again highlighted the desperate need for a physiotherapist in the competition area. Accreditation issues have denied physio Aakrant Saxena access to the lifters in the competition area, forcing him to work with them on the sidelines. The Indians bossed the badminton court as well and remained unbeaten en route confirming a semifinal berth. The team at the receiving end of the top seeds' ferocity today was Mauritius, blanked 3-0 by Saina Nehwal and Co. in yet another clinical takedown. Up next for them is Singapore in the semifinals today. Such has been their dominance that the ruling out of top star and captain, PV Sindhu from the competition, owing to an ankle injury, has had no impact on their fortunes. Sindhu is, however, likely to return to action for her women's singles campaign which gets underway on April 11.
The boxers' rampaging run also continued unabated as the veteran duo of L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Manoj Kumar (59kg) advanced to the quarterfinals along with Commonwealth Games debutant Mohammed Hussamuddin (56kg). However, the men's hockey team was a disappointment in its clash against arch-rival Pakistan. After leading 2-1 for 59 minutes, the Indians let in a penalty corner in the final seven seconds to end up with shared honours against a decidedly weaker opponent. Away from the spotlight, both the men's and women's table tennis teams entered the semifinals. Both the teams were up against Malaysia in their respective ties and came out trumps with identical 3-0 margins. However, as was expected, the Indians competing in swimming, gymnastics and cycling could not throw up any medal surprises and remained in the lower ranks of their respective competitions. National champion swimmer Sajan Prakash made the finals of the 200m butterfly but ended 8th.