Day 3 started for India with a gold medal and finished with a gold medal too as Weightlifters won 2 Gold medals in the three events they participated today. Table Tennis and Badminton teams also reached semifinals, all three pugilists moved to quarterfinals, while a controversial decision saw Men’s Hoceky team settling for a draw against Pakistan. The medal tally of India at the end of Day 3: 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze. With Shooting events starting tomorrow, Indian medal tally is expected to soar. Check Day 3 report for India at Commonwealth Games 2018.
Weightlifting: 2 Gold medals
Satish Sivalingam became the only weightlifter from India to win two Gold medals in consecutive editions of Commonwealth Games as he helped India start Day 3 with a Gold. Satish lifted 317 KG to win 77 kg category #GC2018. This was his 2nd consecutive Commonwealth Games Gold medal after 2014.
21-year old Venkat Rahul Ragala lifted 338 Kg to finish the day with a Gold in 85kg category.
Overall from 9 events in the first three days, Indian weightlifters have won 6 medals.
- Men’s and Women’s Team reached semifinals. Both Indian teams played against Malaysia. Women’s team will play the semis against England tomorrow and Men’s team will play against Singapore on Apr 9.
Badminton Mixed Team:
Indian team continued their dominance needing just three of the 5 games to win quarterfinals 3-0 against Mauritius without losing a set. They will meet Singapore in the semifinals who also won 3-0 against the hosts.
Three Indian pugilists were in contention today. All three won comfortably to enter quarterfinals. Sarita Devi, Hussamuddin and Manoj Kumar won in their respective categories.
Pakistan scored in the last second to stop India’s winning streak of 7 games against them. Goals Scored: Dilpreet Singh (13′), Harmanpreet Singh (19′)
Squash: The lone Indian to reach quarterfinals, Joshna Chinappa played against Joelle King of New Zealand. She lost in straight sets ending Indian presence in Individual events.
Swimming, Cycling, Gymnastics, Basketball:
The athletes could not match the high skills of competitors and failed to impress again. In Basketball, while Men’s team was drubbed by dominant England, the Women’s team despite a tough fight could not emerge winner against Malaysia.