Highlights of Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10 action from Gold Coast.
It was undoubtedly India's best day in the ongoing quadrennial multi-sport event. The Asian giants won 17 medals, including 8 golds as they took their tally comfortably past 50.
- Manika Batra wins India's first gold medal in women's singles table tennis event in CWG.
- Boxer Vikas Krishan wins gold in men's 75kg boxing.
- Mary Kom won gold in the women's 45-48kg boxing category, the first gold medal for India on Saturday, April 14.
- Neeraj Chopra became the only fourth Indian to win an individual medal in athletics in Commonwealth Games.
- All 12 Indian wrestlers finish on the podium in Gold Coast.
- Vinesh Phogat, Sumit win wrestling gold medals, Sakshi Malik and Somveer bronze.
- Gaurav Solanki won men's 52kg boxing gold.
- Sanjeev Rajput wins gold in men's Rifle 3 Positions with Games record.
- Manish Kaushik won silver in men's 60kg boxing.
- Amit Panghal won silver in men's 46-49kg boxing.
- Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty become first Indian men to reach men's doubles final in Commonwealth Games.
5:25 pm IST: Badminton
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa miss out on mixed doubles podium finish.
The Indian pair lose bronze match against Malaysia's Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh 21-19, 21-19. Fatigue played a huge role as both the shuttlers braved a busy day to give it their all in the match.
5: 05 pm IST: Boxing - Satish Kumar settles for silver!
The Indian boxer lost to Frazer Clarke of England in the men's 91kg final by unanimous decision.
5:05 pm IST: Table Tennis - Silver for the Indian men's doubles pairing.
Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan G miss out on men's doubles gold medal after losing thrilling final 3-2 to England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.
Both the paddlers will go head-to-head Sunday, April 15 in the all-Indian mixed doubles bronze medal match.
Meanwhile, Sharath will also fight for a bronze in the men's singles category when he takes on Samuel Walker of England tomorrow.
4:40 pm IST: Badminton - HS Prannoy loses bronze medal match!
The reigning national champion lost to Rajiv Ouseph of England in the bronze medal match. The Indian shuttler won the first game but lost steam in the decider, eventually conceding the tie 21-17, 23-25, 9-21.
4:12 pm IST: Boxing - Vikas Krishan wins gold!
The 26-year-old Indian defeated Dieudonne Wilfried of Cameroon by unanimous decision to finish on the top step of the podium in men's 75kg category.
4:05 pm IST: Table Tennis - Harmaeet Desai and Shankar Shetty win bronze.
Harmeet and Shankar defeated Singapore's Koen Pang Yew and Ethan Poh Shao 3-0 to finish on the podium.
Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan will be in action in the gold medal match soon.
4:05 pm IST: Hockey - Another disappointment as India misses bronze in men's hockey.
The Men in Blue were defeated by England 2-0 in the bronze medal match.
Earlier in the day, the women's team was crushed 6-0 by its English counterpart in match for bronze medal.
3:07 pm IST: Squash - Dipika/Saurav settle for bronze
Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal lose mixed doubles gold medal match to Australia's Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley in straight games.
3:05 pm IST: Table Tennis - Manika Batra wins historic gold medal!
The 22-year-old decimated Yu Mengyu of Singapore in the women's singles final 4-0 to finish on the top step of the podium. She was full of confidence during the match.
Batra becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal in the women's singles category at Commonwealth Games.
This is also the second gold medal for her in Gold Coast as she had led the table tennis team to glory earlier this week.
What a superstar champion!!! #ManikaBatra m— Nitin Tej Ahuja (@nitinta) April 14, 2018
With due respect to every athlete who has won gold, I will have to say India’s best performance will go to Manika Batra for constantly punching above her weight. This is massive for her and Indian table tennis. #ManikaBatra #CWG18— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 14, 2018
Stupendous performance by Manika Batra to win singles TT gold at CWG2018! A star is born!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 14, 2018
Dominating performance by Manika Batra in winning Commonwealth Gold in TT. The next sporting superstar?— Dr. Mukund Rajan (@Mukund_Rajan) April 14, 2018
GOLD ? FOR INDIA ??— Amit Singh (@amit_beau123) April 14, 2018
Manika Batra wins Gold Medal for India in Women's Singles Table Tennis!
What a dominent performance by Manika Batra!! She was unstoppable!! #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames2018 #IndiaAtCWG #ManikaBatra #GC2018TableTennis pic.twitter.com/ObARU680M3
Notably, the world number 58 had defeated world number four and two-time Olympic medalist Feng Tianwei in the semi-final to reach the gold medal match.
Check out the dominating scoreline of the gold medal match.
2:30 pm IST: Two gold medal matches, involving Indian athletes, begin simultanously.
Manika Batra is taking on Singapore's Yu Mengyu in the women's singles table tennis gold medal match.
Dipika Pallikal Karthik/Saurav Ghosal pair is taking on Pilley Cameron vs Donna Urquhart of Australia in squash mixed doubles final.
2:25 pm IST: Bronze for India in women's doubles badminton.
Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeat New Zealand's New Zealand's Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville 21-19, 21-19 to win the bronze medal.
Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will be in action in the mixed doubles bronze medal match later today.
2:15 pm IST: India eyes men's hockey bronze
Indian men's hockey team will be up against England in the bronze medal match shortly. Earlier, the women's team lost their bronze medal match 6-0 to England.
2pm IST: Gold medal matches to come today
Table Tennis - Women's singles final
Manika Batra vs Yu Mengyu (SGP) - 2:30 pm IST
Squash - Mixed doubles final
Dipika Pallikal Karthik/Saurav Ghosal vs Pilley Cameron vs Donna Urquhart (AUS) - 2:30pm IST
Boxing - Mens' 75kg final
Vikas Krishan vs Ntsengue Dieudonne Wilfried (CMR) - 3:57 pm IST
Table Tennis - Men's doubles final
Sharath Kamal/Sathiyan G vs Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford - 4:15 pm IST
Boxing - Men's +91kg final
Satish Kumar vs Frazer Clarke (ENG) - 4:47 pm IST
1:42pm IST: Wrestling - Somveer wins bronze, all Indian wrestlers (12) finish on podium
Somveer wins a hard-fought bronze medal match of men's Freestlye 86kg event. He defeats Alexander Moore of Canada 7-3.
The 26-year-old was trialing 2-1 at the end of the first period but stepped up and won six points in the second to clinch the bronze.
With that, Indian wreslters' campaign in Gold Coast comes to an end. The wrestling contigent has contributed to 12 medals, including five golds, three silvers and four bronzes.
1:30pm IST: 51 medals so far for India in Gold Coast.
With Sumit's gold medal in 125kg Freestyle Nordic wrestling event, the Asian giants reached the 50-medal mark. India is third on the medal table behind Australia and England.
1:10pm IST: Wrestling - Gold medal for Vinesh Phogat.
The 2014 Glasgow Games gold medalist has done it again in Gold Coast. She takes the gold medal in women's Freestyle 50kg Nordic event after beating Canada's Jessica Macdonald 13-3 in her last bout via Technical Superiority.
Vinesh was dominating the bout from the word go and went into the break with a seven-point lead. She kept the pressure on the Canadian in the second period to finish on the top step of the podium.
12:55pm IST: Wrestling - Gold medal for Sumit!
Sumit wins the gold medal in men's Freestyle 125kg Nordic category after his last match opponent Sinivie Boltic of Nigeria withdrew.
12:45 pm IST: Wrestling - Sakshi Malik wins bronze
The Rio Olympic bronze medalist buckled up in her final bout of Women's 62kg Freestyle Nordic event against Talya Ford of New Zealand.
She survived a late attack from Ford to manage a 6-5 win and take the bronze.
12:43 pm IST: Disappointing end to India's track and field campaign in Gold Coast.
The men's 4x400m relay team does not finish the final as Amoj Jacob pulls up injured in the second leg.
Ayyasamy Dharun got India off to a good start but it all came to an abrupt end after Amoj's injury. Arokia Rajiv and Muhammed Anas did not even take the field.
12:40 pm IST: Table Tennis - Sharath Kamal loses men's singles semi-final
India's veteran paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal has lost his men's singles semi-final 4-0 to Qudri Aruna of Nigeria. He will now play the bronze medal match tomorrow.
Sharath Kamal will be in action later today in the men's doubles gold medal match along with G Sathiyan.
12:35pm IST: Sakshi Malik is in action in her last Freestyle 62kg Nordic match.
A win will likely give Sakshi a bronze medal. She was disappointing in the morning session, losing two of her three bouts.
Quite a lot of medal events coming up
Men's 4 x 400m relay Final
Women's Freestyle 62kg Nordic
Sakshi Malik vs Tayla Ford - winner likely to take bronze
Men's Freestyle 125kg Nordic
Sumit vs Sinivie Boltic (NGR) - A win will assure the Indian of at least a silver.
Women's Freestyle 50kg Nordic
Vinesh Phogat vs Jessica MacDonald (CAN) - The winner will take gold medal.
Men's Freestyle 86kg Bronze
Somveer vs Alexander Moore (CAN)
Women's doubles bronze medal match
Sikki Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Setyana Mapasa/Gronya Somerville (Australia)
12:15 pm IST: Time for women's 4x400m relay and Indian athletes are in action.
Disappointing show from Indian athletes. They finish seventh in the team relay race.
12:05 pm IST: Table Tennis - Sharath Kamal in men's singls semi-final action
Sharath Kamal is in action against Quadri Aruna of Nigeria in the men's singles semi-final match.
12 pm IST: Badminton - Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lose close mixed doubles semi-final
Ponnappa and Rankireddy fought hard in the mixed doubles semi-final but the duo lost to Marus Ellis and Lauren Smith of England.
After clinching a close first game, Ponappa and Rankireddy lost the match 22-20, 18-21, 16-21 in 62 minutes.
Ponappa has a chance to win two bronze medals today as she will be in action in the women's doubles bronze medal match (with Sikki Reddy) and the mixed doubles bronze medal match (with Rankireddy) later today.
HS Prannoy will also face Rajiv Ouseph in the men's singles bronze medal match.
12 pm IST: Athletics - Aprinder Singh misses out on triple jump medal.
Arpinder Singh finishes fourth in men's triple jump final with a best jump of 16.46m.
He was in the bronze medal positon till the fourth position before being overtaken by Cameeron's Macel Mayacck II, who achieved a personal best of 16.80m.
Guyana's Tory Doris took the gold with a season best performance of 16.88m.
11:10 am IST: Athletics - Neeraj Chopra wins javelin throw gold medal!
20-year-old Neeraj Chopra becomes only the fourth Indian athlete after Milkha Singh, Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda to win an individual gold medal in athletics at the Commonwealth Games.
He achieved his season best throw of 86.47m at the right time to finish on the top step of the podium.
Australia's Hamish Peacock wins silver with a best throw of 82.59m while Anderson Peters of Grenada takes bronze with 82.20m.
10:50 am IST: Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw final
Neeraj Chopra holds on to the gold medal spot after achieving a season-best throw of 86.47m in his fourth attempt.
Australia's Hamish Peacock in silver medal position with a best throw of 82.59m.
India's Vipin Kashana moved to fifth spot with a best throw of 77.87m.
10:30 am IST: Sindhu sets up gold medal match with Saina, Srikanth faces Chong Wei
PV Sindhu, the 2014 edition bronze medalist, beats defending champion Michelle Li in straight games in the women's singles semi-final to reach the final.
The world number three takes on 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and senior compatrioit Saina Nehwal in what is expected to be a blockbuster gold medal match.
Notably, Nehwal, the world number 12, had defeated Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in three games, earlier today.
Meanwhile, HS Prannoy lost to two-time Commonwealth Games champion Lee Chong Wei in a hard-fought men's singles semi-final.
The Malaysian legend will now face world number Kidambi Srikanth in the men's singles final Sunday.
10:15 am IST: Athletics - Javelin Throw Final
Gold medal favorite Neeraj Chopra starts the final with a bang.
The 20-year-old throws 85.50m in his first attempt to go 8.5m clear of second-placed Janse van-Rensburg of South Africa.
India's Vipin Kashna meanwhile managed only 72.16m and is currently placed 8th in the 10-man final.
10:08 am IST: Badminton
The men's singles second semi-final between Lee Chong Wei and HS Prannoy has gone to the decider.
While the two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Chong Wei took the first game 21-14, he was outclassed in the second 9-21.
Notably, Chong Wei was beaten twice by Prannoy in 2017 (Indonesia Open and Denmark Open).
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu has managed to win the first game of women's singles semi-final against Canada's Michelle Li 21-18. Notably, the two had played in the semi-final of Glasgow Games four years before during which the Indian shuttler finished second best.
9:57 am IST: Badminton
HS Prannoy lost the first game of his men's singles semi-final to Malaysia great Lee Chong Wei. However, the reigning national champion from India has made a strong comeback and is leading 11-4 in the second game.
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu is being tested by Canada's Michelle in the women's singles second semi-final.
9:54 am IST: Mary Kom reacts to boxing gold on Games debut
The mens' 60kg final in Gold Coast served up a classic. Both Manish, the 22-year-old Indian and Hary Garside traded blows througout the match, in a bid for supremacy.
Neither of the two pugilists were clearly ahead and the judges gave a split verdict (3-2) in favour of the Australian.
Check out the scores.
9:40 am IST: Badminton - Saina, Srikanth through to gold medal matches!
Saina Nehwal has assured herself a second Commonwealth Games medal. The 2010 gold medalist has beaten Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in three games in the hard-fought semi-final.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth eased to men's singles final after beating Rajiv Ouseph of England in straight games.
9:20 am IST: Boxing - Gold medal for Gaurav Solanki.
The Indian boxer wins a hard-fought gold medal bout in the men's 52kg category. He defeats Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland by split decision.
The 21-year-old dominated the first two rounds but was pushed to the backfoot in the third round. The juges scores should tell you the story.
9:19 am IST: Shooting - Gold medal for Sanjeev Rajput.
The 37-year-old sets Commonwealth Games record en route to the top step of the podium in men's 50m Rilfe 3 Position.
The 37-year-old shot a total of 454.5, 6.1 points clear of silver medallist Grzegorz Sych of Canada.
Meanwhile, India's Chain Singh finished in the fifth position with a total of 419.1 points.
9:10 am IST: BOXING
Boxer Gaurav Solanki is in action in the men's 52kg gold medal bout against Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland.
9:06 am IST: BADMINTON
Saina Nehwal and Kidambri Srikanth are crusing towards wins in their singles semi-final matches.
While Nehwal, the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, is 1-0 up against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, Srikanth is leading England's Rajiv Ouseph 1-0.
8:58 am IST: BOXING! Amit Panghal settles for silver medal!
Boxer Amit loses men's 46-49kg category gold medal match to England's Yafai Galal via split decision (3-1). The Indian pugilist lost steam in the last two rounds after starting impressively.
He wins India its 44th medal in the ongoing Gold Coast Games.
8:40 am IST: More boxing gold medal matches to come!
Amit Panghal eyes gold in men's 46-49kg category. The southpaw takes on England's Yafai Galal in the gold medal match.
8:20 am IST: Wrestling updates
India's Sumit has won all his three matches of men's freestyle 125kg nordic wrestling and is primed for a gold medal.
- He defeated Pakistan's Tayab Raza, who is currently in the silver medal position, 10-4.
- He will take on Nigeria's Sinivie Boltic later today.
Vinesh Phogat, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist, is in silver medal position in the women's freestyle 50kg category after having won both her bouts.
- She will take on Canada's Jessica Macdonald in what will be a gold medal bout after 12:30 pm IST today.
Sakshi Malik will take on Tayla Ford in a bronze medal bout later today.
- She is currently on the fourth spot in the women's Feestyle 63kg Nordic.
- The Rio Olympic bronze medalist lost to Canada's Michelle Fazzari and Nigeria's Aminat Adeniyi.
Somveer wins Men's Freestyle 86kg Repechage Round 2 against Australia's Jayden Lawrence.
- He will take on Alexander Moore of Canada in the bronze medal match, which will also be India's last wrestling match of the Games.
7:50 am IST: TABLE TENNIS - Manika Batra stuns Feng Tianwei, assured of at least a silver!
What a win from Manika Batra. She defeated three-time Olympic medalist Feng Tianwei of SIngapore to reach the women's singles final.
Batra displayed nerves of steel in the deciding game against the legendary Tianwei as she won it 13-11.
The Indian paddler started on high by racing to a 2-1 lead but 31-year-old Tianwei used all her experience to make it 3-2 before winning the last two games.
7:46 am IST: Boxing - Mary Kom wins gold in her Commonwealth Games debut!
What a riveting contest the women's 45-48kg gold medal was, Mary wins it by unanimous decision. Northern Ireland's Cristina O'Hara gave a stiff fight to the London Olympic bronze medalist. the two boxers hugged each other at the end of the bout.
Congratulations Mary Kom @MangteC ! You have done it again! India is proud of you! We all are proud of you! Congratulations again on your maiden Gold in the CWG. @PMOIndia @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/WQ0Y2ee4DJ— Nongthombam Biren (@NBirenSingh) April 14, 2018
The 35-year-old clinches the only medal that was missing from her famous cabinet. What a champion.
7:35 am IST: HOCKEY - India lose women's bronze medal match!
Rani Rampal's women have been thrashed by England 6-0 in the bronze medal match of women's hockey.
India were in the game despite conceding a goal each in the second and third quarter but they completely lost the plot in the final quarter, during which they conceded four goals.
7:30 am IST: BADMINTON - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty create history!
Satwiksairaj and Chirag became the first Indian men's doubles pair to reach the final in Commonwealth Games.
The Indian duo crushed Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka in straight games.
Notably, this was Satwik and Chirag's maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.
7: 30 am IST: BOXING - Time for the big bout! Mary Kom is in action.
London Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom is taking on Northern Ireland's Cristina O'Hara in the women's 45-48kg gold medal match. This is her Commonwealth Games debut and the veteran pugilist is eyeing a finish on the top step of the podium.
7: 20 am IST: WRESTLING - Another shocker for Sakshi Malik!
The Rio Olympic bronze medalist loses 6-3 to Nigeria's Aminat Adeniyi. This is her second straight defeat in the women's Freestyle 62kg Nordic category.
She has now slipped to the fourth spot in the five-wrestler group and is likely out of gold and silver medal contention.
7:05 am IST: WRESTLING - Vinesh Phogat starts with a win, Sakshi Malik suffers shock defeat
Vinesh Phogat starts her Gold Coast campaign by winning her first women's Freestyle 50kg Nordic match against Miesinnei Genesis of Nigeria 6-5.
It was a close game as Genesis came up with a four-point move to close the gap in the second period.
Vinesh held on and won the hard-fought bout.
Meanwhile, Rio Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malaik began her Women's Freestyle 63kg Nordic campaign with a win over Ngolle Berthe of Cameroon.
However, she lost the second match to Michelle Fazzari of Canada. Sakshi was leading 8-2 before her opponent made a strong comeback to make it 8-8.
Fazzari stunned Malik by adding two more points towards the end of the bout.
7 am IST: TABLE TENNIS
Indian mixed doubles pairs lose semi-finals, to meet in bronze medal match tomorrow.
Sathiyan G and Manika Batra lose a thrilling mixed doubles semi-final to English duo of Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 3-2.
Earlier in the day, Achanta Sharath and Mouma Das lost a hard-fought mixed doubles semi-final to Ning Gao and Yu Mengyu of Singapore 3-2.
Despite leading 2-1, the seasoned Indian duo conceded the last two games to end up on the losing side.
The two Indians pairs will now meet in the bronze medal match of mixed doubles tomorrow.
What to expect on the penultimate day of action in Gold Coast
Big names, including Mary Kom (Women's 45-48 kg boxing), Sakshi Malik (Women's Freestyle 62kg Nordic wrestling), Vinesh Phogat (Women's 50kg Freestyle Nordic) are in medal contention today.
Indians will have a busy day on badminton courts as well as in the boxing rings as quite a few shuttlers and boxers have reached the final rounds.
The men and women's relay teams will be in action later in the day while Neeraj Chopra and Jinson Johnson will be participating in the men's javelin and men's 1500m finals, respectively. Arpinder Singh will also be in action in the men's triple jump final after having lost fellow finalist
Recap Day 9
India won 11 medals on Friday, April 13. While the day started with a horrible news of two Indian athletes sent home from Gold Coast over breach of "no needle policy", it got better and better as the athletes kept finishing on the podiums.
While a list of boxers, badminton stars and paddlers made the final rounds of their respective events, young guns, including 15-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala and boxers Naman Tanwar, Divya Kakran and Hassamuddin Mohammed added to the county's medal tally Friday.
List of medal winners on Day 9 for India
- Anish Bhanwala - Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol gold
- Bajrang - Men's 65kg Freestyle wrestling gold
- Tejaswini Sawant - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions gold
- Anjum Moudgil - Women's 50m Rilfe 3 Positions silver
- Manika Batra/Mouma Das - Women's doubles table tennis silver
- Mausam Khatri - Men's Freestyle 97kg wrestling silver
- Pooja Dhanda - Women's Freestyle 57 kg wrestling silver
- Divya Kakran - Women's Freestyle 68kg wrestling bronze
- Husamuddin Mohammed - Men's 56kg bronze
- Manoj Kumar - Men's 69kg bronze
- Naman Tanwar - Men's 91kg bronze