|Shun Xie Teo of Singapore flanked by India’s Malaika Goel (left) and Dorothy Ludwig of Canada, in Glasgow, on Friday. While Shun won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol, Malaika and Dorothy bagged the silver and bronze medals, respectively. (PTI)
Glasgow: Shooters stole the limelight on Day II of the 20th Commonwealth Games, here, on Friday, with Abhinav Bindra clinching a gold medal and unheralded 16-year-old Malaika Goel bagging a silver.
India’s good show in weightlifting continued as young Andhra Pradesh girl Santoshi Matsa grabbed the bronze medal in the women’s 53 kg category. India’s overall medals tally climbed to 10, after collecting seven medals on the opening day.
India were placed fourth on the medals table with a tally of three gold medals, four silver medals and three bronze medals, behind toppers England (18), Australia (15) and Scotland (10).
Mandeep Jangra started his campaign in style defeating Mozambique's Augusto Mathule in the 69 kg welterweight boxing on Friday.
However Parveen Kumar of India lost to Corey Henderson of Scotland in the superheavyweight (+91 kg) category to bow out. Jangra got a perfect 10 from all three judges in the first and third round while he got 29 in round two.
India beat Wales
The men’s hockey team launched their campaign on a sluggish note as they toiled hard to register a 3-1 win over a lowly Wales in their opening Pool A match at the National Hockey Centre.
India scored two goals through penalty corner conversions by V R Raghunath (20th minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (42nd). Girvinder Singh Chandi scored from a field effort in the 47th minute. Wales’ lone goal was netted by Andrew Cornick. India will play hosts Scotland on Saturday.
Judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with only Sunibala Huidrom managing to enter the bronze-medal contest in the women’s 70kg category.
Sunibala faced a tough test in the repechage contest, but she managed to prevail over Monika Burgess of Canada.
However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women’s 63kg category after she went down fighting in her repechage round.
On the mark
Abhinav Bindra won gold medal in 10m air rifle, while teenager Malaika gave India their first shooting medal with a silver in the women’s 10m air pistol. Favourie Heena Sidhu fell by the wayside.
Goel shot an aggregate of 197.1 in the finals to finish second and grab her first senior international medal after a close fight for the gold on the opening day of shooting competitions at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre at Dundee.
Singapore’s Shun Xie Teo won the gold, shooting 198.6 in total while Canada’s Dorothy Ludwig was a distant third with a 117.2 effort.
A pre-competition favourite Heena Sindhu finished a disappointing seventh after topping the qualifications.
Squash star Joshna Chinappa suffered a 1-3 defeat against World No. 4 Joelle King of New Zealand in the round of 16 to crash out of the women’s singles competition on Friday. India’s Anaka Alankamony, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Mahesh Mangaonkar won their respective opening singles convincingly.
Sandeep Sejwal finished a poor sixth, with a timing of 1:03.24 sec, in the first semi-final of the 100m breastroke. Sejwal had finished fourth in the heat No. 3 with a timing of 1:02.97 secs to qualify for the semi-final
In table tennis, the men’s and women’s teams blanked Guyana and Kenya by identical 3-0 scores, in the group stage. After thrashing Vanuatu 3-0 on the opening day, the men’s team continued their good show with Anthony Amalraj, Soumyajit Ghosh and the doubles pair of Sanil Shankar Shetty and Amalraj winning their matches.
Bronze for Matsa
Young Andhra Pradesh girl Santoshi Matsa grabbed the bronze medal in the women’s 53 kg category.
This was India’s fifth medal from the weightlifting in Glasgow. The 20-year-old Santoshi lifted a total of 188 kg in snatch and clean and jerk to get the bronze. Nigerian 16-year-old schoolgirl Chika Amalaha won the gold with a total lift of 196 kg. (PTI)