|Silver medal-winning wrestlers Bajrang (from top), Lalita Sehrawat, Satyawart Kadian
and Sakshi Malik, in Glasgow, on Wednesday
Glasgow: Indian grapplers collected four silver medals and a bronze — a far cry from Tuesday’s three-gold burst — as they took their overall tally from the wrestling arena to 10 medals, in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
With four in finals, expectations were high. But none could win a coveted gold. India had won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze on Tuesday.
Satyawart Kadian (men’s 97kg freestyle), Bajrang (men’s 61kg), Lalita Sehrawat (women’s 53kg) and Sakshi Malik (women’s 58kg) won a silver each while Navjot Kaur bagged a bronze in women’s 69kg. Navjot won in the repechage round. India have so far won three gold, five silver and two bronze medals in wrestling.
The best Indian who looked like winning a gold was Kadian. Kadian led 2-0 on technical points against Indian origin Canadian Arjun Gill in the first period of three minutes, but squandered his advantage. The others really never looked like to be in charge in the match that mattered most.
Bajrang lost his final bout against David Tremblay of Canada in men's 53kg freestyle that lasted just over one and a half minute.
Bajrang, who lost 1-4 in his final bout, was struggling all through the day with his defence and he let his opponent attack his legs from which he could not come out unscathed.
Experienced boxers Laishram Sarita Devi and young Pinki Jangra assured India of at least two bronze medals after reaching the semi-finals of the women’s lightweight (57-60kg) and 51kg category, respectively, here on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old from Manipuri came from behind to outsmart Charlene Jones of Wales 3-1 in a hard-fought quarter-final bout. She will next take on Mozambique’s Maria Machongua in the semi-finals.
Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian CWG team, outclassed her Papua New Guinea opponent Jacquiline Wangi in a unanimous 3-0 decision.
In men’s 69kg division, young Indian boxer Mandeep Jangra also assured himself of a bronze in his debut Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semi-finals after his opponent failed the medical test ahead of their quarter-final bout.
The 21-year-old, a protege of former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar, was declared the winner after his rival, Daniel Lewis of Australia, failed to get the doctor’s clearance to fight due to a cut above his eye.
In a men’s 91Kg quarter-final, India’s Amritpreet Singh suffered a 0-3 loss to Stephen Lavelle of Scotland.
Bronze for Mali
Chandrakant Mali added another medal from weightlifting, after he won a bronze in men's 94kg on Tuesday. Mali totalled 338kg (150 + 188) to finish third on the podium. Steven Kukuna Kari of Papua New Guinea bagged the gold while Australia's Simplice Ribouem won the silver.
After her giant-killing act against World No.1 Nicol David and her partner in the women’s doubles, Dipika Pallikal teamed up with Sourav Ghosal to notch up a straight-game win over Canada’s Sam Cornett and Shawn Delierre in a mixed doubles Pool E match of squash.
The 22-year-old Pallikal and Ghosal thrashed the 12th seeds from Canada 11-3, 11-2 to top pool E, which also has Sri Lanka. In Pool G, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Joshna Chinappa defeated New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Amanda Landers-Murphy 11-8, 11-10.
Earlier in the day, Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa defeated the the mighty Malaysian pair of Nicol David and Low Wee Wern in the women’s doubles 11-8, 11-5.
PV Sindhu and P Kashyap notched up easy victories in the women’s and men’s singles events respectively, to storm into the pre-quarter-finals of the badminton competition.
The shuttlers had a good day in office as P C Thulasi, RMV Gurusaidutt, Kidambi Srikanth and the men’s doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar too reached the last 16 at the Emirates Arena.
World No. 11 Sindhu thrashed South Africa’s Sandra Le Grange 21-4, 21-6, while Kashyap streamrolled Dakeil Thorpe 21-9, 21-5.
Thulasi breezed past Ireland’s Sinead Chambers 21-10, 21-2 and Gurusaidutt brushed aside Edwin Ekiring of Uganda 21-13, 21-11.
In men’s doubles, Pranaav and Akshay defeated Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Dullewa 21-10, 21-9.
Women crash out
India failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the women’s hockey competition, after going down 2-3 to South Africa in a keenly-contested must-win group match.
The Indian women put up a valiant fight and created numerous scoring chances in the second half, only to be denied by a resolute South African defence, to finish third in Group A. South Africa scored through Tarryn Bright (14th minute), Dirkie Chamberlain (35th) and Illse Davids (54th), while Jaspreet Kaur (34th) and Rani Rampal (59th) were the goal getters for India.
Gowda in final
Vikas Gowda finished on top in the qualifying to seal his place in Thursday’s discus throw final, while Sahana Nagaraj also made it to the final round in women’s high jump.
Gowda, who is India’s first ever CWG medal winner in discus, covered a distance of 64.32m in his first attempt and was way ahead of second-placed Apostolos Parellis (61.91m) from Cyprus and Jamaica’s Chad Wright (61.08m). Gowda had won a silver medal at the Delhi Games.
Sahana jumped 1.81m in fourth attempt to finish seventh in her group and qualify for the final. Mayookha Johny’s effort of 6.11m was not good enough for her to qualify for the women’s long jump event.