Glasgow: Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa created history by winning the first-ever gold medal in squash, while pugilists Sarita Devi and Devendro Singh had to be content with silver medals on the 10 th day of competition, in the 20th Commonwealth Games, here on Saturday.
Sakina Khatun claimed an unexpected bronze in powerlifting.
Dipika and Joshna stole the limelight with their historic feat as they beat Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England 11-6, 11-8 in the women’s doubles squash final. It was the first squash medal for India in Commonwealth Games.
Silver medals for siblings
Sarita lost to Shelley Watts of Australia after a gritty fight in women’s lightweight (57-60kg) category to win the silver. Her younger brother Devendro was beaten by Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland in the men’s light-flyweight (46-49kg) final.
Devendro was no match for Barnes and the unanimous 3-0 verdict in favour of the Irish reflected that.
Pinki Jangra had won a bronze after losing her semi-final bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland in women’s 51kg category on Friday.
Bronze in powerlifting
Sakina Khatun did India proud by winning a bronze medal in women’s lightweight (upto 61 kg) powerlifting event. The Bangalore-born Sakina finished behind Nigeria’s Esther Oyema (gold) and England’s Natalie Blake (silver).
The Indian lifted a total weight of 88.2 kg, while Esther lifted 136 kg and Natalie managed 100.2 kg.
Sindhu manages a bronze
India kept themselves on course for a historic gold medal in badminton, with Parupalli Kashyap just a win away.
The 2010 champions pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, too, were on course to defend their title. Young P V Sindhu, however, managed only a bronze.
The Hyderabad girl defeated Malaysia’s Jing Yi Tee in the bronze medal contest 2-0 (23-12, 21-9).
World No. 22 Kashyap played out of his skin to avenge his loss to England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who had beaten him in the 2010 Delhi Games, and also during the mixed team event at the Emirates Arena here.
On Saturday, Kashyap bounced back from a game down to edge out World No. 26 Ouseph 18-21, 21-17, 21-18 and assured himself of at least a silver medal.
Delhi Games gold medallist pair of Jwala and Ashwini too notched up an easy 21-7, 21-12 win over Lai Pei Jing and Loo Yin Lim in the women’s doubles semi-finals to set up a final showdown with World No. 18 Malaysian combo of Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon.
Sharath Kamal loses
Achanta Sharath Kamal proved to be no match for Singapore’s Jian Zhan as the Indian was blanked 4-0 in a one-sided men’s singles table tennis semi-final match. Zhan won 11-6, 11-6, 11-6.
Kamal had earlier teamed up with Anthony Amalraj to win a silver medal for India after losing to Singapore’s Gao Ning and Hu Li in the final of the men’s doubles table tennis event.