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Apurvi, Rahi strike gold

- Shooters return with five medals on Day III

Glasgow: Apurvi Chandela and Rahi Sarnobat clinched a gold medal each as Indian shooters returned with five more medals on Saturday, the third day of competition, at the 20th Commonwealth Games, here.

Besides Apurvi and Rahi, Ayonika Paul, Prakash Nanjappa and Anisa Sayyed claimed a silver medal each to accumulate seven medals from shooting so far. Later in the day, judoka Rajwinder Kaur bagged a bronze in women’s +78kg. With her medal in judo, India took their overall medals tally to 16 and were placed fifth on the medals table. They now have five gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.

Boxers start well

Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar started their campaigns with wins on Saturday. Vijender punched his way to the pre-quarterfinals with a unanimous 3-0 verdict over Andrew Kometa of Kiribati in the 75kg bout while Manoj beat Mokhachane Moshoshoe of Lesotho with the same margin in the 64kg category.

India dominate

In hockey, India dished out a dominating performance to notch up a 6-2 victory over hosts Scotland in a Pool A match here on Saturday. Ranked ninth in the world, India went on a goal-spree as they rode on the scores from Gurbaj Singh (6th minute), Raghunath Ramachandra (22nd, 44th), Rupinder Singh (36th, 49th) and Gurwinder Chandi (40th). Kenny Bain (56th) and Nicholas Parkes (68th) were the goal scorers for Scotland.

Judoka’s bronze

In judo, Rajwinder defeated Esther Akinyi Ratugi of Kenya in the bronze medal match on penalty points to bring cheers to the Indian camp. The Kenyan was handed three penalties in the four-minute bout as against none for Rajwinder.

Earlier, Rajwinder had lost to J. Myers of England in the quarter finals but won her repechage match against Sophie Vaillancourt of Canada to earn a chance for the bronze medal match. With this bronze, the medal count for India from judo has risen to four. In the men’s event, Sahil Pathania (upto 100 kg) lost to Tim Slyfield in the bronze medal contest.

Gold haul

Rahi, 23, and 21-year-old Apurvi were the star performers for India today as they bagged the yellow metal in the women’s 25m pistol and 10m air rifle events respectively.

It was an all-Indian affair in the women’s 25m pistol, as Rahi beat Anisa in the gold-medal match 8-2. Earlier, Rajasthan girl Apurvi got India their second gold from the shooting range winning the 10m air rifle event with a score of 206.7, while compatriot Ayonika winning silver.

Nanjappa got a silver in the 10m air pistol event, after narrowly missing out on the gold due to a lapse in concentration. He paid the price for a horrendous shot midway into the final round, shooting a disappointing 7.7 to hand the lead to eventual winner Daniel Repacholi of Australia.

Saurav, Dipika shine

Squash players Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal secured hard fought victories to reach the singles quarter finals for the first time. While Saurav defeated Australia’s Steven Finitsis 11-2, 11-5, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8, Dipika thrashed Delia Arnold of Malaysia 11-6, 12-10, 11-5.

Paddlers in semis

The Indian women’s table tennis team blanked New Zealand 3-0, a side full of Chinese-origin players, to march into the semi-finals. K. Shamini won the first singles, defeating 52-year-old Chun Li 5-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5. In the second match, Manika Batra outsmarted Chunl Li’s sister Karen 11-13, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5. In doubles, Shamini and Madhurika Patkar outplayed Karen and Yang Sun 11-8, 11-8, 11-8. (Agencies)