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Sivalingam lifts gold, Katulu clinches silver

- Shreyasi & Asab win medals; Ghosal in last four
Shreyasi Singh after winning the silver medal in women’s double trap, in Glasgow, on Sunday

Glasgow: Satish Sivalingam earned India a gold medal late on Sunday when he finished best in the men's 77kg weightlifting event in Glasgow.

It was double joy for India as Ravi Katulu won the silver medal in the same event. The bronze went to Australia's F Etoundi.

Sivalingam lifted a total weight of 328kgs to not only win the gold, but also create a Games record.

Katulu managed to lift 317kgs in total while Etoundi lifted 314kgs.

Good day for athletes

Poovamma Machettira and Sharadha Narayana qualified for the semi-finals of women's 400m and 100m race, respectively, while Om Parkash Singh Karhana entered the final of the shot put event.

Poovamma set a time of 54.01 seconds in the heats and was last of the eight competitors to reach the semis. Sharadha is placed last after having clocked a timing of 11.81s, which was way behind her personal best of 11.39s.

Sindhu falters

In badminton, P V Sindhu suffered a three-game loss against Michelle Li, but the Indian team still managed to advance to the semi-finals of the mixed team championship after defeating Canada 3-1.

India were leading 2-0 after the first two matches, courtesy the winning start by mixed doubles combo of Kidambi Srikanth and Jwala Gutta and men’s singles player Parupalli Kashyap. However, Hong Kong-born Michelle then stunned Sindhu 15-21, 22-20, 21-17 in an hour-long women’s singles match to reduce the margin.

Women lose

The women’s hockey team failed to keep their winning momentum going as they were blanked 0-3 by higher-ranked New Zealand. India showed glimpses of individual brilliance but the girls failed combine as team to be able to break the resolute defence of fourth-ranked New Zealand.

Paddlers disappoint

The women’s table tennis team failed to win a medal after losing the bronze play-off to Australia.

The 23-year-old Ziyu Zhang starred for Australia by winning her two singles, against the experienced Shamini Kumaresan and Madhurika Patkar respectively. Zhang’s come from behind victory in the fourth rubber against Patkar helped Australia seal the tie 3-1.

Ghosal excels

In squash, Saurav Ghosal notched up a hard-fought 3-2 win over New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson to enter the semi-finals of men’s singles but it was curtains for Dipika Pallikal. The fourth seed Ghosal won 8-11 7-11 11-6 11-8 11-6.

Ghosal thus became the first Indian to reach the singles semi-finals since the sport was introduced in the Games programme in 1998.

Double joy

For shooters Shreyasi Singh and Mohammed Asab, it was their first Commonwealth Games medal. The 22-year-old Shreyasi shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver in double trap, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England.

The 26-year-old Asab, who topped the qualification round, and Englishmen Steven Scott and Matthew French were tied at 27 points after shooting 15 pairs of targets, and they had to go through to a shoot-off to decide who plays for the bronze medal play-off with the fourth-placed shooter in men’s double trap. Asab made it to the podium after a tense shoot-off.

Punam bags bronze

Punam Yadav clinched another medal in weightlifting event as she lifted a total of 202kg to claim a bronze in the women’s 63kg. Punam was locked in a gripping battle with Olayuwatoyin Adesanmi and defending champion Obioma Okoli, but the two Nigerian athletes totalled five kilos more than the Indian.

Both Adesanmi and Okoli totalled 207kg but the former was awarded gold as her body weight was one kilo less than the defending champion at 62kg.

Late on Saturday, Omkar Otari won a bronze in men's 69kg competition. Otari was leading at the halfway stage but his disappointing show at the clean and jerk cost him the gold as he was taken over by Mohd Hafifi Mansor of Malaysia and Yinka Ayenuwa of Nigeria. (Agencies)