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Seema Punia wins a silver

- Pinki settles for a bronze; shuttlers in semis
Sharath Kamal after beating Englandís Paul Drinkhall, on Friday

Glasgow: India earned their second medal in track and field, when discus thrower Seema Punia won the silver medal, at the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

Pugilists L Sarita Devi was assured of a silver, while Pinki Jangra won a bronze, on the ninth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games, here on Friday.

Krishna fifth

Seema came up with her season’s best performance, but compatriot and defending champion Krishna Poonia finished a disappointing fifth.

Seema hurled the disc to 61.61 metres to win the silver. She had won the bronze in the 2010 Games where India had clinched all the three medals. The gold went to 2009 world champion Dani Samuels of Australia and England’s Jade Lally won the bronze.

Samuels was nowhere near her personal best of 67.99m but a throw of 64.88m was enough to seal the gold. Jade covered 60.48m.

Krishna struggled right from the start and barely managed to make the cut for the final round, finishing a lowly 11th among the top-12. She finished fifth in the final with a throw of 57.84m. Sahana Kumari finished eighth in the women's high jump.

India beat Scotland

In women’s hockey, India secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over hosts Scotland to finish a disappointing fifth.

Devendro in final

Laishram Devendro Singh was assured of a silver medal in men’s light flyweight (49kg) category in boxing, after winning his semi-final bout.

In women’s boxing, Sarita Devi outpunched her Mozambique opponent, Maria Machongua, to storm into the final of the 60kg category.

Earlier in the day, Pinki lost a close semi-final bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland to settle for a bronze medal in women’s 51kg category.

Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian boxing squad, put up a valiant fight, but could not pack enough punch against a taller opponent.

Silver in TT

In table tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj won the silver in the men's doubles. They lost in the final to Gao Ning and Li Hu of Singapore 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5).

The duo had earlier blanked Singapore's Yang Zi and Zhan Jian 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 in the semi-finals.

Sharath continued his fine showing and made it to the semi-finals of the men's singles event as well.

Sharath humbled England's Paul Drinkhall 4-1 to enter the last four round. Sharath comfortably won 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 in the best-of-s even quarter-final encounter that lasted just 43 minutes.

However, it was curtains for Soumyajit Ghosh in the men's singles quarter-finals, as he lost to England's Liam Pitchford 4-2.

Ashish disappoints

Gymnast Ashish Kumar finished last in the men’s vault final due to a fall on the mat. Ashish had won a silver in vault and bronze in floor event in the 2010 Delhi CWG, to become the first Indian gymnast to win a medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Sindhu in semis

In badminton, medal aspirants P V Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap notched up straight-game wins in the women’s and men’s singles, respectively, to storm into the semi-finals.

World No. 11 Sindhu didn’t break any sweat as she brushed aside New Zealand’s Anna Rankin 21-10, 21-9 in a 24-minute match while Kashyap, ranked 22, thrashed Daren Liew 21-13, 21-14 in a match that lasted 38 minutes.

Sindhu will next take on Canada’s Michelle Li, while Delhi Games bronze winner Kashyap will meet Rajiv Ouseph of England.

Lead squandered

India missed out on a historic bronze medal in the lawn bowl men’s fours team event, after the quartet squandered a huge lead midway to lose to Australia in the third-place encounter.

India — comprising Kamal Kumar Sharma, Chandan Kumar Singh, Samit Malhotra and Dinesh Kumar — were leading 11-5 after the eighth of the 15-end match and came agonisingly close to creating history before losing the bronze-medal match 14-15, at the picturesque Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls ground here.

Saurav, Dipika crash out

It was a bad in office for the squash players. Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal crashed out of mixed double event, beaten 2-0 (11-6, 11-9) in the quarter-finals by Australia’s David Palmer and Rachael Grinham.

Harinder Pal Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa also bowed out in the quarter finals after losing a hard-fought 11-7, 8-11, 6-11 match against second-seeded New Zealand pair of Martin Knight and Joelle King.

Medals added

Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha has been stripped of her weightlifting gold medal after failing a dope test, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Friday.

As a result, Dika Toua from Papua New Guinea has been awarded the gold medal, with Indian duo Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh claiming silver and bronze, respectively. Both A and B samples of the 16-year-old, who won gold in the women’s 53kg competition, contained prohibited diuretics and masking agents.