Sanket Mahadev Sargar, Gururaja Poojary, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and Bindyarani Sorokhaibam made a memorable day for India at Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday. Catch Day 2 highlights.
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India opened its medal account at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday with 21-year-old weightlifter Sanket Mahadev Sargar claiming a silver in the men's 55 kg category. He wanted nothing less than the gold, but two failed clean and jerk attempts spoiled his chances, and settled for a combined lift of 248 kg (113 kg+135 kg) to finish second. Then fellow lifter Gururaja Poojary, the silver medallist in the last edition (56 kg), took the bronze in men's 61 kg. But the biggest attraction of the day was Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who shattered Commonwealth Games records to win India's first gold medal. Later, another Tokyo Olympic Games medallist Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) started her campaign with a 5-0 win. Bindyarani Sorokhaibam, then, won India's fourth medal of the day in the women's 55 kg weightlifting. The women's hockey team also won but the women's table tennis team, the defending champions, crashed out. Catch Day 2 highlights.
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Final standings - Gold to Nigeria's Adijat Olarinoye with a combined lift of 203 GR (92 GR + 111). Silver for Bindyarani Sorokhaibam with a lift of 202 kg (86 + 116 GR). Bronze for Fraer Morrow of England. She lifted 198 kg (89 + 109).
Clean lift from Bindyarani Sorokhaibam. And she grabbed the silver. Her 116 kg is a new Games record in clean and jerk.
So, four lifters and four medals for India on a hectic day.
Fraer Morrow failed in her final attempt to lift 115 kg. Now, Bindyarani Sorokhaibam has the chance to win silver. And she bravely takes the bet. Going for 116 kg.
Adijat Olarinoye completed her lift with a 110 kg valid lift. Meaning, she has 202 kg. Bindyarani Sorokhaibam tried 114 kg, and she failed. Shuffling. All three reds. She now has 194 kgs. Bronze assured.
Adijat Olarinoye, after no lift in the first attempt, got the nod. And she led the pack. England's Fraer Morrow second and Bindyarani in third.
Fraer Morrow of England is currently in silver medal position. And Bindyarani Sorokhaibam with her first lift in clean and jerk. 110 kg. And clean.
Canada's Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet with 101 kg attempt. And she failed. The fight for medals has begun. She is fourth in the list.
India's Srihari Nataraj finished seventh with a timing of 54.31s.
Adijat Olarinoye, however, failed to lift 93 kg. So, her lead is three kgs from Morrow, and six from Bindyarani. Indian lifter will need some catch-up in the clean and jerk. Her personal best in C&J is 114 kg.
Nigeria's Adijat Olarinoye is making this competition her own. 92 kg is easy. And will have another go in the snatch. England's Fraer Morrow is second (89 kg), and India's Bindyarani Sorokhaibam is in bronze position (86 kg). Two lifters are already out with no lifts.
And make it 86 kg. Two-to-one verdict. Nigeria's Adijat Olarinoye is yet ti start her campaign. England's Fraer Morrow made it 89 kg.
Bindyarani Sorokhaibam lifted 84 kg in her second attempt.
India's Sanjeet lost to Alo Leau of Samoa 2-3 in men's 92 kg (heavyweight, round of 16
Bindyarani Sorokhaibam started with a clean lift of 81 kg in snatch.
In men's 92 kg (heavyweight) boxing round of 16, Sanjeet takes on Alo Leau of Samoa.
India women's hockey team beat Wales 3-1 for the second win in two outings.
Wales pulled one back in the dying seconds of the third quarter. Third goal from PC in the match. India did challenge it, but wasted. India led 2-1.
Bindyarani Sorokhaibam will be in women's 55 kg weightlifting.
India's Lovlina Borgohain defeated Ariane Nicholson of New Zealand 5-0 in women's 70 kg (light-middleweight) round of 16 clash.
India lead Wales 2-0 at halftime. Both the games came from PCs.
Earlier, India lost the women's team table tennis quarter-final match to Malaysia 2-3. In the fifth and final match, India's Reeth Tennison lost 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 9-11 to Ying Ho.
India took a 1-0 lead against Wales, thanks to a PC conversion. Just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
It's 0-0 after the first quarter between India and Wales. India were the better side, but failed to convert their chances.
Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain's round of 16 bout against Ariane Nicholson of New Zealand starts in a bit.
India and Wales match started. India won their first match against Ghana, 5-0 yesterday.
Manika Batra loses to Karen Lyne of Malaysia 6-11, 3-11, 9-11. It's 2-2 after four matches. Earlier, Reeth Tennison/ Sreeja Akula lose to Karen Lyne/ Li Sian Alice 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11 in the first game. Batra the beat Ying Ho 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 11-3 to make it 1-1. Sreeja Akula made it 2-1 with a win over Li Chang (11-6, 11-6, 11-9).
"The exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes," wrote PM Narendra Modi.
The exceptional @mirabai_chanu makes India proud once again! Every Indian is delighted that she’s won a Gold and set a new Commonwealth record at the Birmingham Games. Her success inspires several Indians, especially budding athletes. pic.twitter.com/e1vtmKnD65— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 30, 2022
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 World champion, dominated the field with a dominant show. The Tokyo Olympics silver medallist started with a lift of 84 kg, then created a new Commonwealth Games record (88 kg) in snatch. But she failed in the 90 kg. In the clean and jerk, she started with a lift of 109 kg, then made it 113 kg (new Games record). But she failed to lift 115 kg in the final attempt, thus settling for another new Commonwealth Games record of 201 kg.
Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius and of Hannah Kaminski of Canada took silver and bronze, respectively. Ranaivosoa lifted 172 kg (76 kg in snatch and 96 in clean & jerk), while Kaminski managed 171 kg (74 kg in snatch and 97 in clean & jerk).
115 kg for the third and final attempt. And a failed attempt. But a gold medal and Commonwealth Games record.
Next 113 kg. And another clean lift for Mirabai. Now putting up a show!
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu started with 109 kg, for a new Commonwealth Games and surely a gold medal. First for India. A combined total of 197 kg.
Her personal best of 119 kg is the world record in clean and jerk.
Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius lifted 96 kg to make her combined total 172 kg.
Nigeria's Stella Kingsley now leading the pack with a combined lift of 166 kg. Her clean and jerk lift was 92 kg.
Sri Lanka's Srimali Divisekara pushed the limit, but her gutsy attempt ended up with a failed lift. 90 kg.
Hannah Powell with the 85 kg. Encouraging clean, then failed to make it jerk. Earlier, Ying Chan of Singapore challenged the no lift verdict and it's rejected.
Marjia Akter Ekra of Bangladesh resumed proceedings with an attempt of 70 kg in the clean and jerk, and twist. Looked like a broken left wrist. She was fifth in the Junior World Champs.
90 kg. Not yet. She knows it. A little head shake. Nonetheless, a new Commonwealth Games record in snatch. Will enter clean and jerk with an advantage of 12 kg from her nearest rival.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu with the new Commonwealth Games record and personal best. 87 kg, with some trouble.
. #MirabaiChanu has just set a new Commonwealth Games record by lifting 88kgs #CommonwealthGames2022 #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/lnPRWreXuU— Avinash Kumar Pandey🇮🇳 (@A_VinashPandey) July 30, 2022
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu to start with 84 kg. And, it's a clean lift. Her target is that magical 90 kg.
Stella Kingsley of Nigeria the first to lift 75 kg, and Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius did one better.
Now 74 kg. And it's veteran Thelma Toua of Papua New Guinea. She's three on three. She leads the pack.
Hannah Kaminski of Canada was supposed to have the first crack at 70 kg. But instead, it's Stella Kingsley of Nigeria. And the 19-year-old made it look easy. Mirabai to start at 80 kg.
Hannah Powell of Wales failed to lift 67 kg in her first attempt. Others waiting in the wings to increase the bar.
A field of 11 lifters, and on with snatch round. 60 kg just breached with Ying Chan of Singapore going for 61. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu's best lift is 86 kg.
India women's team meets Malaysia in the quarter-finals, starting 8:30 pm IST.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is action. She is the hot favourite to win women's 49 kg weightlifting.
India can have more medals from weightlifting on day 2 with coming up for India tonight with Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (women's 49 kg at 8 pm IST) and Bindyarani Sorokhaibam (women's 55kg at 12:30 am IST) in action.
India's Nitendra Singh Rawat finished 12th in the men's marathon. The 35-year-old Rawat clocked 2 hours, 19 minutes and 22 seconds. Uganda's Victor Kiplangat (2:10:55) won the gold, ahead of Tanzania's Alphonce Felix Simbu (2:12:29) and Kenya's Michael Mugo Githae (2:13:16).
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Here are men's categories - 55 kg, 61 kg, 67 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 96 kg, 109 kg and +109 kg.
And women's categories - 49 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 76 kg, 87 kg and +87 kg.
In the last edition, India won nine medals.
Men's - Gururaja Poojar (silver in 56 kg), Deepak Lather (bronze in 69 kg), Sathish Sivalingam (gold in 77 kg), Ragala Venkat Rahul (gold in 85 kg), Vikas Thakur (bronze in 94 kg) and Pardeep Singh (silver in 105 kg).
Women's - Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (gold in 48 kg), Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu (gold in 53 kg), Punam Yadav (gold in 69 kg).
Medallists - Aznil Bin Bidin Muhamad of Malaysia wins gold with a Games record total lift of 285 kg. Morea Baru of Papua New Guinea (273 kg) takes silver. And bronze for India's Gururaja Poojary (269 kg).
2️⃣nd medal for 🇮🇳 at @birminghamcg22 🤩— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) July 30, 2022
What a comback by P. Gururaja to bag 🥉 with a total lift of 269 Kg in the Men's 61kg Finals🏋♂️ at #B2022
Clean & Jerk- 151kg
With this Gururaj wins his 2nd consecutive CWG medal 🙂
Congratulations Champ!#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/UtOJiShUvS
Gururaja Poojary goes for 151 kg in his third attempt. And he is sure of a medal, bronze with a combined lift of 269 kg. Two lifters, the favs, are yet to start their clean and jerk lifts.
Gururaja Poojary goes for 148 kg in his second attempt. And another clean lift from the Indian.
Gururaja Poojary starts his clean and jerk with a clean 144 kg lift. As of now, he's in lead with a combined lift of 262 kg.
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Convincing win for Hussam Mohammed. The Indian boxer blanked Amzolele Dyeyi of South Africa 5-0 to enter the round of 16.
India women's hockey team midfielder Navjot Kaur to fly back home after testing positive for COVID-19.
India's Hussam Mohammed in action against Amzolele Dyeyi of South Africa.
Muhammad Aznil bin Bidin of Malaysia has shattered the Commonwealth Games record in the snatch with a lift of 127 kg. He however failed to lift 130 kg in his final attempt. He has a six kg advantage. On course to defend the title.
Poojary now fourth.
It's 120 kg, and Gururaja Poojary fails to make a lift in his third and final snatch attempt. His valid is 118 kg.
Gururaja Poojary then made it 118 kg in the first attempt. A gutsy lift.
India's Gururaja Poojary, who won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, starts with a lift of 115 kg in the first attempt.
India's Gururaja Poojary will be in action in the men's 61 kg event.
India's Aakarshi Kashyap defeated Vidara Suhasni Vindanage of Sri Lanka in the women's singles tie to help India win the tie 3-0.
Sanket Mahadev Sargar goes into into medal contention. He lifts 135kg successfully in clean and jerk. He is having a total of 248kg. Looks like the Indian has injurued himself in his second clean and jerk attempt. He tried 139kg, but looks like he is fine now. He tried 139kg in his third attempt but fails again and its the same right knee which he has hurt again. Sanket wins silver after Malaysia's Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq takes gold. Sri Lanka's Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage bags bronze.
India have defeated Guyana in their second table tennis women's team group match. Sreeja Akula and Reeth Tennison beat Natalie Cummings and Chelsea Edghill 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 in doubles before Manika Batra despatched Thuraia Thomas 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 in the singles. Tennison completed the deal with a 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 win over Edghill.
Lakshya Sen gives India 2-0 lead after winning the men's singles match against Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne 21-18, 21-5. India's Aakarshi Kashyap will be up against Vidara Suhasni Vindanage in the women's singles tie.
In the men's marathon final, India's Nitendra Singh Rawat is currently in the 17th position.
India's Sanket Sargar is currently in action in the men's 55kg weightligting final. He has successfuly lifted 113kg in snatch. Can he bring a India's first CWG 2022 medal?
India are currently playing Sri Lanka in the mixed team Group A tie. The pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Machimanda Ponnappa have won the first game 21-14, 21-9 against Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa. India's Lakshya Sen will be up against Niluka Karunaratne next.
Led by PV Sindhu, India have made a bright start to their mixed team campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Pakistan in Group A on the opening day. On Saturday, India will face Sri Lanka and Australia and if they manage to win both, they will advance into the quarterfinals. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have been rested against Sri Lanka with Lakshya Sen to lead charge. Both Sindhu and Srikanth are expected to be in action against Australia.
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🇮🇳 badminton team kick-off their #B2022 campaign with a 5️⃣-0️⃣ win over Pakistan in the mixed team event 🏸#Badminton | @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/lNB37VCHxA
Hello and welcome to the Day 2 live coverage of Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. After a fruitful fopening day, India are likely to open their medal count on Saturday with Saikhom Mirabai Chanu expected to be one of them.
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