Minutes after Murali Sreeshankar clinched the silver in the men's long jump, Sudhir opened India's para sports medal account at the Commonwealth Games 2022 by winning a gold medal. Catch CWG 2022, day 7 highlights.
Why was it so important for the Karnataka government to hold Ganesh Chaturthi puja in an Idgah maidan somewhere in the state? Was it something to do with the fact that assembly elections are around the corner?
With the tide of majoritarian appeasement, fuelled by the ruling political establishment, there are efforts now to even exempt the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri dispute in Varanasi from the ambit of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.
If the Ram Temple movement established the saffron outfit in the Hindi belt, the Hubballi campaign catapulted it to power in the state
PFI came into being in response to violence against Muslims. Political silence on it only helped the fundamentalist outfit grow in coastal Karnataka
The 1990s decade was dominated by the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row. Now, the Gyanvapi mosque row has added another chapter to the country’s history of disputes over religious structures and the spaces they occupy.
Only two medals (one gold, one silver) for India on day 7 of the Commonwealth Games 2022, but there were encouraging results from the boxing ring, and also from the badminton and squash courts. Also, wrestling competitions start on Friday. So, the day belonged to Murali Sreeshankar. The 23-year-old from Kerala took the men's long jump silver to become the first Indian to win a medal in the event. Sudhir then opened India's para sports medal account by winning the gold medal in men's heavyweight para powerlifting with a Games record. Earlier in the day, boxers Amit Panghal, Jaismine Lamboria, Sagar Ahalwat and Rohit Tokas assured India of more medals by making semis. Following their mixed bag in the team competitions, Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen have made it to the Round of 16 in the individual events. The table tennis stars Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra also have winning starts in doubles events. The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Wales 4-1 in Group B to enter the semi-finals. India now has 20 medals (six gold, seven silver, seven silver). Catch CWG 2022, day 7 highlights here:
20 Medals - Six Gold, Seven Silver, Seven Bronze
HISTORIC GOLD FOR INDIA 🔥🔥🔥— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2022
Asian Para-Games Bronze medalist, #Sudhir wins 🇮🇳's 1st ever GOLD🥇 medal in Para-Powerlifting at #CommonwealthGames with a Games Record to his name 💪💪
Sudhir wins his maiden 🥇 in Men's Heavyweight with 134.5 points (GR) at CWG#Cheer4India
After the hustle and bustle of athletics, Sudhir late in the night gifted India India a gold medal by winning the para powerlifting men's heavyweight event. The Asian Para Games bronze medallist, lifted 208kg in his first attempt before increasing it to 212kg in his second effort to gather 134.5 points. He thus broke the Games record. The 27-year-old has an impairment due to the effects of polio.
Only one medal so far, but plenty to cheer about. And there will lot more on day 8.
SREESHANKAR WINS SILVER 🔥— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2022
🇮🇳's National Record holder Sreeshankar Murali becomes the 1st ever Indian male to clinch a Silver medal in Long Jump at #CommonwealthGames
He clinches SILVER 🥈in Men's Long Jump event with the highest leap of 8.08m at @birminghamcg22#Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/9nHpvlSsqi
Murali Sreeshankar loses out the gold medal to Laquan Nairn despite having the same distance. Blame it on the second best. Nairn with 7.98m, Shanker with 7.84m.
Murali Sreeshankar, with a personal best and national record of 8.36m, on with his final attempt. And it's a red flag, and he settles for the silver.
The 23-year-old from Palakkad in Kerala becomes the first male Indian athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in the long jump.
Muhammed Anees Yahiya on with his final attempt. And he finishes with a jump of 7.97m. His best of the night. Out of medal contention.
Murali Sreeshankar with his penultimate jumps. And what a jump. 4cm buffer from the launch board and one fine landing. Laquan Nairn (8.08m) of Bahamas, Jovan van Vuuren (8.06) of South Africa and Shawn-D Thompson (8.05) are the top three. And it's 8.08m for the Indian athlete. Now shares the lead.
Another 7.74m for Muhammed Anees Yahiya. Underwhelming!
Murali Sreeshankar on with his fourth attempt, and it's a red flag. Just by -1mm at the launch board. Unbelievable. But that's what laser says.
Muhammed Anees Yahiya starts the final three sets after making the cut as the 8th best (7.72m). And he starts with a jump of 7.74m.
India's Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal beat Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood of Barbados in straight games (11-4, 11-4)
Rohit Tokas beats Xavier Mata'afa-Ikinofoniu of Niue 5-0 in quarter-finals. Another medal is assured.
Laquan Nairn (8.08m) of Bahamas, Jovan van Vuuren (8.06) of South Africa and Shawn-D Thompson (8.05) with 8+ jumps.
To eight gets another three jumps. Muhammed Anees Yahiya of India in the danger zone.
Murali Sreeshankar on with his third attempt. Another 7.84m, and he's not happy with the reading.
Muhammed Anees Yahiya on with his third attempt. Good lift, but yet another poor landing. It's 7.72m.
India's Lakshya Sen beats Vernon Smeed of Saint Helena in straight games (21-4, 21-5 to enter pre-quarters.
India's Rohit Tokas up against Xavier Mata'afa-Ikinofoniu of Niue.
Lakshya Sen takes on Vernon Smeed of Saint Helena.
India's Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Joel Alleyne and Jonathan van Lange of Guyana in straight games (11-2, 11-5, 11-6) to enter pre-quarters.
Murali Sreeshankar on with his second attempt, and it's 7.84m.
Much better attempt from Muhammed Anees Yahiya to cover 7.65m in the second attempt.
Murali Sreeshankar, the favourite, starts with a 7.60m jump, leaping from well behind the board. His effort in the qualification was 8.05m.
India's Muhammed Anees Yahiya gets a red flag for overstepping on the leaping board. Well over. His qualification best was 7.68m.
India's Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla and Anahat Singh lose to Donna Lobban and Rachael Grinham of Australia (4-11, 4-11) in women's doubles, round of 16 clash.
India's Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty beat Elia Iosif and Christos Savva of Cyprus (11-6, 11-5, 11-1) to enter men's doubles pre-quarters.
India's Muhammed Anees Yahiya and Murali Sreeshankar will compete in the men's long jump final. Scheduled start time is 12:12 am.
India's Manika Batra beats Canada's Ching Nam Fu in straight games (11-5, 11-2, 11-7, 11-6) to enter pre-quarters.
Pakistan's Mahoor Shahzad is unable to continue after that gruelling first game (20-22). India's Aakarshi Kashyap wins the match.
India's Aakarshi Kashyap saves a game point to take the first game (22-20) against Mahoor Shahzad of Pakistan, leads 1-0
India's Reeth Tennison beats Charlotte Bardsley of England 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3.
India's Sreeja Akula beats Karen Lyne of Malaysia 12-10, 12-10, 4-11, 11-8, 11-8.
India's Aakarshi Kashyap is taking on Mahoor Shahzad of Pakistan.
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No score for India's Parmjeet Kumar. He failed to lift 165 kg in his third attempt.
India's Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula beat Owen Cathcart and Sophie Earley of Northern Ireland 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.
It's all happening in Birmingham. England lead Canada 4-1 at half-time, and just before the break, Canada Balraj Panesar gets a red card for a fight.
India's Parmjeet Kumar will be in action. Earlier, in the women's lightweight, Manpreet Kaur and Sakina Khatun finished 4th and 5th, respectively
India's Sathiyan G and Manika Batra beat Mick Crea and Laura Sinon of Seychelles in three games (11-1, 11-3, 11-1).
India's Sagar Ahalwat beats Keddy Evans Agnes of Seychelles 5-0 to reach semi-finals. Another medal assured for India.
A final push from Wales, and it's the long hooterrrr.
India enter the semis with a fine 4-1 win over Wales. A hat-trick for the skipper Harmanpreet Singh.
Four games, three wins and a one win. India's first target will be to win the pool and avoid Australia in the semis.
One PC, two PC, three PC. And Wales take the review with 42 seconds to the final whistle. Manpreet Singh can't hide his beguiling smile. Wales keep the review. It's from the stick.
Round one completed. India's Sakina Khatun, with a lift of 90 kg, is fifth. Manpreet Kaur is 6th with 87 kg. Nigeria's Onyinyechi Mark leads the pack with 105. England's Olivia Broome (103) and Kenya's Hellen Wawira (95) are second and third, respectively.
Wales earn another PC, and Gareth Furlong makes it count. Deflection from the stick of Surender Kumar, and beating Krishan Pathak. It's India 4-1 Wales. Little over five minutes remaining.
Wales earn a PC. India take the challenge, but the video says "no reason to change the decision". Stick check, the foul. Krishan Pathak stands tall and blocks the drag-flick. India 4-0 Wales.
A disallowed goal for Gurjant Singh. Drilled from the right channel by Shamsher, and Gurjant guides past the goalie. The original call was about the rising ball, of dangerously play. No dangerous play, says the video umpire. Then the onfield wants to check the whistle was already blown. And again, in India's favour. India 4-0 Wales. 12 minutes remaining in the final quarter.
India's Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal beat Emily Whitlock/ of Peter Creed of Wales 11-8, 11-4.
Dipika Pallikal is playing only the doubles, Saurav Ghosal already won bronze in men's singles.
End of the third quarter. India lead Wales 3-0, thanks a sensational hat-trick from skipper Harmanpreet Singh.
No clear reason to change the onfield decision. It was a nice variation for the PC, and a Lalit going for the deflection was blocked. And now, Harmanpreet Singh scores. To the left, sending the Wales goalie the wrong way. His second hat-trick of the tournament.
India lead Wales 3-0 with a little over four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Back-to-back PCs, and from the following play Lalith Upadhyay earns a stroke. Wales challenge the penalty call. India lead 2-0.
India's Manpreet Kaur and Sakina Khatun will be in action.
It's half-time. India lead Wales 2-0. A couple of wasted opportunities for India.
Another PC and a pumped-up Harmanpreet Singh makes it 2-0 for India with a bullet. He's now the leading scorer.
Back-to-back PCs, thanks to a very lengthy deliberation from the officials, and Harmanpreet Singh sounds the board with a low drag flick to the second post. His seventh goal for the joint-most. 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
India's Joshana Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu lose to Donna Lobban and Cameron Pilley of Australia (8-11, 9-11).
Earlier, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Anahat Singh entered the pre-quarterfinals of the women's doubles event with an 11-9, 11-4 win over Yeheni Kuruppu and Chanithma Sinaly of Sri Lanka.
Shocking refereeing. Luke Hawker blocks Harmanpreet Singh with a high elbow and one of the referees cautions the Indian player. Harmanpreet livid.
It's still 0-0 in India vs Wales match after the end of first quarter. PR Sreejesh was forced to make a brilliant save and Amit Rohidas picked up an finger injury. Wales defence well organised.
India vs Wales in action. Quiet start. Still 0-0 after five minutes. Another big win will assure India a top spot in the pool, ahead of England, thanks to goal difference.
India's Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh defeat Luca Reich and Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands 11-3, 11-1.
India's Jaismine Lamboria beats Troy Garton of New Zealand. A split decision, 4-1 and another medal assured.
In para table tennis, India’s Sonalben Patel advances into women's singles classes 3-5, Group 2, semifinals after beating Nigeria’s Chinenye Obiora 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.
Another medal sealed in boxing as Amit Panghal makes his way into the semifinals. Panghal defeated Lennon Mulligan of Scotland 5-0 in men’s 51kg quarterfinals.
4️⃣th MEDAL CONFIRMED ! 💪@Boxerpanghal showed his 🅰️ game to eke out 🏴’s Lennon Mulligan and cements his place into the semifinals. 👊🔥@birminghamcg22 #Commonwealthgames#B2022#PunchMeinHainDum 2.0#birmingham22 pic.twitter.com/1pPPR6CjQz— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 4, 2022
After PV Sindhu, another Indian Kidambi Srikanth defeated Uganda’s Daniel Wangaliya 21-9, 21-9 to enter into the Round of 16. The Indian duo of Ashwini Ponappa and B Sumeeth Reddy lost to Hemming Callum and Jessica Pugh of England 18-21, 16-21 in the mixed doubles tie.
Hi everyone. I've been away working on getting back to fitness, but it has been amazing to see our Team India athletes do so well in Birmingham!— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 4, 2022
Congratulations to all our medal winners so far, and to all the athletes who are representing 🇮🇳 at @birminghamcg22
Bhavina Patel of India beats Akanisi Latu of Fiji 11-1, 11-5, 11-1 to sail into women's singles classes 3-5 semifinals. Meanwhile, in women's singles classes 6-10 Group 1 clash, India’s Baby Sahana Ravi lost to Yang Qian of Australia 4-11, 4-11, 4-11.
Good news from women's hammer throw qualifiying. Manju Bala has qualified for the final with a best throw od 59.69m. Another Indian in the fray, Sarita Singh narrowly missed top 12 after finishing 13th with a 57.48m throw. Top 12 atletes after the qualifying make it to the final round.
What a comeback by the Indian duo of Shanil Shetty and Reeth Tennison against Malaysia's Wong Qi Shen and Tee Ai Xin in men's table tennis Round of 64 tie. The Indian pair lost the first two games 6-11, 10-12 but recovers to win the next two 13-11 and 11-8. However, the Indian pair lost the fifth and final game 8-11 to lose the tie 2-3.
Both Manju Bala and Sarita Singh had their second attempts red flagged. Poor show!
In Badminton, PV Sindhu has won the first game 21-4 against Fatima Nabaaha from Maldives in Round of 32 tie. Sindhu is in full domination against her Maldivian opponent. From being at 9-9 at one stage in the second game, the India bagged 10 straight points to win 21-11. Sindhu enters pre-quarterfinals. She will next meet either Saumya Gupta of Kenya or Uganda's Husina Kobugabe.
In Table Tennis, India's Shanil Shetty and Reeth Tennison are trailing 0-2 against Malaysia's Wong Qi Shen and Tee Ai Xin in Round of 64 tie. The Indian pair lost the first two games 6-11, 10-12 but recovers to win the third game 13-11. Hopes are still on.
Meanwhile, at the Alexander Stadium, India's Hima Das will be in action in few second in the women's 200m Round 1 Heat 2. She starts slow but revovers well in time to finish first and qualifiy for the semifinals with 23.42s.
A pretty decent start by Sarita Singh in women's hammer throw qualifiying. She sends the hammer to a distance of 57.48m in her first attempt. Manju Bala too gets a valid first throw of 59.68m.
In Table Tennis, Shanil Shetty and Reeth Tennison will be in action for India against Malaysia's Wong Qi Shen and Tee Ai Xin in Round of 64.
Sarita Singh and Manju Bala will represent India at women’s hammer throw qualifying event. The event has already kicked off.
In women's singles, there is hardly any competition for PV Sindhu if rankings and seeding are taken into consideration. If anyone can give SIndhu a fight, it might come in the form of world No. 13 Li Michele of Canada or the 18th ranked Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. Well, nobody knows what can happen on a given day, from outside it looks Sindhu is a certainty for gold.
With two wins and a draw from three games so far, India are currently at the top of Group B with seven points in the men's hockey tournament. Hosts England are on same points as India but are second due to poor goal difference. With Canada and Ghana already out of semifinals contention, a win or a draw will ensure India passage into the last four of the competition. England too have need a win or a draw to book their spot in semis. Harmanpreet Singh is the highest goal scorer for India so far in the tournament with six goals.
Many congratulations for your inspiring performances & making 🇮🇳 proud.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 4, 2022
Tulika Maan 🥈in Judo
Tejaswin Shankar 🥉in Men's High Jump
Saurav Ghosal 🥉in Squash
Lovepreet Singh 🥉& Gurdeep Singh 🥉in Weightlifting
Good to see medals coming from different sports for India!#CWG22 pic.twitter.com/GuCQnfKqYB
PV Sindhu has nothing left to be achieved. Two Olympic medals, two Asian Games medals, four Commonwealth Games medals and five World Championships medals are shining brightly in her cupboard. But yet, she will be gunning for glory when the Indian begins her women's singles on Thursday. Her opponent is Fatima Nabaaha from Maldives in Round of 32.
💔 for 🇮🇳 @LovlinaBorgohai gives her best but goes down narrowly by a split 2:3 decision in the quarters.— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 3, 2022
Come back stronger! 💪🥊@AjaySingh_SG | @debojo_m @birminghamcg22 #Commonwealthgames#B2022#PunchMeinHainDum 2.0#birmingham22 pic.twitter.com/Ynier7CGaH
NIKHAT THROUGH TO SEMIS 👏— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) August 3, 2022
Reigning World Champion @nikhat_zareen continues 🇮🇳’s fine run after sealing her QF bout and assuring a 3️⃣rd medal in boxing.🥊 @AjaySingh_SG | @debojo_m @birminghamcg22 #Commonwealthgames#B2022#PunchMeinHainDum 2.0#birmingham22 pic.twitter.com/Ok2zrCHrTp
𝑻𝑱 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒚𝒍𝒆! 🙌@TejaswinShankar wins #TeamIndia’s first athletics medal at @birminghamcg22 with bronze in the men's high jump 🥉🇮🇳#B2022 | #EkIndiaTeamIndia | 📸 @ghosh_annesha pic.twitter.com/Bvo4hRCKjM— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 3, 2022
Hello and welcome to another bright day at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. India enjoyed their best-ever day in CWG 2022 on Wednesday adding five medals to the tally. Don't miss out in today's action as six more medals are expected from athletics and boxing. Stay tuned.