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Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 8 Highlights: Indian Wrestlers Rule Birmingham; Gold For Bajrang, Deepak Punia, Sakshi Malik

Day 8 at Commonwealth Games 2022 ended with India moving to fifth place in the medal tally, thanks to wrestlers. Catch CWG 2022 highlights.

Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 8 Highlights: Indian Wrestlers Rule Birmingham; Gold For Bajrang, Deepak Punia, Sakshi Malik
Bajrang Punia was one of the six wrestlers who won a medal for India on day 8 of the Commonwealth Games 2022. Photo: PTI

Following a historic day in Indian athletics on August 4, India enjoyed another successful day at the ongoing Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on Friday. While Bhavina Patel qualified for a para table tennis final, Indian wrestlers dominated the mat in Birmingham. Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Deepak Punai won gold medals while Anshu Malik settled for silver. Then Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal added two more (bronze) India's wrestling medal tally reaches six on the opening day of the competition. In badminton, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective singles matches to enter the quarterfinals. But it was heartbreak for the Indian women’s hockey team. The Savita Punia-led side lost to Australia on penalties in the semis. Sprinter Hima Das also failed to qualify for the women’s 200m final. The squash and table tennis stars also registered some big wins. Catch CWG 2022 Day 8 highlights.

CWG 2022 Coverage | Medal Tally | Sports News

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 2:44 AM


    A sad end to a rocking day for India at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Grapplers won as many as six medals on the opening day of wrestling competitions, but the women's hockey team suffered a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out defeat against Australia in the semis.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 2:40 AM

    Squash: Mixed Doubles, Quarter-final

    Indian pair of Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal beats Rachael Grinham and Zac Alexander of Australia to enter semis.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 2:27 AM

    Hockey: Women's Semis

    Heartbreak for Indian women. They lose to Australia 0-3 in the penalty shoot-out. They will play the losers of New Zealand for the bronze medal.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 2:17 AM

    Hockey: Women's Semis

    It's 1-1 for India and Australia in the regulation time. A stunning fightback from the Indian women's team after conceding an early goal. India, then breached the famed Aussie defence.

    Penalty shoot-out to decide the winners.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 2:03 AM

    Hockey: Women's Semis

    With 11 minutes to the hooter, India score the equaliser with  Vandana Kataria finishing a brilliant Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam move. India 1-1 Australia.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 1:29 AM

    Hockey: Women's Semis

    India women trail Australia 0-1 in the first half.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 1:14 AM

    Table Tennis: Men's Singles, Round Of 16

    Sanil Shetty, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Achanta Sharath Kamal Achanta won their respective matches.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 1:08 AM

    Athletics: Women's 200m Semi-final

    India's Hima Das finished third in semi-final 2 with a timing of 23.42 seconds. She failed to qualify for the final.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:40 AM

    Hockey: Women's Semis

    It's India vs Australia for a place in the final. India finished second in Pool A, behind England. Australi won Pool B without conceding a goal in four games.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:39 AM

    Squash: Men's Doubles, Round Of 16

    India's Velavan Senthil Kumar and Abhay Singh beat Douglas Kempsell and Alan Clyne of Scotland to enter quarter-finals.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:35 AM

    Badminton: Men's Doubles, Round Of 16

    India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Murad Ali and Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti of Pakistan in straight games (21-8, 21-7) to enter quarters.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:30 AM

    Table Tennis: Women's Singles Quarters

    India's Manika Batra loses to Jian Zeng of Singapore in straight games.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:26 AM

    Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 125 kg

    Mohit Grewal beats Aaron Johnson of Jamaica in the bronze medal play-off. India now has six wrestling medals on day one of the competition.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:21 AM

    Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 125 kg

    India's Mohit Grewal takes on Aaron Johnson of Jamaica in the bronze medal play-off.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:14 AM

    Lawn Bowls: Men's Fours, Semis

    Earlier, the Indian quartret of Sunil Bahadur (lead), Navneet Singh (second), Chandan Kumar Singh (third) and Dinesh Kumar (skip) defeated England (Louis Ridout, Nick Brett, Jamie Chestney, Sam Tolchard) 13-12 to enter final.

  • 06 Aug 2022 / 12:01 AM

    Badminton: Men's Singles, Round Of 16

    India's Lakshya Sen beats Ying Xiang Lin of Australia in straight games (21-9, 21-16) to enter quarters.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:56 PM

    Wrestling: Wrestling, Women's 68 kg

    India's Divya Kakran beats Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie of Tonga in the bronze medal playoff. Three gold, one silver and one bronze so far for India in wrestling.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:50 PM

    Badminton: Women's Singles, Round Of 16

    India's Aakarshi Kashyap beats Eva Kattirtzi of Cyprus in straight games (21-2, 21-7) to enter quarters.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:49 PM

    Table Tennis: Women's Singles, Quarter-final

    India's Sreeja Akula beats Mo Zhang of Canada 4-3 to enter semis.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:37 PM

    Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 86 kg

    India's Deepak Punia beats Pakistan's Muhammad Inam 3-0 in the final to win the gold medal. Inam was the defending champion.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:27 PM

    Wrestling: Men's Freestyle (86 kg), Final

    India's Deepak Punia up against Muhammad Inam of Pakistan for the gold medal.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:25 PM

    Squash: Women's Doubles, Quarter-final

    India's Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal pair loses to Yiwen Chan and Ainaa Ampandi of Malaysia.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 10:49 PM

    Wrestling - Sakshi Malik Wins Gold

    India's Sakshi Malik's women's 62kg wrestling final against Canda's Ana Godinez Gonzalez is underway. She was trailing 0-4 at one stage but made a brilliant comeback to win the bout by fall. Sakshi win gold. What a day Indian wrestling is having in Birmingham. 

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 10:19 PM

    Wrestling - Hat-Trick For Bajrang Punia In CWG

    Bajrang Punia leads 4-0 after first period in men's 65kg final against Lachlan Mcneil of Canada. Bajrang Punia wins to win India's first wrestling gold medal at CWG 2022. He thus defends his title and also makes a CWG hat-trick. 


  • 05 Aug 2022 / 9:51 PM

    Wrestling - Anshu Malik Wins Silver

    India's Anshu Malik's gold medal match against Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye in women's 57kg is underway. She loses to settle for silver. Interestingly, Anshu is celebrating her birthday today. 

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 9:34 PM

    Mixed Bag For TT

    Mixed bag for Table Tennis in Mixed Doubles. The pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal-Sreeja Akula advances into semifinals with a 3-2 win over Liam Pitchford-Tin-Tin Ho of England. In the other quarterfinal, the duo of G Sathiyan-Manika Batra lost 2-3 to Javen Choong-Karen Lyne of Malaysia.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 9:07 PM

    Wrestlers To Fight For Gold Tonight

    No rest for Indian wrestlers. After storming into the four finals today, they will fight for gold later tonight. Anshu Malik (women 57kg) faces Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye; Bajrang Punia (men's 65kg) takes on Lachlan Mcneil of Canada; Sakshi Malik (women's 62kg) will face Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Canada and Deepak Punia (men's 86kg) will be up against Muhammad Inam of Pakistan.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 7:50 PM

    Wrestling - Bajrang, Sakshi, Anshu, Deepak Punia In Finals

    JUST IN: India's Anshu Malik assures India first wrestling medal after winning her women's 57kg semifinal bout against Nethmi Poruthotage of Sri Lanka. More medals in wrestling. Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik too ensured India atleast a silver after advancing to their respective finals. Bajrang beats George Ramm of England in men's 65kg while Sakshi wn against Etane Ngolle of Cameroon in her women's 62kg semis. Deepak Punia also entered the final after beating Canada's Alexander Moore in men's 86kg semis. However, Mohit Grewal lost in the semis.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 7:45 PM

    PAK's Arshad Misses IND's Neeraj At CWG 2022

    Pakistan's javelin star Arshad Nadeem has spoken about his friendship with India's Neeraj Chopra, who will be missing the CWG 2022 due to a groin injury. READ what he has to say. 

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 7:10 PM

    Wrestling - Heartbreak For Divya

    While all the Indian wrestlers are on a winning start, fellow Divya Kakran bowed out after losing to Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in women's freestyle 68kg quarterfinal. In men's 86kg, Deepak Punia advances into semifinals after defeating Sheku Kassegbama of Sierra Leone.


  • 05 Aug 2022 / 7:04 PM

    Wrestling - Bajrang Punia In Semis

    Two in two for Bajrang Punia. After entering into the quarterfinals earlier on the day, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist wins against Jean Guyliane Joris Bandou 5-0 to advance into the semifinals. He will face England's George Ramm for a place in final. Mohit Grewal too won his 125kg category bout against Alexios Kaouslidis of Cyprus.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 6:59 PM

    Celebrating Tokyo Olympics Hockey Bronze

    Today also marks one year anniversary of the India men;s hockey team winning the historic bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics. 

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 6:56 PM

    Badminton - Sindhu Enters Quarterfinals

    Looks like it's too easy for PV SIndhu against Husina Kobugabe of Uganda. The two-time Olympic medallist wins 21-10, 21-9 to enter women's singles quarterfnals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 6:54 PM

    TT - G Sathiyan Sails Into Pre-Quarters

    Expectedly in Table Tennis, G Sathiyan to won his Round of 32 match against Paul Mccreery (Northern Ireland) 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 in men's singles.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 6:47 PM

    Wrestling - Anshu, Sakshi Enter Semis

    What a bout by Anshu Malik in women's 57kg. She storms into semifinals with a 10-0 win over Australia's Irene Symeonidis by technical superiority. Anshu Malik just needed less than a minute to win the wrestling bout She will next face Nethmi Poruthotage of Sri Lanka. More joy for Indian fans. 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik to joins Anshu in semifinals after betaing Kelsey Barnes of England in women's 62kg category. Sakshi's next opponent is Berthe Emilienne Etane Ngolle of Cameroon.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 6:36 PM

    Badminton - PV Sindhu In Action

    PV Sindhu will be in action soon. Her Round of 16 tie against Husina Kobugabe of Uganda is underway. 

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 5:57 PM

    Badminton: Men's Singles - Round Of 16

    Kidambi Srikanth beats Dumindu Abeywickrama of Sri Lanka in straight games (21-9, 21-12) to enter quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 5:50 PM

    Table Tennis: Men's Singles, Round Of 32

    Achanta Sharath Kamal beats Finn Luu of Australia in straight games (12-10, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6) to enter pre-quarters.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 5:14 PM

    Athletics: Women's Long Jump

    Ancy Sojan Edappilly finishes 13th overall, and fails to make the cut for the final.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 5:00 PM

    Here's More On Wrestling Venue...

    Wrestling bouts were stopped and spectators were asked to vacate the hall after a speaker fell from the ceiling, minutes
    after the first session began. It happened right after India's Deepak Punia had won his opening 86 kg bout, according to PTI.

    Only five bouts could be completed when the speaker, used to relay announcements, fell near one of the mat chairmen, raising a safety issue at the Coventry stadium.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 4:44 PM

    Badminton: Women's Doubles, Round Of 16

    India's Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela beat Mauritius' Sang Jemimah and Mungrah Ganesha is straight games (21-2, 21-4) to enter the quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 4:38 PM

    Security Threat

    The wrestling venue at Coventry Building Society Arena in Coventry has been emptied after a security alert. More details are awaited.

    "We're taking a short pause for a safety check and will resume action once we receive the go-ahead," the United World Wrestling shared.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 4:30 PM

    Athletics: Men's 4x400m Relay, Heat 2

    The Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Amoj Jacob finishes second behind Kenya, and qualifies for the final.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 4:28 PM

    Table Tennis: Women’s Singles, Round Of 16

    India's Sreeja Akula beats Charlotte Carey of Wales 4-3 to enter the quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 4:00 PM

    Table Tennis: Women’s Singles, Round Of 16

    India's Manika Batra beats Australia's Minhyung Jee 4-0 to enter the quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 3:37 PM

    Wrestling Updates

    Winning starts for Indian wrestling superstars. Bajrang Punia defeated Nauru's Lowe Bingham in the men's freestyle 65 kg, 1/8 final. Deepak Punia then beat New Zealand's Matthew Oxenham in the men's freestyle 86 kg, 1/8 final.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 3:29 PM

    Lawn Bowls: Women's Pairs, QFs

    India's Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia lose to England's Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh in the quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 3:17 PM

    Para Table Tennis: Men's Singles C3-5, Semis

    India's Raj Aravindan Alagar loses to Nigeria's Nasiru Sule 1-3.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 3:09 PM

    Athletics: Women's 100m Hurdles, Round 1 - Heat 2 

    India's Jyothi Yarraji finishes fourth with a timing of 13.18 seconds. As good as eliminated.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 3:07 PM

    Para Table Tennis: Women's Singles C3-5, Semis

    India's Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel beats England's Sue Bailey in straight games (11-6, 11-6, 11-6) to enter the final.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 2:46 PM

    Table Tennis: Mixed Doubles - Round Of 16

    India's Achanta Sharath Kamal and Akula Sreeja beat Malaysia's Leong Chee Feng and Ho Ying.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 2:34 PM

    Table Tennis: Mixed Doubles - Round Of 16

    India's G Sathiyan and Manika Batra beat Olajide Omotayo and Ajoke Ojomu of Nigeria. The Indian pair enters quarter-finals.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 1:57 PM


    Rupal Chaudhary created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win two medals at the World U20 Athletics Championship as she followed up her 4x400m relay silver with a bronze medal in the women's 400m in Cali (Colombia). Rupal clocked 51.85 seconds to finish third behind Yemi Mary John (51.50) of Great Britain and Damaris Mutunga (51.71) of Kenya on Thursday night. On Tuesday, she had won a silver as part of the 4x400m relay quartet that finished second behind USA with an Asian junior record time of 3:17.76s.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 1:53 PM

    Wrestling Schedule

    wrestling competitions start today. Here is the list of Indian wrestlers in action today:

    Mohit Grewal in the Men's Freestyle 125kg,
    Bajrang Punia in the Men's Freestyle 65kg,
    Deepak Punia in the Men's Freestyle 86kg,
    Anshu Malik in the Women's Freestyle 57kg,
    Divya Kakran in the Women's Freestyle 68kg,
    Sakshi Malik in the Women's Freestyle 62kg.

    Action starts 3:30 PM IST.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 1:47 PM

    Hockey: Women's Semi-final

    Indian women's team will take on Australia. Here's the preview and how to watch.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 1:17 PM

    Lawn Bowls: Women’s Pair, Quarter-finals

    It's Lovely Choubey and Nayanmoni Saikia vs England's Sophie Tolchardand Amy Pharaohin.

  • 05 Aug 2022 / 11:59 AM


    Hello and welcome to Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. It's going to be an exciting day for India as all the top stars will be in action. ICYMI, here is the Day 7 recap


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