Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Venkat Rahul Ragala adds 4th gold to India's weightlifting haul at CWG

Flexible feline! Kitten tries its hand at gymnastics while watching the Commonwealth Games Aussie gymnast wins silver in all-round event
Andrew Cummings | 08 April, 2018, 01:04

All of medals for India here have come from weightlifting category. Of course, the weightlifting competition is only half done with seven more lifters waiting to make their presence felt.

Kylie Masse took gold in the 100m backstroke just two days after setting a Commonwealth Games record in her first heat. He would not risk completing a squat, perhaps for fear of causing more damage to an injured muscle.

He lifted a total of 295 kg (136 kg in snatch and 159 kg in clean and jerk) to take India's medal tally to four at the Gold Coast.

There was similar smart decision-making when Venkat Rahul dealt with the challenge offered by Samoa's Don Opeloge. At the 2014 CWG, at just 20 years of age, Sanjita won gold over Mirabai Chanu with a total lift of 173 kg which was just two kgs short of the Games record. Chanu managed to lift 196-kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort. India had to face the ignominy of having been suspended by the International Weightlifting Federation for dope-related offences.

Team Canada hit the ground running at the Commonwealth Games and their momentum has not wavered since. The men's team did even worse, finishing seventh.

Gold Coast: Indian swimmer Sajan Prakash narrowly qualified for the final of swimming men's 200-metre Butterfly event of the 21st Commonwealth Games at the Optus Aquatic Centre in Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday.

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The other accused in the case, actors Saif Ali Khan , Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam Kothari , were acquitted on the same day. The Bollywood heartthrob's latest blockbuster " Tiger Zinda Hai " ( Tiger is alive) collected some $85 million worldwide.

Conte rejects claim he wants Chelsea exit
Their lacklustre performance in Chelsea's first home defeat to Tottenham for 28 years hardly erased that impression. Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has paid his respects to club legend Ray Wilkins following his death earlier this week.

Le Clos was unbowed about his attempt to beat or equal the record of 18 medals held jointly by shooters Mick Gault and Philip Adams.

Tai was a second behind her world record time.

"We should not be discouraged by the poor start". Sindhu is, however, likely to return to action for her women's singles campaign which gets underway on April 11.

Putting up a dismal show, world cup medallist gymnast Aruna Reddy failed to qualify for the final round but a "lucky" Pranati Nayak made the cut in vault event of the women's artistic gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

The team yesterday lost 65-110 to New Zealand.

India enjoyed stellar day in the indoor competitions of badminton and table tennis. India's men's paddlers will meet Singapore in the semifinals, defeating Malaysia 3-1, while the women's team will face England in the last four after defeating Malaysia 3-0. The team at the receiving end of the top seeds' ferocity was Mauritius, blanked 3-0 by Saina Nehwal and Co.in yet another clinical takedown. England's Molly Renshaw was second (2:23.28) and Chloe Tutton from Wales was third in 2:23.42. Earlier today, veteran Sathish Kumar Sivalingam defended his title in a comprehensive fashion in the men's 77 kg event in Gold Coast, winning the gold by lifting a total of 317 kg.

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