Commonwealth Games: Rahi Sanorbat, Apurvi Chandela bag golds, India wins seven medals on Day 3

Glasgow: Apurvi Chandela and Rahi Sanorbat clinched a gold medal each in shooting as India continued its good show at the 20th Commonwealth Games, winning seven medals in all on the third day of the competition, here on Saturday.

Indian shooters returned with five more medals on Saturday as besides Apurvi and Rahi, Ayonika Paul, Prakash Nanjappa and Anisa Sayyed claimed a silver each. India had won one gold and a silver yesterday.

Indias Rajwinder Kaur bagged a bronze in womens +78kg judo competition to add to the three medals the country won in the sport, while Omkar Otari won a bronze in the mens 69kg competition to continue Indias strong show in weightlifting.

With seven more medals, India took their overall medals tally to 17 with five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals and were placed fifth on the medals table.

Australia are at top with 50 medals, including 17 golds. England too have 17 golds but are placed at second as they overall they have 45 medals. Hosts Scotland are third with 25 medals out which 11 are yellow metal. Canada also have seven gold but their total is 16 medals.

In other sports, India dished out a dominating performance to notch up a 6-2 victory over hosts Scotland in a Pool A match in the men`s hockey competition.

Ranked ninth in the world, India went on a goal-spree as they rode on the scores from Gurbaj Singh (6th minute), Raghunath Ramachandra (22nd, 44th), Rupinder Singh (36th, 49th) and Gurwinder Chandi (40th) at the National Hockey Centre here.

Kenny Bain (56th) and Nicholas Parkes (68th) were the goalscorer for Scotland.

After the match, Rupinder said: “It feels good to score two goals for India today. It was good game. Everyone played well. We have to learn what mistakes we made. We are looking for the final and maybe a gold medal.”

Among other Indians in fray, star squash player Saurav Ghosal notched up a hard-fought 3-2 win over New Zealands Campbell Grayson to enter the semifinals of mens singles but it was curtains for Dipika Pallikal in the women`s single event here.

The fourth seed Ghosal produced a gritty performance as he rallied from two-game down to eke out a difficult 8-11 7-11 11-6 11-8 11-6 win over the 12th seed from New Zealand.

Ghosal thus became the first Indian to reach the singles semifinals since the sport was introduced in the Games programme in 1998.

However, it was heartbreak for Dipika, who went down to Alison Waters of England in the quarterfinals.

Sixth seed Dipika squanded a one-game advantage to go down 11-8 2-11 9-11 6-11 to fourth seed Alison at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Indian men`s table tennis team, meanwhile, blanked hosts Scotland 3-0 to reach the semifinals but it was all over for their women counterpart after they suffered a 1-3 loss to Singapore in the last four contest.
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh and Manoj Kumar also made resounding start to their campaigns at the Commonwealth Games, winning their respective bouts with identical 3-0 scorelines, here.

Vijender punched his way to the pre-quarterfinals with a unanimous verdict over Andrew Kometa of Kiribati in the 75kg bout while Manoj beat Mokhachane Moshoshoe of Lesotho with the same margin in the 64kg category.

In badminton, P V Sindhu suffered a three-game loss against Michelle Li in the women`s singles but the Indian team still managed to advance to the semifinals of the mixed team championship after defeating Canada 3-1 here.

Silver medallists at the 2010 Delhi Games, India were leading 2-0 after the first two matches, courtesy the winning start by mixed doubles combo of Kidambi Srikanth and Jwala Gutta and men`s singles player Parupalli Kashyap.

However, Hong Kong-born Michelle then stunned Sindhu 15-21 22-20 21-17 in an hour-long women`s singles match to reduce the margin.

But men`s doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar made sure there are no more hiccups as they notched up a 21-15 19-21 21-13 win over Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng in a 49-minute match.

Earlier, Srikanth and Jwala put India 1-0 ahead with a 21-19 17-21 21-18 win over Toby Ng and Alex Bruce in the mixed doubles match.

Ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap then thrashed Andrew DSouza 21-11 21-9 in a mens singles match that last 28 minutes to make it 2-0 in India`s favour.

However, the highlight for India was the performance of Rahi, 23, and 21-year-old Apurvi as they bagged the yellow metal in the women`s 25m pistol and 10m air rifle events respectively.

It was an all-Indian affair in the women`s 25m pistol event as Sanorbat beat Anisa in the gold-medal match 8-2 to cap a brilliant second day of shooting competitions at the Barry Buddon Centre ar Dundee near here.

Sanorbat, who had lost to Anisa in the gold medal match at Delhi 2010 four years ago, said: “In the last Commonwealth Games she (Sayyed) had the gold and I got silver, so this time its the other way around and its even nicer that both the medals went to India.

Asked about her mental preparation, she said, “Im sure about one thing, its better to shoot technically rather than emotionally. Every time.”

Sayyed said the inclement weather made the competition difficult.

“Conditions were quite difficult. The rain made it darker and I had to change the filters of the glasses. When we had our practice sessions there was no rain but, during the final, conditions changed and that made it harder,” she said.

Earlier, Rajasthan girl Apurvi got India its second gold from the shooting range winning the 10m Air Rifle event with a score of 206.7, while compatriot Ayonika Paul boosted the medal tally with a silver.

Prakash Najappa also got a silver in the 10m Air Pistol event, after narrowly missing out on the yellow metal due to a lapse of concentration.

Nanjappa paid the price for a horrendous shot midway into the final round as he lost concentration and shot a disappointing 7.7 to hand the lead to eventual winner Daniel Repacholi of Australia.

The other Indian in the fray, Om Prakash had failed to qualify for the final round.

In mens skeet event, Indias Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Baba Bedi failed to advance to the semifinals after finishing seventh and 19th in the qualification round.

In Judo, Sahil Pathania (upto 100 kg men) and Jina Devi Chongtham (upto 78 kg women) and Parikshit Kumar (+100 Kg) could not earn India another medal after losing in the bronze medal contest.chandela-paul-gold-silver


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