Commonwealth Games: Indian cyclists disappoint in qualifiers

Posted April 06, 2018

Desperate to make up on lost ground, he decided on a fearless but ultimately futile attempt to match the existing Games record of 145 kg, which saw him crash out of contention for medal.

Malaysia's Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad won gold in the men's 56kg weightlifting with a total lift of 261kg - a Commonwealth Games record. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out for the gold medal in the event.

Australia's first Games medal was won very early in the day, as Jake Birtwhistle braved a downpour to finish second in the men's triathlon. The aspiring wrestler had to take to weightlifting after he failed to find a good academy in Ujire, near Mysore, when he was still in college.

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The 31-year-old, who previously won gold medals in the 100m hurdles in the 2010 and 2014 Games, had been struggling with the persistent injury in the build-up to the quadrennial competition. Read Also: Women's hockey coach Harendra Singh doesn't want to be satisfied with anything less than gold in the CWG The Indian star started the clean and jerk session in similar fashion, lifting 103 kg in her first attempt to take the lead straightaway.

England's total of 258.950 left them more than 10 points clear of Canada in second place, with Scotland narrowly beaten into the bronze medal position. The former Asian medallist won on a unanimous decision.

Chinappa had little trouble getting past Papua New Guinea's Lynette Vai, winning 11-3 11-7 11-2.

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Mixed doubles pair Chris and Gabby Adcock overcame Kasirye Brian and Nakiyemba Aisha while Rajiv Ouseph and Chloe Birch followed that with wins in their singles games against Edwin Ekiring and Shamim Bangi respectively. "But still, I am happy", the lifter added.

After a comprehensive 5-0 victory over minnows and neighbouring country Sri Lanka, the Indian badminton team would be brimming with confidence when it meets arch-rivals Pakistan at the Carrara Sports Centre in Queensland for its second group stage match of the day.

Already 2-0 up, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan teamed up to beat Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-4) in the men's doubles match, making it 3-0 in favour of the Indians. Sajan Prakash failed to even make the semifinals in the same event.

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