India at the 2022 Commonwealth Games: Wrestlers shine on day 8

The Indian wrestlers stole the show on day 7 of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 by bagging 6 medals including 3 gold medals. Indian athletes were in action in 7 sports on Friday. Here’s a look at the full results:

Wrestling: Indian grapplers bagged 6 medals including 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals on Friday.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang Punia defeated Lachlan McNeil of Canada 9-2 in the final of men’s 65kg freestyle to give India the first gold medal in Wrestling. This is 2nd consecutive Commonwealth Games gold for the 28-year-old, who had also clinched a silver in 2014.

Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik won her first Commonwealth┬á Games gold after pinning Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Canada in the final of the women’s 62kg category.

Deepak Punia completed the hattrick of gold medals for India in wrestling after gaining a victory against Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam in the men’s 86kg freestyle. The 23-year-old won 3-0.

Anshu Malik settled for silver after losing 3-7 against Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria in the final of women’s 57kg category.

Also making a podium finish were Divya Kakran (women’s 68kg) and Mohit Grewal (men’s 125kg freestyle). Both of them took bronze.

Lawn Bowls: Indian men’s pairs team entered the final and confirmed medal. The quartet of Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Singh and Dinesh Kumar beat Canada 14-10 in the quarterfinals & England 13-12 in the semis. They will face the Northern Ireland in the gold medal match on Saturday.

Table Tennis: Tokyo Paralympics medalist Bhavina Patel assured herself a medal after entering the final of the Women’s Singles C3-5 category. In the same category, Sonal Patel lost in the semifinals and will have to play for bronze. In men’s singles C3-5, Raj Alagar lost in the semis and will play for the bronze. The medal matches in para table tennis will be played on Saturday.

Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal has a memorable outing as he won all of his matches on Friday while it was a day to forget for Manika Batra.

Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sanil Shetty entered the quarterfinals of men’s singles. In men’s doubles, Sharath-Sathiyan entered the last four while Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Sharath also qualified for the semifinal of mixed doubles with his partner Sreeja Akula. However, gold medal favourites Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra suffered a shocking defeat in the quarterfinal.

Sreeja Akula was sole Indian to make it to the final four in women’s singles. She stunned 3rd seed Zhang Mo of Canada in the quarterfinals. Manika Batra was eliminated in the quarterfinals while Reeth Tennison lost in the pre-quarterfinals.

Badminton: Indian shuttlers posted easy wins on the matches they featured in on Friday.

In men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth entered the quarterfinals.

PV Sindhu and Akarshi Kashyap also made it to the final eight of women’s singles.

In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj-Chirag are into the quarterfinals. In women’s doubles, the young pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly qualified for the┬á quarters.

Squash: It was a mixed day for India in squash.

In women’s doubles, the reigning world championship gold medalist pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In men’s doubles, the young pair of Velavan Senthilkumar and Abhay Singh entered the quarterfinals.

The duo of Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal made it to the semifinals.

Hockey: The World No.9 Indian women lost to World No.3 Australia in shootouts (0-3). The match was forced into shootouts after the score was tied 1-1 at the regulation time. Indian eves will now take on New Zealand in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

Athletics: Indian 4*400m men’s relay team qualified for the final by securing 2nd spot in their heat. Amoj Jacob ran the anchor leg and helped India secure the second spot after the team was lagging at the 4th position.

Hima Das missed out on the women’s 200m final by 0.01s. Hima clocked 23.42 to finish 3rd in heat 2 of the semifinals. She was 0.01 second behind second-placed Ella Connolly of Australia.

Jyothi Yarraji clocked 13.18 in heat 2 of women’s 100m hurdles. Yarraji finished 4th in her heat and failed to qualify for the final.

Ancy Sojan finished 13th in the women’s long jump qualifying round with the best effort of 6.25 and missed out on the qualification for the final.

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