Commonwealth Games 2022: India’s gold rush on penultimate day; boxers make merry
India’s Zareen Nikhat displays her gold medal won at the women’s boxing event over 48kg-50kg (Light Flyweight) at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
India on Sunday (7) continued with their impressive show at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with a number of medals, including gold.
India are now ranked fifth in the medal tally with 55 medals, including 18 golds, 15 silvers and 22 bronzes. Australia were leading the table with 64 golds, 53 silvers and as many bronzes.
In table tennis, India’s mixed doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula won the top medal defeating Malaysian pair of Javen Choong and Karen Lyne 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6.
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Earlier, Indian men’s doubles duo of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran bagged the silver medal in the final, losing to Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford of England 11-8, 8-11, 3-11, 11-7, 4-11.
It was the second gold for the Indian table tennis team after the men’s team bagged the top medal beating Singapore 3-1 on August 2.
Eldhose Paul wins gold in triple jump
In men’s triple jump, India athletes Eldhose Paul won gold while Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevid bagged silver. Paul finished at the first position with the best jump of 17.03 metres, which came in his third attempt. He performed the first 17-metre jump of the final. Narangolintevid finished second with the best jump of 17.02 metres which came in his fifth attempt. The bronze medal went to Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief who had the best jump of 16.92 metres that came in his first attempt.
Indian boxer Nitu Ghangas wins gold
Indian boxer Nitu Ghangas clinched the gold medal defeating England’s Demie-Jade Resztan in the final of the women’s 48 kilogram (kg) category on Sunday.
She won on basis of points by 5-0 over her English opponent. Ghangas was a notch above Resztan throughout the match. The English boxer was fighting well, but fell short in all three rounds as all five judges voted in favour of Ghangas.
Amit Panghal gives India another gold in boxing
India’s Amit Panghal won gold in the men’s flyweight category beating England’s Kiaran MacDonald on the penultimate day. This is Panghal’s second medal at the Games overall, having bagged a silver in the previous edition in Gold Coast, Australia.
Boxer Nikhat Zareen excited to meet PM Modi after winning gold
Indian boxer Nikhat Zareen clinched gold in the final of the women’s 50 kg Light Flyweight category and said she was excited to meet prime minister Narendra Modi and added that she will take his autograph on her boxing gloves.
Zareen, who won India’s third consecutive gold medal of the day defeating Northern Ireland’s Carly MC Naul in the final of women’s 50kg (Light Flyweight) category, told Asian News International, “I’m very excited to meet him (PM Modi); I took a selfie with him last time & want a new one now. Last time, I took his autograph on my T-shirt, now I’ll take it on my boxing gloves,”
[With agency inputs]