It was a fruitful day for the Indian contingent at Commonwealth games 2018 as the country won much needed 3 gold medals to add to India’s kitty.
Indian shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil won the first gold and silver for India after smashing the Games record to secure first position in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event.
Later, just 15 year old wonder kid, Anish Bhanwal scripted history by becoming the youngest Indian to clinch gold medal in Commonwealth Games after shattering the Games record yet again in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol.
Asian Champion wrestler, Bajrang Punia later bagged another gold after defeating Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority in the men’s 65kg category.
Pooja Dhanda and Mausam khatri too won the silver lining for the country in wrestling while 19 year old, Divya settled for Bronze after defeating her Bangladesh’s opponent.
Indian paddlers Manika Batra and Mouma Das failed to rewrite history in table tennis and settled for the silver medal in women’s doubles category after losing out to World no.8 Singaporean duo.
However, it was a disappointment for Indian men’s hockey team who lost their match to New Zealand by 2-3 in a thrilling semi-final of the CWG 2018. India put up a disastrous defensive performance in the first quarter to concede two goals to Hugo Inglis (seventh minute), Stephen Jenness (13th). But Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke in the 29th minute as India trailed 1-2 at half-time.
Marcus again put New Zealand in the commanding position in the 40th minute by 1-3 but India decreased the deficit in 57th minute of the match but it proved to be too late to find an equaliser.
Australia continue to dominate the medal tally with 168 medals (65 Gold, 49 Siver and 54 Bronze) and is looking strong to take the first position, followed by England (31 Gold, 34 Silver, 34 Bronze) and India (17 Gold, 11 Silver, 14 Bronze).
Canada and South Africa are catching up with India to take the 3rd position and India really needs to secure as many golds as they can on the last day of CWG 2018.
India has many medal events tomorrow like Boxing, Badminton, Shooting, Wrestling, Table tennis, Athletics, Squash and it will prove out to be a fight for the 3rd position between India, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.
Medal tally after Day 9 of CWG 2018: