Another bagful of medals keeps India in second spot

first_imgIndia scooped up a bagful of three gold and as many silver and bronze medals to firmly remain in second spot behind leaders Australia in the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.Medal haul keeps India at 2nd place | Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting gold Medal Tally | WATCH VIDEO | DAY 5 PICSThe three gold medals were garnered by the 25m and 10m men pistoliers with Gurpreet Singh being the common factor in both these pairs while Geeta grabbed the first gold in women’s wrestling.Gurpreet joined hands with Vijay Kumar to rake in the gold medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (pairs) event before combining well with Omkar Singh to clinch the 10m air pistol (pairs) title to become a double gold winner.The shooting gold medals provided by the men’s pistol wielders took the country’s overall gold tally from the Dr Karni Singh range to 14, showing how much the marksmen and women have contributed in keeping India’s flag flying high.Grappler Geeta trounced her rival Emily Bensted of Australia in the 55 kg category final. She entered the gold medal round by defeating Lovina Odohi Edward of Nigeria, but her teammate – 63kg grappler Suman Kundu – lost in the semi-finals.Men’s double trap shooting ace Ronjon Sondhi got a silver medal along with the men’s archery compound team and women’s 48kg freestyle grappler Nirmala Devi.The three bronze medals came in archery (women’s team compound event), 77kg weightlifter Sudhir Kumar and Ashish Kumar, in men’s gymnastics (floor exercise).advertisementThe day’s haul of eight medals boosted India’s overall tally to 14-11-8 and on course to their pre-Games target of achieving the runner-up spot behind overwhelming favourites Australia.Australia were way ahead of the rest with 27-16-14 while England lagged behind in third place (8-15-10).India struck gold early on the fourth day when marksmen Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh clinched the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (pairs) event before the men’s and women’s archery teams added to the medal tally with a silver and a bronze.Kumar and Gurpreet together fired 1162 to bag the top prize in the pistol event ahead of Malaysia’s Amir Hasan Hasli Izwan and Adzha Hafiz (1142) and Australian bronze medal winning duo of Bruce Quick and David Chapman (1125).The Indian men’s compound team lost to England by two points (229-231) in the gold medal-deciding match while the women defeated Malaysia by four points (223-219) in the corresponding event’s bronze play-off tie. These were the first two medals for the country from the archery range.The other two bronze medals were claimed by men’s 77kg weightlifter Sudhir Kumar and gymnast Ashish Kumar, an unexpected one, in the floor exercise.With inputs from PTIlast_img

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