India continued to have a good day at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 with weightlifter Punam Yadav winning the gold in the women’s 69kg category while 16-year-old shooter Manu Bhaker won the first shooting gold with compatriot Heena Sidhu settling for silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event.

Punam lifted a total of 222 kg which included 100 kg in snatch and 122 kg in clean and jerk to pip England’s Sarah Davies who took silver while Fiji’s Apolonia Vaivai settled for the bronze. This the fifth gold for India in weightlifting at Gold Coast 2018 with Mirabai Chanu, Sanjita Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala earlier triumphing their opponents to emerge champions in their respective categories.

Manu Bhaker, the country’s sixteen-year-old shooting prodigy, won the gold while fellow shooter Heena Sidhu took the silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event. Bhaker produced a scintillating performance, setting a new games record with a total of 240.9 points in the final round while Sidhu registered 234 points to make it a 1-2 for India at the podium while Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch took the bronze.

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Shooter Ravi Kumar won the 10th medal of the games for India after he won a bronze in the 10-m air rifle shooting. On the other hand, Vikas Thakur won a bronze in men’s 94kg weightlifting.

In boxing, five-time world champion, ‘Supermom’ MC Mary Kom, confirmed a medal in the 48 kg category in her debut Commonwealth Games after advancing to the semi-finals.

India is presently placed fourth in the points table, winning six golds, two silvers and three bronze medals. Australia leads the medals tally with 23 golds, 20 silvers and 24 bronze. England with 17 golds, 17 silvers and 6 bronze are currently second while Canada with 7 golds, 11 silvers and 8 bronze medals is currently placed third.


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