Commonwealth Games, Day 8: As it happened

At the end of Day 8, India is placed third in the tally with 14 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze medals.

Pakistan's Muhammad Asad Butt (right) wrestles with India's Kumar Sushil in the men's freestyle 74 kg wrestling match on Thursday.   -  AFP

6:28pm: Another eventful day comes to an end, with medals coming from shooting, wrestling and track & field. The eighth day at the Games started with Tejaswini bagging silver in 50m prone shooting and then it was a medal rush for India in wrestling - 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Sushil won his successive Commonwealth gold, Rahul Aware also clinched a gold in another weight category of wrestling. In women's freestyle wrestling, Babita Kumari Phogat and Kiran settled for silver and bronze respectively. Then it was Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon ending the day with Silver and bronze in discus throw.

 

6:10pm: That's it and Australia is through to the finals of the women's hockey after a 1-0 win against India. But with that scoreline against the formidable Aussies, Indian players deserve a bit of credit. The India Women will be playing England in bronze play-off on Saturday and Australia takes on New Zealand in the summit clash.

6:01pm: Less than 8 minutes left to the final hooter and India desperately looking for the equaliser. PC chances also gone begging.

5:53pm: Q4 gets underway in the India vs Australia women's hockey semifinal.

5:51pm: Q3 ends with Australia managing to find the net. The fourth and final Quarter going to be crucial for both the teams. IND 0-1 AUS.

5:40pm: GOAL. Where did that come from? With that strike, Australia has managed to break the deadlock and now with a 1-0 lead. Grace Stewart, the goalscorer.

5:35pm: Australia gets a penalty corner but fails to convert and still remains goalless.

5:22pm: And that will be half-time with IND 0-0 AUS.

5:18pm: Let's now shift back the focus to women's hockey semifinal where India has done well so far by denying the Aussies. Scoreline still 0-0 and kudos to India for its gritty defending.

5:10pm: Elsewhere, India has bagged two medals in women's discus throw with Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon winning silver and bronze respectively.

 

5:04pm: At the end of first quarter, IND 0-0 AUS. Australia did get couple of scoring opportunities, but India also played well, especially the defense.

5:03pm: In women's singles Table Tennis quarterfinals, Mouma Das loses to Mengyu Yu of Singapore.

4:51pm: The first quarter is underway and Australia has got a PC. India does well, scoreline still 0-0.

4:44pm: The big one coming up next, India taking on Australia in women's hockey semifinal.

4:22pm: Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki Reddy are through to the quarters with 21-18, 21-13 win in Round of 16.

4:19pm: In squash men's doubles, Vikram Malhotra/Ramit Tandon move into quarterfinal with 2-0 win.

4:15pm: Meanwhile, in women's long jump final, India's V. Neena & Nayana James finish 10th & 12th respectively.

4:10pm: Manika Batra beats Yihan Zhou 11-5, 11-6, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 to enter women's table tennis singles semifinal.

 

3:27pm: In Table Tennis men's doubles, Sharath Kamal/Sathiyan & Sanil Shetty/Harmeet Desai have advanced to the quarterfinal.

Saina Nehwal storms into singles quarterfinal

 

3:12pm: In badminton men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty beat Aatish Lubah/Christopher Paul to enter quarterfinal.

3:05pm: Joshna Chinappa/Harinder Pal Singh knocked out after losing their quarterfinal match against New Zealand pair.

2:52pm: Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal has won the first game 21-4 in her Round of 16 match against Jessica Li of Isle of Man.

 

2:04pm: Sushil Kumar clinches his third Commonwealth gold after beating Johannes Botha of South Africa on technical superiority in men's freestyle 74kg. This is India's second gold in wrestling and 14 overall at Gold Coast.

 

2:01pm: Both wrestlers in all readiness as the bout begins. Can Sushil give India the second gold medal of the day?

1:54pm: The big bout starting in few minutes time with India's star wrestler Sushil Kumar taking on Johannes Botha of South Africa in men's freestyle 74kg.

 

1:32pm: Kiran gives India its third wrestling medal by bagging bronze in women's freestyle 76kg.

1:24pm: Next up will be Kiran against Katouskia Pariadhaven of Mauritius in a bronze medal match in women's freestyle (76kg).

1:12pm: Aware now leading 13-6. Clock ticking away, gold looking realistic. And that is the end of the bout, and Aware giving India its first Wrestling gold at this Games. He won the bout 15-7 to give India its 13th gold medal.

 

1:06pm: Aware not dropping his guard and continues to attack, now with 9-6 lead. The Indian wrestler seems to have injured himself. Back to the fight again.

1:05pm: Aware pins down Takahashi to take an early two-point lead, but the Canadian grappler claws back immediately by grabbing four points.

1:01pm: In few minutes time, the next Indian grappler Rahul Aware will be in action against Steven Takahashi of Canada in the men's 57kg freestyle category. Can he win the first wrestling gold at this Games?

12:40pm: Great move by Babita as she takes two points. But Weicker turns the table with a three-point lead. That's it, Babita settles for a silver after conceding the final bout 2-5.

12:38pm: The Canada wrestler now got a 1 point lead, Babita yet to open her account.

12:30pm: Folks, grab your seats as gold medal bouts are set to get underway.

Babita Kumari vs Diana Weicker (CAN) for Gold in Women's Freestyle (53kg)

Rahul Aware vs Steven Takahashi (CAN) for Gold in Men's Freestyle (57kg)

Sushil Kumar vs Johannes Botha (RSA) for Gold in Men's Freestyle (74kg)

12:04pm: Coming up next is wrestling where four medals are up for grabs - 3 golds and one bronze.

 

10:39am: Meanwhile, in Table Tennis, India's Harmeet Desai and Mouma Das have advanced to the singles quarterfinals. Achanta Sharath Kamal Achanta too has entered the quarterfinal after beating Heming Hu 11-8,12-10,8-11,11-6,11-5.

 

10:30am: Tejaswini Sawant gives India first medal of Day 8. She clinches silver in Women's 50m Rifle Prone Finals, while Anjum Moudgil finishes 16th.

 

10:06am: Kidambi Srikanth beats Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne 21-10 21-10 and is through to the quarterfinals. The World No 1 shuttler will face either Buwaneka Goonethilleka (Sri Lanka) or Zin Rei Ryan Ng (Singapore).

10:05am: Sindhu is through to the quarterfinals. She beat Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen 21-15 21-9. She will face Brittney Tam (Canada) next.

9:50am: Sindhu races to a 15-9 lead and finally, wins the first game 21-11; Srikanth wins first game 21-10.

9:35am: Chen is not an easy opponent at all, but Sindhu has taken a slender 11-9 lead at mid-game. On the other hand, Srikanth leads 11-3 in first break.

Kidambi Srikanth against (Karunaratne) and P.V. Sindhu (against Chen) are currently in action in men's singles and women's singles respectively.

9:20am: Arpinder Singh and A.V. Rakesh Babu will both participate in the triple jump final on Friday after being among the 11 men who gained berths despite not mapping 16.60m, the qualification mark.

9:00am: H.S. Prannoy through to the quarterfinals beating Anthony Joe (Australia) 21-18 21-11; P.V. Sindhu, in the meanwhile, is trailing 3-4 in the first game against Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen of Australia; in mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will join Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa in the quarterfinals.

8:45am: India's top-ranked woman paddler Manika Batra is through to the quarterfinals of women's singles; along with G. Sathiyan, she also advanced to the quarterfinal of mixed doubles.

 

8:42am: In table tennis, Sharath Kamal/Mouma Das enter quarterfinals of mixed doubles. The duo beat England's David McBeth/Kelly Sibley 11-5, 11-9, 11-9; Sanil Shetty/Madurika Patkar also enter mixed doubles quarterfinal beating Rhikesh Taucoory and Elodie Ho Wan Kau (Mauritius) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.

8:40am: Rahul Aware through to the final of men's freestyle 57kg after overcoming Mohammed Bilal of Pakistan 12-6.

8:30am: Babita Kumari, the lady grappler, also registered a win. She knocked down Australia's Carissa Holland in just 36 seconds.

8:15am: Senior pro Sushil Kumar wins another 11-0, after his round of 16, to earn a berth in the semifinal of the men's 74kg freestyle event. He beat Muhammad Asad Butt of Pakistan. In women's freestyle 76kg, India's Kiran beat Cameroon's Danielle 11-1 to enter the semifinals, which she lost. But she has a chance of claiming bronze now against Mauritius' Katouskia Pariadhaven, for the third place.

8:00am: It seems to be a good day for wrestling. India, which so far has been winning medals in shooting and weightlifting, will now claim a bit of fame in wrestling too.

7:45am: In squash, Dipika Pallikal/Saurav Ghoshal and Joshna Chinappa/ Harinder Pal Sandhu advance to quarters of mixed doubles.