Here are the top moments from the sixth day of action from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Indian athletics entered the fray as Tejaswin Shankar secured the country’s first high jump medal while weightlifters continued their dominant run.
Tejaswin rocks after rocky build-up
Tejaswin Shankar won bronze in the men’s high jump event with a best of 2.22m. He had first time clearances at 2.10m, 2.15m, 2.19m and 2.22m before failing twice at 2.25m. Tejaswin had only one attempt left at 2.28m, which he missed. The 23-year-old had endured a rocky build-up to the Games, with his participation in doubt till the last minute, and reached Birmingham just three days before his event. READ MORE
Chin up champion
Judoka Tulika Maan won silver in the women’s +78kg category after losing to Scotland’s Sarah Adlington by Ippon in the final. The Indian had defeated New Zealand’s Sydnee Andrews in the semifinal, earlier in the day, to book her place in the gold medal contest. This was India’s third medal and second silver in Judo at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. READ MORE
Squashing his way into history books
Saurav Ghosal was a bundle of emotions after the bronze medal match. The 35-year-old won a medal in a category that denied him the chance every time of asking - the men’s singles. Ghosal beat former world number 1 and defending Commonwealth Games champion James Willstrop of England 11-6, 11-1, 11-4 to secure India’s first singles medal in the sport at the Commonwealth Games. READ MORE
Weightlifting makes it 10 for India
Gurdeep Singh won bronze in the men’s 109+kg weightlifting event. He snatched 167kg and lifted 223kg in the clean and jerk to post a total of 390kg. This was India’s 10th medal in weightlifting in the ongoing Games. Pakistan’s Muhammad Nooh Dastgir Butt won gold with a total lift of 405kg while David Andrew Liti of New Zealand won silver with 394kg. READ MORE
Lovepreet thumps National Records
Lovepreet Singh clinched the bronze in the men’s 109kg weightlifting event with a total lift of 355kg. He snatched 163kg and clean and jerked 192kg to break his National Record in both disciplines on the way to the medal. Cameroon’s Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu won gold with a total lift of 361kg while Samoa’s Jack Hitila Opeloge won silver with 358kg. READ MORE
Clinical Women in Blue into semifinal
India thrashed Barbados by 100 runs to enter the semifinal of the women’s T20 cricket tournament. Pacer Renuka Singh Thakur picked four for 10 in four overs as India restricted the opposition to 62 for eight and register its second-largest victory (by runs) in T20Is. Earlier, Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma powered India to 162 for four, scoring 70 runs in the last seven overs. READ MORE
Chak De India
Lalremsiami, with a little more than nine minutes left, scored the decider amid a goalmouth melee during a penalty corner as India took a 3-2 lead against Canada and eventually sealed a semifinal berth with the same scoreline. Salima Tete opened India’s account before ordinary defending by Canada saw Navneet Kaur extend its lead in the 22nd minute. READ MORE
Historic sprint for Sri Lanka
Yupun Abeykoon scripted history by winning the bronze in the Men’s 100m event with a timing of 10.14 seconds. Abeykoon became the first Sri Lankan, in 24 years, to win a medal in Track & Field at the Commonwealth Games. Earlier in July, Abeykoon had become the first South Asian to breach the 10-second barrier in the 100m, clocking a time of 9.96s.
Defying age and odds at 72
Rosemary Lenton of Scotland, making her Commonwealth Games at the age of 72, won a gold medal in the Women’s Pairs B6-B8 final Lawn Bowls event alongside Pauline Wilson (right). The Scottish pair held its nerve in a tightly-contested final against Australia. A former competitive sailor and cyclist, Lenton was left needing a wheelchair two decades ago due to health complications following a routine surgery.
A gold, a record, an emotion
Emily Campbell of England won the gold in the Women’s 87+kg weightlifting event with a combined total of 286kg and set a new Games Record. Her lifts of 124kg in the snatch and 162kg in clean and jerk were also Games Records as Campbell left reigning champion Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa (268kg) far behind in the competition. Campbell had become the first British woman to win a Olympic weightlifting medal when she took home the silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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