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CWG update, day 3: K Ravi Kumar gives India second lifting gold

Last updated on: October 06, 2010 21:28 IST

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India's K Ravi Kumar created a new Commonwealth Games record with a total lift of 321kgs as he grabbed gold in the 69-kg category in the weightlifting competition in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The Orissa lad proved too good for his opponents as the second best and silver medalist was Sri Lanka's Chinthana Vidanage, who finished with lift of 308 kgs.

Mohd Hafifi Mansor of Malaysia bagged bronze with a total lift of 306 kgs.

From the very beginning, Ravi Kumar looked set to dominate the competition as he topped the snatch event with a lift of 146 kgs, which was also a Games record.

Hafifi Mansor ended with 137 kgs and the Chinthana Vidanage lifted 134 kgs in snatch.

Thereafter, at the clean and jerk event also, the 22-year-old Indian lifted 167 kgs in his very first attempt to put on a total of 313 on board, while his closest two competitors were hovering around 306 to 308 mark, aiming a maximum of 310 kgs.

Sri Lanka's Vidanage created rewrote clean and jerk record when he lifted 174 kgs.

But his record could not stand long as Ravi lifted 175 kgs in his third and final attempt.

Ravi is now a record holder in all three categories -- snatch, clean & jerk and both together.

Earlier, Renu Bala Chanu won the gold medal in the women's 58-kg weightlifting.

Bronze for Indian para-swimmer Prasanta

Prasanta Karmakar on Wednesday created history by becoming the first Indian para-swimmer to win a medal when he claimed bronze in the 50m freestyle event at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Acquatics Complex.

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Clocking his personal best of 27.48s, Karmakar finished behind Simon Miller of England (26.70). Gold medalist, Matthew Cowdrey of Australia bettered his own timing to create a world record in the same event.

The Aussie eclipsed his previous record with a winning time of 25.33.

That swim beat his 2008 mark of 25.34, set at the Beijing Paralympics, by the slimmest of margins. He also smashed his Commonwealth Games record of 25.66 set during qualifying this year.

India's biggest hope in main swimming event, Virdhawal Khade, who made it to the 50m butterfly final, finished seventh.

Having made history by making the first Games final, Khade clocked 24.61 to finish seventh.

Earlier, the Indian men's team made it to the final of the 4x200m freestyle relay.

The team, comprising Rehan Poncha, Rohit Havaldar, Madar Divase and Aaron D'Souza clocked 7 minutes 49.20 seconds to grab eighth position in the preliminaries.

Virdhawal Khade of India qualified for the semi-finals of the men's 100m freestyle after finishing 13th, while Pooja Alva also entered the semi-finals of the women's 100m butterfly by bagging the 15th spot. The top 16 made it to the last four stage.

A para-sport swimmer also brought some cheer as Sachin Verma progressed to the final of the 50m S9 freestyle men category by finishing eighth.

Rajender wins Greco-Roman gold

Grapplers Rajender Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Dharmender Dalal gave India more reasons to cheer by clinching a gold and 2 bronze respectively in Greco-Roman style wrestling on Wednesday.

Rajender overpowered Pakistan's Azhar Hussain 11-0 in a one-sided final of the 55kg category to fetch the gold, while Sunil overpowered Hawthorn of Wales in his 66kg bronze medal play-off bout.

Manoj Kumar won silver in the 84kg Greco-Roman wrestling, while Dharmender Dalal won his bronze in the 120kg category.

Rajender had earlier defeated Sri Lanka's Kumara Yaparathna 14-0 in the qualification round and then outclassed Canadian Promise Mwenga, who won the bronze, 11-0 in the semi-final.

Rushmi stuns British third seed

Rushmi Chakravarthi scored the first upset of the Commonwealth Games tennis tournament, ousting British third seed Katie O'Brien in the second round of the women's singles.

The 32-year old staged a stunning comeback for a 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 win to join Sania Mirza in the quarter-finals.

It was one of the biggest wins for Chakravarthi, as the British player is ranked 144 in the world as against
Chakravarthi's 616.

However, Poojashree Venkatesh, who won 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, went down fighting 6-7 (6), 3-6 after an hour and 46 minutes' battle against fifth seed Heather Watson of Guernsey.

Earlier, Somdev Devvarman and Sania breezed into the quarter-finals after easy victories but Rohan Bopanna bowed out of the men's singles competition.

Up against second seed and world number 133 Australian Peter Luczak, Bopanna went down fighting 2-6, 6-7(5) in 97 minutes in the second round, at the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.

Earlier, top seed Somdev crushed Sri Lanka's Amresh Jayawickreme 6-0, 6-1 in the men's singles while Sania needed 55 minutes to overpower Cook Islands' Brittany Teei 6-0, 6-2 in a women's singles second round match.

Somdev mowed down the unranked Jayawickreme in just 41 minutes.

The Lankan hardly posed a challenge to Somdev and surrendered without any fight. He lost points even when he was in advantageous position in few of the games.

He was up 40-0 in the first game but could not pocket it, committing far too many unforced errors, to hand Somdev a break.

The India wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes.

The Sri Lankan, however, managed to hold on to his serve in the first game of the second set to prevent a whitewash.

Somdev will next take on the winner of the match between Scotland's Colin Fleming and Rubin Statham of New Zealand.

Women's hockey team loses to Aus

India's chances of progressing to the semi-finals of the women's hockey event at the Commonwealth Games suffered a setback after the home team went down fighting 1-2 to defending champions Australia in their second Pool A match on Wednesday.

Shelly Liddelow (11th minute) and Ashleigh Nelson (59th) scored for Australia while promising Rani Rampal (69th) pulled one back for India.

Last edition's runners-up India had earlier drawn 1-1 with lowly Scotland while Australia thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 11-0.

India next face Trinidad and Tobago on Friday while Australia are up against South Africa.

Jai Bhagwan storms into pre-quarter-finals

Indian boxers maintained their winning ways at the Commonwealth Games, as Jai Bhagwan (60 kg)became the third pugilist to enter the pre-quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The Asian silver medallist scored an easy victory over Nauru's Colan Caleb in his opening bout at the Games.

Egged on by a capacity crowd at the Talkatora Stadium, Jai dominated the proceedings to win 11-1 after getting a bye in the first round.

The 25-year-old Indian, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Championships in March this year, next meets Tanzania's Nasser Mafuru, who defeated Papua New Guinea's Andrew Opugu 6-1 in his preliminary bout.

Anisa Sayyed, Gagan Narag, Omkar win gold

Anisa Sayyed continued India's remarkable showing at the Dr Karni Singh shooting range, winning the gold medal in the women's 25 metres pistol event.

Sayyed shot 203.8 in the final round for a tally of 786.8 and set a new Commonwealth Games record and give India its seventh gold.

Rahi Sarnobat bagged the silver, with a final score of 781 after scoring 205 in the final round, while Malaysia's Pei Chin Bibiana took the bronze with a score of 778.2.

This Sayyed's second gold. She won the Pairs 25 metres pistol event with Sarnobat on Tuesday.

Ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang beat countryman Abhinav Bindra to successfully defend his gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the Games earlier in the day.

Narang topped the final round, shooting a best of 103.6, after a perfect 600 in the qualifying rounds for a personal best and Commonwealth Games record of 703.6.

Beijing Olympics champion in the event Bindra had to settle for silver as he shot 698, while James Huckle of England took the bronze with 693.5.

Narang had topped the qualification with a perfect score of 600 out of 600 with Bindra second on 595.

Narang and Bindra had on Tuesday won the 10m air rifle men's pairs event to open India's gold-medal account in the Games.

Omkar bagged India's third straight gold medal on Wednesday when he won the men's 50 metres Pistol final.

He finished first with a tally of 623 ahead of Singapore's duo Bin Gai (621) and Swee Hon Lee (616.3).

Meanwhile, Indian shooters Ranjan Sodhi and Asher Noria won silver in the double trap pairs event with a tally of 188 points.

England won the gold scoring 189 points.

Indian shuttlers in last 8 of team event

Aditi Mutatkar made a successful debut, while Chetan Anand also shone as a dominant India sailed into the quarter-finals of the mixed badminton team event with a third successive clean sweep at the Games.

World No 17 Chetan beat Lewis Martyn 21-12, 21-16 in a 21-minute men's singles match to set the ball rolling as India dumped Wales 5-0 in yet another scintillating performance at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Pune girl Aditi, who made it to the squad at the eleventh hour, was then given an opportunity to play her first Commonwealth Games match and she reposed the faith by disposing off Turner Carissa 21-13, 21-8 in 18 minutes to give India to a 2-0 lead.

Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar then took the court but the duo had to toil hard initially as Phillips James and Morgan Joe matched them shot for shot in the first game.

However, the Indians had the last laugh as they beat the Wales pair 21-17 21-14 in 24-minute match in the men's doubles.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Aparna Balan then thrashed Turner Carissa and Harvey Caroline 21-11, 21-13 in the women's doubles, while mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju spanked Lewis Martyn and Thomas Sarah 21-8, 21-5 to wrap up a 5-0 win.