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CWG: Grapplers, Gowda propel India to 5th spot after 3 gold medals

Last updated on: August 01, 2014 10:04 IST

CWG: Grapplers, Gowda propel India to 5th spot after 3 gold medals

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Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as India’s wrestlers signed off on a high, while Vikas Gowda gave India its first athletics gold of the 20th Commonwealth Games by winning the men's discuss throw event, in Glasgow.

Overall medals tally

While Yogeshwar (men's 65kg freestyle) and Babita Kumari (women's 55kg) won golds on Thursday, Geetika Jhakar (women's 63kg) failed to match her compatriots and managed a silver on the wrestling mat for India.

Pawan Kumar also bagged a bronze in men's 86kg freestyle wrestling to round off a fine show for the grapplers.

Young Dipa Karmarkar scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games by bagging a bronze in the vault event.

By virtue of three gold, one silver and two bronze medals, India have moved up to the fifth position in the medal standings with a total haul of 47 medals -- 13 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze.

England were at the top of the chart with a total of 123 medals followed by Australia (113), Canada (65) and Scotland.

The Indians enjoyed a good outing on the final day of wrestling competition as Yogeshwar hardly broke sweat en route to his gold medal effort by using his trademark 'fitele' (leg-twisting) technique to great effect.

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Image: Gold medallist Yogeshwar Dutt of India poses during the medal ceremony for the Men's FS 65 kg at Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday
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Babita started India's gold rush on Day 8

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Yogeshwar first beat Alex Gladkov of Scotland 4-0 and then easily defeated another Scottish wrestler Gareth Jones in the quarter-finals by employing the same leg-twisting technique he had used while winning bronze in the London Olympics.

In the semi-finals, Yogeshwar successfully used his favourite technique again to get the better of Sri Lanka's Chamara Perera in just two minutes and three seconds.

Yogeshwar won with a 0-5 verdict after taking a 10-0 lead on technical points.

He continued his dominance in the final and made light work of his Canadian opponent Jevon Balfour to clinch the gold medal in just 1:53 seconds.

But it all started with Babita who completely dominated her gold medal bout against Brittanee Laverdure to seal the contest 9-2 in her favour and give India its first yellow metal of the day.  However, it was some sort of disappointment for India in the women's 63kg as Geetika was no match for her Canadian opponent Danielle Lappage. The world junior champion overpowered the Indian grappler 7-0 to pocket the gold with consummate ease.

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Image: Babita Kumari of India celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's FS 55kg at Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday
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Gowda wins discuss throw, gives India first athletics gold

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The 31-year-old US-based Gowda, however, lit up the mood by pocketing the gold in men's discuss throw with an effort of 63.64m, way below his personal best effort of 66.28m, under incessant rain at the Hampden Park.

The silver went to Apostolos Parellis of Cyprus who threw the discuss to 63.32m, while the bronze was bagged by Jason Morgan of Jamaica with an effort of 62.34m.

2010 Delhi Games gold medallist Benn Harradine of Australia finished fourth with a below-par effort of 61.91m.

The incessant rain did not help the athletes' cause in any way as the throwers faced difficulty in gripping the discuss and were continuously seen rubbing the discuss with a towel.

Gowda, who won a silver in the 2010 Delhi Games, registered his best effort in his third attempt, which proved to be enough for him to ran away with the yellow metal.

But the 63.64m effort was way below his personal best as well as his season's best effort of 65.62m.

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Image: Vikas Shive Gowda of India celebrates winning gold in the Men's Discus Final at Hampden Park during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday
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Karmakar wins historic bronze in gymnastics

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Meanwhile, there was a silver lining for India in gymnastics as 20-year-old Dipa collected 14.366 points to finish third in the women's vault final at the SSE Hydro.

The gold went to England's Claudia Fragapane who got 14.633 points while Elsabeth Black was second with 14.433 points.

In the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Ashish Kumar became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the CWG by winning a silver in vault and bronze in floor events.

On the hockey turf, India produced a clinical performance to breeze past South Africa 5-2 to qualify for the semi-final.

Having finished second in the pool behind defending champions Australia, India will now take on New Zealand in the semi-final while the Kookaburras are pitted against England in the other last four clash.

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Image: Dipa Karmarkar of India competes
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Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the finals of the women's 800m race

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Meanwhile, India's Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the finals of the women's 800m race after finishing seventh in the eight-contestant first semi-final.

Luka could only manage a timing of 2:03.35s to finish on the penultimate position in her semifinal round.

In the women's discuss throw event, defending champion Krishna Poonia qualified for the final despite finishing 11th in the qualifying round with a best effort of 51.36m.

She began with two foul throws and that might have put her under pressure. Her final throw cleared 51.36m and that was enough for her to qualify for the final round. Most of the competitors struggled under inclement weather after incessant drizzle hit HampdenPark.

Another Indian in the fray, Seema Punia also made it to the final round after finishing second with a best throw of 58.44m.

Gold medal favourite Dani Samuels of Australia topped the qualifying round with a best throw of 64.53m.

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Image: Tintu Lukka of India and Angie Smit of New Zealand competes in the Women's 800 metres heats on Wednesday
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Kashyap, Guru & Thulasi reach quarter-finals

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Indian shuttlers too had a good day in office as P V Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, R M V Gurusaidutt and P C Thulasi all qualified for the quarter-finals in their respective events.

India's top draw in women's singles event, Sindhu made light work of her Sri Lankan opponent Thilini Hendahewa 21-14, 21-14 in just 26  minutes to book her place in the last eight round.

Kashyap took just 24 minutes to get the better of Jeff Tho of Australia 21-7, 21-8 in the men's singles, while Thulasi thrashed Rachel Honderich of Canada 21-12, 21-7 in a 31-minute women's singles match.

Gurusaidutt also notched up an easy 21-13, 21-9 win over Andrew D'Souza of Canada in a men's singles match that lasted 27 minutes at the Emirates Arena.

World No. 22 Kashyap will now take on Daren Liew, ranked 47th. Guru will face World No. 18 and top seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia, while Thulasi will be up against World No. 33 Jing Yi Tee.

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Image: Parupalli Kashyap
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Jwala-Ponappa also advance

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Sindhu will face Anna Rankin of New Zealand in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Among other Indian shuttlers, Kidambi Srikanth also entered the quarters of the men's singles event after registering a hard-fought 20-22 21-16 21-12 win over Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne.

Srikanth will face Derek Wong in the quarters on Saturday.

Reigning women's doubles gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also made it to the quarter-finals after beating Australian combination of He Tian Tang and Renuga Veeran 18-21, 21-10, 21-6 in a keenly-contested 41-minute duel.

However, it was curtains for men's doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar as they went down tamely 13-21, 14-21 to Malaysian duo of Wee Kioong Tan and Wei Shem Goh.

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Image: Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta of India in action at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
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Sharath Kamal enters doubles semis

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It was a mixed day for Indian paddlers though.

While ace paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj marched into the men's doubles semi-finals, Kamal and Shamini Kumaresan experienced a bitter loss against Reed and Kelly Sibley in the mixed doubles quarters. Kamal, who put up a disappointing show in India's poor team championship campaign, remains in the medal hunt with a convincing win over England's Danny Reed and Sam Walker 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 in the quarter-finals held at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

In the mixed doubles, Kamal and Shamini fought back well after losing the plot early but eventually went down 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 14-12, 4-11.

Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai also lost 12-10, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 against the mighty Singapore pairing of Gao Ning and Li Hu in another men's doubles quarter-final.

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Image: Achanta Sharath Kamal
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Manika Batra lone Indian to reach women's singles quarters

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Earlier, rising Indian table tennis player Manika Batra fought her way into the women's singles quarter-finals.

Batra, the 19-year-old from Delhi, recovered from a two game deficit to beat Canadian teenager Anqi Luo 11-13, 11-7, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The 159th-ranked Indian meets World No.41 Ye Lin of Singapore in the quarter-finals later today.

Indian squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa also will feel contended with their performances today as the duo sailed into the women's doubles semi-finals.

The fifth seeds got the better of sixth seeds Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy from New Zealand, 11-9 11-5, in their quarters.

They are now a win away from assuring India's first squash medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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Image: Manika Batra of India serves
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