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PHOTOS: Gold medal winners on Day 8 of the CWG

August 01, 2014 12:00 IST

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It was ‘Terrific Thursday’ for Indian athletes who clinched three gold medals on day eight of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Overall medals tally

Wrestler Babita Kumari started the ‘yellow fever’ with a gold medal in the women's 55kg category.

Babita completely dominated her gold medal bout against Brittanee Laverdure to seal the contest 9-2 and give India its first medal of the day.

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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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Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt then followed it up with another gold for India in rhw men's 65kg freestyle wrestling.  

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: Yogeshwar Dutt of India celebrates after beating Jevon Balfour of Canada to win gold on Thursday
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Later in the day India’s US-based Vikas Gowda 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.

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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Botswana's Nijel Amos produced a stunning late surge to land the 800 metres gold medal and shock Olympic champion David Rudisha at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

Amos, who took silver behind Rudisha at London 2012, looked to be boxed in as the Kenyan led on the final straight but found a burst of pace in the last 50 metres to win in one minute 45.18 seconds.

Rudisha, who broke the world record on his way to Olympic gold, took silver with South African Andre Olivier snatching bronze on a wet night in Glasgow.

"It is a really great moment for me," the 20-year-old Amos told reporters after capturing Botswana's second gold in the history of the Games.

"Trailing in the last 100 I panicked a little bit because I looked up at the screen and thought 'Oh, I'm in a box'. When you're in that position it's not easy to get out but my training partner (Olivier) was behind me.

"He let me through and then followed me. I'm lucky I was there with someone who really cares about me."

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Image: Silver medallist David Rudisha of Kenya, gold medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana and bronze medallist Andre Olivier of South Africa pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 800 metres on Thursday
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Despite the absence of Olympic champion Usain Bolt and silver medallist Yohan Blake in the 200, Jamaica secured a 1-2-3 with Rasheed Dwyer beating Warren Weir, who won a bronze at London 2012, and Jason Livermore.

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Image: Silver medallist Warren Weir of Jamaica, gold medallist Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica and bronze medallist Jason Livermore of Jamaica pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 200 metres at Hampden Park on Thursday
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Ese Brume also became the first Nigerian female to win the Commonwealth long jump crown for 40 years.

Jazmin Sawyers of England took home the silver while Christabel Nettey of Canada won bronze.

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Image: Ese Brume of Nigeria competes in the Women's Long Jump final at Hampden Park on Thursday
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Blessing by name, blessed by nature, Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare hailed a remarkable sprint double after racing to victory in the women's 200 metres at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was in complete control of the final as her blistering speed took her away from the rest of the field and ensured she finished in a time of 22.25 seconds to win her second gold medal in Glasgow.

"It's amazing," Okagbare, who set a Commonwealth record of 10.85 to win the 100 metres gold on Monday, told reporters. 

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Image: Gold medallist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 200 metres at Hampden Park on Thursday
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South African Cornel Fredericks and Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica won the men's and women's 400 hurdles respectively.

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Image: Cornel Fredericks of South Africa (centre) crosses the line ahead to win gold ahead of Jeffery Gibson of Bahamas and Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in the Men's 400 metres hurdles final at Hampden Park on Thursday
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