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Commonwealth Games 2018 Day 4, India results and roundup: India women make history as they claim table tennis gold

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901   //    08 Apr 2018, 19:35 IST

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Manika Batra

It was indeed Super Sunday for the Indian contingent at the Gold Coast in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

And there's nowhere else to start, but the paddlers.

India create history

Singapore have won every single Women's Team event since Table Tennis was introduced at the Commonwealth Games. But the Indian women's team changed that today, upsetting the highly fancied Singaporeans to claim Gold in the event.

Manika Batra was superb for the Indians, winning both of her singles matches, including a win over the current world number 4 in her first match. Madhurika Patkar also did her bit, winning her doubles match with Mouma Das despite losing her singles. In each of the first three matches, the Indians were the underdogs, but they won two of them, setting up Batra to win her second singles match and deliver the Gold to India.

India beat England 3-0 in the semis earlier to get to the gold medal match.

A 16-year-old gold medallist

Manu Bhaker brought home India's first gold medal of the Games from Shooting when she triumphed in the Women's 10m Air Pistol event. She shot a brilliant 240.9 score in the final to be a cut above the rest as she added Commonwealth gold to her burgeoning trophy cabinet which includes winning gold at the recent ISSF World Cup as well as the Khelo India School Games. Bhaker's score set a new Commonwealth Games record.

She upstaged her more experienced compatriot Heena Sidhu, who claimed silver with a score of 234.0. Sidhu did well to come back in the contest as she was sixth at one point in time, but Bhaker was different class today.

In the Men's 10m Air Rifle event, Ravi Kumar managed a bronze medal. Dane Sampson of Australia won gold with a new Games Record of 245.0 while Bangladesh's Abdullah Baki claimed silver with 244.7. India's Kumar was well behind that duo with a score of 224.1 and had to settle for bronze.

Saniya Sheikh qualified an impressive second in the Women's Skeet event, but in the finals she could only finish 4th, missing out on a medal as a result.

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Another gold from weightlifting

Today, it was Punam Yadav's turn to deliver the now-customary gold medal from weightlifting. Yadav managed 100 kg in the Snatch and 122 kg in the Clean & Jerk for a total score of 222 kg which gave her the gold medal in the Women's 69 kg category. Her score was 5 kilos better than England's Sarah Davies who claimed silver. Yadav had only one unsuccessful lift.

Vikas Thakur earned India another medal in the Men's 94kg category. Thakur who got the silver in this event four years ago in Glasgow, secured bronze this time with a combined score of 351 kg. He could not compete with the two top guys though in a competition that delivered one of THE moments of the Games when defending champion Steve Kari of Papua New Guinea overcame a 15-kilo deficit in the Snatch to claim gold with a humongous 216 kg final lift.

In the Women's 75kg category, Seema was well below her best and could not provide a challenge, finishing 6th.

India in badminton final

The shuttlers continued their dominant run in the Mixed Team competition. They beat Singapore 3-1 in their semifinal to book their place in the gold medal match. They will play Malaysia for the gold tomorrow.

The lone loss for India, their first at the Games, came when Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their men's doubles encounter.

Boxing

MC Mary Kom, making her first appearance at the Commonwealth Games, made her way into the semis with a win over Megan Gordon of Scotland in her quarterfinal in the Women's 45-48kg section.

By making the semis, she is assured of a bronze medal, though we're sure she has her sights set on gold.

However, Lovlina Borgohain was unlucky to lose out in her quarterfinal in the Women's 69kg. After a close bout with England's Sandy Ryan that left both boxers feeling confident at the end, the judges ruled 3-2 in favour of the Englishwoman.

On the men's side, Vikas Krishan won his Round of 16 bout in the Men's 75kg against Campbell Somerville of Australia to move into the quarters.

Hockey

The Indian women beat England 2-1 with a superb showing in their Pool B match. That's two consecutive wins now for India after they lost to Wales in their opening match. Gurjeet Kaur and Navneet Kaur were on the scoresheet for India.

The men meanwhile were involved in a humdinger with Wales, but they prevailed, in the end, to win 4-3 in a thrilling contest. It was a much-needed win for the Indians after the 2-2 draw with Pakistan in the opener. The goals came from Manpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and SV Sunil.

Race Walk

While there was no medal, India's Manish Singh finished a commendable 6th in the Men's 20km Race Walk final. He finished with a time of 1:22.22, 2.48 minutes behind the winner, Dane Bird-Smith of Australia.

On the women's side of the same event, Khushbir Kaur also did well, finishing 4th with a time of 1:39.21.

Basketball

Both the men's and women's sides suffered defeat yet again, big ones at that.

The women were beaten by New Zealand 55-90 while the men lost 69-87 to Scotland.

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