India at CWG 2018 : Anish and Neeraj to open India's account on Day 9
Anish Bhanwala and Neeraj Kumar, who impressed in the precision stage of the 25 m. rapid fire pistol qualifications at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will once again open the challenge for India on Day 9, as they take part in the rapid stage of the 25 m. rapid fire pistol qualifications.
They shall be quickly followed up by Tejaswini Sawant, who along with Anjum Moudgil, will further compete at the Women's 50 m. Rifle 3 positions. Tejaswini, who clinched the silver in women's 50 m. rifle prone shall aim to better the colour of her medal in this event.
The duo will be followed up by Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar in the Women's Trap event. Shreyasi, who surprised one and all with a brilliant gold in the women's double trap event, shall be looking forward to extending the glory to this event as well. They shall be followed up by Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chennai, who are representing India in the men's trap event.
The shooters shall be followed up soon enough by the Indian table tennis players in the quarterfinals of the men's doubles category. While Achanta Sharat Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanashekharan will be up against David McBeath and Samuel Walker of England, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty will compete for the semifinals berth against Yan Xin and Heming Hu of Australia.
Next up is the strongest contender for a gold medal for India in athletics, Neeraj Chopra, along with Vipin Kasana, who shall open the challenge for India in the men's javelin throw event. The duo shall be followed by Purnima Hembram, who will further compete in the women's heptathlon event.
Purnima shall be followed up by the Indian wrestlers, who will be looking forward to continuing the medal spree started by the likes of Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware, Babita Phogat etc. Following wrestlers will compete for the top honours on Day 9:-
- Bajrang Punia [Men's Freestyle 65 kg.]
- Mausam Khatri [Men's Freestyle 97 kg.]
- Pooja Dhanda [Women's Freestyle 57 kg.]
- Divya Kakran [Women's Freestyle 68 kg.]
The wrestlers will be followed up by the mixed doubles players in the table tennis event, who will compete for an entry into the semifinals. While Achanta Sharat Kamal and Mouma Das are up against Wang Zhen and Mo Zhang of Canada, Madhurika Patkar and Sanil Shankar Shetty are up against Tin Tin Ho and Liam Pitchford of England.
Also, Manika Batra, who has made the cut to the semifinals of women's singles, will team up with Sathiyan Gnanashekharan against the duo of Mengyu Yu and Ning Gao of Singapore for the same.
Following them up are squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, who are up against Nikki Todd and Samantha Cornett of Canada in the women's doubles quarterfinals. They will be followed by Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy, who are up against Hasini Ambalangodage and Dilrukshi M. Beduwelage of Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals of the women's doubles event.
The duo will be followed up by badminton player Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who is up against Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the quarterfinals of the women's singles category. Next up after Shivani are doubles players are Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who shall face the Malaysian challenge of doubles' stalwarts Soon Peng Chan and Huat Soon Goh.
Later on, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will be up against R. Zin Rei of Singapore and Rachel Honderich of Canada in the respective quarterfinals of men's singles and women's single. They shall be followed up by Jinson Johnson, who is competing in the heats of the Men's 1500 m. event.
Jinson shall be followed up by the women's doubles players from table tennis, who will compete in the semifinals. Then comes the much-touted Men's 4*400 m. the relay team, who will compete for a berth in the finals. Muhammad Anas, who missed the podium by a whisker in the Men's 400 m., would make sure that the team doesn't suffer the same here.
The team will be followed up by Vikram Malhotra and Ramit Tandon, who would play the match of their lives when they meet one of the top-seeded duo, James Willstrop and Declan James of England in the quarterfinals.They shall be followed up by Achanta Sharath Kamal and his teammates, who will compete for a semifinal berth in the quarterfinals of the table tennis event [men's singles].
Next up is boxer Amit Kumar Panghal, who will aim for a finals berth as he props up against Juma Miiro of Uganda in the men's light flyweight semifinals. He shall be followed up by flyweight boxer Gaurav Solanki, who is up against Ishan B.M. Vidanalange of Sri Lanka in the men's flyweight semifinals [52 kg.]
Next up is the giant slayer Manish Kaushik, who is up against James McGivern of Northern Ireland in the men's lightweight [60 kg.] semifinals. He shall be followed up by Naman Tanwar, who is up against local favourite and World Championships quarterfinalist from the previous year, Jason Whateley of Australia, in the men's heavyweight semifinals [91 kg.]
Naman shall be followed up by shuttlers N. Sikki Reddy and Pranav Jerry Chopra, who shall compete against the Malaysian duo of Liu Ying Goh and Soon Peng Chan in the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the badminton event. They shall be followed by star shuttler P V Sindhu, who will contest Brittney Tam of Canada for a place in the women's singles semifinals.
Sindhu will be followed up by star squash players Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal, who are up against Joelle King and Paul Coll of New Zealand in the semifinals of the mixed doubles events. They shall be followed up by badminton player H.S. Prannoy, who had won a Youth Olympics silver way back in Singapore 2010. He shall be up against Dinuka Karunaratna of Sri Lanka in the quarterfinals of the men's singles event.
Prannoy will be followed up by the duo of Ashwini Ponappa and Satwik Rankireddy, who will face the Malaysian duo of Huat Soon Goh and Jemie Shevon Lai of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles events.
Next up is the men's hockey team of India, who would aim to lessen the sorrow of the Indian eves not being able to make it to the finals, as they face New Zealand in the semifinals. Following a much-improved show against England, the Indian men will look forward to maintaining the unbeaten run against New Zealand and make it to the finals of the men's hockey at the Commonwealth Games for a third successive time.
They shall be followed up by boxer Hussamuddin Mohammad, who will face the bronze medalist from the previous year's World Championships, Peter McGrail of England in the semifinals of men's bantamweight [56 kg.] category.
Hussamuddin shall be followed up by Manoj Kumar, who is up against Pat McCormack of England in the semifinals of the Men's Welterweight [69 kg. category], followed up quickly by star boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav, who will face Steven Donnelly of Northern Ireland in the semifinals of Men's Middleweight [75 kg.]. The day shall be brought to a close by super heavyweight boxer Satish Kumar, who is up against Keddy Agnes of Seychelles in the semifinals of his super heavyweight category [+91 kg.]
Following is the team roster for India on Day 9 [All timings as per Indian Standard Time:-]
- 4:00 a.m.:- Anish Bhanwala and Neeraj Kumar [Shooting - Men's 25 m. rapid fire pistol [Rapid Qualifications Stage]]
- 4:00 a.m.:- Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant [Shooting - Women's 50 m. Rifle 3 Positions [Qualifications and Finals]]
- 4:30 a.m.:- Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar [Shooting - Women's Trap [Qualifications and Finals]]
- 5:00 a.m.:- Kynan Chennai and Manavjit Singh Sandhu [Shooting - Men's Trap [Qualifications and Finals]]
- 5:00 a.m. onwards:- Quarterfinals [Table Tennis - Men's Doubles]
- 5:30 a.m.:- Neeraj Chopra and Vipin Kasana [Athletics - Men's Javelin Throw Qualifications]
- 5:40 a.m. onwards:- Purnima Hembram [Athletics - Women's Heptathlon]
- 6:00 a.m. onwards:- Quarterfinals [Badminton - Singles and Doubles events]
- 6:00 a.m. onwards:- Bajrang Punia, Mausam Khatri, Divya Kakran and Pooja Dhanda [Wrestling - Men's and Women's Freestyle events]
- 6:10 a.m. onwards:- Quarterfinals [Table Tennis - Mixed Doubles]
- 6:30 a.m. onwards:- INDIA vs. Canada [Squash - Women's Doubles Quarterfinals]
- 7:05 a.m. onwards:- Jinson Johnson [Athletics - Men's 1500 m. heats]
- 7:20 a.m. onwards:- Semifinals [Table Tennis - Women's Doubles]
- 7:35 a.m. onwards:- Team INDIA [Athletics - Men's and Women's 4*400 m. Relay Heats]
- 8:40 a.m. onwards:- Quarterfinals [Table Tennis - Men's Singles]
- 8:47 a.m.:- Amit Kumar Panghal [INDIA] vs. Juma Miiro [Uganda] [Boxing - Men's Light Flyweight Semifinals [49 kg.]]
- 9:02 a.m.:- Gaurav Solanki [INDIA] vs. Ishan B. M. Vidanalange [Sri Lanka] [Boxing - Men's Flyweight Semifinals [52 kg.]]
- 9:30 a.m.:- INDIA vs. Canada [Squash - Women's Doubles Quarterfinals]
- 9:32 a.m.:- Manish Kaushik [INDIA] vs. James McGivern [Northern Ireland] [Boxing - Men's Lightweight [60 kg.] semifinals]
- 10:32 a.m.:- Naman Tanwar [INDIA] vs. Jason Whateley [Australia] [Boxing - Men's Heavyweight Semifinals [91 kg. ]]
- 1:30 p.m. onwards:- INDIA vs. New Zealand [Squash - Mixed Doubles Semifinals]
- 3:00 p.m.:- INDIA vs. New Zealand [Field Hockey - Men's Team Semifinals]
- 3:00 p.m.:- INDIA vs. England [Squash - Men's Doubles Quarterfinals]
- 3:17 p.m.:- Hussamuddin Mohammad [INDIA] vs. Peter McGrail [England] [Boxing - Men's Bantamweight Semifinals [56 kg.]]
- 3:47 p.m.:- Manoj Kumar [INDIA] vs. Pat McCormack [England] [Boxing - Men's Welterweight Semifinals [69 kg.]]
- 4:02 p.m.:- Vikas Krishan Yadav [INDIA] vs. Steven Donnelly [Northern Ireland] [Boxing - Men's Middleweight Semifinals [75 kg.]]
- 5:02 p.m.:- Satish Kumar [INDIA] vs. Keddy Agnes [Seychelles] [Boxing - Men's Super Heavyweight Semifinals [+91 kg.]]