Commonwealth Games 2018 Day 10, India results and roundup: Manika Batra enters history books, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu set to face off in first ever all-India CWG women's finals
The penultimate day witnessed some exemplary performances from the Indian athletes.
The 225-member strong Indian contingent continued to excel as the country's haul of medals increased with the athletes claiming as many as eight gold medals, five silver medals and three bronze medals across various competitions on the day.
A majority of these medals came from the boxing contingent with MC Mary Kom, Gaurav Solanki, Vikas Krishnan clinching gold medals in their categories while Amit, Manish Kaushik and Satish Kumar finished with the silver medal to end their campaign on a high.
Manika Batra created history by winning India's first-ever gold medal in the women's singles category while shooter Sanjeev Rajput etched his name as the new record holder for the highest score in the Men's 50m rifle three position event that also won him the gold medal.
Rajput, with a total score of 454.5 at the end of his rounds soaked in all the applause as he was assured of a gold medal and a new record to his name while compatriot Chain Singh, who looked promising in the qualifiers finished on fifth place after being eliminated in the second round.
In the Men's Trap qualification event, Kynan Chenai and Manavjit Sandhu finished seventh and eighth respectively, missing out on a berth in the finals line-up.
Manika Batra's gold medal finish in the women's singles category with an 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, 11-7 win over Mengyu Yu was the only bright spark in a rather dismal day for the table tennis contingent.
In the mixed doubles category, Achanta Sharath/Mouma Das lost 2-3 to Gao Ning/Mengyu Yu while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran/Manika Batra fell to the guile of England's Liam Pitchford/Tin-Tin Ho. The two Indian teams will face off in the bronze medal clash tomorrow.
Achanta Sharath's positive run in the men's singles category was brought to a resounding halt by Nigeria's Aruna Quadri in four straight sets while his partnership with Gnanasekaran Sathiyan in the men's doubles was not enough to overcome the challenge posed by the English duo of Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford in the semifinals.
It was a very good day for the Indian wrestlers as all of the participants on the day emerged with medals at the end of their competition.
In the Women's 50kg freestyle category, Vinesh Vinesh bagged the top honours to go with Sumit's gold medal in the Men's 125kg category.
Rio Olympics hero Sakshi Malik finished with a bronze medal in the 62kg freestyle event while Somveer added to the bronze medal tally with a fine effort in the 86kg category.
The pair of Satwik Rankireddy/Chirag Chandra Shetty stormed into the finals of the men's doubles category with a resounding 21-18, 21-10 over Sri Lankan counterparts Sachin Dias/Buwaneka Goonathilleka while the women's doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa/N Sikki Reddy finished their campaign with a 21-19, 21-19 win over Australia's Setyana Mapasa/Gronya Somerville in the bronze medal clash.
In the men's singles category, World No.1 Srikanth Kidambi booked a slot in the finals with a comfortable 21-10, 21-17 win over Rajiv Ouseph who extracted revenge by beating HS Prannoy in the bronze medal clash.
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu continued their dominance in the women's singles category, beating Kirsty Gilmour and Michelle Li respectively in the semi-finals to set up the first-ever all-Indian finals clash in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
Joshna Chinappa/Dipika Pallikal Karthik will face off against New Zealand's duo of Joelle King/Amanda Landers-Murphy after their convincing 11-10, 11-5 win in the semi-finals against Laura Massaro/Sarah-Jane Perry.
In the mixed doubles category, the pair of Dipika Pallikal Karthik/Sourav Ghosal had to settle for the silver medal after falling 8-11, 10-11 to Donna Urquhart/Cameron Pilley in the finals.
MC Mary Kom, making her debut at the Commonwealth Games impressed in the 45-48kg category with an assertive 5-0 win over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara to clinch her first ever-CWG gold medal while Gaurav Solanki too, bagged the gold medal in the 52kg category.
Vikas Krishnan lived up to the reputation he came with going into the competition with a gold medal finish in the 75kg category to go with Manish Kaushik's silver medal attempt from the 60kg category.
The other two silver medals came courtesy Amit in the 46-49kg category and Satish Kumar, who put in a fine performance in the finals of the 91+kg category.
Neeraj Chopra created history by becoming the first ever Indian to win a gold medal in the Javelin throw event with a strong 86.47 attempt that saw him finish on top while in the same event, Vipin Kashana finished fifth with a 77.87 attempt.
In the Men's triple jump event, Arpinder Singh finished in fourth place and just missed out on a bronze medal while Jinsen Johnson came fifth in the Men's 1500m event with a timing of 3:37.86m, a new national record. The women's 4x400m relay team came 7th overall in the standings.