India had one of its best outings today on Day 10 at the 21st Commonwealth Games being held in Australia. India won 8 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals to end the day with 14 medals. With 59 medals so far, of which 25 are gold, India stands at the third place below England and Australia. The icing on the cake was India’s star boxer MC Mary Kom’s gold win in her debut CWG outing and Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s record-shattering win in Athletics today.
The day began with India’s ace boxer the ‘Magnificient’ Mary Kom winning the first gold of the day, which was also India’s first by a female boxer at CWG, where she blanked Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the women’s 45-48 kg category. The 35-year old five-time world champion pugilist and Rajya Sabha MP dedicated her win to her three children and her support staff. Other boxers, Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan won gold in the 52 and 75 kg categories respectively. Amit Panghal (49 kg) and Manish Kaushik (60 kg) had to settle for silver after they lost their final bouts.
In wrestling, Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s 50 kg freestyle category and Sumit Malik was awarded the gold in the men’s 125 kg freestyle category after his opponent’s injury gave him a walkover. In shooting, Sanjiv Rajput won gold in the 50-meter rifle three positions by scoring 454.5, a CWG record. It was javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s feat later in the day, which won him praise from all quarters after he clinched India’s first gold in javelin throw by shattering the season’s record with an amazing throw of 86.47 meters. The 20-year old Chopra has previously won laurels at the Junior World Championships too.
In Table Tennis, India’s currently highest ranked female paddler Manika Batra scripted history by winning the first ever women’s singles gold for India by defeating Singapore’s Yu Mengyu 4-0. Squash players Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghoshal brought home the silver in the mixed doubles event, while paddlers Harmeet Desai and Sunil Shankar Shetty won the bronze in TT men’s doubles. Similarly, in badminton, women’s doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa had to settle for third place. Tomorrow, India is set to witness a summit clash in Badminton where it is assured of both first and second place in the women’s singles final. Country’s two best female shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will face-off in an all-Indian final match.