File photo of Venkat Rahul Ragala.

CWG 2018 | Day 3: Weightlifter Ragala Wins Gold, Chinappa Bows Out

  • Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala has won a gold medal in men’s 85 kg category.
  • Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam has bagged a gold in the men’s 77 kg event.
  • India draw 2-2 with Pakistan in the men’s hockey Pool B match.
  • India finished Day 3 of CWG 2018 with 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.
CWG 2018 | Day 3: Weightlifter Ragala Wins Gold, Chinappa Bows Out

Boxing: Hussamuddin Mohammed Moves to Quarter-Finals

Hussamuddin Mohammed books a spot in the quarter-finals of the men's 56kg category after defeating Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara 5-0.

Squash: Joshna Chinappa Crashes Out in Quarter-Finals

Joshna Chinappa crashes out in the quarter-finals after losing 5-11, 6-11, 9-11 to New Zealand’s Joelle King.

Swimming: Sajan Prakash Finishes Last in 200m Butterfly Final

India’s Sajan Prakash finishes last with a timing of 1 minute and 59 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly final.

Swimming: Srihari Nataraj Finishes 5th in Men's 50m Backstroke Semi-Final

Srihari Nataraj finished with a timing of 26.5 seconds in the men's 50m backstroke semi-final. He books a place in the next phase of the event.

Boxing: Manoj Kumar Moves to Quarter-Finals

Manoj Kumar books a spot in the quarter-finals after defeating Tanzania’s Kassim Mbundwike 5-0.

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File photo of Manoj Kumar.

Weightlifting: Venkat Rahul Ragala Wins Gold Medal

Samoa’s Don Opeloge two failed attempts in the clean and jerk round helps India’s Venkat Rahul Ragala to win the gold medal in the men’s 85 kg category.

Weightlifting: Venkat Rahul Ragala Lifts 187 kg

Venkat Rahul Ragala is inching towards a gold medal with a lift of 187 kg in his second attempt during the clean and jerk round. He’s leading the category with a total of 338 kg.

Weightlifting: Venkat Rahul Ragala Leads in 85 kg category

Venkat Rahul Ragala successfully lifts 182 kg in the clean and jerk round. He is currently leading in the event with a total lift of 333 kg.

Weightlifting: Venkat Rahul Ragala Finishes Joint-First in 85 kg Category

Venkat Rahul Ragala is looking like another medal prospect for India. He lifted a best of 151 kg to finish joint-first in the snatch round. Now on to the clean and jerk round.

Samoa’s Don Opeloge also finished with a best lift of 151 kg in the snatch round.

Boxing: Sarita Devi Qualifies for Quarter-Finals

Sarita Devi qualifies for the quarter-finals after defeating Barbados’ Kimberly Gittens 5-0 in the 60 kg category.

Cycling: Manjeet Singh Finishes 13th in 15km Scratch Race Qualifying

India’s Manjeet Singh finishes 13th in the men’s 15km Scratch Race Qualifying round. Manjeet finished the race before three cyclists who did not finish. The Indian missed a spot in the final by one rank. The top 12 cyclists in each heat qualify for the final.

Pakistan Equalise in the Final Seconds of the Match

In the dying seconds of the match, Pakistan ask for a video referral. They want to see if an Indian player touched the ball with his leg. To Pakistan’s fortune, the referral goes their way and they get a penalty corner.

Pakistan seal the opportunity and find the back of the net, leaving India no chance for a counter attack.

Also read: CWG 2018: India Concede in Final Seconds, Draw 2-2 With Pakistan

Sreejesh Standing Like a Rock

First, Sreejesh blocks out a one on one tackle and then dives to his right to keep out another shot by the Pakistanis. Sreejesh is certainly India’s star of the match.

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File photo of PR Sreejesh.

India Lead 2-1 at End of Third Quarter

India are hanging on in the Pool B match against hockey. Pakistan made many inroads near India’s goal, but managed to convert only one. India lead 2-1 at the end of the third quarter.

Ball Drops Into the Goal

Gurjant Singh scoops the ball into the goal, but the referee calls dangerous play before the ball goes into the goal. The Indians ask for a video referral, but the original decision stands.

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India’s Sunil Sowmarpet is caught between Pakistan’s Muhammad Faisal Qadir, right, and Toseeq Arshad.

Irfan Junior Scores for Pakistan

Pakistan have finally got on board. Irfan Junior slides on his left to pass the ball into the goal. India lead 2-1.

Hockey: India Lead 2-0 at Half-Time

The Indian team is looking the stronger one at the moment. They are leading 2-0 at half-time in the men’s hockey Pool B match against Pakistan.

Hockey: Pakistan Fail to Score Again

Sreejesh dives to his right to keep the ball away from India’s goal. Pakistan fail to convert their third penalty corner.

Hockey: Two Penalty Corners for Pakistan

Pakistan take two shots at the goal, but the Indians manage to keep the ball out of their goal. India still lead 2-0.

Hockey: Harmanpreet Scores!

Harmanpreet Singh converts a penalty corner for India! Captain Manpreet Singh feeds the ball to Harmanpreet, who strikes the ball right in the middle of the goal. India take a 2-0 lead.

Hockey: India Take 1-0 Lead!

Dilpreet Singh has got India on the board!

The move was started by SV Sunil who made a solo run from the half-way line and passed it straight to Dilpreet. The 18-year-old, playing his first international match however did not miss. The Pakistani keeper was beaten with ease and India have the lead.

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File photo of Dilpreet Singh at a practise session. Dilpreet scored India’s opening goal against Pakistan.

Hockey: Even Stevens

Pakistan have clearly come out with a plan. Four minutes into the match and both teams have made their way into the danger-zones. The score though, remains 0-0.

Swimming: Sajan Prakash in 200m Butterfly Finals

Sajan Prakash has just about managed to qualify for the finals of the men's 200 metre Butterfly event.

Sajan recorded a timing of 1:58.87 seconds to better his own national record of 1:59.10, and finish at the fifth spot in Heat 2 of the qualification round.

England's Jacob Peters topped the qualifications, clocking 1:58.42 seconds.

Hockey: India vs Pakistan Starts Shortly

The Indian XI has been announced and the match gets underway shortly.

India’s former coach Roelant Oltmans is in the arena. Not as a spectator thought, but in the Pakistan dugout. He’s their new chief coach.

Weightlifting: India's Vandna Gupta in Action

After finishing fourth in the women’s 63 kg weightlifting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, Vandna would be looking to better her record in the Games as she competes in the same category.

Sathish Says He Had Lost Hope Of a Medal

After bagging his gold medal, Sathish Sivalingam revealed that he had in fact lost all hope of successfully defending his CWG title after injuring himself at the National Championship.

"I had no hopes of winning a medal after I injured my thighs during the National Championships while attempting 194kg in clean and jerk. It's a quadriceps problem, even now I am competing at less than ideal fitness but I am glad that was enough to get me a gold," Sathish said.

Also read: ‘Even Sitting Was Painful’: How Sathish Won a Gold Despite Injury

CWG 2018 | Day 3: Weightlifter Ragala Wins Gold, Chinappa Bows Out

Hockey: India vs Pakistan at 10am Today

Who’s ready for this one? Actually, who isn't!

The Indian men’s hockey team start their campaign at the Commonwealth Games today with the much-anticipated match against Pakistan.

Vying for their first CWG gold, the Indian men’s hockey team is grouped in Pool B with with Malaysia, Wales, England and also Pakistan.

The head-to-head record between the India and Pakistan though has become a bit skewed in India’s favour, over the last two years. In the six matches they have featured in, India has emerged winners in each, by a convincing margin.

Also read: CWG: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Face Pakistan at 10am on Saturday

Badminton: Kidambi Wins, India in Semis

Kidambi Srikanth beats Georges Julien Paul 21-12, 21-14 in 29 minutes to help India beat Mauritius 3-0 and progress to the semi-finals of the mixed team badminton event. The men's and women's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy had given India a 2-0 lead before Srikanth sealed the tie for India.

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File photo of Kidambi Srikanth.

Swimming: Srihari Nataraj Enters 50 m Backstroke Semis

Srihari Nataraj qualifies for the semi-finals of the men’s 50 m backstroke. Srihari’s 26.47-second effort in the heats was ninth fastest. In doing so, Srihari broke another national record with a 26.47-second effort in the heats. This was his third national record in as many starts. He improved on his own mark of 26.58 seconds set in the National championship in Bhopal on 8 October 201

Also read: CWG 2018: Swimmer Srihari Enters Men’s 50 m Backstroke Semis

Also read: Khelo India Champions Set to Debut at The Commonwealth Games

Badminton: Ashwini Ponnappa-Sikki Reddy Win

Ashwini and Sikki win against Mauritian pair of Aurelie Marie Elisa Allet and Nicki Chan-Lam straight games in 21 minutes to take a 2-0 lead in the mixed team badminton event. Ashwini and Sikki won 21-8, 21-7.

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Ashwini and Sikki won 21-8, 21-7.

Weightlifting: Gold for Sathish Sivalingam

CWG 2018 | Day 3: Weightlifter Ragala Wins Gold, Chinappa Bows Out

India’s Sathish Sivalingam clinches the gold with a total lift of 317 kg. Sivalingam successfully lifted 173 kg in his second attempt in the clean and jerk event. After being assured of a Gold, Sivalingam didn’t take a third attempt. In the snatch category, Sivalingam lifted 144 kg. He was the defending champion in the category from Glasgow 2014.

Also read: CWG: Defending Champion Sathish Sivalingam Retains Gold With Ease

Badminton: India win first tie against Mauritius

India’s Chirag and Satwiksairaj sail past Mauritius' Lubah-Paul in straight games to hand India their first win of the match.

Weightlifting: Sathish Sivalingam Lifts 169 kg

Sathish Sivalingam successfully lifts 169 kg in his first attempt in the clean and jerk category. With a lift of 313 kg (144+169) till now, Sivalingam now leads the table.

Swimming: A Narrow Miss for India

In the Men's 200m Butterfly finals Sajan Prakash finishes 9th with a timing of 1:58.87 during the heats.

Table Tennis: India Qualifies For Semis

India sails into the semi-final of the women’s team event.

Manika Batra beat Ying Ho 11-9, 11-7, 11-7, Madhurika Patkar beat Karen Lyne 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, and Mouma Das-Madhurika Patkar beat Ai Xin Tee and Ying Ho 11-8, 10-12, 11-8, 11-7.

Also read: CWG 2018: Indian Women Beat Malaysia 3-0, Enter Table-tennis Semis

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India’s Manika Batra during their women’s team match the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 5, 2018. 

Gymnastics: Yogeshwar Singh Finishes 14th in Individual All-around Gymnastics

With 12.250 points from the pommel horse, Yogeshwar Singh ends with 75.600 points from six events (rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, floor exercise and pommel horse).

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Men’s Individual All-Around Final: Yogeshwar Singh of India competes on the rings. 

Also read: CWG 2018: Gymnast Yogeshwar Singh Disappoints in All Around Final

Lawn Bowls: Great Outing For India

India win two separate events. Pinki beats Niue’s Pauline Blumsky 21-9 in the round 5 of women’s singles. In the Men's Triples Section Team category India beat South Africa 18-17.

Gymnastics: Yogeshwar Singh Collects 63.350 Points from Five Events

With 11.400 points from the floor exercise, Yogeshwar Singh now has 63.350 points from five events (rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar & floor exercise).

Gymnastics: Yogeshwar Singh Collects 51.950 Points from Four Events

India’s Yogeshwar Singh now has 51.950 points from four events (rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar), after he garners 12.250 points from the horizontal bar. He needs to do extremely well in floor exercises and pommel horse to be in the fray for medals.

Weightlifting: Sathish Sivalingam Nails Third Attempt

After lifting 136 kg and 140 kg in his first two attempts, Sivalingam’s third snatch lift is of 144kg. However, England’s Jack Oliver beats that by one kilogram but his third lift of 148 kg is unsuccessful.

At the end of snatch event, Francois Etoundi is eight kilograms behind the Indian with a best lift of 132kg.

(Photo: Reuters)
Sathish Kumar in action during his 77 kg men’s weightlifting event.

Weightlifting: Sathish Sivalingam Lifts 140 kg in Second Attempt

Sathish Sivalingam lifts 140 kg in his second attempt to make life difficult for England’s Oliver Jack, one of the favourites.

Weightlifting: Sathish Sivalingam Lifts Successfully in First Attempt

Defending champion India’s Sathish Sivalingam lifts 136 kg in his first attempt in the snatch category of the men’s 77 kg weightlifting event.

Gymnastics: India's Yogeshwar Singh in Ninth Position

India's Yogeshwar Singh has logged a good score of 14.100 on vault to tally 39.700 points from three events (rings, vault and parallel bars) in the men's individual all-around Gymnastics final. The 21-year-old from Ambala had 25.380 from these two events in qualifying on 5 April.

Table Tennis: Manika Batra Wins in Straight Games

India off to a great start in their women's quarter-finals with Manika Batra beating Malaysia's Ying Ho 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

Weightlifting: Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Eyeing a Podium Finish

In the men’s 77 kg weightlifting event, Sathish Kumar Sivalingam will be looking to replicate his gold medal performance from the Glasgow Commonwealth Championship last year. He will face a stiff competition from Malaysia’s Abdul Mubin Rahim, Sri Lankan Chinthana Vidanage and England’s Oliver Jack.

Indians in Action on Day 3

(Photo: The Quint/Rahul Gupta)

With 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze in their tally after the first two days, Indian are set for another big day at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday, 7 April. The highlight of the quadrennial game’s Day 3 will be the Indian men’s hockey team’s campaign opener against arch-rivals Pakistan, scheduled to be played at 10:00 am IST.

In the other big event of the day, Manoj Kumar will take on Tanzania’s Kassim Mbundwike in the round of 16 in men’s boxing 69 kg category. The star boxer had advanced after convincingly thrashing Osita Umeh of Nigeria 5-0 by unanimous verdict on Thursday, 5 April.

Another Indian boxer, Hussamuddin Mohammed, will also be fighting against Boe Warawara in the men’s 56kg round of 16, scheduled to start at 3:17 pm.