Mirabai Chanu competes during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

CWG 2018 | Day 1: Chanu Wins India’s First Gold, Ghosal Bows Out

  • Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu clinches India’s first gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • Weightlifter Gururaja won India’s first medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • The Indian women’s hockey team lost their opening match 2-3 to Wales.
CWG 2018 | Day 1: Chanu Wins India’s First Gold, Ghosal Bows Out

Swimming: Srihari Nataraj Finishes Eighth in 100m Backstroke Semi-Final

Srihari Nataraj finishes eighth in the Men's 100m backstroke semi-final with a timing of 56.65 seconds.

Basketball: India Lose to Cameroon

India lose 87-96 to Cameroon in the men's preliminary round Pool B match.

Badminton: India Thrash Pakistan 5-0

The Indian badminton mixed team thrash Pakistan 5-0. While Srikanth and Saina notched wins in straight games, Satwik Rankireddy/N Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Chopra/Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and Ashwini Ponnappa/Ruthvika Gadde ensured they won their doubles matches to help India record a convincing win.

Swimming: Virdhawal Khade Finishes Eighth in 50m Butterfly Semi-Final

Virdhawal Khade finishes eighth in the 50m Butterfly semi-final with a timing of 24.50 seconds. Khade finished last in his semi-final race.

Squash: Harinder Pal Sandhu Crashes Out

Harinder Pal Sandhu crashed out in the round of 32 after losing 8-11, 6-11, 1-11 to Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen.

Boxing: Manoj Kumar Moves Into Round of 16

Manoj Kumar moves into round of 16 after defeating Nigeria’s Osita Umeh 5-0.

Squash: Vikram Malhotra Defeats Xavier Koenig

Vikram Malhotra moved into the round of 16 after defeating Mauritius’ Xavier Koenig 11-4, 11-3, 11-0.

Lawn Bowls: India Beat Niue

India defeat Niue 29-6 in the men’s pair event.

Lawn Bowls: India Lose to Malta

India lose 15-20 to Malta in the women’s fours event.

Squash: Dipika Pallikal Enters Round of 16

Dipika Pallikal moved to the round of 16 after notching a 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 win over Charlotte Knaggs.

Squash: Joshna Chinappa Moves to Round of 16

Joshna Chinappa eased into the round of 16 after dispatching Lynette Vai off PNG 11-3, 11-7, 11-2.

Table Tennis: India Beat Northern Ireland

After a good performance by the women’s team, the Indian men’s team ensured they emerged victorious as well. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran got India off to a great start with a 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 win over Ashley Robinson. Sharath Achanta helped India take a 2-0 lead after defeating Paul McCreery 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wrapped up the match with a 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 win over Zak Wilson and Paul McCreery.

Basketball: India Lose to Jamaica

The Indian women’s team lost the Preliminary Round Pool B match 57-66 against Jamaica.

Weightlifting: Raja Muthupandi Finishes 6th in 62kg Category

Raja Muthupandi finished sixth in the 62kg category weightlifting event. He recorded a total score of 266kg.

Squash: Saurav Ghosal loses to Chris Binnie

Saurav Ghosal crashes out in the round of 32 after losing 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 10-12 to Jamaica’s Chris Binnie.

Badminton: Saina Nehwal Thrashes Mahoor Shahzad

Saina Nehwal helps India take a 3-0 lead in the mixed team group stage match against Pakistan after taking down Mahoor Shahzad 21-7, 21-11.

Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth Defeats Murad Ali

Kidambi Srikanth beat Pakistan’s Murad Ali 21-16, 22-20 to help India take a 2-0 lead in the mixed team group stage match.

Lawn Bowls: India Beat Northern Ireland

India defeat Northern Ireland 18-10 in the first round of the Women's Fours event.

Lawn Bowls: Malaysia Defeat India

Malaysia beat India 27-13 in the first round of the men’s pair (round 1 - section D) event.

Table Tennis: India Defeat Wales

The Indian women’s team beat Wales 3-1 in the group table tennis match. Manika Batra defeated Charlotte Carey 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4 in the first game. Mouma Das helped India take a 2-0 lead after beating Chloe Thomas 12-10, 11-7, 11-7.

India’s doubles pair Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das fought back from 0-2 down, but failed to cross the line in a close match. They lost 8-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-13. Madhurika Patkar wrapped up the match for India with a 11-3, 11-4, 12-10 win over Chloe Thomas.

Cycling: India Finish 7th in Men's Team Sprint Qualifying

The men’s cycling team finished seventh in the sprint qualifying round. They could finish ahead of only one country – Seychelles with a timing of 46.174 seconds.

Cycling: India Finish 6th Women's Team Sprint Qualifying

India continue to disappoint in cycling after finishing sixth in the women's team sprint qualifying round. Only Canada finished after India due to disqualification. India completed the sprint with a timing of 35.309 seconds.

Cycling: India Finish 7th in Women's 4000m Team Pursuit Qualifications

The Indian women’s cycling team finished seventh in the 4000m pursuit qualifications with a timing of 5 hours and 5 minutes. India finished behind six other nations, which competed in the event.

Australia finished with the best timing of 4 hours and 17 minutes.

Squash: Vikram Malhotra Moves to Round of 32

Vikram Malhotra eases into the round of 32 after defeating Manda Chilambwe 11-6, 11-5, 11-2.

Weightlifting: Mirabai Chanu Clinches Gold Medal

Mirabai Chanu becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018. After finishing with a best lift of 86 kg in the snatch round, the 23-year-old finished with a total score of 196 points.

Chanu has created a Commonwealth Games record with this effort!

Weightlifting: Mirabai Chanu Breaks CWG Record

Mirabai Chanu breaks the Commonwealth Games record in each of her attempts during the snatch round. Chanu, who is competing in the 48 kg category, lifted 80, 84 and 86 kg, breaking her own best of 85 kg, which she set at the World Weightlifting Championships last year.

Mirabai had won a silver in the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, having finished behind compatriot Sanjita Chanu, but in the four years since then the 23-year-old Manipuri has made rapid strides to reach a truly world class level.

India has been the dominant force in this 48 kg weight category since women's weightlifting was included in 2002 Manchester Games. The legendary N Kunjarani won two back-to-back golds in this category in 2002 and 2006 Games but India missed out on a gold in 2010 at home.

Chanu finished with the best result during the snatch round. Now on to the Clean and jerk round

CWG 2018 | Day 1: Chanu Wins India’s First Gold, Ghosal Bows Out

Lawn Bowls: India Defeat Papua New Guinea

India beat Papua New Guinea 16-11 in round 2 of the Men's Triples (Section A) draw.

Squash: Harinder Pal Sandhu Through to Round of 32

India’s squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu’s Commonwealth Games campaign begins on a bright note. He beat Cameron Stafford 11-3, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8 to go through to the round of 32.

Australia's Pearson Withdraws From CWG

Australia's world champion 100 metres hurdler Sally Pearson has been forced to withdraw from her home Commonwealth Games as she battles an Achilles injury, she told reporters on Thursday.

Pearson's absence is another blow for the quadrennial Games which have already been hit by a number of high-profile withdrawals by top athletes.

Gutted. Absolutely gutted. There were a lot of tears flowing. I guess you could call it grief. I was double and triple checking it was the right decision (to withdraw). Not being able to go out on that track and run for Australia is gut wrenching.
Sally Pearson

Swimming: Srihari Nataraj Qualifies for 50m Backstroke Semi-finals

Srihari Nataraj progressed to the semi-finals as the 15th fastest qualifier. He has set a national record in 50m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with a time of 56.71, beating 56.90 that he had clocked during the Khelo India School Games in Delhi earlier this year.

Table Tennis: India Defeat Sri Lanka 3-0

India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in their first match in the women's table tennis competition. Manika Batra gave India the lead with an easy 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 win over Erandi Warusawithana in the first singles. Sutirtha Mukherjee doubled the lead with a 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 verdict over Ishara Badu in the second singles. Sutirtha then teamed up with Pooja Sahasrabudhe to beat Badu and Hansani Kapugeekiyana in the doubles to seal victory.

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File picture of Indian badminton player Manika Batra.

Badminton: India Beat Sri Lanka 5-0

Ashwini Ponnappa and NS Reddy beat Sri Lanka’s Thilini Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimannage 21-12, 21-14 to win the women’s doubles tie. With this win, India won all the five ties in their opening match against Sri Lanka.

Badminton: Saina Nehwal Wins

Saina Nehwal beats Sri Lanka’s Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-8, 21-4 to take India’s lead to 4-0.

Weightlifting: Gururaja Wins India's First Medal

India’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has come from the weightlifting arena.

After failing his first two attempts in the clean and jerk, India's Gururaja lifted 138kg in his third attempt. With a total lift of 249kgs, Gururaja wins the silver medal in weightlifting (56kg). The 25-year-old Gururaja equalled his personal best of 249kg (111+138) to finish second.

CWG 2018 | Day 1: Chanu Wins India’s First Gold, Ghosal Bows Out

Badminton: Saina Nehwal in Action

After India won their first three matches, Saina Nehwal takes the court to face off against Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage of Sri Lanka in the women's singles.

Badminton: India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty Win

India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty cruise past Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Karunaratna and Buwaneka Goonethilleka in men’s doubles tie. They win 21-17, 21-14.

Hockey (Women): India Lose Against Wales

Indian women lose their first group match against Wales 2-3. After Wales took a 2-0 lead at the end of the second quarter, India did well to score two goals in the span of 10 minutes in the third quarter. With three minutes to go on the clock, Wales scored the third goal to take the match home.

India were awarded 15 penalty corners out of which they converted only one. For India, Nikki Pradhan & captain Rani Rampal scored the goals for India.

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File photo of the Indian women’s hockey team with coach Harendra Singh.

First Gold of CWG 2018

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy wins the first Gold of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the Women's Triathlon.

Lawn Bowls: India Loses to New Zealand

India’s Pinki loses 13-16 to New Zealand’s Jo Edwards in women’s singles section D.

Weightlifting: CWG record For Malaysian Izhar Ahmad

Malaysian Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad sets CWG record in snatch with a lift of 117kg. He leads Sri Lankan Chaturanga Lakmal Jayasooriya (114) and India's Gururaja Poojary (111) in the race for the gold medal in the 56kg category.

Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth Wins

India’s Kidambi Srikanth wins the second game to win his singles tie 21-16, 21-10 against Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne in 37 minutes.

Weightlifting: India's Gururaja Lifts 111kg in Third Snatch Attempt

India's Gururaja successfully lifted 107kg in his first snatch attempt in the 56kg event. He raised the bar by four kilograms but failed in his second lift. However, in the third lift he was flawless.

Hockey (Women): India Draw Level Against Wales

India score two goals in the span of ten minutes in the third quarter to make a comeback into the match. Nikki Pradhan and captain Rani Rampal score for India. At the end of 3rd quarter, India and Wales tied at 2-2.

India's Kidambi Srikanth in Action

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File picture of Kidambi Srikanth. 

India’s Kidambi Srikanth playing against Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne in the men's singles match of the team badminton event. India’s Ruthvika Gadde-Pranaav Chopra has already given Team India a lead in the tie with a 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 win in mixed doubles match.

India's Gururaja in Fray in The Men's 56kg Weightlifting Event

The men’s 56kg class weightlifting competition has begun. India’s Gururaja will have to be at his best to challenge Malaysian Azroy Hazal Wafie Izhar Ahmad and Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal Jayasooriya.

Hockey (Women) : India vs Wales

Wales convert their penalty stroke to take a 2-0 lead. Sian French scores the goal for Wales.

Badminton: Ruthvika Gadde & Pranaav Chopra Win 21-15, 19-21, 22-20

India wins the first match against Sri Lanka. After winning the first game, Gadde and Chopro lost the second one. Sri Lankans came back strongly. The third game was a thrilling battle in which the scores were 18-18, 19-19, 20-20, before the Indians snatched victory in 57 minutes.

Hockey (Women) : India vs Wales

Wales off to great start after a great goal from Lisa Daley. India trail by 0-1.

Badminton: India Drop Second Game Against Sri Lanka

India’s Ruthvika Shivani Gadde & Pranaav Jerry Chopra started the second game poorly, allowing the Sri Lankans to take a 18-11 lead before the Indians got a grip. The Lankans’ continued to target Gadde. Later, the Indians reeled off multiple points to draw level at 18-18, and then at 19-19. However, two strong smashes from the Lankans finished the game.

Hockey (Women) : India vs Wales

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File photo of Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal.

India take on Wales in their first group match. World no.10 India, led by Rani Rampal, will look to start their Commonwealth campaign on a winning note.

Badminton: India Seal First Game Against Sri Lanka

India’s Ruthvika Shivani Gadde & Pranaav Jerry Chopra surged into 11-8 lead, from there the Indians dominated the game to wrap up the first game 21-15. The play involved a delectable drop shot from Gadde, who the Sri Lankans were targeting, but in vain. Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa had no answers for Chopra’s ferocious smashes.

Indians in action on Day 1

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The first day of games, a day after the opening ceremony, will see Indian sportspersons in action in various games including Badminton, Swimming, Hockey, Squash and Boxing among other sports.

  • 4:30 am - Badminton (Mixed Team) - Group Stage, India vs Sri Lanka
  • 5:02 am - Hockey (Women) - Group Stage, India vs Wales
  • 7:00 am - Swimming (Men’s 50m Butterfly) - Heat 5, Sajan Prakash and Vridhawal Khade
  • 1:30 pm - Squash (Men’s Singles) -Round of 32, Saurav Ghosal vs TBD
  • 2:30 pm - Badminton (Mixed Team) - Group Stage, India vs Pakistan
  • 3:30 pm - Squash (Women's Singles) - Round of 32, Dipika Pallikal vs Charlotte Knaggs (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • 3:32 pm - Boxing (Men - 69kg) - Round of 32, Manoj Kumar vs Osita Umeh (Nigeria)