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  • రెజ్లింగ్‌లో భారత్‌కు స్వర్ణం


    గోల్డ్‌కోస్ట్‌: కామన్వెల్త్‌ క్రీడల్లో భారత రెజర్లు తమ సత్తా చాటారు. పురుషుల 57 కేజీల ఫ్రీ స్టైల్‌ విభాగంలో రాహుల్‌ అవారే స్వర్ణం గెలుచుకున్నాడు. ఫైనల్లో కెనడాకు చెందిన టకహాషిని మట్టికరిపించి పసిడి కైవసం చేసుకున్నాడు. స్వర్ణం గెలుచుకున్న రాహుల్‌ జాతీయ గీతం ఆలపించే సమయంలో భావోద్వేగానికి గురయ్యాడు. రాహుల్‌ ఏషియన్‌ రెజ్లింగ్‌ ఛాంపియన్‌షిప్‌లో కాంస్యం, 2011 కామన్వెల్త్‌ రెజ్లింగ్‌ ఛాంపియన్‌షిప్‌లో స్వర్ణం దక్కించుకున్న సంగతి తెలిసిందే.

    * మహిళల 53 కేజీల ఫ్రీ స్టైల్‌ విభాగంలో బబితా ఫొగల్‌ రజతంతో సరిపెట్టుకుంది.

    * మహిళల 76 కేజీల ఫ్రీ స్టైల్‌ విభాగంలో కిరణ్‌ కాంస్యం దక్కించుకుంది.

    * మహిళల 50మీటర్ల రైఫిల్‌ ప్రోన్‌లో తేజస్విని సావంత్‌ రెండో స్థానంలో నిలిచి రజతం కైవసం చేసుకుంది.

    ఇప్పటి వరకు భారత్‌ ఖాతాలోకి 13 స్వర్ణాలు, 6 రజతాలు, 9 కాంస్యాలు చేరాయి. మొత్తం 28 పతకాలతో భారత్‌ పతకాల పట్టికలో మూడో స్థానంలోనే కొనసాగుతోంది. ఆస్ట్రేలియా(147), ఇంగ్లాండ్‌ (79) మొదటి రెండు స్థానాల్లో ఉన్నాయి.

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  • Indian Badminton Star Kidambi Srikanth


    Indian badminton star Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday became world No. 1 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, replacing Denmark's Viktor Axelsen. Srikanth moved to the top of rankings with 76,895 points in men's singles category to displace current world champion Axelsen, who lost at least 1,660 points because he could not defend his Malaysian Open title. The Malaysian Open was held from April 4-9 last year but has now been moved to June 26 to July 1 on account of the ongoing Commonwealth Games. The 25-year-old Srikanth bagged the mixed team gold in the ongoing Gold Coast Games and continues to feature in the men's singles format in that event. Srikanth becomes only the second Indian after Saina Nehwal, who achieved the feat in 2015, to top the rankings and the first Indian male to do so.

    It is also a major achievement for coach Pullela Gopichand, who has overseen the rise of both Nehwal and Srikanth at his academy in Hyderabad.

    Congratulations @srikidambi on becoming World No. 1 in latest BWF rankings, only the second Indian Badminton player to achieve the feat in modern ranking era. Proud moment for Indian sports.
    "This is a huge achievement for Srikanth as well as for Indian badminton," Gopichand told media in Australia.

    "There has been a lot of talk about our women doing well, but now we will have a men's No.1. This will help Srikanth become more relaxed. Whatever happens from here, he will always know that he was ranked as the best in the world - that he has accomplished that goal. It will help him focus more on winning tournaments."

    Srikanth, who burst onto the scene with victory in the Thailand Open in 2013, secured the World No. 2 ranking in November last year but missed out on the chance to claim the top spot after suffering an injury.

    The Indian shuttler won four Super Series titles - Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, and France -- last year, becoming only the fourth in the world to achieve the feat.

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  • Commonwealth Games 2018: Om Mitharwal Wins Bronze In Men's 50m Pistol



    Indian shooter Om Mitharwal won bronze medal in the men's 50 metre Pistol event.

    Indian shooter Om Mitharwal won bronze medal in the men's 50 metre Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. Mitharwal registered a total score of 201.1 in the final. Australia's Daniel Repacholi clinched the gold medal with a new CWG record of 227.2. Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver with 220.5.

    The other Indian in the fray and defending champion Jitu Rai had a disappointing outing.

    Rai finished at the bottom of the eight-man final.

    Mitharwal had a good start in the final, scoring 111.3 after the first round in Stage 2 to take the second spot behind Singapore's Swee Hon Lim. But Daniel scored 10.0 and 10.1 to take the lead in the next round. The local favourite then produced a string of consistent scores to blow away the opposition and hold on to the pole position till the end.

    Earlier, Indian shooters Om Mitharwal and Jitu Rai qualified for the final of the men's 50 metre Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) here on Wednesday.

    Om topped the standings at the end of the qualification stage with a score of 549 points.

    Jitu qualified at the sixth position with 542.

    Om was trailing Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh till the fifth shot before taking the lead with his sixth and final attempt.

    Bin Gai of Singapore was second with 546 while Australia's Daniel Repacholi was third.

    Ahmed fell off the pace after leading till the fifth shot to eventually end the qualification stage at the fourth spot with 545.

    Malaysia's Johnathan Guanjie (545), Kristian Callaghan (541) of England and Singapore's Swee Hon Lim (534) were the other shooters to qualify for the final

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  • Mirabai Chanu clinches gold medal in women’s 48 kg weightlifting


    Australia: Mirabai Chanu clinched the first gold for India in the Commonwealth Games at women’s 48 kg weightlifting event here on Thursday.

    The Manipuri weightlifter lifted 86 kg in Snatch, surpassing her personal best of 85 kg in the Category and then surpassed her 109 kg clean and jerk record to lift 110kg in the category. Her total lift of 196 kg delivered India’s first gold on the first day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting category.

    The previous Games’ record was 175 kg set by Augustine Nwaokolo of Nigeria in 2010.
    In her first attempt at lean and jerk, she lifted 103 kg. In her next attempt, she lifted 107 kg and improved it in the third attempt by lifting 110 kg, taking her overall score to 196 kg. Chanu also won India’s second medal in the competition after weightlifter P Gururaja had opened the country’s account on the first competition day by claiming a silver in the men’s 56kg category.

    This is India’s second medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with P Gururaja winning a silver medal in the men’s 56kg category earlier in the day. Born in 1994 in Imphal East, Manipur, Mirabai Chanu was inspired by Kunjarani Devi and began weightlifting in 2007. She was considered as a successor to 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari. Chanu shined at a young age and won gold in junior levels at South Asian Junior Games and 2011 International Youth Championship.

    Raja Muthupandi, another Indian weightlifter, will be competing in the men’s 62 kg category later on Thursday.

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