Wrestlers, shooters, archers take India's gold count to 21


New Delhi: Women wrestlers and archers excelled on October 8 winning three golds between them as shooters continued to add to their kitty, taking India’s Commonwealth Games gold tally to 21 on the fifth day of competitions here. Saina Nehwal is latest to bag a Gold Medal after she won in the mixed team event in badminton taking India’s gold tally to 21 on October 8. Shooter Omkar Singh won gold for Indiain 10m air pistol event. Anita won the gold in the freestyle 67kg category defeating Canadian M. Buydens 4-1 and Alka Tomar won in the 59kg event. She also defeated Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek 3-2.

The women archers gave the country its maiden Commonwealth Games gold in the sport, which was re-included in the Games after 28 years. However, the fancied men’s side disappointed getting only a bronze in recurve team event.

Indian women won the gold in the recurve team archery competition at the Commonwealth Games here on October 8. The Indian team, comprising Dola Banerjee, Bombayala Devi and Deepika Kumari, beat England in the final at the Yamuna Sports Complex.

India scooped up a bagful of gold and silver and bronze medals to firmly remain in second spot behind leaders Australia in the Commonwealth Games.

On October 7, three gold medals were garnered by the 25m and 10m men pistoliers with Gurpreet Singh being the common factor in both these pairs while Geeta grabbed the first gold in women’s wrestling.

Gurpreet joined hands with Vijay Kumar to rake in the gold medal in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol (pairs) event before combining well with Omkar Singh to clinch the 10m air pistol (pairs) title to become a double gold winner.

The shooting gold medals provided by the men’s pistol wielders took the country’s overall gold tally from the Dr. Karni Singh range to 14, showing how many the marksmen and women have contributed in keeping India’s flag flying high.

Grappler Geeta trounced her rival Emily Bensted of Australia in the 55 kg category final. She entered the gold medal round by defeating Lovina Odohi Edward of Nigeria, but her teammate — 63kg grappler Suman Kundu — lost in the semi-finals.

Men’s double trap shooting ace Ronjon Sondhi got a silver medal along with the men’s archery compound team and women’s 48kg freestyle grappler Nirmala Devi.

The three bronze medals came in archery (women’s team compound event), 77kg weightlifter Sudhir Kumar and Ashish Kumar, in men’s gymnastics (floor exercise).

The day’s haul of eight medals boosted India’s overall tally to 14-11-8 and on course to their pre-Games target of achieving the runner-up spot behind overwhelming favorites Australia.

Australia was way ahead of the rest with 27-16-14 while England lagged behind in third place (8-15-10).

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