New Delhi: India’s Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha bagged the men’s doubles table tennis gold, another two came through boxers Suranjoy Singh and Manoj Kumar, but race walker Rani Yadav brought shame by testing positive for a banned steroid in the Commonwealth Games on October 13. The penultimate day of the Games opened with the shocking revelation that 20km woman walker Rani had tested positive for prohibited anabolic agent 19-Norandrosterone to deflate the euphoria surrounding the contingent after the October 12 stellar show in athletics and men’s hockey.
Yadav, who finished sixth in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 54 seconds in the 20km walk held on October 9 on Central Delhi streets, was provisionally suspended and a hearing was scheduled later in the day.
Top seed Saina Nehwal and doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa scripted history by becoming the first Indian women shuttlers to win gold medals in the Commonwealth Games at the Siri Fort Complex.
Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh had the honor of taking India past its highest gold tally of 30, earned eight years ago at Manchester, by winning the gold in the 10-meter air pistol pairs event at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa battled past the Singaporean duo of Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight-games to become India’s first women’s doubles pair to win a gold medal in the badminton.
Olympic bronze medalist Sushil Kumar won the gold in the 66kg category. M.A. Prajusha and Vikas Gowda won silver medals in long jump and discus to make it the most successful Games ever for Indian athletics.
Somdev Devvarman became India’s first tennis gold medalist at the Common-wealth Games with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Australia’s Greg Jones at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium.
Even as India was recovering from the dope scandal, England sneaked past them in the medals table to stand second behind Australia.
The victory was also sweet revenge for Sharath Kamal whose dreams of defending his singles title were shattered by Zi who had scored a 4-3 semi-final win over the Indian.
The Indian duo had dispatched Andrew Baggaley and L. Pitchford of England 3-2 in the semi-finals.
Kamal would fight it out with compatriot Soumyadeeep Roy for the men’s singles bronze medal. The latter was beaten 4-0 by Ning in the other semi-final.
In women’s doubles, India’s Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das lost in the semi-finals and will have to play in the bronze medal play-off on October 14.
Indian women have already clinched a team silver, while their male counterparts have fetched a bronze in the team events.
Manoj Kumar clinched the 64kg class gold with a convincing 11-2 win over Bradley Saunders of England.