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Commonwealth Games handover to 'showcase Birmingham'

Commonwealth Games handover to 'showcase Birmingham' Commonwealth Games handover to 'showcase Birmingham'
Kristopher Love | 15 April, 2018, 17:32

Nearly every medal that is there to be taken is in her kitty but M C Mary Kom says she still trains like a maniac, the latest result of the regimen being a gold on debut at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

- Shooting sensation Anish Bhanwala became the youngest Indian player to win a gold medal in the CWG with a Games record score of 30.

- Manika Batra wrote history by winning first ever gold medal for India in the women's singles table tennis.

The CWG 2018 tally is third all-time best for India with 66 medals (26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze).

In the men's competition, Solanki provided the golden touch, pulling it off 4-1 over Northern Ireland's Brendan Irvine.

Gold Coast was supposed to set the tone for the months to follow but in the last week, hockey fans across the nation have been left frustrated with the display of the Men in Blue, who will return empty-handed from the Commonwealth Games after a couple of silver medals in the last two editions.

On Saturday morning, Australian cyclist Chloe Hosking hung on during a wild sprint finish with four other competitors to win the gold medal in the women's road race.

Wilson's celebration was not the only one that could be filed under "over-exuberant" at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.

The Indian duo defeated their opponents 11-5, 11-6, 12-10.

Indian wrestlers did India proud as Sumit Malik won the 125 kilogram freestyle title while Vinesh Phogat took women's 50kg gold.

Another team who need to get up for a bronze game - the Silver Ferns.

Chopra stayed ahead of Hamish Peacock from Australia with a throw of 82.59 - who settled for silver and Anderson Peters from Gernada who had the output of 82.20. It was the second time in eight years that Saina won the Commonwealth Games gold again. Canada's Grzegorz Sych clinched the silver medal with 448.4, while Dean Bale of England bagged the bronze with 441.2. "I'm more disappointed in the Federation", Lowther told reporters afterwards. "I thought it was 50-50 bout", Amit said after his loss.

Kaushik lost 2:3 to Harry Garside of Australia in a hard-fought final.

"In addition to the results, the Commonwealth Games has provided a valuable opportunity for our younger riders to gain experience of competing at a high worldwide level, and I'm sure they will take plenty of learnings away for this event to use at future major competitions". Both the boxers gave their all in the bouts but could not get the judges' nod.