Friday, 15 February, 2019

Treasure just misses a medal at Commonwealth Games

Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai won men's doubles table tennis Bronze Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai won men's doubles table tennis Bronze
Nellie Chapman | 16 April, 2018, 09:43

Settling for silver medals were Amit Panghal (49kg), Manish Kaushik (60kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) after losing closely-contested bouts here.

The exuberance of youth, the endurance of experience and a bit of usual drama that is signature Indian sports - the country's Commonwealth Games campaign was all this and much more with a medal count that turned out to be the third best ever.

Including the Isle of Man's sole silver, the home nations won 229 medals between them. I was happy to discover the divers open on this particular shot as it gives the picture an added dimension of surrealism.

I looked through my camera and committed to her with a couple of hurdles to go, crossing the line with a huge celebration that worked out well facing my direction towards athletes and spectators behind me. "Lot of credit to them for pulling off against Malaysia".

Gaurav Solanki after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

"But I held my form and I came away with a silver medal so I'm really happy". They made the decision not to show the flag bearers and I'm furious.

"2020 is hard to say, but I will try my best".

The 22-year-old OHara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she is not trading punches in the ring, lacked the finesse to counter the experienced Indian and failed to take advantage of her longer reach. By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself in the ring against her timid rival. An aggressive Solanki defeated Northern Ireland's Brendan Irvine, and won 4-1 on account of a split decision.

It was, nearly inevitably, set by the Australian team, who put behind them their disappointing 2017 world championships by winning 28 swimming gold medals and 73 overall, well ahead of England's nine (24).

The closing ceremony also saw a surprise when former Jamaican athlete and multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Usian Bolt was introduced.

The technically superior Indian stuck to his usual tactic of taking slow control of the proceedings, trading with caution first up before letting it rip to take the opponent by surprise. Srikanth had a good start as he won the opening game.

"Its been a pleasure and honour to represent my country in these events".

The shooters, unsurprisingly, were the most successful among all athletes with a total of 16 medals, including 7 gold medals.

However, luck was not on side of either Amit or Manish, both of whom went down in split verdicts.

"We avoid that (question) simply because we think they are great Games", Beattie said.

In the women's doubles action, Ashwini and Sikki bagged the bronze medal, beating Australians Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville 21-19, 21-19.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.