Day 5 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games proved to be India’s best showing till now at this year’s games. A field day for the athletes saw them take their overall tally to 19 medals and sit comfortable at the third position with 10 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals.
Day Highlights at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games:
• India are on 3rd spot
• They ended the day with 19 medals
• India now has 10 golds
The day’s proceedings were kicked off by Jitu Rai who picked up the first gold of the day for the country. He won men’s 10m air pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre. He shot a total of 235.1. Silver medallist Kerry Bell of Australia shot 233.5 while Mitharwal with 214.3 picked up the bronze medal as well for India in the event.The feature clash of the final between World No 2 Srikanth and Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei went in India’s favour after the Indian shuttler took 21-17, 21-14 to record his first win over the Malaysian
It was a historic day for the Indian badminton team who picked up the country’s first mixed team badminton gold at the CWG. They defeated heavyweights Malaysia 3-1 on the back of brilliant play from Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwik Rankireddy, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal.
India’s chief national badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand said, “I am thrilled at this victory in the mixed team event as Malaysia are a very strong team. One must complement the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Satwik for giving us a great start and then Srikanth and Saina to wrap it up for us. A few years ago, it was unimaginable that we could beat Malaysia in team events.
The men’s table tennis team replicated their success of the women team from yesterday by defeating Nigeria 3-0 in the final. The women continued their strong showing at the games with Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela adding to India’s medal tally with a silver and bronze respectively in the 10m Air Rifle event.
India is definitely looking for some more golds at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.