Day 4 continued India’s fabulous showing with more medals for India at Commonwealth Games 2018. The day saw India win a historic gold in table tennis for the first time in the women’s team event. The women flew the country’s flag high in Gold Coast after three golds from them helped India doubled its medal tally from the previous day.
Manika Batra started the proceedings for the Indian women contingent in the table tennis final. She recorded a hard-fought and crucial 11-8, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 victory over World No. 4 Tianwei Feng to hand India a 1-0 lead adding another gold in table tennis in the list of medals for India at Commonwealth Games 2018. Her victory was not only important in seeing India take the lead in the final but also boosted the morale of the team tenfold.
Singapore, who were defending champions, however, came back soon after as they showed they are champions for a reason. They drew level after Mengyu Yu got the better of Madhurika Patkar in straight games 13-11, 11-2, 11-6. The Indians were in no mood to be rolled over and were out looking for revenge against Singapore after the 2014 final defeat in Glasgow. Having made its maiden appearance in the 2010 games, the Indian team in their second final of the game went onto win the remaining two matches to win gold for the country with a score of 3-1.
“Even in my wildest dream I had not thought that I will beat an Olympic medallist and world number four,” said Batra, who inspired India to a historic gold medal. “I knew that she was having problems with my pimpled rubber and I realize that but I did not use it as my strength all the time.
The second medal of the day came through Punam Yadav who clinched India’s fifth weightlifting medal. The country continued their fine showing in weightlifting after Yadav finished with a combined effort of 122 (100 in snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to take gold.
The best performance of the day came from Manu Bhaker as took the gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event. The 16-year-old proved her class at the games after she fired a total of 240.9 to not only finish top of the rankings but also shoot a Commonwealth Games record in the process.Heena Sidhu of India walked away with silver. India is looking forward to many medals for India at Commonwealth Games 2018.