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Gold! David 'Big Bear' Liti smashes Commonwealth Games record to claim glory

Gold! David 'Big Bear' Liti smashes Commonwealth Games record to claim glory

She has previously competed in numerous major competitions, including the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, the 2015 International Paralympic Committee world championships in Glasgow, the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2017 CanAm para-swim championships in Windsor, Ont. They lost the top spot to Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso.

India's road to the final wasn't particularly easy depite a strong start in the group stages.

"This will be my first Commonwealth Games medal and I am happy to achieve that but gold is what I'm after", Mary Kom declared after her win. India's unprecedented effort at the Gold Coast Games is also a fair reflection of the sport's fast improving standard.

Heena Sidhu picked up India's third gold medal in shooting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, finishing on top in the women's 25m pistol event and also breaking a Games record in the process.

The first game of the match went down to the wire with both the paddlers going neck and neck before the Nigerian sneaked past to take a slender 1-0 lead. Her final score was a disappointing 15.

India's Pardeep Singh took sliver and Owen Boxall of England won bronze.

With the rapid improvement in the men's singles and the doubles departments, Team India has been heavily bolstered. After 12 long years, the men's Table Tennis team has won a gold at the Commonwealth Games.

2014 CWG Bronze medallist in the Women's 63kg Weightlifting event, Punam Yadav went up six kilograms in weight to the 69kg category. He exited after the 22nd shot of the 24-shot final. "I want to win more medals here, so I'll be focussing on the remaining matches". They had squandered a 2-0 lead to be held to a last-gasp 2-2 draw by arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match.

Shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela added to the medal tally by winning the silver and bronze respectively in the 10m air rifle event.

Star paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal won the crucial decider against Xue Jie Pang to guide India to the summit clash against the victor of the second semi-final between Nigeria and England, later on Monday.

This is the Indian men's table tennis team's second gold medal at the Games, with the first one coming in 2006.


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