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Day 3: Chad Le Clos claims his 16th CWG medal; India’s gold rush in Weightlifting continues

LE CLOS MOVES TOWARDS BEING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CWG ATHLETE
Chad Le Clos

South African swimmer Chad Le Clos added another medal to his Commonwealth Games record when he won gold in the 200m Butterfly for the third consecutive time. It was his 16th medal at a Games, making him the second most successful athlete ever at a Commonwealth Games. The Michael Phelps of Commonwealth Games is still on target to win more medals in the next Games too.

KYLIE MASSE’S WIN BY JUST 0.03 SEC

Kylie Masse of Canada had a thrilling victory in Women’s 100m Backstroke final as she edged past Emily Seebohm of Australia by just 0.03 seconds. Seebohm was set to win her third consecutive Commonwealth Games title but was unable to finish at the top.

NILE WILSON KEPT ENGLAND’S DOMINANCE INTACT
Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson, the English gymnast, kept his nation’s pride secured by winning gold in Men’s Individual All-round Gymnastics. Nile has secured England’s third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the event with a score of 84.950 points. The final was decided on the very last apparatus as Wilson scored a 15.100 to claim the gold. Wilson followed in the footsteps of his compatriots Luke Folwell and Max Whitlock, who claimed the title in 2010 and 2014. It was Wilson’s second Commonwealth Games medal after winning bronze at Glasgow 2014. Another Englishman James Hall claimed the silver and Marios Georgiou won Cyprus’ first ever medal in Artistic Gymnastics in the form of bronze.

IN WOMEN’S CATEGORY CANADA’S ELSABETH BLACK RULED

Canada’s Elsabeth Black won gold in the Women’s Individual All-around Gymnastics by beating her nearest rival Georgia Godwin of Australia. Black won the gold by just 0.4 of a point ahead of Godwin. It is the first all-around Commonwealth Games gold medal for Canada’s women since Kate Richardson in Manchester 2002. England’s Alice Kinsella took the bronze.

MIXED RELAY TRITHLON REMAINS WITH AUSTRALIA

The triathlon mixed team relay of Australia claimed the Commonwealth Games gold to continue their success of last year’s world championship title. Australia, that won bronze at Glasgow 2014 defeated last edition’s gold medallist England. New Zealand came third.

JADE JONES CREATES HISTORY
Para triathlete Jade Jones

Para triathlete Jade Jones of England became the first women’s Para Triathlon champion in Commonwealth Games history. Jones swam, cycled and raced to win the gold in the event that was first played in Rio Olympics 2016. She won bronze in the T54 1500m at the Glasgow Games, her first medal performance in a senior competition. Jones claimed the gold over Emily Tapp, 1:49 seconds ahead of the Australian. Another Australian Lauren Parker, won bronze.

JOSEPH TOWNSEND WINS MEN’S TRIATHLON

Joseph Townsend of England won the first Men’s Para Triathlon of Commonwealth Games by beating Australia’s Nic Beveridge and Bill Chaffey. Beveridge who took up triathlon after being inspired by Chaffey was happy to share the podium with his hero.

Ragala Venkat Rahul and Sathish Shivalingam
INDIA CONTINUE CLAIMING WEIGHTLIFTING GOLD

Sathish Shivalingam and Ragala Venkat Rahul were the stars of India as they claimed individual gold in Men’s 77kg and 85kg divisions respectively. India won 4 gold in Weightlifting followed by 1 silver and 1 bronze.

INDIA-PAKISTAN PLAYS A DRAW

India vs Pakistan hockey opener at the 2018 Commonwealth Games ended in a draw as Pakistan, who were trailing India 0-2 after the first half, scored twice to hold India 2-2. However, a controversial penalty corner was awarded against India that led to some disappointment among the fans.

MEDAL STANDING
RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 AUSTRALIA 21 17 20 58
2 ENGLAND 14 13 6 36
3 CANADA 5 7 6 18
4 INDIA 4 1 1 6
5 SOUTH AFRICA 4 0 3 7
6. SCOTLAND 3 6 6 15
7 NEW ZEALAND 3 4 5 12
8 WALES 2 3 1 6
9 MALAYSIA 2 0 1 3
10 BERMUDA 1 0 0 1
11 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 0 2 0 2
12 SRI LANKA 0 1 2 3
13 JAMAICA 0 1 0 1
13 MAURITIUS 0 1 0 1
13 SAMOA 0 1 0 1
13 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0 1 0 1

 

17 CYPRUS 0 0 1 1
17 KENYA 0 0 1 1
17 PAKISTAN 0 0 1 1
17 SOLOMON ISLANDS 0 0 1 1

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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