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Gold Coast Day 2: Australia ride at the top of medal tally; Sanjita Chanu wins second gold for India

TIA CLAIR TOOMEY’S GOLD IN HER LAST LIFT
Tia Clair Toomey in the middle

Australia’s Tia-Clair Toomey became the Women’s 58kg Weightlifting champion with six successful lifts for a total of 201kg. She claimed gold with the last lift of 114kg Clean and Jerk, finishing just 1kg ahead of silver medallist Tali Darsigny of Canada. Jenly Wini of Solomon Islands won the bronze with 189kg.

SANJITA CHANU CLAIMS HER SECOND COMMONWELTH GOLD
Sanjita Chanu and Deepak Lather

Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won the gold in Women’s 53kg category by creating a new Commonwealth Games Snatch record of 84kg. Chanu lifted a combined 192kg, 10kg more than second placed Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea. Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet claimed bronze.

GARETH EVANS UPSETS FAVOURITES

Gareth Evans of Wales caused an upset in the men’s 69kg category of Weightlifting by finishing with six successful lifts claiming a total of

Gareth Evans

299kg. Sri Lanka’s Dissanayake Mudiyanselage tried to match Evans’ first clean and jerk of 160kg. He was successful but could not improve further as Evans took the lead with 165kg. India’s 18-year old weightlifter Deepak Lather won the bronze.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES RECORDS FELL NINE TIME IN CYCLING

There was a flurry of records in various cycling events on Day 2. In the Women’s Sprint qualifying, the Games record was broken first by Canada’s Lauriane Genest who completed the 200m distance in 10.757 seconds and again by defending champion Stephanie Morton of Australia in 10.524. In the Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit qualifying, Australian Annette Edmonson finished in 3:27.255, 1.5 seconds ahead of the previous record. Rebecca Wiasak re-set the record to 3:25.936 before Scotland’s Katie Archibald had the final say at 3:24.119. In the Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit qualifying, Australia’s Sam Welsford finished in 4:13.595 before New Zealand’s Dylan Kennett, Scotland’s John Archibald and England’s Charlie Tanfield each re-set the mark.

RECORDS TOPPLE IN POOL TOO

Australia’s Emily Seebohm and Canada’s Kylie Masse both created new Commonwealth Games record in their respective heat swims in Women’s 100m Backstroke. First, Seebohm broke her own record of 59.37 set in Glasgow

Kyle Chalmers

2014, by finishing in 58.91 seconds. But Masse beat it by clocking 58.70.

AUSTRALIA’S DOMINANCE IN SWIMMING

Kyle Chalmers of Australia took out gold in the Men’s 200m Freestyle by finishing with a personal best time of 1:45.56. His compatriot Mack Horton picked up the silver in 1:45.89 and Scotland’s Duncan Scott took bronze in 1:46.30. In the Women’s 100m Butterfly, Emma McKeon won the gold by leading the race all the way. Madeline Groves won the silver and Brianna Throssell claimed the bronze.

MEDAL STANDING
RANK NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 AUSTRALIA 14 9 13 36
2 ENGLAND 9 6 3 18
3 CANADA 2 4 5 11
4 SCOTLAND 2 4 4 10
5 INDIA 2 1 1 4
6. SOUTH AFRICA 2 0 1 3
7 MALAYASIA 2 0 0 2
8 NEW ZEALAND 1 3 3 7
8 WALES 1 2 0 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 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0 1 0 1

 

16 PAKISTAN 0 0 1 1
16 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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