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Sports: Judokas get India a silver and a bronze while lifter Harjinder wins bronze

India improved its medals tally by a silver and two bronze medals on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

India improved its medals tally by a silver and two bronze medals on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

Judokas -Sushila Devi (48 kg) and Vijay Kumar Yadav(60 kg) – and weightlifter Harjinder Kaur (71 kg)  added three more medals on a day of mixed fortunes for the Indian contingent.

In Lawn Bowls (women’s fours), India qualified for the final after an exciting 16-13 win over New Zealand. It will be perhaps India’s first ever medal in Lawn Bowls.

India played a 4-4 draw with hosts England in men’s hockey while in badminton India made it to the final with a convincing 3-0 win over Singapore. India will now play Malaysia in the gold medal match. India also made the gold medal round in the men’s Table Tennis team even defeating Nigeria 3-0. India will now play Singapore for the gold medal.

At the end of Day 4, India had taken its medals tally to nine with three medals each of each colour.

Weightlifting continues to be the main sport that has been keeping India on the upswing. Of two events in which Indian lifters competed today, Ajay Singh missed the bronze in 81 kg.

The gold went to Chris Murray of England who aggregated 325 kg. Kyle Brude of Australia and Nipplei Vadhun of Canada got the silver and bronze medals, respectively by clearing 323 and 320 kg, respectively. Ajay Singh with a total lift of 319 kg was a close fourth.

Luck sided with India in the  71 kg event for women in which the beneficiary was Harjinder Kaur. One of the favourites, a lifter from Nigeria, unfortunately, could not make a legal lift in clean and jerk.

Harjinder Kaur, who after failing with her first snatch, managed to clear the next two with 90 and 94kg to come in running for the medal. However, after three good lifts in clean and jerk, she was trailing Alexis Ashworth of Canada by two kg. As luck would have it, the Nigerian lifter failed in clean and jerk thus pushing Harjinder Kaur to third place.

 

 

Prabhjot Singh

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