CWG 2018: Indian men's TT team clean sweep Nigeria, win historic Gold

Arnold Nichols
April 10, 2018

This is the Indian men's table tennis team's second gold medal at the Games, with the first one coming in 2006. Poonam raised a total weight of 222 kg, which consists 100 Kg in the snatch and 122 kg in clean and jerk.

The Ugandan pre-event favourite, who won 10,000m World silver behind Mo Farah previous year, crossed the line first in a tactical 5000m, clocking 13:50.83 to easily beat Canada's silver medallist Mohammed Ahmed (13:52.78). This is India's seventh gold medal.

"Each Games is unique because of location and timing, the qualification process, team quotas, and the characteristics of the courses", Westwood concluded. Om Mitharwal bagged the bronze for India with a score of 214.3.

"With 15 spots used up for track, that left just three spots, which we chose to fill with mountain bikers (two women and one man) because we have highly competitive athletes who have targeted this event, including the silver medalist from Glasgow 2014".

Mehuli pushed Singapore's Martina Lindsay Veloso all the way to force a shootout.

In the 21st Commonwealth Games, India made history by winning the gold medal by defeating Singapore 3-1 in the final of Table Tennis team event.


Meanwhile, Joshua Cheptegei took the first running gold of the Commonwealth Games. And in a surprise package, Mohammad Anas will compete in the men's 400m finals.

The CGF said Hubbard met the eligibility criteria for competition as set out by the worldwide federation and backed its decision to allow her entry.

Veloso kept her composure as the Singaporean secured Gold, leaving the 17-year-old to settle for second place. "I will try harder next time". She said she was overjoyed to have made the team and to represent her home country at a sport she loves. In this competition, Manu won gold, while Hina got the silver medal.

"I have lifted a personal best of 215kg in the past but may be it wasn't my day", Pardeep said, who was happy with a podium finish but a shade disappointed with the colour of his medal. The Indian topped the list ahead of Jamaica's Rusheen McDonald.

Earlier, national record holder Tejaswin Shankar advanced to the finals of the high jump competition after finishing ninth in the qualifying round. The Indian cleared 2.21m in final analysis after starting out at 2.10m.

In the men's 400m qualifying, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan progressed through to the semi-finals but Matthew Hudson-Smith, a bronze medallist at the worlds past year in the relay, was disqualified despite winning his heat easily after running out of his lane.

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