ALSO READCWG: India opens athletics account with silver, bronze in women's discus CWG 2018 at Gold Coast: Saina gets India Gold in badminton, now tally at 19 India at CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu, Sachin Chaudhary, boxers lift medal tally CWG 2018: India's gold rush on with 19 medals in total; top 10 developments CWG 2018: 4th gold for India as Rahul Ragala gets medal in weightlifting
Commonwealth Games 2018 Day 10, being held at Gold Coast in Australia, started off on a bright note with India's total gold medal tally rising to 24 by mid-day. Manika Batra won a first ever women's singles table tennis gold for India at the Commonwealth Games, blanking Yu Mengyu of Singapore 4-0 in the final on Saturday, while star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal with a season's best of 86.47 m in the fourth throw. The 20-year-old got a standing ovation from the crowd. There was no stopping the gold rush for India as wrestler Vinesh Phogat bagged gold in Women's Freestyle 50 kg Nordic event. Earlier in the day, boxing champion M C Mary Kom thrashed Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the Women 45-48 kg final bout to win a gold medal. Indian wrestler Sumit Malik, too, claimed the gold medal in the men's freestyle 125 kg after his opponent, Nigeria's Sinivie Boltic, was ruled out of the final due to an injury at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
All the victories helped India remain third on the medals table on Day 10 of CWG 2018 -- with 55 medals (24 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze) -- after Australia (182 medals) and England (115 medals).
Top 10 developments of Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10 events at Gold coast, medal tally, CWG 2018 India schedule, and more
1. Manika Batra wins Gold in CWG 2018 Table Tennis: Manika Batra on Saturday became the first Indian woman to win the Table Tennis gold in the women's singles event at the Commonwealth Games.
2. Dipika-Saurav win silver in squash mixed doubles: Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal settled for a silver after going down against Australia's Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley in the summit clash of the mixed doubles squash competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.
In a gruelling contest at the Oxenford Studios here, the Indian pair lost the issue 0-2 (8-11, 10-11) against the home pair.
3. Neeraj Chopra wins gold in the men's javelin throw at CWG 2018: Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra claimed the gold medal position with a season's best of 86.47 m in the fourth throw. The 20-year-old got a standing ovation from the crowd. This is India's 21st gold medal at the Games. This is the biggest moment of his nascent career since the junior world gold, for which he set a record.
GOLD!!! Neeraj Chopra, the farmer's son from Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat, never had a formal javelin coach growing up, learned watching videos on @YouTube is now at age 20, a gold medal winner at the #CWG2018 he wins with a throw of 86.47m! pic.twitter.com/OYaOPDbfIJ— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) April 14, 2018
4. Sumit claims 125kg gold at CWG 2018: Wrestler Sumit Malik claimed the gold medal in the men's freestyle 125 kg on Saturday after his opponent, Nigeria's Sinivie Boltic, was ruled out of the final due to an injury at the 21st Commonwealth Games. Sumit defeated Pakistan's Tayab Raza 10-4 in a dramatic bout. It turned out to be a pulsating contest as Sumit was leading early on but Raza came back to reduce the deficit to 2-3 after attacking the Indian's legs. However, Sumit didn't allow his rival to dominate as he displayed incredible athleticism, hopping around the mat to avoid stepping outside the bound after Raza once again had grabbed his leg.
The Indian counterattacked and eventually won comfortably with a big margin.
ALSO READ: Shooter Sanjeev wins CWG gold
5. Mary Kom wins gold: Boxing champion M C Mary Kom thrashed Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the Women 45-48kg final bout to win a gold medal. She was competing in her debut Commonwealth Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim a unanimous verdict of 5-0 over O'Hara in the final. "I am so glad to have made history again, it is a special feeling to win something that is a milestone medal. I am just so glad," a beaming Mary Kom said after the victory. "This medal and each one of my medals is special to me because I have worked equally hard for them. And I will continue to do so till the time my body is fit," she added.
6. Gaurav Solanki wins Gold in CWG 2018 52-kg category boxing: Solanki provided the golden touch, pulling it off 4-1 over Northern Ireland's Brendan Irvine. The Indian lost the third round but did just enough in the first two to walk away with a gold medal on his debut at the Games. "Today, I'm dedicating my medal to my mum, but I want to represent India at the (Tokyo) 2020 Olympics and to be there when they raise the Indian flag," the 22-year-old said. Manish Kaushik won silver in the men's lightweight (60kg) division.
7. Shooter Sanjeev wins CWG gold in Men's 50m Rifle 3 positions: Sanjeev Rajput clinched the gold medal on Saturday. He shot a total of 454.5 to create a Commonwealth Games record. Grzegorz Sych of Canada finished second with 448.4 and Dean Bale of England bagged the bronze medal with 441.2 points. Chain Singh, the other Indian in the fray, finished fifth in the standings with 419.1.
8. Srikanth enters badminton men's singles final: World No 1 Kidambi Srikanth registered a 21-10, 21-17 straight games victory over England's Rajiv Ouseph to storm into the final of badminton men's singles competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
After comfortably pocketing the first game in a mere 12 minutes, Srikanth breezed away with 11-8 lead midway into the second game. In Sunday's final, Srikanth will take on the winner of the second semi-final between his compatriot H S Prannoy and Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei.
9. Ashwini-Sikki lose in badminton women's doubles semis: Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy squandered a fine start to eventually lose their badminton women's doubles semi-final to Malaysia's Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Ashwini and Sikki went down in three games 21-17, 15-21, 4-21 to the Chow and Hoo in the semi-final at the Carrara Sports Arena. The Indian pair clinched the first game quite comfortably but failed to keep the momentum going into the second, which they lost 15-21.
10. Shuttlers Satwik-Chirag reach men's doubles final in CWG 2018: Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty thrashed Sri Lanka's Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka 21-18, 21-10 in straight games to enter the badminton men's doubles final at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Satwik and Chirag will now take on the English pair of Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis in the gold medal match on Sunday.
It's Sindhu vs Saina at CWG 2018: PV Sindhu won her semi-final against Canada's Li Prannoy with a 21-18, 21-8 victory. She will now face London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal in the Women's final on Sunday.
Indian women's hockey team lose 0-6 to England in bronze-medal match: The Indian women's hockey team's journey in the 21st Commonwealth Games came to a disappointing end as they slumped to a shocking 0-6 defeat to England in the bronze-medal match of the competition at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre on Saturday.
Top 10 positions in the medal tally after Day 9 of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Friday. The list is in the order of rank, nation, gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal and total medals.
Athletics: Men: 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 1500m, triple jump, javelin; Women: 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, 5000m, high jump
Boxing (16): All finals
Diving (2): Men’s 10m, Women’s 3m
Hockey (2): Men, women
Shooting (3): Men: 50m rifle 3 positions, trap; open: Queen’s Prize Individual
Table tennis (4): Men: Doubles, TT6 - 10 singles; Women: Singles, TT6-10 singles
Wrestling (4): Men: 86kg, 125kg; Women: 50kg, 62kg