Commonwealth Games 2018: Jitu Rai, Indian Badminton, T T teams bag gold

Commonwealth Games 2018: Jitu Rai, Indian Badminton, T T teams bag gold

April 10, 2018

Gold Coast:  The ever-reliable Jitu Rai’s pistol shot down a Gold and a Games record, while the mixed Badminton and men’s Table Tennis sides also picked up milestone top finishes as India shone through in both the individual and team events on a splendid Day-5 of the 21st Commonwealth Games here.

The weight-lifters wrapped up their remarkable campaign with a final-day silver medal through Pardeep Singh (105kg), signing off with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, topping the charts in the sport.

In the overall medals tally, India jumped to third spot with 10 gold, four silver and five bronze medals after another fruitful day across sports, which fetched three gold, two silver and a bronze.

Jitu started the gold rush in the 10m air pistol event, shrugging off a weak qualifying round to shatter the Games record with a score of 235.1 in the final.

TT and Badminton

A bit of history was made in both TT and Badminton. While the mixed Indian team shuttlers thrashed three-time defending champions Malaysia, the men paddlers first took down defending champions Singapore in the semifinals before sailing past Nigeria to claim gold medals.


On the final day of weightlifting competition, Pardeep came agonisingly close to a gold but eventually settled for a silver after a close contest with Samoa’s Sanele Mao.

Singh, the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist, lifted a total of 352kg (152kg+200kg) to claim the second spot after an exciting showdown with Mao, which had the packed arena on its feet.


Apart from the medals, there were several other good results worth celebrating, a prominent one being Muhammed Anas Yahiya advancing to the 400m men’s final after clocking 45.44sec in the semifinals. The Indian topped the list ahead of Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald.

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Australia the hosts head the medal’s tally with 39 gold, 33 silver and 34 bronze medals while England is placed second with 22 gold, 25 silver and 16 bronze medals.


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