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Apr 09, 2018
2:33PM

Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 5: Medal rush continues for India as Jitu Rai bags gold; President and PM congratulate winners

Day five of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia today began on a brilliant note for India, adding 5 more medals to its tally.  In shooting, Jitu Rai won gold in the men’s 10-meter air pistol followed by bronze for Om Mitharval.  

Then came silver to teenager Mehuli Ghosh in the final of the women’s 10-meter air rifle event where defending champion Apurvi Chandela settled for bronze. In weightlifting, Pardeep Singh claimed silver in the 105-kilogram final. 

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mehuli Ghosh, Apurvi Chandela, JituRai, Om Prakash Mitharval and Pardeep Singh for bagging medals today. Sports Minister, Col. Rajyawardhan Rathore also lauded the Indian athletes for their brilliant performance.
         
In Table Tennis, India’s Men’s team qualified for the final beating Singapore 3-2. From the athletics pool, high jumper Tejaswin Shankar qualified for the final after he finished sixth in the Group A and Hima Das entered the women’s 400-meter final race after finishing third in her heat with a personal best of 52.11 seconds. 

In lawn bowls, the women’s pairs team beat Wales 20-16. Continuing Indian boxers' fine preliminary run at the Commonwealth Games, debutant duo of Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik advanced to the quarterfinals in 52 and 60-kilogram categories. 
At the time of going on the air, the badminton mixed team final was underway between India and Malaysia.  A confident India won the first game 21-14. Later today, Tejinder Singh will gun for gold in men's shot put final.  In women's 10 thousand meter final today, India's Loganathan Suriya will compete. 
Not all the news was promising, however. In the women’s 90 kg and 90 kg weightlifting events, India's Lalchhanhimi and Purnima Pandey bowed out of medal contention after the snatch phase.  Smit Singh was eliminated from the men's skeet shooting finals. 

In heat 1 of the women’s 400 meters round 1, Poovamma Raju Machettira finished fifth out of eight runners. In swimming,   Srihari Nataraj crashed out In the men’s 200-meter backstroke heat 2. Virdhawal Khade also failed to qualify for the men’s 50-meter freestyle final. 
In medal tally, India occupies the 3rd position with 17  honours comprising 8 gold, 4 silver and 5 Bronze.  Australia continues to top the medal tally with 89, including 33 gold followed by England with 55, including 20 gold.

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