CWG: India opens athletics account with silver, bronze in women’s discus

Discus throwers Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s discus finals at the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on 12 April 2018.

Punia, after failing to cross the 60m-mark in five attempts out of six, settled for the silver medal. Her third and fifth throws were fouls. Her first and best throw was 60.41m, while Dhillon’s was 57.43m. Dhillon’s threw 55.61m, 56.22m, 54.09m and 57.43m, and fouled on her second and third attempt.

Double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware pushed India’s Gold medal tally to 14 on the eighth day of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 being held in Australia. Kumar and Aware on Gold medals in their respective wrestling competitions, while Babita Kumari settled for a silver in the women’s 53-kg category after losing to Canada’s Diana Weicker at CWG 2018. India is placed at the 3rd position in the medal tally, with 14 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Bronze.

For his part, Rahul Aware overpowered Steven Takahashi of Canada 15-7 in the final. “I have been waiting for this medal for the last 10 years. I can’t describe how it feels to claim it. I missed out on 2010, even in 2014, the team was sent without trials. So, I am very happy that I could finally fulfil this dream,” said the 26-year-old Aware.

However, Babita Kumari settled for a silver after being outmanoeuvred by Canada’s Diana Weicker in the summit clash. “I think my weakness today was my attack, I should have been more aggressive, but I gave my 100 per cent. I am satisfied with the intensity I put in, but obviously I could not get the result I wanted,” she said. While Kiran won bronze medal in 76 kg freestyle wrestling competition.

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