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.
Rahul Aware’s triumph opened India’s gold medal account in the three-day wrestling competition at the Commonwealth Games 2018. In the 74 kg freestyle wrestling, Sushil Kumar took only a minute and 20 seconds to defeat Johannes Botha of South Africa on technical superiority to claim his third successive gold medal at the Games. This was Sushil Kumar’s third Commonwealth Games medal. The earlier ones were won in the Delhi and Glasgow Games. 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.