CWG 2018: Lifter Gururaja cliams silver, opens India's medal account

Ekaterini Thanou

For now, the focus is overcoming the "rollercoaster" of the Achilles injury that has impeded her decorated career and contributed to her withdrawal from the Rio Olympics.

New Zealand fared better in the men's team sprint, edging out England, who took gold through Sophie Thornhill in the women's B&VI sprint finals. "It was nowhere close to being my best performance but I am glad that it was enough to get me a silver medal", Gururaja said after winning the medal, as quoted by Press Trust of India. Brown edged England's Vicky Holland by four seconds for third.

In the Commonwealth Games, India started with a win at Badminton team event. It was unfortunate that the timing was now but my health comes first.

Learmonth had a razor-thin lead over Duffy after the swim and bike portions.

But after leading the swim and bike legs, both faded badly in the run to finish in uncharted territory back in 10th and seventh respectively. "I remembered my family and my country", he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments. "I haven't done much road training so that also made me nervous".

"I had to lift it to win that medal. if I had not done that, would have washed out of the competition totally", Poojary said. "I won't be running for the rest of the season", she said. Joanna deserved the bronze.

The 25-year-old, hailing from a small village in Karnataka, could hardly stop smiling as he soaked in the attention that came with being the ceremonial account-opener at the quadrennial event.

South Africa's Henri Schoeman won the men's race in 52:31, finishing seven seconds ahead of Australian Jacob Birtwhistle and 13 seconds in front of Scotland's Marc Austin.

"It was pretty bad today", said Jonathan Brownlee, who was seventh. "That's the dream I hold on to". The World No.12 Indian extended her dominance in the second game, to take a 11-3 lead at the breather before gaining six points on the trot to eventually clinch the tie.

But she also had a run of bad luck.

Weight-lifters S. Mirabai Chanu and Gururaja sparkled to deliver a gold and a silver, respectively, for India.

"She did full duty right through and the only time she got a break was when she sat in the auto from Brisbane down to here".

Azhar, who had emerged champion at the Commonwealth Championships past year, bettered the previous Games record by one kilogram.



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