Commonwealth Games 2022 | Boxers into finals; Sindhu in semifinals


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Commonwealth Games 2022 | Boxers into finals; Sindhu in semifinals

Indian boxer Amit Panghal (51kg) displayed his class as he reached his second consecutive Commonwealth Games final while Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) also remained on course for a gold in her maiden appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Panghal, who is vying to win the yellow metal after his silver in the last edition, came from behind to beat an aggressive Patrick Chinyemba of Zambia with a 5-0 unanimous decision win. Nitu, on the other hand, prevailed over Canada’s Priyanka Dhillon as she notched a RSC (Referee Stops Contest) win in the minimum weight category.
P.V. Sindhu in action against Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia during the women’s singles Badminton quarterfinal match at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham on August 6, 2022.

Meanwhile, double Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu struggled past Malaysia’s Goh Wei Jin in women’s singles quarterfinals to stay on course for a maiden individual gold medal. A former world champion, Sindhu registered a come-from-behind 19-21 21-14 21-18 win over Goh, ranked 60th, to enter her third successive semifinals at the Commonwealth Games.

However, young Aakarshi Kashyap’s debut ended with a 10-21 7-21 defeat to Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, a silver and bronze medallist in 2014 and 2018 editions respectively.

Athlete Avinash Sable broke his own national record to win a silver in the men’s 3000m steeplechase while Priyanka Goswami also clinched a medal of the same hue in the women’s 10,000m race walk. Goswami also scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walk with a silver in 10,000m event.

The 27-year-old Sable clocked 8:11.20s to better his earlier national record of 8:12.48 and finish behind Kenyan Abraham Kibiwot (8:11.15). Another Kenyan Amos Serem took the bronze with a time of 8:16.83. Goswami clocked a personal best time of 43:38.83s to finish second behind Jemima Montag (42:34.30) of Australia. Emily Wamusyi Ngii (43:50.86) of Kenya took the bronze.

India also won its second medal in lawn bowls competition on the day after the men’s fours team settled for a silver after losing to Northern Ireland in the final. The final score read 18-5 in favour of Northern Ireland. The Indian team comprised Sunil Bahadur (lead), Navneet Singh (second), Chandan Kumar Singh (third) and Dinesh Kumar (skip).

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