Indian men's hockey team held by last-gasp Pakistan
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 07, 2018,
Apr 07, 2018, 15:56
In a different match, on Day 2 of the Games, India beat Malaysia 4-1 in Women's Pool A match.
Sanjita Chanu with her gold medal. Defending champion Sathish Kumar Sivalingam brings the third gold for the country in men's 77kg weightlifting category.
England's run up to the Games was marred by the late withdrawals of both Claudia Fragapane and Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler - the latter being replaced by 15-year-old James for her major global debut.
In the clean & jerk, Sanjita moved into gold medal position with lifts of 104 kg and 108 kg before losing her balance in the final attempt. "I missed it and I am a bit sad about that", said the reigning Commonwealth Championships gold-medallist. While Lather had luck on his side as his nearest rival fouled the all-important final clean and jerk lift, Chanu had her fortitude to thank as she claimed her second successive CWG gold despite nursing a nagging back problem here.
Table tennis, hockey, swimming and the mixed-team triathlon are among the sports on the schedule on day three of the Games with Australia looking to add to their 14 gold medals at the top of the table.
Daniel Hunter and Sam Perry could only finish fifth and sixth respectively in the men's 50m butterfly final on Friday afternoon, well off the medal pace. The 23-year-old took silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, before qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's 48-kg category but didn't perform how she wanted. Kamal followed Harmeet in conceding no games, registering a facile victory.
Paxton's former Ilminster team mate Louis Ridout and his King's Club, Torquay partner Sam Tolchard also srted well beating The Cook Islands 15-13in their opener in the Pairs competition. While Dipika lost to England's Alison Waters 3-11, 6-11, 2-11, Vikram went down fighting 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 6-11 against top-seeded Nick Matthew of England. Indian hopes in the individual events now rest exclusively on eighth seed Joshna Chinnappa, who beat Tamika Saxby in straight games. New Zealand was a further minute behind.