Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter P. Gururaja wins silver, opens India's medal account

Tyler Owen
April 6, 2018

Red Deer's Rebecca Smith had a memorable opening day in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

India's men's and women's table tennis teams topped their respective groups to advance to the knockout stages at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

The gymnastics success was preceded by Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott taking gold in the blind and visually impaired (B&VI) sprint.

In the opening race of the night, Willmott ended Scotland's Hannah Miley's two-Games reign as 400-meter individual medley champion by taking gold in a time of 4:34.90.

Morea Baru of Papua New Guinea claimed silver with a lift of 286kg while the bronze medal was won by Talha Talib of Pakistan who lifted 283kg. In the end, Gururaja managed to complete the lift in his third attempt, something that helped him clinch the silver medal. The baton for India would then be taken up by the pair Pranaav Chopra and Chirag Shetty in the Men's Doubles; before Ashwini Ponappa and Ruthvika Gadde look to finish off things in the Women's doubles category.

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WEIGHT LIFTED: Izhar Ahmad lifted a games record total of 261 kilograms in the 56-kilogram category a day after his birthday. Manika Batra hardly broke a sweat in her 11-3, 11-5, 11-3 victory over Erandi Warusawithana in the first singles before Sutirtha Mukherjee made it 2-0 up for India with an easy 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 win over Ishara Manikku Badu. "My family was on my mind when I failed the two attempts in clean and jerk, it meant a lot to me", Gururaja furthered, "After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this".

If the favourite delivered in the women's event, that was certainly not the case in the men's, where South Africa's Henri Schoeman won gold as the Brownlee brothers - first and second at the 2016 Olympics - failed to medal.

The gymnastics had provided England's maiden gold, meanwhile, as Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Courtney Tulloch, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham won the men's team event.

PROUD OUT: World champion Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly after winning his morning swim in the preliminaries.

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