Only two medals (one gold, one silver) for India on day 7 of the Commonwealth Games 2022, but there were encouraging results from the boxing ring, and also from the badminton and squash courts. Also, wrestling competitions which start on Friday.
Murali Sreeshankar became the first Indian to win a Long Jump medal at the Commonwealth Games. The 23-year-old clinched a silver in the Men’s final at the Alexander Stadium with a joint best effort of 8.08m. India’s Muhammed Anees Yahiya finished fifth with a best jump of 7.97m.
Sudhir then opened India’s para sports medal account by winning the gold medal in men’s heavyweight para powerlifting with a Games record. Sudhir, an Asian Para Games bronze medallist, lifted 208kg in his first attempt before increasing it to 212kg in his second effort to gather 134.5 points and break the Games record. The 27-year-old Sudhir, who has an impairment due to the effects of polio, thus opened India’s para sports medal account in the ongoing CWG.
Earlier in the day, boxers Amit Panghal, Jaismine Lamboria, Sagar Ahalwat, and Rohit Tokas assured India of more medals by making semis. Following their mixed bag in the team competitions, Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and Lakshya Sen have made it to the Round of 16 in the individual events. The table tennis stars Achanta Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, and Manika Batra also have winning starts in doubles events. The Indian men’s hockey team defeated Wales 4-1 in Group B to enter the semi-finals. India now has 20 medals (six gold, seven silver, and seven silver).
The badminton and table tennis stars will continue to carry India’s campaign on Friday at the Commonwealth Games 2022 but all eyes will be on the women’s hockey team when they will lock horns against Australia in the semifinals. Sprint star Hima Das will also feature in the women’s 200m semifinal.
India thus looks set to top the table and avoid favorites Australia in the semi-finals, provided England does not win by 15 goal margin against Canada in their final pool game later in the day. The other highlight of the day for India so far has been three pugilists making it through to the semi-finals, thereby making it a total of six boxers who are now assured of medals. India is still in seventh place with five gold, six silver, and seven bronze medals.