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Mon. Aug 8th, 2022
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BIRMINGHAM: It was another historic day for India at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2022 on Thursday, this time headlined by para-powerlifter Sudhir‘s gold medal and long-jumper Murali Sreeshankar‘s silver.
So far, India has won 20 medals– six gold, seven silver and seven bronze — and was at the seventh position on the medals tally at the end of Day 7 of the competition here.
Sreeshankar clinched the silver medal in the men’s long jump final with a mark of 8.08m, becoming the first Indian male athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in long jump.
Para-powerlifter Sudhir won India’s first gold in the event at the Commonwealth Games. He defeated Nigeria’s Ikechukwu Obichukwu (133.6 points) by 0.9 points as his final score read a Games Record 134.5 points for the top place on the podium.
Also, the Indian boxing contingent assured the country of more medals by winning their respective quarterfinal bouts. Amit Panghal, Jaismine Lamboria, Sagar and Rohit Tokas all advanced to the last-four stage of the competition.
The Indian men’s hockey team also stormed into the semifinals after defeating Wales 4-1, while ace sprinter Hima Das qualified for the women’s 200m semis.
The shuttlers began their singles campaign in impressive fashion with double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen and Aakarshi Kashyap winning their respective Round-of-32 matches with ease. However, the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy lost to bow out.
Defending table tennis singles champion Manika Batra and her teammates Reeth Tennison and Sreeja Akula opened their singles campaign with facile victories. In the doubles section as well the top Indian pairs faced little difficulty, with Manika and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran swiftly advancing to the mixed doubles Round of 16, as did Sathiyan and Achanta Sharath Kamal along with Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty in men’s doubles.
India’s experienced squash player Dipika Pallikal was in the spotlight for the first time at the Games and emerged victorious in both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches, partnering Joshana Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal respectively, to move in into the quarterfinals in both the categories.

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