Gold Coast, Australia: India’s outing on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast saw its medal tally swell to 19 after stellar performances by its weightlifters, shooters, paddlers, and shuttlers. The morning started on a pleasant note with weightlifter Pardeep Singh winning the silver in men’s 105 kg weightlifting. But the icing on the cake was the gold by Jitu Rai in men’s 10m air pistol and the Indian mixed badminton team after beating defending champions Malaysia 3-1.
23-year old Pardeep Singh continued India’s rich medal haul at the CWG in weightlifting after he finished second by lifting 352 kgs (152 kg snatch and 200 kg clean and jerk) in the men’s 105 kg event. The shooters gave India its first gold of the day after the country’s golden boy Jitu Rai broke the CWG record to clinch gold in the men’s 10m air pistol event by scoring 235.1 in the final leg. His accomplice Om Prakash Mitharval had to be content with bronze in the same event. Meanwhile, Glasgow gold-medallist rifle-shooter Apurvi Chandela and her compatriot Mehuli Ghosh won the silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 10m air-rifle event.
Indian men paddlers emulated their female compatriots in beating Nigeria in their gold-medal game. Coached by Massimo Costantini of Italy, the men’s team blanked Nigeria 3-0, the star of the game being Achanta Sharath Kamal defeating Nigerian Bode Abiodun 4-11, 11-5, 11-4, and 11-9, after which there was no looking back for the team.
The day ended with the India mixed badminton team beating defending champions Malaysia 3-1 in the finals to clinch their first-ever mixed team gold. The summit clash began with a thrilling match between Indian pair of Ashwini Ponappa-Sikki Reddy and Malaysia’s Chang Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, which the Indians won 21-14, 15-21, and 21-15. Indian shuttlers continued their dominance with Kidambi Srikanth overcoming the great Lee Chong Wei and Saina Nehwal beating Sonia Cheah Su Ya. The only game India lost was of men's doubles.
With 19 medals in its kitty, India now stands third in the rankings just below Australia and England.