Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu To Clinch Women’s Singles Gold
Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated compatriot PV Sindhu by straight games to win the women’s singles title in the badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG). Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final. From the boxing ring to the shooting range to the athletics arena, it was India shining on the penultimate day of the 21st Commonwealth Games where the country claimed its biggest single-day haul of the ongoing edition, ensnaring eight gold medals across five disciplines. The boxers picked up three, the shooters added one, the wrestlers claimed a couple, while the paddlers and the track-and-field contingent picked up one each on a truly golden day for the country, which also yielded five silver and one bronze medal. The country held on to the third position in the overall medal tally with 59 medals — 25 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals. It all started at the shooting ranges in Brisbane, where Sanjeev Rajput shattered the Games’ qualifying record before finishing on top in the 50m rifle 3 position final. He had won a bronze (2006) and a silver (2014) in the earlier editions. The wrestlers were at it at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Center. Sumit (125kg) and Vinesh Phogat (50kg) picked up the top honours in their respective categories even as Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg) settled for a third-place finish, along with Somveer (86kg). At the boxing arena of the Oxenford Studios, MC Mary Kom (48kg) was joined by Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Gaurav Solanki (52kg) in scripting history. The boxers, led by three, finished with nine medals in all, their best ever performance, two better than the previous best attained at 2010 Delhi Games. While Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to claim a CWG gold, Vikas became the first to have gold in both the Asian and Commonwealth Games.
Live Updates of 2018 Commonwealth Games, straight from Gold Coast, Australia
17:22 IST: At mid-break of opening game, Kidambi Srikanth leads 11-9 against Lee Chong Wei in men’s singles gold medal match.
07:21 IST: Three back-to-back points for Kidambi. He takes 9-7 lead against Lee Chong Wei in the opening game.
07:20 IST: Kidambi Srikanth fights back to make it 7-7 in the opening game in men’s singles gold medal match.
07:18 IST: It’s OUT. Kidambi still trails 6-7 in the opening game.
07:17 IST: Fourth consecutive point for Kidambi. He trails 5-4 in the opening game.
07:15 IST: Brilliant comeback by Kidambi. He makes it 2-5 in the opening game.
07:14 IST: Dominating start by Lee Chong Wei. Three back-to-back points for him. He leads 3-0 in the opening game.
07:13 IST: World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth faces Malayasia’s Lee Chong Wei in men’s singles gold medal match.
06:54 IST: After an epic clash between Saina and Sindhu, it’s time for another high-octane battle – Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei.
06:48 IST: GOLD!!! SAINA NEHWAL BEATS PV SINDHU 21-18, 23-21 to win women’s singles title.
06:47 IST: Brilliant smash from Saina. Gold medal point for Saina.
06:46 IST: Sindhu makes it 21-all. She exults after winning this point.
06:45 IST: Match point for Saina Nehwal.
06:44 IST: It’s OUT. Sindhu isn’t happy. It’s 20-all now.
06:43 IST: Superb drop shot from Sindhu. Game point for her.
06:42 IST: Another point for Saina. It’s 19-all now.
06:41 IST: Brilliant rally between the two. Saina wins it in the end to make it 18-19.
06:38 IST: Unforced error from Saina. Sindhu leads 19-16.
06:35 IST: It’s OUT of play. Sindhu takes 17-14 lead against Saina.
06:34 IST: Third consecutive point for Saina. She makes it 14-15 now. What a comeback from her.
06:33 IST: Another brilliant shot from Saina. She makes it 13-15 in the second game.
06:32 IST: It’s OUT. Sindhu isn’t happy. She still leads 15-12.
06:30 IST: Sindhu wins a point and takes a 15-11 lead against Saina.
06:29 IST: Fans cheering after every point the two shuttlers scoring.
06:27 IST: Saina comes forward and plays a brilliant smash. Sindhu still leads 13-10.
06:25 IST: At mid-break of second game, Sindhu leads Saina 11-8.
06:23 IST: Unforced error by Saina. Sindhu leads 10-7.
06:22 IST: BIG RALLY between the two. Sindhu takes away the point in the end. She leads 9-7.
06:20 IST: Unforced error by Saina. Sindhu takes 7-5 lead in the second game.
06:19 IST: Great work from Saina. She still trails 5-6 against Sindhu.
06:17 IST: It’s OUT. Saina 4-4 Sindhu in the second game.
06:16 IST: Excellent smash from Saina. She makes it 3-3 against Sindhu.
06:14 IST: The second game between Saina and Sindhu is underway.
06:12 IST: SAINA NEHWAL wins first game 21-18.
06:11 IST: Three back-to-back points for Sindhu. The Rio Olympics medallist makes it 18-20 in the opening game.
06:10 IST: Game point for Saina.
06:09 IST: Brilliant smash by Sindhu. Saina leads 18-14.
06:07 IST: Unforced error from Sindhu. Saina takes 17-11 lead.
06:05 IST: Point for Sindhu but Saina still leads 16-11.
06:03 IST: Excellent drop shot from Saina. Sindhu fails to give a reply. Saina leads 14-9.
06:01 IST: Another forced error from Sindhu. Saina leads 13-9 in the opening game.
05:59 IST: At the mid-break of the first game, Saina leads 11-6 against Sindhu.
05:56 IST: Brilliant drop shot from Saina. Sindhu fails to judge. Dominant Saina leads the opening game 9-4.
05:55 IST: Back-to-back points for Saina. The London Olympics bronze medallist takes 6-4 lead.
05:52 IST: Forced error from Sindhu. Saina takes 3-2 lead in the first game.
05:50 IST: It’s time for the mouth-watering women’s singles gold medal clash between Saina and Sindhu.
05:43 IST: Fans have lined up at Carrara stadium to cheer Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.
05:39 IST: Mary Kom will be the Flag bearer of India at the Closing Ceremony.
05:28 IST: BRONZE!!! India’s Manika Batra/Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Achanta Sharath Kamal/Mouma Das to win bronze in mixed doubles table tennis
05:10 IST: Following is the Indian participation on Day 11.
Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu: Women’s Singles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (TBD);
Srikanth Kidambi vs Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia): Men’s Singles GOLD METAL MATCH (TBD);
India (Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Reddy) vs England (Marcus Ellis, Chris Langridge): Men’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH
India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs New Zealand (Joelle Kings, Amanda Landers-Murphy): Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (07.30 IST)
India (Mouma Das, Achanta Sharath Kamal) vs India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran): Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match (05.00 IST);
Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Samuel Walker (England): Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match (07.00 IST)
04:55 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.
Neeraj Chopra wrote his own little piece of history at the Carrara stadium when he became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal. His gold was only the fifth for India in track and field. The 20-year-old destroyed competition with his very first throw of 85.50m before taking it a notch higher with a season’s best effort of 86.47m. None in the field came close to his performance even though he himself seemed a shade disappointed on missing a personal best by “just one centimetre”. Good news poured in from the TT venue of the Oxenford Studios where Manika Batra, in perhaps the form of her life, became the first woman paddler to claim a gold medal. Not to forget the silver-medallists, three of them coming from boxing in Manish Kaushik (60kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Satish Kumar.
Dipika Pallikal and Sourav Ghosal picked up the mixed doubles squash silver, while Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai claimed the second position in table tennis men’s doubles. The lone bronze of the day was delivered by shuttlers N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa. The disappointments of the day were the two hockey teams, both of whom failed to secure medals, ending fourth after losing to England in their respective bronze-medal playoffs. It was an especially disappointing performance by the men, who had returned with silver medals in the past two editions.