Rediff News
All News
News APP

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp  » Sports » India at the Games - Day 3

India at the Games - Day 3

March 18, 2006 18:56 IST
Get Rediff News in your Inbox:

India's gold rush at the shooting range continued, with two more gold medals coming the team's way.

Samaresh Jung had a hand in both. First he partnered Vivek Singh to win the gold in the men's 10m Air Pistol Pairs and later in afternoon paired with Ronak Pandit, son of former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ashok Pandit, to add the men's 25m Standard Pistol Pairs gold to his kitty.

India now has five gold and a silver from shooting. Of those medals, Jung has two gold and one silver.

Adding to the golden haul was teenage weightlifter, 19-year-old Renubala Yumnam Chanu, who won the women's gold comfortably in the 58 kg category.

Her gold medal-winning performance boosted India's gold tally from weightlifting to two gold and a silver. Chanu was the only lifter successful with all her six lifts.

Late in the evening, men's lifter Sudhir Kumar Chitradurga grabbed a bronze medal in men's 69 kg category.

India's tally from weightlifting is now two gold, two silver and a bronze.

Chanu's gold was India's second weightlifting gold medal of the Games after Kunjarani Devi set the tone on the first day, Thursday, when she defended her title in 48 kg category.

Day's highlights

  • Shooter Samresh Jung figures in two golden pairings
  • Teenage lifter Chanu wins gold in women's section
  • Sudhir K Chitradurga adds bronze to weightlifting haul
  • Men's and women's table tennis teams enter semi-finals
  • Badminton team in quarter-finals
  • Three boxers enter pre-quarter-finals
  • Women's hockey team draws 2-2 with South Africa
  • Men's hockey team loses 1-4 to Pakistan
  • India's tally at the Games is: 7 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze
  • India third in medal tally, behing Australia and England


Samaresh Jung and Ronak Pandit broke the Comonwealth Games record in men's 25m Standard Pistol with a convincing performance that earned India their fifth gold from shooting ranges.

The 36-year-old Jung, shot 565, but his younger teammate Ronak Pandit shot a classy 574 to give India an easy win, by 27 points.

The Indians totalled 1139, as against the old record of 1130, held by Jung himself and Jaspal Rana. The mark was set in 2002. The second-placed Australians scored 1112 points.

 Earlier in the morning Jung and Vivek Singh won a gold medal with a record-breaking performance in the men's 10m Air Pistol.

They beat the experienced English pair of Mick Gault and Nick Baxter and Australian duo of Daniel Repacholi and David Moore, winners of the 50m Air Pistol Pairs on first day. Jung and Vivek, 30, shattered the Games record with scores of 578 and 576 respectively, and their total was a whopping nine points better than the previous mark of 1145, held by England.

Jung is the first Indian to win more than one medal at these Games; he now has two gold and one silver.

India now have five gold and one silver in shooting and lead the event's medal tally. Jung is looking at eight medals as he is shooting in four events that have individual and pairs.


Men's 10m Air Pistol

1. Samaresh Jung (578) and Vivek Singh (576) (IND) 1154

2. Mick Gault and Nick Baxter (ENG) 1152

3. Daniel Repacholi and David Moore (AUS) 1144

Men's 25m Standard Pistol

1. Samaresh Jung (565) and Ronak Pandit (574) (IND) 1139 (Games Record)

2. David Moore and Bruce Quick (AUS) 1112

3. Stuart Macdonald and Francois Von Tonder (RSA) 1106

Men's 50m Rifle Prone : Joydeep Karamarkar and Sanjeev Rajput – fifth

Women's 50m Rifle Prone : Deepali Deshpande (568) and Lakshmi Priya (577) ninth


India lose 0-3 to England

(2 more matches to go)

Despite the loss, India will still finish second in the group and advance to quarter-finals


Chetan Anand (MS) lost to Aamir Ghaffar 19-21, 21-17, 17-21

Aparna Popat (WS) lost to Tracey Hallam 21-13, 16-21, 17-21

Jwala Gutta/ Shruti Kurain (WD) lost to Gail Emms/ Donna Kellog 12-21, 16-21

Rupesh Kumar/ S Thomas (MD) lost to Anthony Clark/ Robert Blair 21-16, 21-17


India suffered their second loss in as many matches losing to England. India's last league match is against Mozambique

India lost to England 57-104 (35-63) at Ballarat


Jitender Kumar entered the pre-quarter-finals of the flyweight category in the men's 51 kg, beating Pakistan's Nouman Karim 14-5 in the pre-quarter-finals.

Jai Bhagwan beat Len Robert Turley (Wal) on points 30: 9 in the men's 60 kg. Bhagwan meets F Gavin of England.

Parvinder Singh beat Charles Emmanuelle Njock of Cameroon 8-3 on points in the men's 75 kg.


Indian women draw with South Africa 2-2

  • South Africa led 2-1 at half time
  • India equalised with two minutes to go.

Indian men lose 1-4 to Pakistan

India have drawn one match and lost one match from two games played so far

  • India scored first in 14th minute through Tejbir Singh
  • Pakistan levelled in 24th minute through Mudassar Ali Khan
  • Pakistan went 2-1 up through Tariq Aziz in 37th minute
  • Pakistan added one more goal through Adnan Maqsood for 3-1 in 44th minute
  • Pakistan completed tally in 58th minute through Adnan Maqsood


Arjun Muralidharan(M) 200m Backstroke 2:11.23 (fifth in heats 1)

Rehan Poncha (M) 200m Backstroke 2:12.33 (seventh in heat 2)

Prem Kumar (EAD) EAD 50m Freestyle 36.57s (seventh in heat 2)

TK SUbbaiah (EAD) EAD 50m Freestyle 36.08s (sixth in heat 3)


The Indian men and women's table tennis team justified their seedings and entered the semi-finals of their respective sections. The men, who had an all win record in the league stage, beat Canada 3-1 and the women, who lost just one match during their league stage, beat Nigeria 3-1.

Women's Q-finals: India beat Nigeria 3-1

Mouma Das lost to Olufunke Oshonaike 9-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11

Poulomi Ghatak beat Offiong Edem 11-4, 11-3, 11-8

Nandita Saha beat Cecilia Offiong 11-7, 12-10, 12-10

Poulomi Ghatak beat Olufunke Oshonaike 11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 15-13

Men Q-finals: India beat Canada 3-1

Sharath Kamal beat Pradeeban Peter-Paul 11-3, 11-8, 11-1

Soumyadeep Roy beat Bence Csaba 6-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6

Shubhajit Saha lost to Faazil Kassam 6-11, 15-17, 11-3, 5-11

Sharath Kamal beat Bence Csama 7-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4



Women's 58 kg

1. Renubala Yumnam Chanu (IND) 185 kg (80 kg snatch; 105 kg clean and jerk)

2. Emily Quarton (CAN) 178 kg (77 kg snatch; 101 kg clean and jerk)

3. Natasha Barker (AUS) 178 kg (80 kg snatch; 98 kg clean and jerk)

Men's 69 kg

1. Benjamin Alexander Turner (AUS) 294 kg (128 kg snatch; 166 kg clean and jerk)

2. Muhammed Hidayat (MAS) 293 kg (130 kg snatch; 163 kg clkean and jerk)

3. Sudhir Kumar Chitradurga (IND) 287 kg (129 kg snatch; 158 kg clkean and jerk)

Get Rediff News in your Inbox: