Commonwealth Games 2018: Jitu Rai, Indian Badminton, TT teams bag gold

Commonwealth Games 2018: Jitu Rai, Indian Badminton, TT teams bag gold

Jitu Rai says he believed unflinchingly, unquestionably in his ability to stage a comeback and win the men's 10m air pistol gold after a rather average qualifying outing in the 21st Commonwealth Games here yesterday.

In the doubles game, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran squared off against Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun.

Manika Batra played her part as she won both matches against Feng Tiawei (3-2) and Zhou Yihan (3-0) to grab India's first Table Tennis Gold since the Men's team achieved the feat in 2006.

Om Mitharaval has bagged another bronze medal for India at the Commonwealth Games 2018. The man won the CWG 2018 gold medal in the former event but failed to replicate his success in the latter category.

The Nigerian team had to come from a set down to claim victory and progress to the final where they will face India. This is his second medal of the Games. The former World number 1 won the first game 21-11 and despite starting the second one in style, she squandered her advantage to go down 21-19, forcing the match to be decided in the third game.

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G. Sathiyan too fumbled in the first game but bounced back to outplay 2002 CWG singles gold medallist Segun Toriola 10-12, 11-3, 11-3, 11-4.

Om was trailing Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh till the fifth shot before taking the lead with his sixth and final attempt.

With this, India occupied the third sport on the country list of medal tally.

With individual and doubles medals still on offer, Indias performance is already a marked improvement from its disappointing showing in Glasgow four years ago when it just managed just a silver in mens doubles. As many as six players are in the top-100 of the men's world rankings and two in the women's standings.

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