Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Cameroon athletes vanish at Commonwealth Games

Cameroon athletes vanish at Commonwealth Games

India's mixed badminton team clinched its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal after defeating defending champions Malaysia 3-1 in the final of the event.

Hockey talent Andy Halliday and physiotherapist Sophie Weaver travelled to Australia's Gold Coast on March 24 with the England Men's Hockey Team to assist them trying to bag a medal.

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.

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Gold Coast organising committee chairman Peter Beattie said he was not surprised as it was something that happened at other games.

It was star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth who then doubled India's lead as he stunned Chong Wei Lee 21-17, 21-14 in a one-sided men's singles clash that lasted for 43 minutes.

Cricket great Anil Kumble praised Indian athletes at this year's Games, with shooter Shreyasi Singh winning the nation's 12th gold medal earlier on Wednesday.

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Mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Rankireddy opened the proceedings for India and raced to a quick 8-4 lead. But the in-form Saina Nehwal put paid to the their hopes with a 21-11 19-21 21-9 win over Soniia Cheah. India's medal tally is now up to 23, including 11 gold, four silver and seven bronze.

Goh and Chan bounced back to equalise in the second game but simply self-destructed in the deciding game with poorly executed strokes that made the Indians job easy.

With weightlifters through with their campaign, wrestlers yet to take off and boxers only getting into medal rounds, the number of medals were not too many to show on day six of the Games. "If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it". Kwabi lost 4-0 to Sri Lanka's Erandi Warusawithana in her first match before losing to Rheann Chung of Trinidad and Tobago 4-0.

There was plenty of drama at the lawn bowls as Wales' Marc Wyatt and Daniel Salmon upset Scottish favourites Alex Marshall and Paul Foster to win gold in the men's pairs. Tough outing for women Meanwhile, the women, who came into the match on the back of consecutive wins over England and Malaysia, got off to a breezy start but the South Africans matched them with pace and precision.

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