Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Commonwealth Games 2018: Day two wrap

Commonwealth Games 2018: Day two wrap

"I smiled my way through it and hit the bar routine I knew I could, and it's a great feeling to have a Commonwealth gold medal round my neck".

But after a day on which the twin medals were both gold, one can expect them to flow a bit more freely now.

Earlier in the day, it was Sathish Sivalingam who clinched a gold medal in the 77kg category.

On Thursday, Mirabai Chanu (48kg) won a gold medal in the women's competition and P. Gururaja claimed silver in the men's 56kg category, taking the total number of medals won by weightlifters to four so far.

One of the federation's better decisions perhaps was to send the team to Melbourne almost a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Putting up a dismal show, world cup medallist gymnast Aruna Reddy failed to qualify for the final round but a "lucky" Pranati Nayak made the cut in vault event of the women's artistic gymnastics in the Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

"It's hard to not be aware with the big scoreboard and the crowd, but for me it's that feeling when I land that high bar dismount and I roar and the buzz I get I do it for that". Le Clos entered the games hoping to beat the record of 18 career medals at the games but can't do that on the Gold Coast now after missing the podium in two of his first three events.

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"I think that these wins in the tournament are important because they give us confidence moving forward, said K Srikanth after defeating Kieran Merrilees in straight sets".

The women's hockey team bounced back strongly after the 2-3 stunning loss to Wales with a 4-1 rout of Malaysia in a Group A match. Yet it was Cameroon-born Francois Etoundi doing backflips after collecting a bronze medal for Australia. His second lift of 187kg took him to a total weight of 338kg that remained his best as he faltered in the final attempt of 191kg.

"I had to try and fight but the race was gone by then". His most memorable display for the crowd, though, was undoubtedly a somersault. The Manipuri star lifted a 192kg in total to claim the medal.

Wilson, an Olympic bronze medalist on the horizontal bar, did just enough to win with a combined 84.950.

The Commonwealth Games start on Sunday.

Milngavie swimmer Jack Thorpe has won a bronze medal in 4x100 metres freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games.

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