Highlights of CWG 2022 Day 3: Achinta Shuli, Jeremy Lalrinnunga win gold

The third day of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games was the best day ever for the Indian contingent as it won two gold medals and both came in weightlifting. First, 19-year-old Jeremy Lalrinnunga won the gold medal in the men’s 69kg category by lifting a total of 300kg, while later in the day, India ended their campaign with a gold, which was won by 20-year-old Achinta Shuli. Men’s 73kg category. He lifted a total of 313 kilograms and took the right lead throughout the competition.

Indian women’s cricket team beat Pakistan by a comfortable margin of 8 wickets as they chased down a target of 100 runs in just 12th over (match of 18 overs) with 38 balls to spare. Smriti Mandhana hit a brilliant half-century and remained unbeaten on 63 off 42 balls. Sneh Rana picked up two crucial wickets for India which helped them reduce Pakistan to just 99.

The Indian men’s hockey team opened its account in the way it was expected. The team announced their arrival in the Games after beating Ghana 11–0.

It was a mixed day for the Indian boxers as Nikhat Zareen won their bout to reach the quarter-finals with ease, Shiv Thapa and Sumit Kundu losing to their Scottish and Australian opponents in the round of 16 respectively. Heavyweight boxer Sagar managed to win his bout against the Cameroonian boxer and became the third Indian after Nikhat and Lovlina to enter the quarterfinals.

In racquet sports, it was smooth sailing for India as the mixed team in badminton advanced to the semi-finals with a comfortable 3–0 win over South Africa in the quarterfinal encounter. India will now face Singapore in the semi-finals. Indian squash players Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal also won 16 games each to enter the women’s and men’s singles quarterfinals respectively.

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There were two other teams that made it to the semi-finals. While for one it was given, the other surprised everyone. The Indian men’s table tennis team defeated Bangladesh 3–0 to enter the semi-finals where they will face Nigeria, the women’s team stunned Norfolk Islands at Lawn Bowls and entered the semi-finals where they will play New Zealand.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj continued his gold run in the pool as he advanced to the heats and semi-finals to qualify for tomorrow’s men’s 50m backstroke final.