Commonwealth Games Starts In Style

Dennis Mitchell Sprinter

Commonwealth Games Starts In Style

Nigeria suffered another defeat in the men's boxing event as Osita Umeh was outclassed by India's Manoj Kumar in the welterweight class (69kg) at this year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday. The 25-year-old Gururaja came second to Malaysia's Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad got gold with a record total of 261kg.

Ahmed, meanwhile, bettered his compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahim's snatch record of 116kg, created in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

India collected its first gold medal when Chanu Saikhom Mirabai won the women's 48-kilogram competition in a games record. However, success isn't new to him as he has previously won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Championships, where he had lifted a total of 249kgs (108 snatch and 141 clean and jerk).

India had its chances to sew up the match but somehow failed to convert the good passes.

Saina Nehwal, who was making headlines before the Games, showed no signs of weariness as she dispatched her rival Madushika Beruelage in a mere 22 minutes.

In the Women's singles, former World No. 1 and Bronze medallist in London 2012, Saina Nehwal would be up against Mahoor Shahzad.

Australia and New Zealand will fight for gold in the event.

"It's hard because this is the biggest thing for us squash players and I planned a lot over the a year ago and put in a lot of hard work. But still I am happy", said the diminutive lifter from Karnataka.

The men fared little better and despite having a 24 point lead at one stage, the men's team lost 96-87 to Cameroon. "I guess you have to find a way whatever circumstances you are in, but I couldn't find that way to win", he added.

Uganda's squash player Ian Rukunya won his game against Fiji's Stephen Henry to set up a Round of 16 tie.

A two-time defending Commonwealth champion, Pearson had been an injury doubt heading into the Games, but carried the Queen's Baton twice on the final day of the relay on Wednesday - including the last leg at the opening ceremony - to allay fears of her withdrawal. Emma McKeon of Australia, swimming the first an expected six events during the six-night program, took the bronze. There were two 3-0 wins for the men against Trinidad & Tobago & Ireland.

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