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Commonwealth Games 2018 Live Updates, Day 3: Weightlifter Rahul Venkat Ragala win historic Gold


As the Commonwealth Games 2018 enters the third day, the tournament is finally gathering momentum and India’s 220-member strong contingent has been off to a good start. India’s all four medals have come in weightlifting and Saturday promises to be another highly charged event for the Indian athletes. On Saturday, there’s a chance for that number going to five when Sathish Kumar Sivalingam steps up to the mat in 77kg weightlifting.

However, the focus will be firmly on the hockey field where India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their first match of CWG 2018. However, given recent results between the two, India are firm favourites. Also in focus will be the Indian badminton team when they take on Mauritius on quest for another clean sweep.

Here are the Live updates of Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 3: 

Rahul Venkat Ragala pipped Samoan lifter Don Opeloge to win the gold in the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.

Indian cyclists Aleena Reji and Deborah Deborah are in the women’s 500m final.

In men’s 200m Butterfly final Sajan Prakash finishes last in the event. Chad le Clos takes gold.

WeightlifterVenkat Rahul Ragala attempts an ambitious 151kg in his second try. Successfully gets into the squat position but couldn’t stand up to complete the lift.

Aruna Budda Reddy and Pranati Das finished 14th and 16th respectively in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics event.

The Indian women’s team are trailing Malaysia by 9 points in their preliminary round, poll B encounter. While the men’s side still trail by 20 points against England.

Sairta Devi is up against Barbados’ Kimberly Gittens in round 16 of women’s 60kg bout.

Pranati Das and Aruna Budda Reddy are currently 16th and 17th respectively in the women’s individual all-round gymnastics.

Pranati Das secures a respectable 11.050 in the Floor Exercise segment, moves to third.

Cyclist Manjeet fails to qualify for 15km scratch race final

India held to 2-2 draw by Pakistan in men’s Pool B hockey match.

At the end of the first quarter, India lead Pakistan 1-0.

The much-anticipated Indo-Pak match has begun and it looks like India is quickly off the blocks.

Indian hockey team is about to face Pakistan in a short period of time. India has won the last four times it met Pakistan on the turf. The match promises to be a close one and whenever arch-rivals have faced each other tensions have risen and this contest would be no different.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, India’s Sajan Prakash qualified for the final of swimming men’s 200m Butterfly, while Srihari Nataraj advanced to the semi-final of the men’s 50m Backstroke.

Kidambi Srikanth wins against Mauritius’ GJ Paul by winning games back-to-back.

India’s top badminton player Kidambi Srikanth races ahead in the first game against his Mauritian opponent. He is currently leading 14-7. India leads 2-0 in the team event.

Breaking News: Weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam wins a gold medal in 77 kg category. This is India’s fifth gold medal and all of them have come in weightlifting.

Sivalngam lifts 169kg in the first Clean and Jerk and now goes for 173kg in the second attempt. The weightlifter does it successfully and on the cusp of winning a medal at Commonwealth Games 2018.

In weightlifting competition, India’s Sathish Kumar Sivalingam is in action and the match has begun. Successfully lifts 136kg in the first attempt. Sivalingam lifts 144kg in his third attempt to keep things interesting right at the top.