Commonwealth Games: New Zealand cyclists impress, Lewis Clareburt surprises in the pool

06 April, 2018, 21:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Indian contingent with officials during the country's flag-hoisting ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast Australia on Monday

The 21-year-old from qualified second fastest for the final of the 50m breaststroke, but came through strongly to take gold from championship record holder Alia Atkinson of Jamaica.

"To think that a year ago I wasn't really even ranked in the world field for 200m and now I'm swimming 1.54, it's really exciting". "But I always encouraged her to continue doing what she loves", says Sanjita's mother K. Tekon Leima.

She then attempted to better the existing CWG record of 111 kg which was set by Loa in 2014. I am very happy and excited that I have achieved this.

"I have had a tough time with my recovery and rehabilitation between my lifts due to the absence of our team physio", said Gururaja, who uses one name and won silver in the men's 56kg class.

Although Australia fared well on the opening day of competition, the news that Olympic and Commonwealth Games hurdling gold medalist Sally Pearson, had to pull out of the games due to an achilles tendon injury was a big loss for the team and her hometown supporters. "I didn't get much sleep last night". While Rotorua's Amanda Landers-Murphy was also beaten in her last 16 match against top seed, former world No.1 and former world champ Laura Massaro of England. Chanu smashed the Games records in 48-kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony. Sanjitha injured herself five days before the world championship, and this caused her poor form, she believes.


"The heat was a bit rough for me, but you don't always get it your way".

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"There is huge potential in bowling in Kenya, but the only problem is that we don't have a public green and to play, one has to gain membership of a private members' club", she explained. She has achieved so much for the country, and it feels good to have her as coach of the women's team.

Viewers should consult the competition schedule for more on competition times. That however, was not to be as Sanjita failed to lift 112 kg in her third attempt. Both Sanjita and the Indian Wrestling Federation are contesting the matter in the Delhi High Court.

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