Baba Ramdev praises 'vegetarian wrestler' Sushil Kumar

New Delhi: Yoga guru-turned businessman Baba Ramdev heaped praise on senior wrestler Sushil Kumar for his gold medal winning performance in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

Known to be one of the strongest advocates of vegetarianism in the country, Ramdev highlighted the fact that Kumar is a “vegetarian wrestler” and praised the latter for maintaing

a healthy life. He also urged the youth to seek inspiration from the 34-year-old.


The two-time Olympic medalist, who is one of the most popular wrestlers practicing vegetarianism, met the yoga guru in New Delhi after returning from Gold Coast on Tuesday.

Kumar clinched his third straight CWG gold medal last week after easing his way to the top step of the podium in the men’s freestyle 74kg category. He decimated South Africa’s Johannes Botha via technical superiority (10-0) in the gold medal match.

Mary Kom clinches gold, making her Commonwealth Games debut

Australia: Its day 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia where Mary Kom won gold in the women’s 45-48kg boxing category on Saturday.

India’s legendary boxer was making her Commonwealth Games debut beating Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final by a unanimous decision to add a CWG gold to her already illustrious medal cabinet. Mary Kom’s medal cabinet already includes an Olympic bronze from London 2012 and five amateur world championship titles.

India’s star boxer celebrated India’s 18th gold medal at the Gold Coast Games with a victory parade on her coach’s shoulders.

Mother-of-three Mary Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, was the deserved victor, out boxing her Northern Ireland opponent.

The 35-year-old five-time world champion seemed a bit edgy in the first round but got her act together in the next two rounds against Northern Ireland boxer who also put up a commendable performance.

While O’Hara connected with some stinging punches, the movement and skill displayed by Mary Kom was too hot to handle. The 22-year-old Northern Irish fighter lacked the experience and some finesse to hand the Indian legend the advantage.

Despite a height advantage, O’Hara failed to make her longer reach count as Mary Kom came in close and kept connecting with her right hooks.

Mary Kom had claimed the Asian Championships gold five months ago, before catching the top honors at the India Open in January. She had won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before coming here.

CWG 2018: Anish Bhanwala wins gold in shooting, creates history

Australia: Its day 9 at the 21st CWG and Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala aged 15, created history by becoming the country’s youngest ever gold medal winner.

Anish achieved the feat when he stormed his way into the gold medal with a Games record in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Center. The Haryana boy shot down the CWG record in the final with a score of 30 including four series of 5 each. The youngest in the field, Anish showed nerves of steel and led the more experienced shooters through the event to emerge deserving champion.

By winning the gold, Anish bettered team-mate Manu Bhaker who had become the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medalist earlier this week when she emerged champion in the 10m air rifle finals. In the Qualifications, Anish scored 580 to finish top of the tally. He scored 286 in stage 1 and 294 in stage 2.

Updates of 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Day 9

Australia: Rahul Aware wins India’s first gold of the day in CWG 201, beating Canada’s Steven Takahashi in men’s 57 kg freestyle wrestling.

Earlier, Babita Kumari won India’s first wrestling medal, getting a silver medal in the women’s 53 kg freestyle event on Thursday.

Shooter Tejaswini Sawant also won silver in the women’s 50m prone shooting event.

Earlier, Indian wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware and Babita Kumari stormed into the final of their weight categories scheduled to be held in the afternoon. It is the first day of competition for the wrestlers.

CWG 2018: Shreyasi Singh clinches gold in shooting

Australia: Shreyasi Singh wins gold medal for India in Women’s Double Trap on Wednesday. She shot 96 in the finals and beat Australia’s Emma Cox 2 shots to 1 in the shoot-off at Belmont Shooting Center. Shreyasi’s grandfather and father served in the National Rifle Association of India as its president, represented the country in two events at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Delhi but failed to win a single medal.

Varsha Varman finished in the 4th position with 86.

On Day 7, Jitu Rai who earlier clinched gold in 10m air pistol failed to add another for India after he finished in the 8th position.

Om Mitharval who had earlier won a bronze in 10m air pistol won another bronze after he finished in the third position in the event.

Now, it will be Ankur Mittal who climbed to the top position in World Rankings last year who will compete in Men’s Double Trap and will look to continue his form with a podium finish. Ashab Mohd will also look to win a medal in the same event.





21st Commonwealth Games: Heena Sidhu wins gold in shooting

Australia: Heena Sidhu wins gold in the women’s 25m Pistol event on Tuesday. This is the Indian shooter’s second medal at Gold Coast as she had won Silver in the 10m Air Pistol event. 28 year old has taken her Commonwealth Games medal tally to four.

Sidhu set the Commonwealth Games record in the final with a total of 38 points.

She finished three clear of Australia’s Elena Galiabovitch who won the silver medal.

Sidhu who celebrated with her husband and coach Ronak Pandit right after the win in Gold Coast on Tuesday started poorly and was trailing Galiabovitch until the end of the fifth series. She fought back just like she had in the 10m Air Pistol final earlier in the week with back-to-back full sets in the fifth and sixth series which helped her leapfrog the Australian.






Commonwealth Games 2018: India defeated Malaysia in men's hockey tournament

Commonwealth Games 2018: India defeated Malaysia in men’s hockey tournament

Harmanpreet Singh converted a couple of penalty corner while the experienced Faizal Saari reduced the deficit for Malaysia immediately after the start of the second quarter.

India now tops the pool table with seven points from three matches and will play their last pool match against second placed England on Wednesday. With the top two teams advancing to the last four stages, both India and England will go through irrespective of the result of that match.

India had squandered a 2-0 lead to be held to a last gasp 2-2 draw by arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match. The former Olympic champions then defeated Wales 4-3 in a high scoring encounter.

India were off to an excellent start as Harmanpreet powered home the first penalty corner of the match to give his team an early lead. Buoyed by the lead, the Indians dominated possession and kept the Malaysian defenders on their toes with a constant stream of attacks.



CWG 2018: Shooting ace Jitu Rai wins gold

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia: Indian shooting ace Jitu Rai claimed the gold medal in men’s 10m air pistol event by creating a new games record while compatriot Om Prakash Mitharval bagged a bronze at the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast.

A day before, women formed the core of India’s stupendous day at the 21st CWG, where a 16-year-old Manu Bhaker delivered a record-shattering shooting gold medal. The table tennis team, meanwhile, stunned the fancied defending champions Singapore to clinch the top honours for the first time at the event. M C Mary Kom advanced to the medal rounds in her first and probably last appearance at the Games. India moved up a rank to the third position in medal ranking, having claimed eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals so far. A distant silver-medallist in the event also happened to be a woman, Heena Sidhu for shooting. In weightlifting, again, Punam Yadav (69kg) pulled off a personal best of 222 kg to improve the bronze she had won in the 2014 edition. 0In hockey, Indian eves stunned Olympic champions England in its third pool match for a 2-1 victory, which took them closer to a semifinal berth.

India’s basketball teams, however, suffered their third consecutive group-stage match loss to exit the 21st commonwealth Games without a win on Sunday. The Indian men lost to Scotland 81-96 while the women lost their third group-stage match to New Zealand 55-90 at the Cairns Convention Centre. The women’s table tennis team of Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das beat Singapore 3-1 for a historic maiden gold. In badminton, Saina Nehwal remained in good form and guided India to a 3-1 triumph over Singapore in the mixed team event.

In track-and-field events, shot-putter Tejinder Singh made it to the finals, while Mohammed Anas Yahiya topped his 400m heat to book a slot in the semifinals.