Commonwealth Games 2018: Weightlifter P. Gururaja wins silver, opens India's medal account

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Triathlon athlete Jake Birtwhistle was the first Australian athlete to win a medal at this year's games after an inspiring come-from-behind performance resulted in a silver medal.

So while Poojary clinched the silver, the likes of Muhammad Azroy Hazalwafie Izhar Ahmad of Malaysia won the gold, while Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal Jayasooriya - who won the Silver ahead of Poojary in the Commonwealth Championships a year ago - settled with a bronze. She is considered to be the strongest contender for the gold medal. Initially aspiring to become a wrestler particularly after watching Sushil Kumar win a bronze at the Beijing Olympics, Gururaja was unable to find a suitable academy in Ujire, near Mysore, where he was a college student.

"My first thought was, "I wish I was fit", I would've ran with him (winner Henri Schoeman)", Brownlee told reporters. The Indian failed in his first two attempts before managing a good lift off his last chance to zoom to the top half of the table. And the third position was taken by Sri Lanka's Lakmal Chaturanga.

In the Women's singles, former World No. 1 and Bronze medallist in London 2012, Saina Nehwal would be up against Mahoor Shahzad. "My coach said 'the atmosphere out there is electric, go out, soak it up.' I think that is what we have done". The 2018 edition of the games marks the fifth time that Australia has hosted the much-loved multinational sporting event.

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"It wasn't the best match to play from the first point. It was too heavy for me", he further added.

The women's hockey team lost 2-3 to Wales in their opener, a massive shock for the 10th-ranked Indians at the hands of the world no. 26 team.

Already 2-0 up, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan teamed up to beat Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-4) in the men's doubles match, making it 3-0 in favour of the Indians. The men's team did even worse, finishing seventh in their competition.

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