India shine on day two; win three of four gold medals on offer

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Pune Oct 13 ( UNI) India stamped their authority today on the second day of the third edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games grabbing three of the four gold medals on offer at the Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports city, Balewadi here today.

India had opened its account with Ankush Bharadwaj capturing the first gold of the Games by winning the 50 meters Pistol event for men aggregating a tally of 509 points.

The hosts then saw their athletes winning golds in the women's 25 meters Pistol event and the 48 kg women's weighlifting event where Diksha Gaikwad stole the day's thunder by bagging the gold with a new meet record. The Amravati lass totalled a tally of 140.00 kgs.

The strongly built Diksha started off in style, lifting 64 kgs in snatch and and followed it up by lifting 76.00 kgs in jerk to have a total of 140 kgs to post a new meet record. Jessica Ruel of Canada claimed the silver having totalled 138.0 kgs while Utako Auku of Nauru took the bronze with a total of 128 kgs.

All the three lifters bettered the earlier meet records enroute to the gold, silver and bronze medals.

The-17-year-old Rahi a first year student of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) of Vivekanand College in Kolhapur totalled a tally of 748.1 points to snatch the first gold of her career. Though it was a touch and go for her, she got the better off Alia Sazana of Malaysia who had to rest content with silver mustering a tally of 748.9 points after the two were levelled at 550 points in the opening round. Haylay Chapman of Australia bagged the bronze having 729.3 points to her credit.

The other gold of the day went to Aquilah Sudhir of Singapore in the women's 10 meters Air Rifle event, posting a tally of 501.0 points to claim the gold.

In a keen competition, the silver was bagged by Monica Fyfe of Canada recording 496.1 points to her credit and Nur Ayuni of Malaysia bagged the bronze with a tally of 492.2 points.

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