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Canadian women win team gymnastics gold at Commonwealth Games

08 April 2018

World champion Matthew Glaetzer, favourite to win the men's sprint gold at the Commonwealth Games, crashed out of the preliminary rounds on Saturday after an "embarrassing" tactical blunder against Malaysian rank outsider Muhammad Sahrom.

England's Zoe Smith challenged for the gold after successfully completing all six of her attempts but had to settle for silver.

Adelusi implored the team to strive to improve on the record set by the country at the Victoria Games in 1994, where the team won 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals, which is its best record since the country made its debut at the games in 1950.

"I smiled my way through it and hit the bar routine I knew I could, and it's a great feeling to have a Commonwealth gold medal round my neck". "That was the first time ever I did not feel in control of the race - I let the event get to me and thought about the result not the process".

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If Mirabai Chanu was the toast of the nation on Thursday, it was the turn of Sanjita Chanu to hog the limelight on Friday, claiming a gold and a Games' snatch record in the 53kg category.

Likewise, Deepak Lather of Shadipur in Haryana on Friday became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal.

Saina Nehwal gave India a 1-0 lead after easily defeating Julie Macpherson 21-14, 21-12 in the women's singles match before World No.2 Kidambi Srikanth outclassed Kieran Merrilees 21-18, 21-2 in men's singles.

WEIGHTY ISSUES - India's Sathish Kumar Sivalingham won the 77-kilogram category in the weightlifting by 5 kilograms over England's Jack Oliver. His second lift of 187kg took him to a total weight of 338kg that remained his best as he faltered in the final attempt of 191kg.

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India outplayed Samoa 26-4 in the men's Pairs Sectional Play Round 4, while women's Fours Sectional Play team beat England 21-9.

The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest meets of 2018 and it features several rising stars as well of a bunch of established names, including Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Isaac Makwala (South Africa), Nijel Amos (Botswana), Elijah Manangoi, Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya), Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) among others. In fact, he won two gold medals in junior and senior categories and setting a couple of records.

West Australian Caitlin Bassett scored 23 of 26 shots to get her Games as skipper off to a solid start.

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Canadian women win team gymnastics gold at Commonwealth Games