GOLD COAST: Though the Aussies are top favourites to win maximum medals at the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia, Indian athletes impressed spectators with their brilliant performance on the Day 1 of the mega-sporting event of the Commonwealth member nations.
Here is the current medal count from the 21st Commonwealth Games 2018 being held in Gold Coast.
(Medals tally last updated at 1830 IST on April 5, 2018)
Here are India's medal winners from Day 1:
Mirabai Chanu: The world champion smashed the Games' records in 48kg category snatch, clean and jerk and overall en route her gold-medal winning performance, which fetched her a thunderous applause from the Australian fans, who queued up to take her autograph after the medal ceremony.
Chanu managed to lift 196kg (86kg+110kg) in a remarkable effort.
"I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here. I can't put in words, how it feels right now," an exhausted but jubilant Chanu said.
Gururaja Poojary: In the morning, Gururaja survived a few anxious moments after two failed attempts in clean and jerk to claim a silver medal in men's 56kg division. The 25-year-old son of a truck driver equalled his personal best of 249kg (111kg+138kg) to finish second in the event and ensure that India woke up to the news of a medal on the very first day of competitions.
"After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this. I remembered my family and my country," he said when asked what went through his mind in those nervy moments.
(With PTI inputs)