Glasgow Games, Day 7: Wrestlers win four silver medals, boxers earn podium finishes
Glasgow: Indian wrestlers continued to excel winning four silver and a bronze medal while the boxers, led by young Pinki Jangra and World No. 3 L Devendro Singh, assured themselves of at least four podium finishes on seventh day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
It was a far cry from yesterday`s three-gold burst but was still a creditable performance, as the wrestlers swelled their overall tally in the sport to 10 in the Games.
As many as four Indians entered the final and one made it to the bronze medal round through repechage but none could win a gold at the SECC wrestling arena.
There were high expectations from the grapplers after India won three gold, one silver and one bronze yesterday but they could not replicate that showing.
Satyawart Kadian (men`s 97kg freestyle), Bajrang (men`s 61kg), Lalita Sehrawat (women`s 53kg) and Sakshi Malik (women`s 58kg) won a silver each while Navjot Kaur bagged a bronze in women`s 69kg.
In boxing, experienced Laishram Sarita Devi and Jangra assured reached the semifinals of the women`s light (57-60kg) and 51kg respectively.
The 32-year-old from Manipur came from behind to outsmart Charlene Jones of Wales 3-1 in a hard-fought quarterfinal bout. She will next take on Mozambique`s Maria Machongua in the semifinals on Friday.
Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian CWG team, outclassed her Papua New Guinea opponent Jacquiline Wangi in a unanimous 3-0 decision by the judges in the semifinal bout.
Devendro outclassed Aqeel Ahmed of Scotland 3-0.
In men`s 69kg division, young Indian boxer Mandeep Jangra also assured himself of a bronze in his debut Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semifinals after his opponent failed the medical test ahead of their quarterfinal bout.
Placed sixth in the overall standings, India`s medals tally now stands at 41 with 10 gold, 19 silver and 12 bronze.