Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
New Delhi: Day 6 of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is upon us. After a slow start to Day 5, the Indian contingent put on a solid show to take their medal count to 26.
`Pistol King` Jitu Rai kept his reputation intact by clinching the gold medal before Gagan Narang and Gurpal Singh claimed a silver each to continue the shooters` heroics while young Vikas Thakur overcame pain to bag silver in weightlifting on the fifth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games here on Monday.
Earlier on Day 5, India narrowly lost out on a medal in the Badminton Mixed Teams Bronze medal match. At two matches apiece, it was left to Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa to win their doubles match and secure a medal. Despite their best efforts, they could not manage to beat their Singapore counterparts.
Similarly, in the Men`s Table Tennis Bronze medal match, India`s challenge fell apart after Sharath Kamal had given the team a 1-0 lead. The doubles duo of Harmeet Desai and Anthony Arputhara lost their match despite racing to a 1-0 win in the first game and lead of 5 points in the second game.
Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh (75kg) continued his sublime form to enter the quarterfinals along with gritty youngster L Devendro Singh (49kg), but there was heartbreak for Shiva Thapa (56kg), who went down to Olympic bronze-medallist Michael Conlan of Northern Ireland. Manoj Jhangra, too, made the quarterfinals with a convincing win.
On Day 6, India will be looking to add more medals to their tally in the shooting and wrestling events. After winning a Silver medal yesterday, Gagan Narang will feature again today, this time in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event along with Sanjeev Rajput. 2012 London Olympics silver-medallist Vijay Kumar along with Harpreet Singh will compete in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.
Day 2 of the Trap event will comprise of two Indians in Manavjit Sandhu and Mansher Singh, while Lajja Gauswami and Elizabeth Koshy make up India`s challenge in 50m Rifle 3 Positions event.
After a good show on Day 5, the boxers will be looking to advance in the semifinals of the Men`s events. Quarterfinal bouts of Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) are scheduled today.
Wresting events are also set to commence as two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar heads the quest of Indian grapplers in Glasgow. He will feature in the Freestyle 74kg Round of 16. Rajeev Tomar, another key member of India`s wresting contingent is in action in the quarter-final of the Freestyle 125 kg category.
But the scrapping of Greco-Roman category will certainly affect the country`s medal count. During the 2010 edition of the Games at New Delhi, the Greco-Roman wrestlers grabbed seven (four gold, one silver and two bronze) out of 19 medals won by India.
In hockey, the Indians will be faced with a stiff task of upstaging the mighty Australians. That match is scheduled for 14:00 IST start.
Following is the schedule (tentative timings) of the Indian challenge on Day 6 of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games:
1300 IST: 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men`s Qualification - Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput
1330 IST: 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men`s Qualification Stage 2 - Vijay Kumar and Harpreet Singh
1330 IST: Trap Men`s Qualification, Day 2 - Manavjit Sandhu and Mansher Singh
1645 IST: 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women`s Qualification - Lajja Gauswami and Elizabeth Koshy
1315 IST: Women`s Pairs - Section B, Round 2, Match 3 - India vs Kenya
1615 IST: Women`s Triples - Sec. A, Round 3, Match 1 - Australia vs India
1615 IST: Men`s Fours - Section B, Round 3, Match 3 - Namibia vs India
2015 IST: Men`s Singles - Section B, Round 3 - Ryan Bester (CAN) vs Sunil Bahadur
2015 IST: Women`s Pairs - Section B, Round 3, Match 1 - New Zealand vs India
2315 IST: Men`s Fours - Section B, Round 4, Match 2 - Canada vs India
1800 IST: Men`s Singles Round of 64 - RMV Gurusaidutt vs LI Benjamin Pui Hun
2300 IST: Men`s Singles Round of 64 - K Srikanth vs Duane March
1528 IST: Women`s Team Final & Ind. QF-Sub 5 Day 2 - Pranati Nayak, Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Rucha Diveker Sachin, Dipa Karmakar,
2015 IST: Women`s Light (57-60kg) Round of 16 - Laishram Sarita Devi vs Kehinde Obareh
0000 IST: Men`s Light Welter (64kg) Quarterfinal 1 - Samuel Maxwell vs Manoj Kumar
0145 IST: Men`s Light Heavy (81kg) Quarterfinal 4 - Sumit Sangwan vs David Nyika
0300 IST: Women`s Middle (75kg) Round of 16 - Pooja Rani vs Savannah Marshall
14:00 IST: Men`s Preliminary MA Match - India vs Australia.
1448 IST: Women`s Freestyle 75kg Nordic System Match 2 - B Onyebuchi vs Jyoti
1454 IST: Men`s Freestyle 57kg Round of 16 - Amit Kumar vs JG Bandoo
1506 IST: Men`s Freestyle 74kg Round of 16 - J Lawrence vs Sushil Kumar
1548 IST: Women`s Freestyle 75kg Nordic System Match 5 - Jyoti vs S Edwards
1548 IST: Men`s Freestyle 125kg Quarterfinal - S Boltic vs Rajeev Tomar
1600 IST: Women`s Freestyle 48kg Quarterfinal - R Nweke vs Vinesh
1636 IST: Women`s Freestyle 75kg Nordic System Match 8 - Jyoti vs A Ali
1630 IST: Men`s Doubles Pool G - India vs Cayman Islands
1730 IST: Mixed Doubles Pool E - India vs Sri Lanka
2230 IST: Men`s Doubles Pool G - India vs Wales
0000 IST: Women`s Doubles Pool D - India vs Sri Lanka
0000 IST: Men`s 94kg - Chandrakant Malli