Shooters bring two more medals, lifter Punam wins bronze

Glasgow: Shooters continued to lead India`s medal charge with Shreyasi Singh and Mohammed Asab clinching the double trap silver and the bronze while woman lifter Punam Yadav picked up a bronze on a modest day four of competition for the nation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Sunday.

On a day when India failed to bag any yellow metal, the country`s medal count touched 20 - five gold, eight silver and seven bronze - and the 2010 hosts were still in the fifth place behind Australia (24-18-23), England (21-16-16), Scotland (11-7-9) and Canada (7-3-8). India had taken the second spot in the medal ranking behind Games powerhouse Australia four years back.

Shreyasi grabbed the day`s first medal - a silver - with a final round score of 92 at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. Another Indian in the fray, Varsha Varman was fifth logging 88 points.

Shortly after, Asab grabbed the first shooting bronze from the 2014 edition after he defeated 17-year-old Nathan Xuereb of Malta in the men`s double third place play-off match. Asab had topped the qualifying round netting 135 points.

The 26-year-old Asab shot 26 while Xuereb managed 24. India`s Ankur Mittal missed out on a medal finishing fifth in the semi-final.

Later in the day, Punam won the seventh medal from weightlifting by earning the bronze in women`s 63 kg category. Punam had a total lift of 202 kg behind Nigerians Olauwatoyin Adesanmi and Obioma Okoli who took the gold and silver, respectively.

The Indian had a best lift of 88 kg on her third attempt in snatch and 114 kg on her second attempt in clean and jerk.

There was also good news from the boxing ring as Manoj Kumar entered the quarterfinals of the men`s 64 kg event. The 27-year-old defeated Canadian Arthur Biyarslanov 2:1 in the Round of 16 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. In the last eight, Manoj will take on England`s Samuel Maxwell Tuesday.

But there was disappointment for India in table tennis, women`s hockey, track and field and cycling events.

The women`s table tennis team, that had bagged a silver in their backyard four years back, missed out on the bronze medal match, losing to Australia 1-3 at the Scotstoun Table Tennis Centre here Sunday.

In lawn bowls, India won their first match in section B against South Africa 17-12 in the men`s fours lawn bowls at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls centre. With the win, India are now second behind Canada in the group.

In the singles event, Sunil Bahadur lost to 21-20 to Malaysia`s Muhammed Hizlee Abdul Rais.

Both India and Canada have a win each but the North American team is on top on account of better difference in points incurred. India will face Falkland Islands in their next group match.

The women`s hockey team lost their second Pool A match 0-3 to New Zealand at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre here Sunday. After defeating Canada 4-2 in their opener, India could not even manage to score a single goal against the Black Sticks.

Gemma Flynn scored the lone field goal for New Zealand while Anita Punt scored twice, once from a penalty corner and another from a penalty stroke. India will take on Trinidad and Tobago Monday.

The only happy development from the track came when Poovamma Machettira qualified for the women`s 400 metre semi-final after a heat timing of 54.01 seconds. Indian shot putter Om Parkash Singh Karhana failed to reach the men`s finals after he ended fifth in his Group B qualification.

Karhana, who hails from Gurgaon, threw a best of 18.98m on his third and final attempt. His first two throws went for 17.67m and 18.54m, respectively.

Indian sprinter Narayana Sharadha failed to qualify for the women`s 100 metre semi-final after managing only a fifth placed out of eight competitors in the heat.

The semi-finals, followed by the final, will be held Sunday.

All three Indian track cyclists on show - Amarjit Nagi in, men`s keirinm, Alan Baby in men`s keirin first round repechage and Sunita Yanglem in women`s 25 km points race - had a disappointing outing.

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