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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CWG medals day 10

(from left) A.C. Ashwini, Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose put up a splendid show to finish ahead of Nigeria and England.

India just broke the records of more than fifty years at the Commonwealth Games.
The country had won just nine track and field medals at the Games, starting with Milkha Singh's gold in 1958, before Delhi, but now, with only the marathon to go on Thursday, India already has 12 medals, including two golds.

India, who had publicly declared their target of claiming the second spot on the medals tally before the start of the Games, moved closer towards their goal with a haul of 32 gold, 25 silver and 32 bronze medals for a total of 89 medals.

A.C. Ashwini, a hurdler, ran the race of her life to overtake Nigerian Dammy Abogunloko and give India the lead midway through the third leg. Mandeep Kaur, the anchor, continued the good work as the host pocketed its second gold of these Games and its first-ever relay victory in the Games history. Manjeet Kaur and Sini Jose ran the first two legs.

H.M. Jyothi was dazed too, after leading the women's 4x100m relay team to the bronze, its first sprint relay medal in the Games' history.

The quartet of M. Rahamatulla, Sathya Suresh, Shameermon and Abdul Najeeb Qureshi not only won the bronze but also bettered the National record, their second in as many days.

The team clocked 38.89 secs improving upon the 39-second barrier for the first time.

There was plenty of action on the field too. Former Asian champion Renjith Maheswary was jumping for joy after his career-best 17.07m leap in the third round of the men's triple jump which won him the bronze.

That effort broke Renjith's own three-year-old national record of 17.04m. The 24-year-old upset England's former European runner-up Douglas Nathan (PB 17.64) and Grenada's Randy Lewis (PB 17.49) on his way with a massive third-round jump.

Around the same time, Kashinath won the men's javelin bronze with a fifth round throw of 74.29m.

Women's top-seed Saina Nehwal of India defeated Anna Rice of Canada 21-7, 21-10 in the singles quarterfinals. Rice was down 0-7 in the first game before taking the first point off the Indian. Trust me the match was so good.. we were jumping off the coutch in excitement :) Saina, literally stalked her opponent like a tiger. She made my day with just awesome game!

Way to go saina..:)good luck for the finals:)

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