Friday, October 8, 2010

CWG: Two more gold for India, Somdev in final

New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) India's gold haul continued at the Commonwealth games Friday with women archers and men shooters bagging one each to take the count to 16. Home teams in tennis, table tennis and badminton are assured of medals as they have entered the finals.
The first gold on the fifth day of the competitions came from the women's recurve team in archery. Dola Banerjee, Bombayala Devi and Deepika Kumari, beat England in the final at the Yamuna Sports Complex for the top honour.
Shooters kept up their domination of the ranges with Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan winning the gold in the men's 50m rifle 3 position event. Of India's 16 golds, eight have come from the shooters.
India has also won 11 silver and nine bronze and remains in the second position behind Australia in the medal count.
Australia with 32 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze are on top of the table with England in third position with 12 gold, 24 silver and 12 bronze.
The women's table tennis team will take on world champions Singapore later Friday in the final. This is the maiden Commonwealth Games final for the women's team, bronze medalists in the 2006 Melbourne edition.
A medal in badminton is assured as the the home team will take on Malaysia in the mixed team event final Friday evening.
Somdev Devvarman also made sure of a medal in tennis singles defeating Matt Ebden of Australia in semifinal Friday.
Somdev, top-seed, outclassed third-seeded Ebden 6-3, 6-1, in 70 minutes with relentless baseline play, forcing the Australian into errors.
In women's hockey, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the semifinals, beating England 4-1 and South Africa fought back to draw 1-1 with Australia in a league match.

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