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Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Commonwealth Games: India paddlers shine in first round

Commonwealth Games: India paddlers shine in first round

Pearson said she realised she couldn't compete two days ago when an ongoing Achilles problem flared up at training, but "left no stone unturned" to attempt a third consecutive Games gold medal.

"She didn't want it to detract from the games, the opening ceremony, and everyone's journey", Hilliard said. "I think that's important to realize".

India has sent a 220-strong contingent for the 21st edition of the Commonwealth games with high medal prospects in Badminton, weightlifting. Alistair, who had surgery on his hip last August, placed 10th in an afternoon race hit by rain.

India's Mirabai Chanu won the gold medal in the women's 48kg weightlifting event while setting a new Games record with a combined total of 196kg and a clean and jerk record of 110kg.

England's Jonny Brownlee, the silver medalist in Glasgow in 2014 and at the Rio Olympics, says fitness was a major factor in his seventh-placed finish in the triathlon.

He sealed victory with a best lift in the clean and jerk of 144kg, a kilogram less than Ibrahim's Games record from Manchester 2002.

The gold medal was won by Malaysia's Izahar Ahmad who lifted a total weight of 261 kg while the bronze went to Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal.

It was a setback for Australia's track team - although she plans to be hands-on despite her non-competitive role - and for the games.

The Pool A match saw the Welsh, ranked No. 26 in the world, shock its rival with a gusty 3-2 win, which should leave India now with a lot of trouble to make it the knockout round.

Thousands of athletes and team staff have flooded in to Gold Coast, a resort city in eastern Australia, for the Games, with about 6,600 staying at the official village.

Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.

He touched first in first place but a referee ruled that he'd moved on the blocks before the start.

Proud challenged the decision but it was upheld by an independent appeals board.

However, even that was on the verge of being taken away from him when his family tempo crashed a few years back.

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