P Gururaja, son of a truck driver, who hails from Karnataka brought glory to India on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 being held in Gold Coast, Australia as he bagged the first medal for India on Thursday.
The launch has set the ball rolling as some 4500 athletes will be competiting for two hundred and seventy-five medals in gold, silver and bronze for the next eleven days. He won the silver in weightlifting in the 56 kg category. Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal won bronze, lifting a combined 248 kg.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion was still wrestling with the "gut-wrenching" decision as late as Wednesday, when she discussed it with Hilliard and team doctor Paul Blackman for hours. Eventually in his third and final attempt, the 25-year-old confirmed his silver after a successful lift.
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.
Desperate to make up on lost ground, he decided on a courageous but ultimately futile attempt to match the existing Games record of 145 kg, which saw him crash out of contention for medal.
In the women's tie, India thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0.
But for now, she is left reeling after yet another injury has ruled her out of yet another potential gold medal.
"I guess you could call it grief".
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"And it's about managing that and keeping it as strong as possible so that I am in the best possible shape for next year, the world championships and the Olympic Games". Indian women's hockey team lost their first match.
In the swimming pool, Virdhawal Khade qualified for the semifinals of the 50m men's butterfly event but could not make the final, finishing 15th overall. The men's team did even worse, finishing seventh in their competition.