While You Were Asleep: Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem wins javelin gold, Sagar Ahlawat settles for silver in boxing, shuttlers Srikanth, Gayatri-Treesa win bronze medals

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the gold with a sensational fifth round throw of 90.18m, also a Commonwealth Games record, relegating two-time world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada to silver with a mark of 88.64 and Kenya’s Julius Yego into bronze.

Nadeem became the second Asian and 23rd in the world to have thrown the javelin past 90m. Chinese Taipei’s Chao-Tsun Cheng was the first Asian to achieve the feat with a throw of 91.36m in 2017.

Nadeem bettered his personal best thrice over the course of the final. His personal best before this was 86.38m. Nadeem became the first Pakistani track & field gold medalist at the CWG in 60 years.

India’s DP Manu (82.28m) and Rohit Yadav (82.22m) failed to reach the podium.

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra missed the competition because of an injury sustained while earning a silver at the world championships last month.

Boxing: Sagar claims silver

Indian boxer Sagar Ahlawat had to be content with a silver medal after he lost by a unanimous 0-5 verdict against England’s Delicious Orie in the men’s over 92kg (super heavy weight) category.

Boxer Sagar Ahlawat during his bout against England’s Delicious Orie in the final of 92kg (Super Heavyweight) boxing match at the Commonwealth Games. (PTI)

Sagar started positively in the first round but Orie completely dominated the next two as the Indian started to tire out.

The Englishman took full advantage of that and landed big punches, hooks and jabs on Sagar, who started to bleed in the last round after getting a cut over his left eye.

The Indian boxing contingent will return with seven medals — three gold, one silver and three bronze — from Birmingham, two less than the previous edition.

Badminton: Srikanth, Gayatri-Treesa win bronze medals

Kidambi Srikanth and young women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand signed off with bronze medals in the badminton competition of the Commonwealth Games.

Treesa Jolly, left, and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela of India play a return to Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville of Australia during their Bronze medal badminton match at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. (AP | PTI)
Srikanth prevailed over Singapore’s world number 87 Jia Heng Teh 21-15 21-18 to claim a bronze medal to go with the silver that he had won four years ago in Gold Coast.

In the following bronze medal playoff, Treesa and Gayatri registered a 21-15 21-18 win over world number 159 Australian pair of Wendy Hsuan-Yu Chen and Gronya Somerville to finish third on the podium in their first major event together as a combination.

India are also assured of at least two more medals with double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and debutant Lakshya Sen notching up contrasting wins in the semifinal stage to stay on course for maiden gold medals at the Games.

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