Commonwealth Games 2022, Day 7 Highlights: Sreeshankar wins Silver in High Jump final – The Indian Express

  • September 8, 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 7 (August 4) Highlights: Murali Sreeshankar became the first Indian to win a Long Jump medal at the Commonwealth Games. The 23-year-old clinched a silver in the Men’s final at the Alexander Stadium with a joint best effort of 8.08m. India’s Mumammed Anees Yahiya finished fifth with a best jump of 7.97m.
Harmanpreet Singh scored a hat-trick, as India trounced Wales 4-1 in their last men’s hockey Pool B game, as action continued on day seven of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG). India thus looks set to top the table and avoid favourites Australia in the semi-finals, provided England do not win by 15 goal margin against Canada in their final pool game later in the day. The other highlight of the day for India so far has been three pugilists making it through to the semi-finals, thereby making it a total of six boxers who are now assured of medals. India are still in seventh place with five gold, six silver and seven bronze medals.
Shivani Naik is trotting around Brummie land in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. Watch the CWG drama unfold through Shivani’s eyes and wisdom at https://indianexpress.com/profile/author/shivani-naik/
Meanwhile, in Chennai, wizards of Chess from all over the world have gathered for the Chess Olympiad. Please click here for Sandip G’s stories.
Follow all the highlights of Day 7 below:
India’s Sudhir wins gold in para powerlifting men’s heavyweight event in Commonwealth Games. The 27-year-old Sudhir, who has an impairment due to the effects of polio, thus opened India’s para sports medal account in the ongoing CWG. Sudhir had won a bronze in men’s upto 88kg with a best lift of 214kg at the World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championship in South Korea in June.
India’s Sudhir establishes a Games record in the event with a 208kg. Medal ensured for India.
Congratulations #ParaPowerlifting #sudhir #CWG2022 #CommonwealthGames2022 #CommonwealthGames #CommonwealthGames22 #IndianFlag pic.twitter.com/zJiyfmDTOT
Gold and Silver wins, explained: A game of fine margins. Both LaQuan Nairn and Murali Sreeshankar had a best attempt of 8.08m in the final but the former had a better second best jump (7.94m to 7.84m), which meant Bahamas got a gold in their first medal at the Commonwealth Games and Sreeshankar won a silver as India’s first in the event at the Games.
India’s Lakshya Sen registers a comfortable 21-4, 21-5 win against Vernon Smeed to reach the round of 16.
Long jumper Sreeshankar Murali wins silver with a best attempt of 8.08m | A moment in history for TeamIndia – This is the first ever medal for India in Men’s Long Jump event in CWG history


FYI: So both Sreeshankar and Nairn recorded 8.08m but Nairn is first because he recorded the distance in an earlier jump and had a less favorable wind conditions (-0.1). Sreeshankar’s jump had a wind assistance of +1.5. Sreeshankar now needs a 7.94 or better on his final jump to go into the lead

Men’s Long Jump Final : Sreeshankar with another brilliant effort in his 5th attempt and this time he registers – 8.08 m  ! Well done!  He is in the top 2 now
Murali Sreeshankar in his fourth attempt produces a really good effort ! Seemed like well over 8m But its given as a #oul Matter of a cm ! Was that a foul ? What does the naked eye tell you?

So the two Indians are through to the final round. As mentioned before, Sreeshankar with 7.84m and Anees with 7.72m, find a place in the final. Bottom four jumpers are eliminated after the first three jumps. The top 8 will now compete in the final three jumps for the medals.
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Former CWG silver medallists, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal-Karthik  beat Meagan Best and Amanda Haywood in their R16 match
India’s Rohit Tokas defeats Xavier Mata’afa-Ikinofo of Niue in Men’s 67kg quarterfinal bout. Another medal confirmed for India.
3rd attempt: 7.84m for Sreeshankar | 7.72m for Anees
Both have completed 3 jumps and if they both remain inside the top 8 then they can have 3 more attempts
India’s Rohit Tokas in action against Xavier Mata’afa-Ikinofo of Niue in Men’s 67kg quarterfinal bout. A win here and another medal for team India
2nd attempt: Sreeshankar registers 7.85m while Muhammed Anees Yahiya records 7.65 m 
Muhammed Anees Yahiya with his first attempt but it is a foul! 
7.60m Sreeshankar first jump#CommonwealthGames2022 #India@afi pic.twitter.com/3u8HFRFAaO
Its time! India’s Murali Sreeshankar is in action. He starts out with a jump of 7.60m in the final of the men’s long jump.Image
An easy win for the Australian duo, Donna Lobban and Rachael Grinham as they win straight games to progress into the quarterfinals. End of the road for Anahat Singh and Sunayna Kuruvilla in the Women’s Doubles.
Anahat Singh and Sunayna Kuruvilla lose the first game to Donna Lobban and Rachael Grinham in the Women’s Doubles Round of 16.
Screengrab: CWG website 

An easy win for Sanil Shetty and Harmeet Desai, 11-6, 11-5, 11-1.  

The India-Pakistan Group A match was one of the most talked about features of cricket at the Commonwealth Games. (Photo: BCCI Women/Twitter)
As women’s cricket gets auditioned and observed at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games for a possible and permanent entry into the Games gigs – such as Olympics – the city once again finds itself at an important inflection point in the sport’s history.
Way back in 1973, seven teams had lined up, mostly donning the inconvenient short culottes skirts in white, to play in the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973, the final of which between England and Australia was hosted at Edgbaston. This was a full two years before the inaugural Men’s World Cup.
(Shivani Naik is trotting around Brummie land in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. As the Brummies say, her features are ‘bosting’ (brilliant!). As ever, some incredible stories are pouring in from the lives of inspirational athletes to how they do what they do in their sport. Did you know how a girl born in China landed up in Canada to become a gold medallist? Or the hysteria around Mirabai Chanu at the Games. Watch the CWG drama unfold through Shivani’s eyes and wisdom by clicking here)

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