Australia, Canada, England win Commonwealth Games pool golds

A section of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast in Australia

The women's team sprint team of Emma Cumming and Natasha Hansen finished behind Australia to take silver. "But still I am happy", said the diminutive lifter from Karnataka.

While triathlete Henri Schoeman was the only medallist on Thursday's opening day of competition, a number of South African athletes stuck up their hands in preliminary rounds of their events at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

In a thrilling race played out in front of the Prince of Wales, Willmott, second in Glasgow four years ago, dethroned defending champion Hannah Miley of Scotland in a time of 4:34.90.

Gururaja was third after snatch, pulling off a best of 111kg after two good lifts before surviving a few nervy moments in clean and jerk.

Shayna Jack, Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell clocked 3min 30.05sec, bettering the time they set during their victorious relay race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Weightlifting was not the only reason why India could boast of a good opening day.

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Besides Cheptegei, Uganda will also look to win Commonwealth Games medals from Solomon Munyo Mutai who won a marathon silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in China, in-form U-20 World Cross Country champion Jacob Kiplimo and the five boxers.

The gold medal was won by Muhammad Aznil Bidin of Malaysia who lifted 288kg.

While the men's team defeated Trinidad and Tobago and Northern Ireland in Group 1, the women's team came out on top against Sri Lanka and Wales in Group 2.

In the second match of the men's team against Northern Ireland World No. 46 Gnanasekaran Sathiyan gave India the early lead crushing Ashley Robinson 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 in the first singles before India's most experienced paddler, Sharath Kamal, outclassed Paul McCreery in straight games 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", said Proud, who lost an appeal against the disqualification.

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