Pearson pull-out overshadows start of Commonwealth Games

06 April, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • A section of the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast in Australia

Several athletes would be on the scene going for gold in all disciplines in the 21st Commonwealth Games, with team Ghana targeting at least five gold medals at the end of the competition that would run till 15th April, 2018.

Omar was one of Ghana's brightest hopes from a 71-athlete contingent after he won the only medal (a bronze) at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Gururaja failed to lift the 138 kg in his first attempt, while his second attempt was cancelled by the judges.

It was Wales who scored two goals in the first 26 minutes through Lisa Daley (7') and Sian French (26') to take a 2-0 lead, but goals from skipper Rani (34') and Nikki Pradhan (41') gave the Indian team a much-needed life-line.

"This is not over for me", she said, adding that running in Tokyo was the "dream I hold on to, to finish my career the best way possible".

With Wales needing a win to stay alive in its opening round against India, Hursey partnered Charlotte Carey and produced some big forehands to help in 3-2 victory.

Pearson, who won gold at the London Olympics, said she knew she would not compete for two days but had delayed the announcement to play a part in the opening ceremony at Carrara Stadium on Wednesday where she was last baton-bearer in the relay.

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Indian World Champion Mirabai Chanu delivered a thoroughly professional performance, eclipsing Games and Commonwealth records each time she walked up to the stage in the 48kg class competition.

"It's hard because this is the biggest thing for us squash players and I planned a lot over the past year and put in a lot of hard work".

"I guess you could call it grief".

But there was controversy in the outdoor Southport pool when defending champion Ben Proud of England was disqualified from the men's 50m butterfly heats for a false start.

Jamiu bounced back from the team's doubles defeat to edge Mohammed Rizal from Malaysia 3-2 in a keenly-contested game.

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