Judokas and weightlifters help India win more medals at Commonwealth Games 2022

The Indian contingent put on another tremendous display at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Monday, winning medals – one silver and two bronze – in judo and weightlifting. In addition, India also won three medals in bowls, badminton and table tennis after the women’s fours team, mixed team and men’s team reached the finals in their respective events.



In judo, Shushila Devi Likmabam made history after winning a silver medal in the women’s 48 kg category. In the final, Shushila – silver medalist at the 2014 Glasgow CWG – lost to South African Michaela Whitebooi by a Waza-Ari to settle for silver.

Also, India got another medal in judo after Vijay Kumar Yadav won a bronze medal in the men’s 60kg division. These were India’s first medals apart from the six weightlifting medals she has won so far at Birmingham 2022.


The weightlifters continued their impressive show at the tournament on Monday after Harjinder Kaur won a bronze medal in the women’s 71kg category. She lifted a grand total of 212 kg (93 kg + 119 kg) to win the bronze medal.


India’s four-man women’s team – which included Lovely Choubey, Pinky, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey – rewrote history on Monday after advancing to the bowls final, securing the country’s first-ever medal in the event. They beat New Zealand 16-13 in the semi-finals and will now face South Africa in the gold medal game on Tuesday.


India’s mixed badminton team also won a medal – consisting of PV Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi, Lakshay Sen and Chirag Shetty, and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy – on Monday after advancing to the final with a 3-0 sweep of Singapore in semi final.

The doubles duo of Chirag and Satwik started the rout, with Sindhu making it 2-0 before Lakshay Sen traded world champion Loh Kean Yew in back-to-back matches.


The men’s table tennis team, defending champions, also confirmed a medal at the event after beating Nigeria in the semi-finals.


After defeating Ghana in their inaugural match, the men’s hockey team came away with a strong 4-4 ​​result against hosts England. India started the big game with a bang, scoring three times in the opening 22 minutes through Lalit Upadhyay (2′), Mandeep (13′) and Akashdeep Singh (22′).

However, England scripted a brilliant comeback in the second half of the game with Liam Ansel collecting one in the 42nd minute. Although Harmanpreet scored India’s fourth shortly after, goals from Philip Roper (50′) between two goals from Bandurak (47′, 53′) allowed England to equalise.

India had to play most of the final minutes of the match with 10 men against a relentless onslaught from England but held on for a result they will get.

(With ANI entries)

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