Schoenmaker storms to gold for Team SA

She, then, followed that up by clinching her 12th Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold in 2.27.72, some four seconds faster than Canada's Aurelie Rivard and Australia's Katherine Downie.

It came as Australia claimed a remarkable five golds in the pool, led by Kyle Chalmers, who won the 200m freestyle and anchored their victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Sanjita set a new Games Record in the snatch with a lift of 84kg and added 108 kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 192kg.

"I smiled my way through it and hit the bar routine I knew I could, and it's a great feeling to have a Commonwealth gold medal round my neck".

"It's hard to not be aware with the big scoreboard and the crowd, but for me it's that feeling when I land that high bar dismount and I roar and the buzz I get I do it for that".

If Mirabai Chanu was the toast of the nation on Thursday, it was the turn of Sanjita to be in the limelight on Friday, claiming a gold and a Games' snatch record in the 53kg category.


"This is a sport that gave us our first Olympic medal through Nojeem Maiyegun at the 1960 Tokyo Games, where he won a bronze medal".

The 25-year-old Sathish, the defending champion, lifted a total of 317kg (114kg+173kg) and was so ahead of competition that he forfeited his final clean and jerk lift. Rahul hogged limelight as a teenager, as just when he was 17, he won two gold medals in the youth and junior categories of the Commonwealth Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Malaysia in 2013. Indian Women's Team lost 57-66 to Jamaica in a very competitive game whereas the Men's team lost 87-96 to Cameroon in a game where Cameroon had an unbelievable comeback and took the game away from India's hands.

The theme of contrasts was present even on the hockey pitch where the Indian team played the match in two strikingly different parts.

It is raining medals for English gymnasts in the Coomera Sports Centre, Wilson has two golds already while Hall ended up with silver to go with his team gold. Sindhu is, however, likely to return to action for her women's singles campaign which gets underway on April 11.

Table Tennis: The table tennis players also got past their initial hurdles rather easily with the women's team event defeating Sri Lanka 3-0.

It is his 2nd consecutive gold medal at Games, as he secured the gold in Glasgow in 2014, as well.

  • Tracy Klein