Commonwealth Games: Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Achinta Sheuli strike gold in weightlifting; Nikhat Zareen into quarter-finals

That took India’ s gold medal tally to three this CWG, with Mirabai Chanu having won one earlier, in the women’s 49 kg category.

Mizoram teenager Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s second gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Sunday, and that was followed by another gold by fellow weightlifter Achinta Sheuli towards the end of the day. Both created new Games’ records. While Jeremy lifted an aggregate of 300 in the men’s 67kg competition final, Achinta lifted a record total of 313kg to claim the gold in the men’s 73kg category final.

That took India’ s gold medal tally to three this CWG, with Mirabai Chanu having won one earlier, in the women’s 49 kg category.

In other sports, Harmanpreet Kaur’s India thumped Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-interrupted women’s T20 at Edgbaston, to go top of the group, which also has Barbados and Australia.

With the gold, Jeremy won the country its fifth medal at CWG 2022 and second gold medal at the event. He had achieved a record-breaking 140 kg lift in the snatch category and 160 kg in the Clean and Jerk category, which combined to give him a lift of 300 kg, a record at the Commonwealth Games.

Lalrinnunga successfully lifted 136 kg in his first Snatch attempt to move to the top of the leaderboard. Edidiong Joseph Umoafia was at second with 130 kg and Samoa’s Vaipava Ioane at third with 127 kg at the time of his first attempt.

Lalrinnunga set up a new Commonwealth Games record by lifting 140 kg in his second Snatch attempt.

He tried to better this record by going for 143 kg in his final attempt but failed to do so. He finished the Snatch category with 140 kg, at the top of the table. Edidiong Joseph Umoafia was at second with 130 kg and Samoa’s Vaipava Ioane at third with 127 kg at the end of the Snatch event.

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Mewanwhile, favourite to win the event, debutant Sheuli heaved 313kg (143kg+170kg) to grab the gold.

Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Muhammad, who gave Sheuli a tough competition, ended as the second best lifter in the event. He had a best effort of 303kg (138kg+165kg).

Canada’s Shad Darsigny was third with a total lift of 298kg (135kg+163kg).

Sheuli, a junior world championship silver medallist, executed three clean lifts — 137kg, 140kg and 143kg — in the snatch section.

His 143kg effort helped him smash the Games record and improve his personal best.

Heading into clean an jerk with a five kilogram advantage, the Kolkata lifter started with a 166kg lift, which he hoisted easily.

Sheuli then faltered his 170kg attempt only to heave the weight in the third attempt and create a new Games record in total lift (313kg).

The Indian lifter had to wait patiently towards the end to find out what medal he’d take home as the Malaysian attempted a 176kg lift in his last two attempts only to fail.

India thump Pakistan the women’s T20 cricket competition

India women outplayed Pakistan by eight wickets in a shortened T20 game due to rain. The match was shortened to 18 overs due to rain at Edgbaston, but Pakistan having opted to bat first, were bundled out for just 99, with Muneeba Ali top-scoring with 32.

In reply, Smriti Mandhana did light work of the chase, amassing 63 runs off just 42 balls to take India over the finish line with more than six overs to spare.

With the win, India climbed to top spot with two points, followed by Barbados in second and Australia in third (Both with two points). Pakistan remain last with no points, having also been defeated in their opener against Barbados.

Indian badminton side reaches mixed team event semi-finals

The Indian badminton team reached the semi-finals of the mixed team event at CWG 2022 in Birmingham, with a 3-0 win over South Africa.

The pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy defeated Jarred Elliot and Deidre Jordan 21-9, 21-11 to give India a 1-0 lead.

That was followed by Lakshya Sen outplaying Caden Kakora in two dominant games, with the score reading 21-5, 21-6 in favour of the Indian. India were 2-0 up and it was upto Aakarshi Kashyap to finish the deal. Kashyap prevailed 21-11, 21-16 to beat Johanita Scholtz to give India a 3-0 victory.

India will now play Singapore, who will be led by ninth ranked Loh Kean Yew and would pose a challenge to the Indians.

Ghosal, Joshna enter singles quarterfinals at CWG

Leading India squash player Saurav Ghosal on Sunday joined Joshna Chinappa in the singles quarterfinals.The world number 15 from India blanked Canadian David Baillargeon, ranked 62, 3-0 to reach the last eight stage. The final scoreline read 11-6, 11-2, 11-6.Ghosal was hardly troubled in the first two games. In the third, the Canadian led 3-0 before the Indian levelled it to 3-3. After that, he took the decisive lead.India is eyeing its first squash medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Stihari Nataraj in men’s 50m backstroke finals

Continuing his impressive run, ace Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj advanced to the finals of the men’s 50m backstroke event.

The 21-year-old clocked 25.38 to emerge the eighth fastest swimmer across semifinals to make his second final of the Birmingham Games.

The seasoned Sajan Prakash, on the other hand, finished a disappointing ninth the men’s 200m butterfly, his pet event.

Nataraj had clocked 25.52 seconds in heats, making the 50m backstroke semifinals.

The Bengaluru swimmer had finished seventh in the men’s 100m backstroke final on Saturday night.

In the men’s 200m butterfly, Prakash finished fourth in his heat after clocking 1:58:99s and was put on the reserve list as he was the ninth fastest swimmer overall. The top eight move to the final.

Nikhat Zareen into quarter-finals, Shiva Thapa, Sumit bow out

World champion Nikhat Zareen sailed into the women’s 50kg quarterfinals but it was curtains for Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and Sumit Kundu (75kg)as they made round of 16 exits in their respective weight categories.

While Zareen knocked out Helena Ismael Bagao of Mozambique to storm into the last eight round of the women’s lightweight category winning by RSC (Referee stopping contest), Thapa lost 1-4 to world championship bronze medallist Reese Lynch of Scotland to make a disappointing exit from the Games.

Sumit went down to Australia’s Callum Peters by a 0-5 unanimous verdict in the middleweight pre-quarter-finals.

In lawn bowls, Indian women’s fours team qualified for the semifinals of the competition after defeating Norfolk Island.

The Indian quartet of Lovely Choubey (lead), Pinki (second), Nayanmoni Saikia (third) and Rupa Rani Tirkey (skip) won 17-9 in the quarterfinal match. The four will play against New Zealand in the semifinal on Monday.

Elsewhere, Mayuri Lute finished way back in the 18th position in the women’s 500m time trial final as Indian cyclists continued to struggle. Lute clocked 36.868s to end near the bottom of the 20-cyclist final.

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Another Indian, Vishavjeet Singh did not finish his men’s 15km scratch race final. Earlier in the day, top Indian cyclist Ronaldo Laitonjam lost to Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer in the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s sprint event.

The 20-year-old Indian finished 0.162s behind Glaetzer, clocking 10.011s over the 200m distance. Laitonjam had earlier finished 13th in the qualifying round after clocking 10.012 at the Lee Valley Velo Park here.

His teammates David Beckham (10.120) and Esow Alben (10.361) finished 18th and 23rd in the qualifying round. Laitonjam had clinched a silver medal in the sprint event of the senior category at the Asian Track Championship in New Delhi in June.

In gymnastics, Indian gymnasts Yogeshwar Singh and Ruthuja Nataraj signed off at 15th and 17th spots in the men’s and women’s all-around finals of the artistic gymnastic event respectively.

While Haryana’s Yogeshwar, who had participated in three World Championships, finished with an overall score of 74.700, the 19-year-old Ruthuja scored 43.000 to end on the last spot.

Yogeshwar was the lone Indian male gymnast to qualify for the all-around final after his teammates Saif Tamboli and Satyajit Mondal narrowly missed out.

In women’s all-round final, Ruthuja had scores of 12.950, 10.000, 10.250 and 9.800 in vault, uneven bar, balance beam and floor respectively.

In triathlon, India finished 10th in the triathlon mixed team relay final. The Indian quartet of Adarsh Muralidharan Nair Sinimol, Pragnya Mohan, Vishwanath Yadav and Sanjana Sunil Joshi clocked a total time of 1:31:43 in the three-event competition.

With inputs from agencies

Commonwealth Games: Watch | Top five moments from CWG Day 3 as Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Achinta Sheuli win gold medals

After four medals on Day 2 by Indian weightlifters, Day 3 of the Commonwealth Games belonged to the weightlifters as well with two gold medals coming from two of the youngest members of the discipline at the quadrennial event in Birmingham on Sunday

India’s Achinta Sheuli, center, celebrates with his gold medal as he stands on the podium following the Men’s weightlifting 79kg Final at The NEC on day three of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Sunday. AP

After four medals on Day 2 by Indian weightlifters, Day 3 of the Commonwealth Games belonged to the weightlifters as well with two gold medals coming from two of the youngest members of the discipline at the quadrennial event in Birmingham on Sunday.

We look at those two medals and the remaining top three moments from the day.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga proudly sings the national anthem after winning second gold medal

Jeremy Lalrinnunga won India’s second gold medal and fifth overall in the 67kg weightlifting final in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Lalrinnunga, just 19 years old, made a total lift of 300kg and registered a Commonwealth Games record to his name.

In the viedo below Jeremy could be seen proudly sing the national anthem standing at the top of the stadium.

Achinta Sheuli announces arrival with gold medal

Indian weightlifter Achinta Sheuli won the gold medal at the men’s 73kg weightlifting competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday. While doing so, Achinta equalled his personal best snatch of 143kg, and went into the clean and jerk round with a five-kilo advantage over Malaysia’s Erri Hidayat. In his third clean and jerk attempt, Achinta successfully lifted 170kg, to increase his total weight to 313kg, a CWG record.

Smriti Mandhana’s classic 63 not out in Indi’s win over Pakistan

Smirit Mandhana was absolutely on fire, something that is a little to visualise, thanks to her languid style. But even as Pakistan tried to set a trap on the off-side, her stronger suit, the left-hander found her way through the on-side and straight initially, and then scored at will to script a facile win in 11.4 overs.

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Commonwealth Games: India’s Achinta Sheuli clinches gold in men’s 73kg weightlifting final

While doing so, Achinta equalled his personal best snatch of 143kg, and went into the clean and jerk round with a five-kilo advantage over Malaysia’s Erri Hidayat.

Achinta Sheuli in action. Image: Screengrab

Indian weightlifter Achinta Sheuli won the gold medal at the men’s 73kg weightlifting competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

While doing so, Achinta equalled his personal best snatch of 143kg, and went into the clean and jerk round with a five-kilo advantage over Malaysia’s Erri Hidayat.

In his third clean and jerk attempt, Achinta successfully lifted 170kg, to increase his total weight to 313kg, a CWG record.

Heading into the last phase, Malaysia’s Erri Hidayat, on 165kg needed to lift 11 kilos, but in his two attempts, he was not able to achieve the target, meaning that Achinta Sheuli won a gold medal.

Erry Hidayat eventually finished second, with a total of 303kg.

Shad Darsigny of Canada finished third with a total of 298 kg.

This was India’s third gold medal this Commonwealth Games, and the sixth over all this Games.

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CWG 2022 India Day 4 complete schedule, time in IST: Indian Men’s Hockey team, Amit Panghal in action

CWG 2022 India Day 4 complete schedule, time in IST: Check full schedule from Day 4

India defeated Ghana 11-0. AP

India had a fruitful Day 3 at the Commonwealth Games 2022. Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinched a gold medal in the men’s 67kg category. The Indian women’s cricket team took their first win in the completition, beating Pakistan by 8 wickets. Later, the Men’s Hockey side thumped Ghana 11-0.Commonwealth Games: India schedule, Results, Medals tally

The action now shifts to Day 4 where the Men’s table tennis team will be playing their semi-final match while Amit Panghal will be up against Namri Berri in 48kg-51 kg (Round of 16). India Men’s Hockey team will also play England in their Pool B match.

Here’s a look at the schedule. (All IST)

Swimming

MENS 100M BUTTERFLY HEAT 6- Sajan Prakash (3:51 PM)MENS 100M BUTTERFLY SEMI FINAL*- Sajan Prakash (2nd August 12:27 AM)MENS 50M BACKSTROKE FINAL*- Sajan Prakash (1:07 AM)

Para Swimming

MENS 50M FREESTYLE S7 FINAL- Niranjan Mukundan, Suyash Narayan Jadhav (12:46 AM)

Badminton

MIXED TEAM SEMI FINALS* (3:30/22:00 PM)

Table Tennis

MENS TEAM SEMI FINALS- India vs Nigeria (11:30 PM)

Boxing

OVER 48KG – 51KG (ROUND OF 16)- Amit Panghal vs Namri Berri (Vanuatu) (4:45 PM)OVER 54KG – 57KG (ROUND OF 16)- Hussam Uddin Mohammad VS MD Salim Hossain (BAN) (6:00 PM)OVER 75KG – 80KG (ROUND OF 16)- Ashish Kumar vs Travis Tapatuetoa (NIUE) (2nd August 1:00 AM)

CyclingWOMENS KEIRIN FIRST ROUND- Triyasha Paul, Shushikala Agashe, Mayuri Lute (6:32 PM)MENS 40KM POINTS RACE QUALIFYING- Naman Kapil, Venkappa Kengalagutti, Dinesh Kumar, Vishavjeet Singh (6:52 PM)WOMENS KEIRIN FIRST ROUND REPECHAGES* (7:42 PM)MENS 1000 M TIME TRIAL FINALS- Ronaldo Laitonjam, David Bekham (8:02 PM)WOMENS KEIRIN SECOND ROUND* (9:17 PM)WOMENS 10KM SCRATCH RACE FINAL- Meenakshi (9:37 PM)WOMENS KEIRIN FINALS 7 – 12* (9:52 PM)WOMENS KEIRIN FINALS 1 – 6* (10:05 PM)MENS 40KM POINTS RACE FINAL* (10:12 PM)

Hockey

Men’s Pool B Match- India vs England- 8:30 PM

Weightlifting

MENS 81 KG- Ajay Singh (2 PM)WOMENS 71 KG- Harjinder Singh (11:00 PM)

Judo (2:30 PM Onwards)MEN 66 KG ELIMINATION ROUND OF 16- Jasleen Singh Saini VS Maxence Cugola (Vanuatu)MENS 60 KG ELIMINATION ROUND OF 16- Vijay Kumar Yadav vs Winsley Gangaya (MRI)WOMENS 48KG QUARTER FINALS- Shushila Devi Likabam vs Harriet Bonface (Malawi)WOMENS 57 KG ELIMINATION ROUND OF 16- Suchika Tariyal vs Rita Rabinda (Zambia)

KNOCKOUT MATCHES WILL FOLLOW (SUBJECT TO QUALIFICATION)

SquashWOMENS SINGLES PLATE QUARTERFINALS- Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla vs TBD (4:30 PM)WOMENS SINGLES QUARTERFINALS- Joshana Chinappa vs Hollie Naughton (Canada) (6 PM)MENS SINGLES QUARTERFINALS*- Saurav Ghosal vs Gregg Lobban (Scotland) (6:45 PM)

Lawn Bowls

WOMENS FOUR SEMI FINALS- 1PM

*Subject to Qualification

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Two killed as UN peacekeepers open fire at DR Congo-Uganda border post

Video of the incident showed men, at least one in police uniform and another in army uniform, advancing towards the immobilised UN convoy behind a closed barrier in Kasindi. The town is in eastern DR Congo’s Beni territory on the border with Uganda

A resident holds a placard reading ”MONUSCO get out without delay” as they protest against the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUSCO) deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Goma, July 25, 2022. (AP)

New Delhi: Two people have been killed and several others injured after UN peacekeepers opened fire during an incident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on the Uganda border on Sunday, the UN said.

Video of the incident, shared on social media showed men, at least one in police uniform and another in army uniform, advancing towards the immobilised UN convoy behind a closed barrier in Kasindi. The town is in eastern DR Congo’s Beni territory on the border with Uganda.

After a verbal exchange, the peacekeepers appeared to open fire before opening the gate, driving on and continuing to shoot while people scattered or hid.

“During this incident, soldiers from the intervention brigade of the MONUSCO force returning from leave opened fire at the border post for unexplained reasons and forced their way through,” the UN mission in Kasindi said in a statement. “This serious incident caused loss of life and serious injuries.”

Barthelemy Kambale Siva, the North Kivu governor’s representative in Kasindi, earlier said that “eight people, including two policemen who were working at the barrier, were seriously injured” in the incident.

Kambale Siva, interviewed by AFP, did not give a reason for why the UN convoy was prevented from crossing the barrier.

There are more than 120 militias operating in the DRC’s troubled east. The UN first deployed an observer mission to the region in 1999.

In 2010, it became the peacekeeping mission MONUSCO — the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — with a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

There have been 230 fatalities among them, according to the UN.

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed last week

Last week, deadly demonstrations demanding the departure of the United Nations took place in several towns in eastern DRC.

Two Indian Border Security Force personnel, who were part of the UN peacekeeping mission were among three peacekeepers killed as an angry mob attacked a UN base in Goma city.

Head Constable Shishupal Singh and HC Sanwala Ram Vishnoi lost their lives in the violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged UN chief Antonio Guterres for quick investigations to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Anti-UN unrest in DR Congo

Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop attacks by the armed groups.

UN under-secretary-general for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix was in the central African country on Saturday to “talk to the Congolese authorities”, Kambale Siva said.

“(They would) examine ways in which we can both avoid a recurrence of these tragic incidents and, above all, work better together to achieve our objectives,” he added.

“We hope that the conditions will be met, in particular the return of state authority, so that MONUSCO can complete its mission as soon as possible. And to leave room for other forms of international support.”

With inputs from AFP

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DR Congo: Two killed as peacekeepers open fire amid anti-United Nations unrest

Video of the incident showed men, at least one in police uniform and another in army uniform, advancing towards the immobilised UN convoy behind a closed barrier in Kasindi. The town is in eastern DR Congo’s Beni territory on the border with Uganda

A resident holds a placard reading ”MONUSCO get out without delay” as they protest against the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUSCO) deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Goma, July 25, 2022. (AP)

New Delhi: Two people have been killed and several others injured after UN peacekeepers opened fire during an incident in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on the Uganda border on Sunday, the UN said.

Video of the incident, shared on social media showed men, at least one in police uniform and another in army uniform, advancing towards the immobilised UN convoy behind a closed barrier in Kasindi. The town is in eastern DR Congo’s Beni territory on the border with Uganda.

After a verbal exchange, the peacekeepers appeared to open fire before opening the gate, driving on and continuing to shoot while people scattered or hid.

“During this incident, soldiers from the intervention brigade of the MONUSCO force returning from leave opened fire at the border post for unexplained reasons and forced their way through,” the UN mission in Kasindi said in a statement. “This serious incident caused loss of life and serious injuries.”

Barthelemy Kambale Siva, the North Kivu governor’s representative in Kasindi, earlier said that “eight people, including two policemen who were working at the barrier, were seriously injured” in the incident.

Kambale Siva, interviewed by AFP, did not give a reason for why the UN convoy was prevented from crossing the barrier.

There are more than 120 militias operating in the DRC’s troubled east. The UN first deployed an observer mission to the region in 1999.

In 2010, it became the peacekeeping mission MONUSCO — the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — with a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

There have been 230 fatalities among them, according to the UN.

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed last week

Last week, deadly demonstrations demanding the departure of the United Nations took place in several towns in eastern DRC.

Two Indian Border Security Force personnel, who were part of the UN peacekeeping mission were among three peacekeepers killed as an angry mob attacked a UN base in Goma city.

Head Constable Shishupal Singh and HC Sanwala Ram Vishnoi lost their lives in the violence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged UN chief Antonio Guterres for quick investigations to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Anti-UN unrest in DR Congo

Anger has been fuelled by perceptions that MONUSCO is failing to do enough to stop attacks by the armed groups.

UN under-secretary-general for peace operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix was in the central African country on Saturday to “talk to the Congolese authorities”, Kambale Siva said.

“(They would) examine ways in which we can both avoid a recurrence of these tragic incidents and, above all, work better together to achieve our objectives,” he added.

“We hope that the conditions will be met, in particular the return of state authority, so that MONUSCO can complete its mission as soon as possible. And to leave room for other forms of international support.”

With inputs from AFP

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Jeremy Lalrinnunga: With Commonwealth Games gold, India’s first Youth Olympic Champion marks his return

A keen disciple, who always respected and followed all coaches in his career, Jeremy Lalrinnunga finally bagged his first major senior medal after string of injuries and COVID-19 pandemic hit his career.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga holds the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games podium in Birmingham on Sunday. AP

Kolkata: Becoming India’s first Youth Olympic Champion at the age of 15 and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and record holder by 19, it’s nice to be Jeremy Lalrinnunga at the moment.

The 19-year-old Mizo lived up to his expectations in Birmingham on Sunday when he clinched India’s second gold medal, after Tokyo Olympic star Mirabai Chanu, with a record lift of 300kg (Snatch: 140 + Clean and jerk: 160). However, Sunday’s win didn’t come as smooth as experts expected with Jeremy’s might put to test with an unexpected injury.

For somebody, who is capable of lifting 167kg in clean and jerk in the past, Jeremy found his thigh muscle cramped right before the decisive last segment, forcing him to push his limits. It all came down to lifting 160kg on the day if Jeremy wanted to keep a fast-catching Samoa’s Viapava Ioane.

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Going through that pain, Jeremy still desperately wanted that gold as a major success has alluded him for four years now and this was his chance. However, the athlete felt confused with the calculations as to lifting how much weight should be enough to seal the top spot.

However, having his trusted coach Vijay Sharma (national weightlifting coach) by his side meant all he had to worry about was how to deal with the muscle cramp and focus on lifting the weight suggested.

“The muscle cramp hit me at a bad time, I am fine now but at that time the pain was difficult and made it difficult for me to judge on how much weight should I pick to ensure the gold in this condition. But I knew I could trust my coach in letting me know how much I need to lift in order to win the gold. I just followed his instruction because wherever I have reached today, it’s all because of him,” said Jeremy while answering a question by Firstpost during SAI’s media press conference.

Lifting 160kg turned out to be just enough as rival Ioane, who earlier lifted 127kg in snatch, was left with the huge task of pulling 174kg to win the gold medal. Despite his valiant attempts, the Samoan couldn’t breach the mark and had to console himself with the silver medal and clean and jerk Games record (166kg).

For Jeremy, the result meant the world. Since his 2018 Youth Olympic success in Buenos Aires, the teenager endured some tough times with knee and back injuries, which eventually hurt his rankings and subsequently a Tokyo Olympics spot.

He did give himself a bright start in the senior circuit with a Youth Asian Championship silver medal in Thailand in 2019 but injuries soon crept in and took away the momentum that the lifter built since 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic did him no favour as being locked at the NIS Patiala camp with next to no training not only hit his growth but also made him feel homesick away from family in Aizawal in the hours of crisis that gripped the entire world.

Sport in Jeremy’s blood

Of course, missing his family made a lot of sense for a teenager but even more, if your father has been the biggest inspiration of your life and has always been the guiding force.

“My father (Lalneihtluanga) has been a great boxer and won a lot of medals (seven-time national champion),” Jeremy said before the CWG. “It came naturally to me to become a boxer but then my friends were taking up weightlifting, I decided to follow them as I loved the power that was involved in it. I was lucky to have Malsawma sir there, who taught me weightlifting.”

In a year’s time, Army Sports Institute coach Zarzokima saw the gifted weightlifter during a vacation in Aizawl and decided to shortlist the boy at just 9 for further nurturing as Jeremy had to leave his home and move to Pune.

Growing through the ranks at the ASI Pune while developing his skills, Jeremy eventually came across national coach Vijay Sharma who decided to speak to the boy about training him with the national team.

“I heard about him before and when I eventually saw him compete, I was really keen because he had the physique and technique for a weightlifter,” said Vijay during a frank conversation before the CWG. “What I liked about him more was that he was focussed and obedient. He was always willing to follow whatever I asked him to do and that’s what stands him apart from others.”

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Tamil Nadu: Met predicts heavy rainfall from 1 August; flood alert issued for areas along Mettur Dam

Rains in Palar, Chinnar and Thoppayaru have resulted in increased inflow to the dam and the administration is releasing 25,500 cusecs of water from Sunday morning for delta districts

File image of Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu. Wikimedia Commons/ Anuraga arasi

New Delhi: A flood alert has been sounded to the people living around the Mettur Dam in Salem district after the flow into the dam was increased to 29,000 cusecs on Sunday.

Rains in Palar, Chinnar and Thoppayaru have resulted in increased inflow to the dam and the administration is releasing 25,500 cusecs of water from Sunday morning for delta districts. In anticipation of overflowing of the rivers, the people on the banks and low-lying areas were alerted by beating of thandora (drums) asking the residents to move to safer places and not venture into the water bodies, offical sources said on Sunday.

The water-level in the dam stood at its full capacity of 120 feet and the water availability was 93.47 TMC, they said. On 16 July, the water-level in the dam reached its full capacity for the 42nd time in its 88-year-old history and a flood alert was issued.

IMD forecast

The warning is in keeping with a cyclonic circulation over Tamil Nadu, running to interior parts, was cited as a trigger for the fairly widespread rain that is set to begin on Sunday and last at least till Wednesday, reports The Hindu. While light to moderate rain may cover many places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from Sunday, five districts, including Salem, Tiruchi and Perambalur, may receive rain of very heavy intensity, up to 24.4 cm, at one or two places, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Echoing the IMD, the Regional Meteorological Centre said that heavy rain is likely at isolated places over Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Theni, Dindigul, Thenkasi, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Erode, Salem, Namakkal and Karur districts of Tamil Nadu from 1 August.

With input from agencies

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India vs Pakistan, CWG 2022: A big win for India, as much as relief as revelry

India’s recovery in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games women’s cricket event was much a relief as it was a revelry. Having lost their opening match against Australia from a position where it would have been easier to win, India needed to win this one.

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Also, irrespective of what the situation is, it is never playing Pakistan, simply because of all the hype around the match from all corners. But Smriti Mandhana ensured that there were no such butterflies after the Indian bowlers were thankfully much more on the money, though that department is where the coaches will be looking if India are to continue their good work.

Mandhana was absolutely on fire, something that is a little to visualise, thanks to her languid style. But even as Pakistan tried to set a trap on the off-side, her stronger suit, the left-hander found her way through the on-side and straight initially, and then scored at will to script a facile win in 11.4 overs.

The win gave India the points they needed, not to mention a very healthy run-rate, which may not quite be an issue in the group in the long run, given that one doesn’t really visualise India losing to Barbados. But it never hurts to have decent stats.

What India did well was not to get bogged down, which did Pakistan in. The latter too had their moments in the match, especially when opener Muneeba Ali and stand-in skipper Bismah Maroof were batting, but their inability to cash in on that advantage made a telling difference.

All the other batters on display – Shafali Verma, S. Meghana and Jemimah Rodrigues played bit roles, though Verma did her moments. However, from a truly professional viewpoint, India could have won this one by 10 wickets, and the loss of the two wickets was not really warranted.

It was a good idea to send Rodrigues up the order, though not much was left in the match by the time the second wicket fell. Nevertheless, it is essential that Rodrigues sees action up the order and that may be something that the coaching staff and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur consider before the Barbados match.

India’s bowling still has a few questions, which would read as incongruous, given the fact that they dismissed Pakistan in 18 overs. The question was about them being unable to control their line against the left-handers.

The issue was when the two left-handers were batting. Muneeba and Maroof found a lot of easy stuff on their leg-stumps, which was largely instrumental in their 50-run stand for the 2nd wicket.

Renuka Singh Thakur was not quite as penetrative as she was against Australia, and though Meghna Singh did come up with perfect outswinger to get rid of Iram Javed, the subsequent bowling efforts from all concerned were not where they should have been.

It isn’t easy to change line when there is a left-right combination, but the bowlers were struggling even against a left-left combo.

All of this could well read as nit-picking in what has been a pretty good win, but one needs to address the big picture.It is unrealistic that India will lose to Barbados in their last league match, but the way things are going, they will likely end up second in the group, below Australia.

That being the case, India will likely come across New Zealand in the semi-finals, which will certainly be a far cry from their experiences in the league. For that reason alone, the bowlers need to know where the off-stump is for all batters, right or left-handed.

The fielding was quite up to the mark, as was evident from the three run-outs in the Pakistan inning, and that too is something that India will have to keep up. There have been quite a few instances when the Indian fielding has flagged, as was the case in the ICC World Cup.

But all in all, there can’t be too many complaints when the side wins by such a big margin, that too in a truncated game.

Shorter games always tend to be a little dodgier, but that assault by Mandhana was all that India needed. The left-hander is in a different class, so for India’s sake we hope that she can keep her form till the end of the teams outing in the Commonwealth Games.

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Commonwealth Games: ‘Phenomenal effort’, Twitter celebrates India’s dominant eight-wicket win over Pakistan

India women’s team clinched a thumping win against Pakistan after beating the arch rivals by eight wickets in a rain-curtailed match


FirstCricket Staff

July 31st, 2022

19:29:31 IST


Smriti Mandhana provided India with a brisk start during the chase against Pakistan. AP

India women’s team clinched a thumping win against Pakistan after beating the arch rivals by 8 wickets in a rain-curtailed match that was reduced to 18 overs per side at Edgbaston on Sunday. Opting to bat, Pakistan lost an early wicket as Iram Javed departed for zero. But Muneeba Ali and captain Maroof then steadied the ship for the side before Sneh Rana scalped the wickets of the two batters in the same over.Commonwealth Games: India schedule, Results, Medals tally

Muneeba’s dismissal was followed by a flurry of wickets as Pakistan were left tottering at 96/6 before eventually getting bundled out for 99.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to India’s victory over Pakistan:

Later, India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma provided the side with a brisk start as they posted 61 for the first wicket on the board within the first six overs. Pakistan did manage to pick two wickets of Verma and Sabbhineni Meghana but that didn’t really change much as Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues remained unbeaten at the crease.

The left-handed opener scored 63* off 42 balls to take the side home. India have a win and a loss in the campaign with the last group match to be played against Barbados on Wednesday.

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Updated Date: July 31, 2022 19:29:31 IST

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