Women's pugilists L Sarita Devi and Pinki Jangra assured a silver and bronze while Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj reached the final of men's doubles table tennis event to consolidate India's fifth position on the ninth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games, here today.
India are currently placed fifth in the standings with 48 medals (13 gold, 20 silver, 15 bronze). England lead the chart (134 medals), followed by Australia (119), Canada (71) and hosts Scotland (46). In women's boxing, experienced Sarita Devi outpunched her Mozambique opponent Maria Machongua to storm into the final of the 60kg category.
Earlier in the day, another Indian pugilist Jangra lost a close semifinal bout against Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland to settle for a bronze medal in women's 51kg category. Pinki, who had beaten Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom in the national trials to make it to the Indian boxing squad, gave a valliant fight but could not pack enough punch against a taller opponent.
There was good news for India in table tennis event as well as ace paddler Sharath and Amalraj assured India at least a silver medal by reaching the final of the men's doubles competition. The Indian duo blanked Singapore's Yang Zi and Zhan Jian 11-7 12-10 11-3 in the semifinals at the Scotstoun Sports Campus. Sharath and Amalraj will meet the mighty Singaporean pair of Gao Ning and Li Hu in the gold medal match later on Friday.
Sharath continued his fine showing on the table tennis board and made it to the semifinals of the men's singles event as well.