Commonwealth Games 2018 India first medal at Gold Coast, bags silver

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While triathlete Henri Schoeman was the only medallist on Thursday's opening day of competition, a number of South African athletes stuck up their hands in preliminary rounds of their events at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Meet P Gururaja, the son of a truck driver and an employee of the Indian Air Force.

There was some controversy in the morning qualifying when world champion Ben Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday and lost an appeal against the decision. His attempt for higher weight, however, failed, but he successfully managed a good lift off his last chance.

The 2017 World Athletics Championship 10,000m silver medallist is among Uganda's medal hopefuls in the absence of the 2012 London Olympic marathon gold medallist Stephen Kiprotich and Moses Kipsiro, who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

"I had a big role to play in the opening ceremony which is why I waited until today to make the announcement", said the 2012 Olympic champion.

"It's hard because this is the biggest thing for us squash players and I planned a lot over the a year ago and put in a lot of hard work. It was too heavy for me", he further added.

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Lockhart said by the night before the official weigh-ins on Friday he hopes to have Holloway "within four pounds of 155". Even in the insane world of MMA , taking a title fight in a higher weight class without a training camp is unheard of.

Joanna showed tremendous perseverance as she caught up with six strong competitors in the final leg of the race, allowing her to win her very first Commonwealth Games medal and Canada's first medal at the Games.

New Zealand fared better in the men's team sprint, edging out England, who took gold through Sophie Thornhill in the women's B&VI sprint finals.

Amalraj Anthony opened India's win with a 4-1 (11-5, 3-11, 11-2, 14-12) win over Dexter St. Louis before G. Sathiyan doubled the lead with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-4) thrashing of Aaron Wilson.

While the men's team defeated Trinidad and Tobago and Northern Ireland in Group 1, the women's team came out on top against Sri Lanka and Wales in Group 2.