CWG 2018

CWG Day 8 results: Wrestlers win two golds, Athletics opens account with a silver and bronze

Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware won two gold medals for wrestling on day one of the competition.

Day eight saw India extend it’s tally to 14 gold medals, Gold Coast thus becoming India’s fifth most successful Games ever after New Delhi 2010 (38 golds), Manchester 2002 (30), Melbourne 2006 (22) and Glasgow 2014 (15).

Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware got India off to a flying start in wrestling, both winning gold medals. This was Sushil’s third Gold in the Commonwealth Games after one each in the previous two editions. Babita Kumari and Kiran earned a silver and bronze respectively.

The Indian athletics contingent finally opened their account when Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon pulled a 2-3 in the Discus Throw event, winning a silver and a bronze respectively. With Glasgow bronze medallist Arpinder Singh and Rakesh Babu qualifying for the Triple Jump finals, it was a good day overall for Indian athletics.

Tejaswini Sawant won a silver medal in the 50 metres prone rifle event, while Neeraj Kumar and Anish Bhanwala stand first and third after the first qualification stage of the 25 metre Rapid Fire pistol.

India played Australia in the women’s hockey semi-finals and lost a close-run encounter 1-0. They will now play for the bronze. Elsewhere, Manika Batra stormed into the semi-finals in both the singles and the doubles competition, while all the shuttlers won their respective matches.


Event Players Time Result
Triple Jump - men (Q) Arpinder Singh
Rakesh Babu
6.00 am Arpinder, Rakesh qualify for finals
Long Jump - women (Final) Nayana James
Neena Pinto
3.25 pm Nayana finished 12th, Neena finished 10th
Discus Throw - women (Final) Seema Antil
Navjeet Kaur Dhillon
4.10 pm Seema wins silver, Navjeet wins bronze
Heptathlon Purnima Hembram 100m hurdles - 5.35 am
High Jump - 6.30 am
Shot put- 2.50 pm
200m - 4.27 pm
Purnima currently stands sixth 

Seema Punia and Navjeet Kaur open India’s account.


Event Players  Time Result
25m Rapid Fire Pistol men's (Q) - Day one Anish Bhanwal
Neeraj Kumar
4.30 am At the end of qualification - stage I, Neeraj is first and Anish is third
50m prone rifle - women's (FINAL) Anjum Moudgil
Tejaswini Sawant
9.30 am Sawant wins silver, Moudgil finishes 16th

Tejaswini Sawant wins a silver medal.


Event Players Time (APPROXIMATE) Result
Round of 16 - mixed doubles Satwiksairaj / Ashwini Ponnappa 
Tsai Kristen / Yakura Nyl
6.31 am Satwik/Ponnappa win 2-0
Round of 16 - mixed doubles Pranaav Jerry Chopra / Sikki Reddy
Chrisnanta Danny Bawa / Wong Jia Ying Crystal
7.10 am Chopra/Reddy win 2-0
Round of 16 - Women's Singles Ruthvika S Gadde
Jia Min Yeo 
7.10 am Ruthvika wins 2-1
Round of 16 - Men's Singles HS Prannoy
Anthony Joe 
7.50 am Prannoy wins 2-0
Round of 16 - Men's Singles K Srikanth
Niluka Karunaratne
8.30 am Srikanth wins 2-0
Round of 16 - Women's Singles PV Sindhu
Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen
9.10 am Sindhu wins 2-0
Round of 16 - Women's Singles Saina Nehwal
Jessica Li
2.20 pm Saina wins after her opponent concedes
Round of 16 - Men's doubles Satwiksairaj / Chirag Shetty
CJ Paul / Lubah Aatish
2.20 pm Satwik/Chirag win 2-0
Round of 16 - Women's doubles Ashwini Ponnapp / Sikki Reddy
Ren-ne / Jia Ying Crystal
3.40 pm Ashwini/Sikki win 2-0


Event Teams Time Result
Women's semi-final India v Australia 4.45 pm Australia win 1-0, India to play for bronze.

India go down 0-1 to Australia in a tense semi-final.

Table Tennis

Event Players Time Result
Women's doubles - round of 16 Pooja Sahasrabudhe/ Suthirtha Mukherjee vs Chloe Thomas/Charlotte Carey (Wal) 5 am Sahasrabudhe/Mukherjee win 3-1
Women's doubles - round of 16 Manika Batra/ Mouma Das vs Ishara Madurangi/Hansani Kapugeekiyana (Sri) 5 am Batra/Das win 3-0
Women's TT6 singles - Group 1 Maitreyee Sarkar vs Felicity Pickard 6.10 am Sarkar loses 0-3
Women's TT6 singles - Group 2 Vaishnavi Sutar vs Andrea McDonnell (Aus) 6.10 am Sutar loses 0-3
Mixed doubles - round of 16 Sharath Kamal/Mouma Das vs David McBeath/Kelly Sibley (Eng) 6.45 am Sharath/Das win 3-0
Mixed doubles - round of 16 G Sathiyan/Manika Batra vs Marco Medjugorac/Alicia Cote (Can) 7.20 am Sathiyan/Batra win 3-2
Mixed doubles - round of 16 Sanil Shetty/Madhurika Patkar vs Rhikesh Taucoory/Elodie Ho (Mri) 7.20 am Shetty/Patkar win 3-0
Women's singles - round of 16 Manika Batra vs Tracy Feng (Aus) 7.55 am Batra won 4-1
Women's singles - round of 16 Madhurika Patkar vs Kelly Sibley (Eng) 7.55 am Patkar loses 2-4
Women's singles - round of 16 Mouma Das vs Tin-Tin Ho (Eng) 8.40 am Das wins 4-3
Men's singles - round of 16 Sharath Kamal vs Heming Hu (Aus) 9.25 am Sharath wins 4-1
Men's singles - round of 16 Harmeet Desai vs Cheng Feng Leong (Mas) 9.25 am Desai wins 4-1
Men's singles - round of 16 Sathiyan G vs Segun Toriola (Nig) 12.00 pm Sathiyan wins after his opponent retires
Women's doubles - QF Manika Batra/Mouma Das vs Tin-Tin Ho/Maria Tsaptsinos (Eng) 12.45 pm Batra/Das win 3-1
Women's doubles - QF Pooja Sahasrabudhe/ Suthirtha Mukherjee vs Mo Zhang/Alicia Kote (Can) 12.45 pm Sahasrabudhe/Mukherjee win 3-0
Men's doubles - round of 16 A Sharath Kamal/G Sathiyan vs Buwaneka Jayashingha/Imesha Ranasingha 1.25 pm Sharath/Sathiyan win
Men's doubles - round of 16 Harmeet Desai / Sanil Shetty vs Paul McCreery/Ashley Robinson (Nir) 2.05 pm Desai/Shetty win 3-0
Women's singles -- QF Manika Batra vs Yihan Zhou (Sgp) 3.30 pm Batra wins 4-1
Women's singles -- QF Mouma Das vs Mengyu Yu (Sgp) 4.15 pm Mouma lost 1-4

Manika Batra makes it to the semis.


Event Players Time Result
Men's doubles - Pool F Vikram Malhotra/Ramit Tandon vs Ernest Jombla/Yusif Mansaray (Sle) 7.20 am Vikram/Ramit Tandon advance via w/o
Mixed doubles - Round of 16 Dipika Pallikal/Saurav Ghosal vs Aifa Azman/Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas) 8.00 am Dipika/Ghosal win 2-1
Mixed doubles - Round of 16 Joshna Chinappa/Harinder Pal Sandhu vs Amanda Landers-Murphy/Rac Millar (Nzl)  8.00 am Joshna/Sandhu win 2-1
Mixed doubles QF Dipika Pallikal/Saurav Ghosal vs Tesni Evans/Peter Creed (Wal) 1.30 pm Pallikal/Ghosal win 2-0
Mixed's doubles - QF Joshna Chinappa/Harinder Pal Sandhu vs Joelle King/Paul Coll 2.20 pm Chinappa/Sandhu lose 0-2
Men's doubles - Round of 16 Vikram Malhotra/Ramit Tandon vs Chris Binnie/Lewis Walters (Jam) Tandon/Malhotra win 2-0


Category (all are medal events) Players Time Result
Men's Freestyle - 57 kg Rahul Aware Around 6.30 am Aware wins gold
Women's - 76 kg
Kiran Around 6.45 am Kiran wins bronze
Men's Freestyle - 74 kg Sushil Kumar Around 6.30 am Sushil wins gold
Women's - 53 kg Babita Kumari (multiple bouts during the day in group stage) Around 6.15 am Babita wins silver

Two gold, a silver and bronze from day 1

Lawn Bowls

Event Players/Team Time Result
Women's Pairs QF India vs Malaysia 4.31 am India lose 11-17
Men's Fours QF India vs Wales 8.00 am India lose 15-17
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Swara Bhasker: Sharp objects has to be on the radar of every woman who is tired of being “nice”

The actress weighs in on what she loves about the show.

This article has been written by award-winning actor Swara Bhasker.

All women growing up in India, South Asia, or anywhere in the world frankly; will remember in some form or the other that gentle girlhood admonishing, “Nice girls don’t do that.” I kept recalling that gently reasoned reproach as I watched Sharp Objects (you can catch it on Hotstar Premium). Adapted from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects has been directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who has my heart since he gave us Big Little Lies. It stars the multiple-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who delivers a searing performance as Camille Preaker; and Patricia Clarkson, who is magnetic as the dominating and dark Adora Crellin. As an actress myself, it felt great to watch a show driven by its female performers.

The series is woven around a troubled, alcohol-dependent, self-harming, female journalist Camille (single and in her thirties incidentally) who returns to the small town of her birth and childhood, Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on two similarly gruesome murders of teenage girls. While the series is a murder mystery, it equally delves into the psychology, not just of the principal characters, but also of the town, and thus a culture as a whole.

There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

“Bad girls.”

“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

“Bad things.”

“What bad things?”

“Very bad things.”

“How bad?”


“Like what?”


A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

This ‘Culture of Nice’ is in fact the pervasive ‘Culture of Silence’ that women all over the world, particularly in India, are all too familiar with. 

It takes different forms, but always towards the same goal — to silence the not-so-nice details of what the experiences; sometimes intimate experiences of women might be. This Culture of Silence is propagated from the child’s earliest experience of being parented by society in general. Amongst the values that girls receive in our early years — apart from those of being obedient, dutiful, respectful, homely — we also receive the twin headed Chimera in the form of shame and guilt.

“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”




“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

It is this culture of silence that women across the world today, are calling out in many different ways. Whether it is the #MeToo movement or a show like Sharp Objects; or on a lighter and happier note, even a film like Veere Di Wedding punctures this culture of silence, quite simply by refusing to be silenced and saying the not-nice things, or depicting the so called ‘unspeakable’ things that could happen to girls. By talking about the unspeakable, you rob it of the power to shame you; you disallow the ‘Culture of Nice’ to erase your experience. You stand up for yourself and you build your own identity.

And this to me is the most liberating aspect of being an actor, and even just a girl at a time when shows like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies (another great show on Hotstar Premium), and films like Veere Di Wedding and Anaarkali Of Aarah are being made.

The next time I hear someone say, “Nice girls don’t do that!”, I know what I’m going to say — I don’t give a shit about nice. I’m just a girl! And that’s okay!

Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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