Commonwealth Games: Nigeria advance past Australia into semis in table tennis

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The lifter from Uttar Pradesh improved upon the bronze medal she won four years ago in Glasgow with a combined effort of 222 (100 in snatch and 122 in clean and jerk) to take India's overall medal tally at the Gold Coast Games to seven. Earlier, Sanjita Chanu and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu made India proud by bagging gold medals in the in the women's weightlifting 53 kg category event and 48 kg category event respectively.

Venkat Rahul Ragala and veteran Sathish Kumar Sivalingam extended India's gold medal-hunting run in the weightlifting competitions, while the table tennis teams and the badminton mixed team advanced to the semifinals of the at the Commonwealth Games.

Indian weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won gold in the men's 77 kg category on Day 3 of the Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

The Indian lifted a total weight of 338kg to finish at top of the podium. The bronze medal went to Australian showman Francois Etoundi, who lifted 305kg (136kg+169kg). However, the men's hockey team was a disappointment in its clash against arch-rival Pakistan. Up next for them is Singapore in the semifinals today. After leading 2-1 for 59 minutes, the Indians let in a penalty corner in the final seven seconds to end up with shared honours against a decidedly weaker opponent. Both the teams were up against Malaysia in their respective ties and came out trumps with identical 3-0 margins. Sathish Sivalingam confessed that he competed at less than ideal fitness but was pleased to clinch the gold medal for India.

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