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CWG'14: Gowda Lands Discus Gold, Wrestlers Yogeshwar, Babita Triumph

Friday, 01 August 2014, 06:11 Hrs
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GLASGOW: Discus thrower Vikas Gowda broke a 56-year jinx, to toast with gold alongside wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari as India snaked up to the fifth spot in the medal race at the Commonwealth Games.

After a day of elusive hunt, Indian sportspersons clinched the shining yellow medal thrice - in a replay of their exploits Tuesday - besides a silver and a bronze, to bring cheers to the team contingent here and to the billion plus supporters back home.

With their kitty swelling to 13 gold medals, 20 silver pieces and 14 bronze medallions, India overtook New Zealand to take the fifth position in the leaderboard after England (42-38-38), Australia (36-34-41), Canada (26-13-22) and marginally behind hosts Scotland (14-12-16).

India had finished second as organizers of the previous edition of the Games in Delhi.

The wrestlers won two gold, a silver and a bronze to wrap up their tryst with the mat at an impressive 13 medals - five of them gold, in addition to half a dozen silvers and two bronze.

Gowda won the country's first medal from track and field in the Glasgow games.

In the early days of the competition, the Indian shooters had given India a rich haul of 17 medals including four gold pieces.

The 31-year-old Gowda upgraded the silver he had won four years ago in New Delhi with a best throw of 63.64 metres, thereby becoming India's only second male athlete to earn the costliest medal at the Commonwealth Games, 56 years after the legendary Milkha Singh's golden run in the 440 yards at Cardiff.

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Source: IANS

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