Thursday, August 18, 2022

Sindhu, Srikanth win singles; Hima in semis, Manju qualifies

Indian athletes were off to a good start on the seventh day of competitions at the 2022 Commonwealth Games here with two-time Olympic medallist P.V Sindhu and former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth storming into the next round in women’s and men’s singles respectively while the track and field athletes Manju Bala (hammer throw) and sprinter Hima Das (women’s 200m) making it to the next stage in their respective disciplines.
SOn Thursday, Sindhu stormed into the next round with a comprehensive 2-0 win against Fathimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq of Maldives in a Round of 32 match in Hall 5 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) here.
Sindhu, the top seed here who has already helped India win silver in the Mixed Team competition, did not break a sweat in outplaying her 23-year-old opponent from Maldives 21-4, 21-11.
Srikanth, who too won a silver medal in men’s singles in 2018, started his campaign in individual events with a commanding 21-9, 21-9 win against Daniel Wanagaliya of Uganda in a second-round match. Meanwhile, former Youth Olympic Games medallist Hima Das topped Heat 1 in Women’s 200m in 23.42 seconds and qualified for the semifinals.
In Women’s Hammer Throw, Indian strongwoman Manju Bala hurled the hammer to 59.68 metres to qualify for the final to be held on August 6. Compatriot Sarita Romit Singh managed a throw of 57.48m to finish 13th as the top 12 placed throwers qualified for the final.


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