India hoping for yet another great day in CWG
NEW DELHI : After a glorious day on the athletics track and hockey field on Tuesday where they created history, India are looking up to another excellent outing on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games in the national capital on Wednesday.
The hosts scorched the track with a gold medal in the women's 4x400m relay, their second in the competition after discus thrower Krishna Poonia's 52-year-drought-ending one the previous day.
The men's hockey squad made history by reaching the final for the first time defeating England in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out and will meet favourites Australia for the gold tomorrow.
On Wednesday, the Indian focus will be on shooting star Gagan Narang to lead the country's relentless attack on the yellow metal.
Narang, with four gold medals under his belt, fell out of the medal bracket for the first time on Tuesday in the 50m rifle prone event for pairs with partner Hariom Singh. He has a great chance for not only redemption but also a record-equalling display.
Another title for this Hyderabadi sharp-shooter will fetch him a Games record-equalling fifth with 2006 hero Samresh Jung and become the new "Goldfinger".
Jung will also be seen in action in the 25m standard pistol individual event to add to the silver he won yesterday with Chandrashekar Chaudhary in this category.
Three Indian boxers are fighting for the gold today in the 52kg (Suranjoy Singh), 64 kg (Manoj Kumar) and +91 kg (Paramjeet Samota) weight classes to atone for the below-par displays by Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jai Bhagwan.
A bronze medal for India is assured in men's singles badminton as national champion Chetan Anand squares off against compatriot Parupalli Kashyap.
Top Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Soumyadeep Roy would strive to enter the final with wins in today's semi finals against Singapore rivals Yang Zi and Ning Lao respectively.
Kamal will also partner Subhajit Saha to take on the English pair Andrew Baggaley and Liam Pitchford in the men's doubles semis while Mouma Das-Poulomi Ghatak pair is to clash with Singapore's Li Jiawei and Sunbeibei in the corresponding women's clash.
Springford and platform divers Hrutika Shriram, Karishma Mohite, Puskar Chingshubam and Himanshu Tiwari would soak up the experience of competing with some top rivals from the Commonwealth.
The hosts, riding high on a splendid all-round show which has given them the second spot, will be keen to maintain that ranking in the table behind Australia.
Heading into the second-last day of the Games, India's medal tally read a record-high 89 (32-25-32) behind Australia's huge haul of 153 (68-45-40).
England were in third-place because of the fewer number of gold won but had more medals than India (121, made up of 30-50-41).