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CWG-2022: Swimmer Srihari Nataraj qualifies for final of 100-meter backstroke event

At the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the Indian contingent started off its campaign with a bang.  In Table Tennis, Defending champions India came up with a dominant show on an opening day yesterday. Both the Men and Women’s teams booked berths in the quarter-finals of their respective events with two wins each.

The Indian Men’s team outclassed Singapore 3-0 after they beat Barbados by a similar margin in their first two ties in Group 3. They booked the top spot with two victories from as many ties. The defending champions will take Northern Ireland in their final group-stage tie today.

On the other hand, the Indian Women’s team clinched comprehensive wins against South Africa and Fiji to progress to the quarter-finals. India was comfortably on top of Group 2. They will face Guyana in the final group-stage tie today.

The Indian Women’s Hockey team was also off to a winning start with a 5-0 victory over Ghana in its Pool A game.

In Badminton, India thrashed Pakistan, 5-0 in a Mixed team Group A event. Ace Boxer Shiva Thapa outclassed Pakistan’s Suleman Baloch to enter pre-quarterfinals of 63.5 kg category. In Squash, India’s youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games, 14-year-old player Anahat Singh, made a winning start in the Women’s Singles competition. She advanced to the Round of 32 by prevailing over Jada Ross of St Vincent and the Grenadines, 3-0.

In Men’s Singles, debutant Abhay Singh overpowered British Virgin Island’s Joe Chapman 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 in Round of 64. He will face Alan Clyne of Scotland in the Round of 32.

In Swimming, Srihari Nataraj stormed into the final of the Men’s 100-meter Backstroke event by clocking 54.55 secs to finish fourth in the second semifinals and seventh overall. The final is scheduled to be held later tonight.

In Lawn Bowl, the Indian Team registered a massive win over the Falkland Islands 36-4 in the second round of Men’s Pairs Sectional Play. Meanwhile, the Women’s side also registered a victory against the Cook Islands 15-09 in second round of Fours Sectional Play event.

However, India suffered a heartbreaking defeat in their first-ever Women’s Cricket match at the Commonwealth Games as they lost to Australia by three wickets at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday in their opening Group A match.

In Triathlon, Pragnya Mohan finished 26th position while Sanjana Sunil Joshi ended on 28th spot out of 32 contestants in the finals of Women’s individual sprint distance. India was participating in Triathlon discipline at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

In Men’s Individual (Sprint Distance) Final, Adarsh Nair finished on the 30th spot while Vishwanath Yadav ended on 33rd position out of 45 contenders.

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