Indian men’s hockey team loses to New Zealand in semis; Anish Bhanwala becomes country’s youngest gold winner

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The Hush Post: The Indian men’s hockey team lost to New Zealand after a rather disappointing performance at the Commonwealth Games 2018 today. Playing in the semi-finals, the Indian team conceded two goals in the first quarter itself. Hugo Inglis scored the first goal for the Kiwis in the seventh minute. Stephen Jenness scored again for the Kiwis in the 13th minute.

India’s Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke in the second quarter to reduce the difference to one goal. However, the Kiwis, through Marcus Child, scored again in the third quarter (minute 40), and India were left playing catch up, as they managed to cut the gap to one goal. However, finding the equaliser proved to be difficult, and India were knocked out of the semi-finals.

Indian Men's Hockey Team was defeated by New Zealand (2-3) in the semi-final today
Indian Men’s Hockey Team was defeated by New Zealand (2-3) in the semi-final today

India will now face the loser of the match between Australia and England, for the bronze medal.

In other news, 15 year old shooter Anish Bhanwala created history by becoming the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. The youngster also created a games record in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre in Gold Coast, Australia. The Haryana lad achieved a score of 30, which included four series of 5 each.

Anish Bhawala became India's youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games
Anish Bhawala became India’s youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games

The silver medal was won by Australia’s Sergei Evglevski while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin of England.

Shooter Tejaswini Sawant also added to the gold medal tally of India by winning the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tejaswini Sawant
Tejaswini Sawant

Wrestler Bajrang Punia also won a gold medal in the men’s 65 kg category. He ousted Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority in the penultimate match.

Bajrang Punia
Bajrang Punia

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