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2010 New Delhi Games

Boxers add 3 Golds to Medals Tally as India looks to reclaim 2nd spot

Indian boxers came to the party on the final day of the event at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in magnificent fashion, as a rich haul of three gold medals helped ease the disappointment of earlier semi-final exits, which had restricted the hosts to four bronze medals. With England breathing down India's neck and eventually overtaking them to claim the second spot in the medal tally, this performance could come in handy in the final analysis as India look to reclaim second spot going into the final day of the Commonwealth Games.

Suranjoy Mayengbam in Flyweight (52 kg), Manoj Kumar in Light Welterweight (64 kg) and Paramjeet Samota in Super Heavyweight (91 kg) were the stars of the day as the stadium erupted with the Indian supporters going berserk. Manoj Kumar gave India its second Gold of the day, as he beat England's Bradley Saunders. The youngster from Kaithal district in Haryana started in a comprehensive manner and won the first two rounds easily to win the bout with a comprehensive 11-2 margin. Saunders, who hails from Northern England, expressed disappointment with the score and was quoted telling the reporters that he was devastated to have lost by such a margin but would take this as a learning curve in his boxing career.

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Collings & Snowden win Gold in dramatic Commonwealth Games Fullbore pairs

New Zealander shooters Mike Collings and John Snowden survived a nerve-jangling 6½-hour wait before being confirmed as Commonwealth Games fullbore pairs gold medallists today. In scenes more like the aftermath of an America's Cup yachting race than a shooting competition, there were protests, provisional re-shoots, problems with scoring and with the electronic targets.

It meant that Collings and Snowden, who finished their pairs competition at about midday with 588 points, had to wait until after dark before having their gold medal confirmed. Scotland scored 587 and England 584.

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New Zealand's Joelle King wins Squash Gold & Silver on Wednesday at Commonwealth Games

Joelle King was the toast of the New Zealand squash this evening after coming away from the Commonwealth Games with gold and silver medals. King, the rising star of New Zealand squash, teamed with Jaclyn Hawkes to win the women's doubles. Then she and Martin Knight lost a long, tough final of the mixed doubles.

In the women's doubles, King and Hawkes beat the English pairing of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-9, 11-10 in a knife-edge encounter. After trailing 10-6 in the second game, King and Hawkes peeled off five straight points to seal the match.

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Tara Whitten finally gets her Gold at the 29km Individual Time Trial

After three bronze medals in the track cycling competition at the Commonwealth Games, Tara Whitten of Edmonton has crowned her competition here in Delhi with a gold medal.

On a day when the temperature on the pavement was over 40 degrees, Whitten captured first place in the final road event, the 29km individual time trial. For this event, riders race individually against the clock, starting at one-minute intervals. On such a hot day, at her first major Games, Whitten reserved enough energy to win the event against a competitive field.

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Robert Weale defeats Leif Selby in Lawn Bowls Singles Final

Leif Selby's 99th and final game for Australia has delivered a Commonwealth Games silver medal after falling perilously short in Delhi this evening. True to his word, the world number two will bow out of the international arena in order to spend more time with his family, but leaves at the peak of his powers after pushing Wales' Robert Weale to near breaking point before succumbing in a tie-break.

Hoping to become just the third Australian to capture the men's singles crown after the immortal Rob Parrella in Christchurch in 1990 and Kelvin Kerkow in Melbourne in 2006, Selby came unstuck against Weale, who erases his own demons after winning three silvers and a bronze from his past four campaigns.

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India's shooters go out in a whimper, a silver & bronze on final day

India's shooters may have been the shinning light of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games winning 14 Gold medals and 30 overall, however, they failed to end the Games on a high picking up just a Silver and a Bronze on the final day of competition. Heena Sidhu won the Silver medal in the Women's 10m Air Pistol event while Samresh Jung won a Bronze in the 25m Standard Pistol Mens event. World Champion Gagan Narang had a rare off day, failing to qualify for the finals of the 50m Rifle Prone event

Heena Sidhu fell just 0.3 short of a gold in the Air Pistol event, finishing with a score of 481.6 just behind Malaysia's Pei Chin Bibiana.  Sidhu was incredibly disappointed with her performance, saying, "I was leading till the seventh shot and still I couldn't win. I am not happy with my performance and should have won the gold medal."

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Australia win Women's Hockey Gold, beating New Zealand in a penalty shoot-out

New Zealand were denied a Commonwealth Games women's hockey gold medal by the cruelest of circumstances today. The higher-ranked Australian beat New Zealand in the final in a penalty shootout after scores were locked at 2-2 at full-time and after 15 minutes of golden goal extra time.  Australia won the shootout 4-2.

The New Zealanders showed their fighting spirit by equalising at 2-2 with only 35 seconds of normal time remaining. They had the better of the second half and had plenty of chances in the extra time period. However, the Australians absorbed the pressure and in the penalty shootout, there were two missed shots by the New Zealanders and only one by the Australians.

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