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8 Golds up for Grabs on Opening Day of Commonwealth Games

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Eleven of the seventeen event categories kick-off on Day 1 of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, and there will be 8 Gold Medalists crowned today. These 8 champions will belong to three sport categories

The first medal event to kick-off is 48kg Women's Weightlifting, being held at the 2500 seater Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex at 2pm (IST). Soniya Chanu Ngangbam and Sandhya Rani Devi Atom of of India will be competing, with the former a strong contender for a podium finish. The event itself may take a while to finish and it is possible that one of the Swimming events may conclude before, stealing away the limelight of being the first to crown a champion. Other competitors in the women's weightlifting event are Kathleen Hare (PNG), Kathsia V. Elizabeth Telemaque (SEY), Erika Yamasaki (AUS),  Portia Charmaine Vries (RSA), Molla Shabira (BAN), Zaira Zakaria (MAS), Vivian Lee (AUS), Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo (NGR).

Weightlifting will offer another set of medals later in the day in the Men's 56kg category, where India will be represented by Srinivasa Rao Valluri and Sukhen Dey. That event is scheduled for 6:30pm and has 11 other competitors.

Swimming offers 5 Golds on Monday in the following events - 200m Freestyle Women, 400m Freestyle Men, 200m Individual Medley Women, 200m Butterfly Men and 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Men.

The two Indians in the 200m Freestyle for Women - Arti Bajarang Ghorpade and Surabhi Tipre are unlikely to qualify from the heats. The favourites in this event are Australian swimmers Kylie Jayne Palmer and Blair Catherine Evans and Englishwoman Rebecca Adlington.

India will be represented by Ullalmath Gagan and Mandar Divase in the 400m Freestyle Mens, Pooja Alva in the 200m Individual Medley for Women and Tarun Tokas and Rehan Poncha in the 200m Men's Butterfly events. The Indian swimmers are not expected to be medal contenders and should they make it through the heats into the finals, it will be considered an achievement of sorts.

India will hope to fare a little better in the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Men where they will aspire to make the Final Round.

The last of the medals on offer on Monday are in the field of Artistic Gymnastics. India are part of sub-division 2 which takes to the floor at 4:30pm. The hosts are represented by Partha Mondal, Ashish Kumar, Rohit Jaiswal and Rakesh Kumar Patra. This event is taking place at the near 14,500 seater Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

Other events where Indians are in action are tennis, hockey and lawn bowls. Indian Davis Cup hero Rohan Bopanna kicks-off both his singles and doubles campaign on Monday morning, while Sania Mirza and Leander Paes team up for the first round of the Mixed Doubles later in the day. The Women's hockey team takes on Scotland at 6pm in a Group A encounter, while the Lawn Bowls teams have a busy day competing in 5 matches across 4 events.