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Commonwealth Games images: Day 9

Last updated on: October 13, 2010 00:14 IST

Indian women win 4x400 relay gold

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It turned out to be another successful day for athletes of  track and field events at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday.

The Indian women's 4x400m relay team added another gold to the one won by discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Monday.

The men's and women's 4x100m relay teams, triple jumper Renjith Maheswary and javelin thrower Kashinath Naik added a bronze each.

The 1,600m relay squad of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Chidananda Ashwini and Mandeep Kaur ran a blistering race to cross the line first in 3 mins, 27.77 secs to give India their 32nd gold medal of the Games.


Image: India's Sini Jose (left), Mandeep Kaur (2nd from left), Manjeet Kaur and Ashwini (right) with their gold medals after winning the women's 4x400 metres event on Tuesday
Photographs: Reuters
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Maheswary, Naik add to India's medal haul

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The hosts, who made a clean sweep of the women's discus throw on Monday with Krishna Poonia becoming the first athlete in 52 years to bag a gold, also picked up the 4x100m men's and women's relay bronze medals in 38.89 and 45.25secs respectively.

To add lustre to their stupendous display were the men's bronze medals claimed by triple jumper Renjith Maheswary (17.07m, new national record bettering his own 17.04m) and javelin thrower Kashinath Naik (74.29m) to round-off a fabulous day in track and field events for the hosts.


Image: Renjith Maheswary

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Shooters Annu-Heena bring India more glory

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Women's 10m air pistol pair Annu Raj Singh and Heena Sidhu secured the hosts' 31st gold on Tuesday.

Sidhu and Singh finished first with a tally of 759 on count-back, after they were level on scores with Australia and Canada.

Canada had to settle for bronze after shooting the least number of perfect 10s; they shot 14, while India and Australia had 21 shots each.

"The score is a little less than it should have been, but it's okay for today," Sidhu said. "The score is a little less than it should have been, but it's okay for today," Sidhu said.

Tejaswini Sawant lost out to Scotland's Jen McIntosh in the women's 50m rifle prone singles while Samresh Jung and Chandrashekar Kumar Chaudhary came second best to Singapore's Bin Gai and Lip Meng Poh in the men's 25m standard pistol pairs.

Gagan Narang's golden run at the Games ended when he finished outside the medals in the men's 50m Rifle Prone Pairs after a poor performance from partner Hariom Singh, who was sick and struggled after refusing to take medication for fear of failing a doping test.


Image: India's Heena Sidhu (left) and Annu Raj Singh pose with their gold medals after winning the women's 10m air pistol pair shooting finals on Tuesday

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India in men's hockey final

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India entered the final of the men's hockey tournament, beating England 5-4 in the tie-breaker after the teams were locked 3-3 at the end of 70 minutes' full-time and 15 minutes' extra-time.

They will meet World champions Australia, who did justice to their tournament favourite billing, thrashing New Zealand 6-2 to storm into the final.

Simon Orchard (25th, 70th minute) and Glenn Turner (28th, 67th) scored a double each while Jason Wilson (31st) and Desmond Abbott (43rd) also sounded the board once for Australia.

Last edition's silver medalists Pakistan squandered a two-goal lead and went down 2-3 in extra-time to South Africa in a classification match.

The Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium continued to haunt the Pakistanis as even after star Rehan Butt (28th, 58th minute) gave them a 2-0 lead, the once Asian giants conceded three penalty-corner goals to hand South Africa fifth place in the tournament.


Image: Indian hockey players celebrate after securing a place in the final by beating England in a penalty shootout on Tuesday

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New Zealand win fourth straight rugby title

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New Zealand celebrated a fourth successive Commonwealth rugby sevens title with a bare-chested haka at Delhi University on Tuesday after beating Australia 24-17 in a thrilling final.

Kurt Baker sealed the victory with a late try to ensure the rugby-obsessed islands remained the only nation to have won the Commonwealth Games gold, skipping over the tryline after an explosive 70-metre run from Sherwin Stowers.

"After having won this tournament three times in a row there is always big pressure," Forbes said. "Going through the way we did is great. We had a packed stadium here and it is definitely a great venue."

Australia's silver was their first sevens medal since a bronze at the inaugural tournament in Kuala Lumpur 1998.

"We were conscious that a side like New Zealand could come back from a 10-point deficit and unfortunately that's what happened and that's the way it goes I guess," coach Michael O'Connor said.


Image: New Zealand team members perform the haka after receiving their gold medals for winning the rugby sevens final on Tuesday

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Diving gold for Daley-Brick

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Tom Daley and Max Brick commanded the spotlight after the third day of diving at the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex. While Daley and Brick were crowned Commonwealth champions in the 10metre synchro, double world junior title holder Jack Laugher finished last with partner Oliver Dingley.

Daley and Brick edged the Australian pair of Matthew Mitcham, the Olympic 10m platform champion, and Ethan Warren into second.

The young English pair, with London 2012 chairman Seb Coe looking on, scored 439.65 points, 15.84 ahead of Australia with Canada third and Malaysia last in a four-team final in which only gold and silver medals were awarded.


Image: England's Tom Daley (right) and Max Brick compete during the men's synchronised 10m platform diving final on Tuesday

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