Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 5-14

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Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 5-14

Post by sameerph » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:34 am

Starting a thread for Commonwealth games which start in less than a months time.

Our various teams are being named now. We have discussed Hockey team in the other thread. This is our Athletics team-

Men: Jinson Johnson (men's 1500m), Dharun Ayyasamy (400m, 4x400m relay), Tejaswin Shankar (high jump), Siddharth Yadav (high jump), Sreeshankar (long jump), Arpinder Singh (triple jump), Rakesh Babu (triple jump), Tajinderpal Singh Toor (shot put), Neeraj Chopra (javelin throw), Vipin Kasana (javelin throw), Irfan Kolothum Thodi (20km race walk), Manish Singh Rawat (20km race walk), Muhammed Anas Yahiya (4x400m relay), Jeevan Karekoppa Suresh (4x400m relay), Amoj Jacob (4x400m relay), Kunhu Mohammed (4x400m relay), Jithu Baby (4x400m relay), Arokiya Rajiv (4x400m relay)

Women: Hima Das (200m & 400m, 4x400m relay), Suriya Longanathan (10000m), Nayana James (long jump), Neena Pinto (long jump), Seema Punia (discus throw), Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (discus throw), Purnima Hembram (heptahalon), Soumya Baby (20km race walk), Khushbir Kaur (20km race walk), M R Poovamma (4x400m relay), Sonia Baishya (4x400m relay), Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad (4x400m relay), Juana Murmu (4x400m relay).

We got 3 medals in 2014- 1 gold for Vikas Gowda in Discus, silver in womens discus for Seema Punia and Bronze for Arpinder Singh in triple jump.

Vikash Gowda is not selected this time. Let us see if Seema Punia and Arpinder can repeat their medals. Neeraj Chopra is the other big hope this time.

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Post by jaydeep » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:06 pm

Moving topic from hockey section ... So again a big athletics squad.

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Post by sameerph » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:08 pm

Thanks, Jaydeep. Athletics is one sport where competition at commonwealth games is higher than Asian games. So, good performances here will indicate the athletes to be closer to world standards.

This is our boxing team for the games -

Women's
45-48kg: MC Mary Kom
51kg: Pinki Rani
60kg: Laisharam Devi
69kg: Lovlina Boroghain

Men's
46-49kg: Amit Phangal
52kg: Gaurav Solanki
56kg: Hussam Mohammed
60kg: Manish Kaushik
69kg: Manoj Kumar
75kg: Vikas Krishnan
91kg: Naman Tanwar
+91kg: Satish Kumar

Last time we had total of 5 medals last time - 4 silver, 1 bronze medals. ( 3 in men, 2 in women).

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Post by arjun2761 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:31 pm

jaydeep wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:06 pm
Moving topic from hockey section ... So again a big athletics squad.
Again a lot of the athletes magically hit the qualifying marks right in the trials. Often they don't come close to their performance in the actual event since the competition isn't for vegetarians (i.e., no spinach :D ).

Neeraj Chopra (Javelin) and Tejaswin Shankar (HJ) appear to be close to world class.

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Post by Varma » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:16 pm

How come Siddhanth Thingalaya is missing from the list? He is not in the news these days. Anyone has updates on what's going on with him?

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Post by sameerph » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:55 am

Varma wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:16 pm
How come Siddhanth Thingalaya is missing from the list? He is not in the news these days. Anyone has updates on what's going on with him?

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He participated in world indoor championships last month, it seems but I think could not meet qualifying standards for CWG as he had very little time to prepare after world indoor championships. This is a recent article on him -

Clearing hurdles is nothing new to Siddhanth Thingalaya as he works towards his Olympic dream

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Post by sameerph » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:22 pm

This is our wrestling team for the CWG-

Mens freestyle -

57Kgs- Rahul Aware
65kg- Bajrang Punia
74kg- Sushil Kumar
86kg- Somveer
97kg- Mausam Khatri
125kg- Sumit

Womens -
50kg- Vinesh Phogat
54kg- Babita Kumari
57kg- Pooja Dhanda
62kg- Sakshi Malik
68 kg- Divya Karan
76kg- Karan

Last time we had a rich haul of 5 golds, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals. Of the 2014 medalists, we have Sushil, Bajrang, Vinesh,Babita,Sakshi still in the team.

Sorry to say this about a legend but Sushil Kumar seems to be picking and choosing events these days. He skipped the recently held Asian championships siting injury and now plays at easier CWG. Hope he at least wins the gold here.

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Re: Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 5-14

Post by prasen9 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:09 pm

There is sometimes some assistance from local officials. Hand-timed times are not accepted upto 800m. Notice we have one qualifier each from the sprint distances. So, I guess fudging those may be difficult but beyond that maybe some corners are being cut a bit. Similarly, measurements made on the field. There was a video being circulated in some of the racewalking FB groups I am on about Indian racewalkers blatantly running. I presume there were not as many judges positioned or they were off to get some chai/beedi while the race was going on. I do not know if the video is fake either. It may be a combination of relaxed officiating to help the local girl/boy and spinach.

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Post by sameerph » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:00 pm

Fudging may be a little difficult but Spinach certainly is more likely possibility with lax dope related controls (probably done purposely by the association to push more athletes into big games). Look at this article appearing today -

Seema Punia’s absence has officials in a tizzy ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Post by prasen9 » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:06 am

It is possible fudging does not happen. I have no concrete evidence. Only heard things. But people often spread rumors too. It is not too difficult to do while measuring a jump though. Etc.

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Post by sameerph » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:07 pm

Yes,some level of fudging may be happening particularly for field events. I do not really know what are are the controls established by IAAF for this purpose if any. There be some because else every country will fudge and try to show improved performances of their athletes at home.

But, even if it is happening, it may only be leading to marginal improvements, not the kind which our athletes have been posting in the events before the big games at home.

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Re: Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 5-14

Post by sameerph » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:07 am

This is our badminton team for CWG-

MEN: Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Chirag Shetty, Satwik Sairaj, Pranaav Jerry Chopra

WOMEN: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponappa, Sikki Reddy, Ruthvika Shivani Gaade

There will be a mixed team event along with 5 Individual events. Last time Kashyap won a gold in mens singles, Sindhu a bronze in womens singles and Jwala-Ashwini got a silver in womens doubles.

Malaysia will be quite strong in mens singles ( Lee Chong Wei) and mens doubles. England will be strong in doubles.

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Post by ssp » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:26 am

Any predictions on final medal count? Will we beat 2014 totals?

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Re: Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 5-14

Post by sameerph » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:06 am

Last time we got 65 medals - 3 biggest hauls came from Shooting (17), Weightlifting (14), Wrestling (13). The competition is still weak in commonwealth for these sports. So, we can expect to equal that tally in these 3 sports- a few medals here and there.

I expect some upsurge in badminton (4 medals last time) and boxing ( 4 medals last time) and perhaps in Athletics (3 medals last time).

Overall my expectation is around 70 medals. Anything above that will be great, anything below 60 will be disappointing.

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