Glasgow: On the 8th day of Common Wealth Game 2014, Discus thrower Vikas Gowda broke a 56-year jinx, to toast with gold alongside wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari as India snaked up to the fifth spot in the medal race on Thursday.
India had overtaken New Zealand in the leaderboard and secure 5th position with 13 gold medals, 20 silver pieces and 14 bronze medallions. England is on the first position with (42-38-38), Australia on second with (36-34-41), Canada on third with (26-13-22) and Scotland on fourth with (14-12-16).
Gowda won the country’s first medal from track and field in the Glasgow games.
The best throw of Gowda had come on his third attempt. He bettered his throw each time from 60.63m to 62.09 to 63.64.
Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt beat Jevon Balfour of Canada in the wrestling arena in the men’s freestyle 65kg category final. The Indian was declared the winner on grounds of technical superiority after he took a 10-0 lead within 1.53 minutes of the first period.
Babita Kumari began the country’s gold conquest on the mat Thursday by putting on a stunning show.
The 24-year-old Babita had won 9-2 against the 32-year-old Brittanee, who ended up injuring her finger during the bout.