CWG 2018: Weightlifter P Gururaja wins India's first medal

Shane Warne

CWG 2018: Weightlifter P Gururaja wins India's first medal

"I was kind of in the middle of the pack during the swim and then coming onto the bike I was a bit nervous having fallen off and fractured my shoulder less than a month ago so I just chilled on there", Brown said.

"When I won a state-level medal and got into the sports hostel in my district, my father wanted me to use the time to concentrate on education so that I can get a job and help my family".

Gold Coast: A heavy downpour, a giant floating whale and Aboriginal protests marked the start of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday as Australia flagged off 11 days of competition in the resort city of Gold Coast.

The Indian Contingent put up a mixed show as they earned a gold and silver each on the opening day of the 21 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast on Thursday.

Caster Semenya will be a key figure on the track, where home hope Sally Pearson will be going for a third consecutive Commonwealth crown in the hurdles.

Pearson, who was promoted as the face of the games, knew the day before the opening ceremony that she wouldn't be able to compete, but kept it pretty much secret.

Pearson is believed to be adamant that her career isn't over but she will take an extended break from the sport before turning her attention to the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "So today was the most convenient", to make it public. "I can never thank him enough for showing faith in me despite his limited resources", Gururaja said on Thursday after winning India's first medal here.

The men's race was far from predictable.

English star Jonny Brownlee was seventh while brother Alistair was 10th.

He then broke the existing Games record by clearing 117 kg in his second attempt.

It was made up of 86kg in the snatch, bettering the 85kg she posted at last year's Commonwealth Championships here in Gold Coast, and 110kg in the clean and jerk, 1kg more than she managed in Anaheim and more than double her bodyweight. Malaysia's Muhammad Izhar Ahmad won gold with a total lift of 261kg, Commonwealth Games record.

The Australian women's team matched that success with a Games record, ahead of New Zealand, and the hosts enjoyed the same result against the same opponent in the team sprint.

PROUD OUT: World champion Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly after winning his morning race in the preliminaries. The aspiring wrestler had to take to weightlifting after he failed to find a good academy in Ujire, near Mysore, when he was still in college.

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