"Being a sports minister and minister in-charge of Udupi district, I am very happy that the one of our boys has won the first medal at the Commonwealth Games", said Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister of Youth Fisheries and Sport for Karnataka, speaking to TNM.
In the first two attempts in the game, Gururaja failed to lift the weight as against the expectations. The much-hyped shuttlers also made a winning start to their campaign, defeating Sri Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 respectively in the mixed team event matches.
India have sent a total of 222 sportspersons to these Games.
While Pallikal got the better of Trinidad and Tobago's Charlotte Knaggs, Chinnappa sailed past Papua and New Guinea Lynette Vai.
"I went into my own little tunnel and thought "this is it, make or break", said surprise victor Wilby after a stunning late dash in the 200m breaststroke final.
"The medals for the last three years have been rotating among the three of us", Gururaja observed.
The group play in Pool A proved to be an easy ride for the Indians, who across ten matches, dropped a lone set before making smooth progress right through its two matches.More news: Election Expands Liberals' Presence on Wisconsin Supreme Court
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"I guess you could call it grief".
Besides Cheptegei, Uganda will also look to win Commonwealth Games medals from Solomon Munyo Mutai who won a marathon silver medal at the 2015 World Championships in China, in-form U-20 World Cross Country champion Jacob Kiplimo and the five boxers.
It was in the 57th minute that Wales attacked the Indian defense on the counter and with India's Goalkeeper Savita failing to clear the ball, Natasha Marke-Jones sliced the ball in the back of the net to hand her team an important 3-2 victory over India.
India outplayed Wales 3-1 in their second tie, with Manika, Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar showing their quality in the singles.
A second surprise triumph for an English athlete over a Scottish rival followed as defending champion Ross Murdoch relinquished his men's 200m breaststroke crown to England's James Wilby.
-The event will run from April 4th -15, 2018.
RECORD CYCLES: Australia won both the men's and women's 4,000-meter team pursuits in record times.