Commonwealth Games: Australia's Sally Pearson Withdraws From Gold Coast 2018

Sally Pearson, the face of her home Commonwealth Games, withdraws through injury

Sally Pearson, the face of her home Commonwealth Games, withdraws through injury

Team Nigeria will also be seeking to surpass their best performance at the competition, having won a record 37 medals at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada.

Australia's Ariarne Titmus, 17, was quickest in the women's 200m freestyle heats, while 2010 and 2014 victor Hannah Miley of Scotland led the timings in the 400m individual medley.

Chanu stood at the top of the podium as the Indian national anthem played for the first time in this year's CWG while a perseverant Gururaja settled for a silver medal.

This is Gururaja's debut at Commonwealth Games. "I think that's important to realize".

Meanwhile, the men's 56kg weightlifting provided the platform for the first Commonwealth record to go, courtesy of debutant Azroy Hazal Wafie Izhar Ahmad of Malaysia.

Gururaja then lifted 138kg in clean and jerk in his final attempt after two failed chances to finish on the podium.

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, commenced on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in grand style with 71 Commonwealth nations, competing 275 events from 19 sporting disciplines. Once she had completed the total lift of 196kg, she broke into a wide smile.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Uganda won only one gold medal through Moses Kipsiro (10,000m), two other bronze medals in athletics and two bronze in boxing through Mike Sekabembe (Super heavyweight ) and Fazil Juma Kaggwa (light flyweight).

New Zealand fared better in the men's team sprint, edging out England, who took gold through Sophie Thornhill in the women's B&VI sprint finals.

With Australia having won most editions of the sporting event, it is not unlikely that the team will perform well at the competition.

The Indian badminton gear also defeated Sri Lanka in the opening pool games while the women's hockey team lost 2-3 to Wales.

PROUD OUT: World champion Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly after winning his morning swim in the preliminaries.

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