Sally Pearson expected to pull out of Commonwealth Games

Laverne Mann
April 6, 2018

As a result, the 100m hurdles final became one of the must-see events of these Games.

In the opening race of the night, England's Aimee Willmott ended Scotland's Hannah Miley's two-Games reign as 400-meter individual medley champion by taking gold in a time of 4:34.90.

After her gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Pearson suffered through four injury-plagued years and stepped back from the brink of retirement before coaching herself to her second world title.

Women's rugby sevens makes its debut at a Games where there will be the same number of men's and women's medal events at a major multi-sport event for the very first time.

Uganda's squash player Ian Rukunya won his game against Fiji's Stephen Henry to set up a Round of 16 tie. "My family was on my mind when I failed the two attempts in clean and jerk, it meant a lot to me", Gururaja furthered, "After I failed the first two attempts, my coach reminded me how much my life depends on this".

Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India won the gold medal, Marie Hanitra Roilya Ranaivosoa of Mauritius got the silver and Dinusha Gomes of Sri Lanka claimed the bronze.

"It was pretty awful today", said Jonathan Brownlee, who was seventh.

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"My first thought was, "I wish I was fit", I would've ran with him (winner Henri Schoeman)", Brownlee told reporters. "I wanted to go into the opening ceremony. I don't think I've quite come down yet".

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Pearson initially walked through the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon before she was the final Australian athlete to carry the baton, breaking out into a casual jog before it was handed to Prince Charles - via a Commonwealth Games official.

The match ended with Ashwini Ponappa and her partner Sikki Reddy's victory in the Women's doubles as they too beat their opponents 2-0 in straight sets to hand India a 5-0 victory and a dream start to their campaign for gold in the Commonwealth Games down-under. Ahmed Mahmood of Malaysia won Gold Medal while Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal won the Bronze.

Gururaja won Silver medal in 56kg category.

Indian cyclists finished on a disappointing note in all three qualifying events which they participated at the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

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