Who is Gururaja? Truck driver's son opens India's account at CWG 2018

Lynsey Gallagher

Weightlifters S Mirabai Chanu and Gururaja sparkled to deliver a gold and a silver, respectively, for India on the opening day of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.

Malaysia's Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa Izhar Ahmad won gold after lifting a total of 261 kg (117 kg in snatch and 144 in clean and jerk) to further create a Commonwealth Games record.

The launch has set the ball rolling as some 4500 athletes will be competiting for two hundred and seventy-five medals in gold, silver and bronze for the next eleven days. Weightlifter Gururaja has won the first medal.

Lakmal claimed the top spot immediately after with a successful lift of 110 kg in his first attempt.

Already 2-0 up, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan teamed up to beat Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson 11-9, 11-4, 11-4 in the men's doubles match making it 3-0 in favour of the Indians. However, he did manage to lift the weight successfully in his final attempt.

FIRST GOLD: Competing in the bright morning sun, Duffy cruised to victory by 43 seconds over Jessica Learmonth and had time to grab a Bermuda flag as she completed the sprint distance.

A debutant at the quadrennial multi-sport spectacle, Gururaja achieved a total lift of 249kg, which is also his personal best at the Carrara Sports Arena in Gold Coast.

Earlier in the day, the star-studded Indian team thrashed a rather incompetent Sri Lankan side 5-0.

"I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here". I had a big role to play. "I know what sort of person I am", she said.

"I guess you could call it grief".

Two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan finished 1-2 in Glasgow four years ago but were well out of the medals this time.

The 31-year-old, who previously won gold medals in the 100m hurdles in the 2010 and 2014 Games, had been struggling with the persistent injury in the build-up to the quadrennial competition.



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