14-year-old squash player Anhat Singh, India's youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games, made a winning start in the women's singles event on Friday. Anhat defeated St. Vincent and Jada Ross of the Grenadines 11-5, 11-2, 11-0 in the last round of 64 in a one-sided encounter.
Anhat's impressive performance in Under-15
Anhat was selected in the Indian team after his impressive performance at the under-15 level. She has been the champion of Asian Junior Squash and German Open this year. Apart from him, India's Abhay Singh defeated Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 in the men's singles round of 64 matches. He will now face Alain Klein in Round 32.
Srihari Nataraja in final of 100m backstroke event
Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraja clinched 54 in the semi-finals of the men's 100m backstroke event at the Commonwealth Games. Qualified for the final by finishing seventh with a time of 55 seconds. From this time, he reached the final by finishing fourth in the second semi-final and seventh overall. Nataraja, 21, from Bangalore in his heat 54. Taking a time of 68 seconds had made it to the semi-finals. He was the third fastest swimmer in his heat and the fifth fastest overall.
Indian cycling teams fail for final
The Indian cycling team had a disappointing start to its Commonwealth Games campaign with all three teams failing to make it to the finals. The Indian men's sprint team of Ronaldo Latonjam, Y Rojit Singh, David Beckham Elkatohchungo could not make it to the medal round after finishing sixth in the qualification with a total time of 44.702 seconds. The Indian team was 2.480 seconds behind the table toppers Australia team. The top two ranked teams will compete for the gold medal while the third and fourth placed teams in the qualifying round will compete for the bronze.
Disappointment in the women's sprint team
The performance of the women's sprint team was worse than the men's team. The team finished seventh in the qualifying round with a total time of 51.433. The Indian team of Sasikala Agashe, Triesha Paul and Mayuri Lute clocked 3.592 seconds more than the top-ranked New Zealand team (47.841 seconds).