C Narayan Singh on Monday qualified for the finals of the men’s hammer throw event at the 20th Commonwealth Games even as Kamalpreet Singh crashed out in the qualifying round, in Glasgow.
23-year-old Narayan threw the hammer to a distance of 67.95 in his first attempt, which proved to be his best and enough to make it to the 12-man final.
His second attempt was disapproved and in the third he managed a distance of 67.20m.
Kamalpreet, competing in other group, finished sixth with his best throw of 65.25m, which came in his first attempt. He managed 62.90m and 63.67m in his next two attempts.
Saurav Ghosal goes down fighting in bronze medal play-off
India’s wait for its first squash medal at the Commonwealth Games was prolonged with Saurav Ghosal’s fighting loss to Englishman Peter Barker in the bronze medal playoff at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in Glasgow on Monday.
World No.16 Ghosal needed to come up something special for his first win over his eighth-ranked opponent.
The Indian tried his best before going down 5-11 11-6 5-11 6-11.
The Kolkata-based played had lost to England number two James Willstrop in the semifinals on Sunday.
India’s leading female player Dipika Pallikal had suffered a quarterfinal loss against England’s Alison Waters and Joshana Chinappa bowed out of the competition in the round of 16.
The squash contingent has a better chance of ending the medal drought in the doubles and mixed doubles event.