Sri Lanka wins the first medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games

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Hurdler Sally Pearson has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games with an Achilles tendon injury.

Ghanaian swimmers Jason Jude Arthur and Abeiku Gyekye Jackson have qualified for the respective semi-finals of their events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Still I am happy.

Morea Baru of Papua New Guinea claimed silver with a lift of 286kg while the bronze medal was won by Talha Talib of Pakistan who lifted 283kg.

Security at the Oxenford Studios confiscated several items from fans on the opening day of the table tennis competition on Thursday, including several forks.

In regards to his preparation for the Games, he said he has been getting the best preparation from the coach.

"I think I'm still in shock. So today was the most convenient", to make it public.

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.

"Not being able to go out on that track and run for Australia is gut wrenching".

England are the defending champions in the team relay having won the inaugural edition of the event in Glasgow four years ago. Alistair, who had surgery on his hip last August, placed 10th in an afternoon race hit by rain. "From start to finish I didn't feel great".

"I was not expecting to break records but I certainly wanted to break them when I came here".

Competing in the event of men's 56kg weightlifting final, Chaturanga Lakmal won the bronze medal.

Earlier, the Indian women's cycling team failed to qualify in the track 4,000 metre Team Pursuit event.

With Wales needing a win to stay alive in its opening round against India, Hursey partnered Charlotte Carey and produced some big forehands to help in 3-2 victory.

The men's team got the better of Northern Ireland and Trinidad and Tobago thrashing them both 3-0 while the women's team defeated Sri Lanka and Wales 3-0, 3-1 respectively.

Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.