P Gururaja: From a wrestler to a weightlifter

Deutschland Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf- Therese Johaug

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Red Deer's Rebecca Smith had a memorable opening day in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Once she had completed the total lift of 196kg, she broke into a wide smile.

The host nation also won three gold at the Anna Meares Velodrome, including a men's and women's double in the team pursuit.

They were on world record pace throughout large periods of the race and eventually finished comfortably ahead of the Canadian team of Alexia Zevnik, Kayla Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak and Ruck.

The men's team blanked Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 before beating Northern Ireland by a similar margin.

But in the men's event, the Brownlee brothers, favourites for the title, failed to medal, with Scotland's Marc Austin winning bronze.

Gururaja, an employee of the Indian Air Force, came to prominence when he won a Gold at the 2016 Commonwealth senior weightlifting Championships in Penang, Malaysia.

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Both brothers attributed their dismal finishes to injuries, with Jonny adding: "It was pretty awful today".

The final quarter was an important one for both the sides as a goal for either team would see them begin their campaigns on a bright note.

Their countryman Ben Proud and Gold Coast girl Sally Pearson are probably feeling pretty similar.

The previous record stood in the name of his compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahim, who set the record in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he lifted 116kg in his snatch.

Horton led home an Australian one-two as Jack McLoughlin was second, while England's James Guy took bronze. "Obviously it hasn't worked out and it's something I have to live with for the rest of my life", the dejected world No.13 Ghosal said after the loss.