After winning the gold medal in 25m air pistol event, Indian woman shooter Anisa Sayyed today thanked her husband for helping her when the chips were down.Anisa was going through a financial crisis, struggling to buy a pistol after her old gun was damaged due to a malfunction. But when all seemed lost, her husband’s company (Tulip) came to her rescue and bought her a new pistol, which is still in the possession of Customs.”My husband’s company has helped me a lot. He was there when nobody was willing to help me. But I didn’t shoot with that today,” Anisa said.Even as the women’s team of Anisa and Rahi Sarnobat basked in glory after winning gold in 25m air pistol for women, shotgun coach Marceillo Dradi seemed disappointed despite a second-place finish by Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria in pairs double trap event for men.Sodhi and Noria clinched the silver after they totalled 188, one point behind gold medalists Steven Walton and Steven Scott of England.”As a professional coach, I came to India with the aim to win gold, I cannot be happy with silver. I am happy for the team for winning medals but I am not happy for myself. My aim was to win gold. We have events tomorrow, so will figure our next play today evening,” Dradi said.”This was the best team we could have fielded but unfortunately we missed the gold by one point,” the coach said.Sodhi and Noria, however, were more than pleased with their efforts. “There was great competition but there was no pressure on us. I just missed the target and that happens. But full credit to England for winning the gold,” Sodhi said.advertisementNoria, the world junior champion, said “we really shot well as a team.””I am still a junior but it feels to be with the seniors, compete in such a big event and win medal,” Noria said.”Performing in front of the home crowd was a bit of a pressure but I always enjoyed shooting with Ronjan because he is my mentor,” said Noria who won the junior world championship title in August.Renu Bala Chanu cleared 197 kg to clinch the gold in the 58 kg weightlifting event for women, five kgs better than Lee Seen of Australia. Zoe Smith of England won the bronze with 188 kg.Indian boxers also continued their winning ways with Asian silver medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) becoming the third to enter the pre-quarterfinals with a comprehensive win over Nauru’s Colan Caleb in his opening bout.Egged on by a capacity crowd at the Talkatora Stadium, Jai dominated the proceedings to notch up an easy 11-1 triumph after getting a bye in the first round.The 25-year-old Indian, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Championships in March this year, now meets Tanzania’s Nasser Mafuru, who defeated Papua New Guinea’s Andrew Opugu 6-1 in his preliminary bout.Jai joins Amandeep Singh (49kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) in the pre-quarterfinal stage of the competitionIn tennis, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza breezed into quarter-finals with easy wins but Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men’s singles event, losing to second seed and world number 133 Australian Peter Luczak 2-6 6-7(5) in one hour and 37 minutes in the second round.Men’s top seed Somdev crushed Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme 6-0 6-1 while Sania overpowered Cook Island’s Brittany Teei 6-0 6-2 in a women’s singles second round match.India’s chances of progressing to the semifinals of the women’s hockey event Games received a setback after the home team went down fighting 1-2 to defending champions Australia in their second Pool A match.Shelly Liddelow (11th minute) and Ashleigh Nelson (59th) scored for Australia while promising Rani Rampal (69th) pulled one back for India.Last edition runners-up India had earlier drawn 1-1 with lowly Scotland while Australia had thrashed Trinidad and Tobago 11-0.India will next face Trinidad and Tobago on Friday while Australia will be up against South Africa.In swimming, the Indian men’s 4x200m relay quartet of Rehan Poncha, Rohit Havaldar, Madar Divase and Aaron D’Souza made it to the final clocking 7 minutes 49.20 seconds to grab the eighth position in the preliminaries.Virdhawal Khade of India qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 100m freestyle after finishing 13th, while Pooja Alva also entered the semifinals of the women’s 100m butterfly by bagging the 15th spot, as the top 16 make it to the last four stage.A para-sport swimmer also brought some smiles as Sachin Verma progressed to the final of the 50m S9 freestyle men category by finishing eighth.advertisementBut the other Indians failed to advance. In women’s 800m freestyle, Richa Mishra missed the bus and also they could not make a mark in either men’s 200m backstroke or women’s 200m breaststroke.Woman shuttler Aditi Mutatkar made a successful debut, while Chetan Anand also shone as a dominant India sailed into the quarterfinals of the mixed team event with a third clean sweep over Wales.World number 17 Chetan beat Lewis Martyn 21-12 21-16 in 21 minutes to set the ball rolling, Pune girl Aditi, who made it to the squad at the eleventh hour, made it 2-0 by disposing off Turner Carissa 21-13 21-8 in 18 minutes.Top men’s doubles pair of Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar then subdued a fighting Phillips James and Morgan Joe Wales pair 21-17 21-14 to give the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead.Ashwini Ponnappa and Aparna Balan then thrashed Turner Carissa and Harvey Caroline 21-11 21-13 in the women’s doubles, while mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju spanked Lewis Martyn and Thomas Sarah 21-8 21-5 to wrap up a 5-0 win.Off the field, the empty seats for most disciplines over the first two days grabbed attention with the Games Federation chief Michael Fennell bluntly telling organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi to solve the “serious issue”.”We have discussed the issue (of poor attendance) with the OC, we have raised the question on how to get people packed at the stadium. Only the OC and Mr Kalmadi can answer all these questions … we have put this on the agenda for further discussion,” Fennell told a press conference.However, Kalmadi maintained that it was early days in the Games and with India picking up medals in many disciplines the interest of people will rise.”We sold more than 50,000 tickets yesterday. The boxing and wrestling stadiums were packed yesterday. Now public interest is high with India picking five gold. There are queues in the stadiums. It will improve everyday. That only I can say,” he said.