I'm confident going into the match (against Wales) this afternoon. England's James Guy was third.
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.
Already 2-0 up, Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan teamed up to beat Yuvraaj Dookram and Aaron Wilson 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 11-4) in the men's doubles match, making it 3-0 in favour of the Indians.
Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaja brought cheers to the whole nation as they claimed gold and silver medals respectively to give India to good start in the Commonwealth Games (CWG) at Gold Coast, Australia.
She was given the honour of delivering the Queen's message to Prince Charles at the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.
"I think I'm still in shock. So today was the most convenient".
Canada's Amanda Braddock was joint second after the snatch, but she bombed out in the clean and jerk having failed three times at 93kg.
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Of the 39 who died, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, two from West Bengal and six from Bihar. Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was also present at the airport.
There was also a gold medal for Malaysia in the men's 62kg event as Muhamad Aznil Bidin prevailed with a total of 288kg.
The men's race was far less predictable. He won the silver in weightlifting in the 56 kg category.
His 144 in the clean and jerk secured the record and an unbeatable lead, and he celebrated with a jig and a jog around the lifting area with the Malaysian flag.
Not only did they set a world record, they also thrashed England by more than five seconds in the final.
Gururaja claimed silver in the Men's 56kg weightlifting event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games handing India its first medal. Indian women's hockey team lost their first match.