CWG: Salute to spirited show

By Agency Published on Apr 16, 2018 03:33 PM IST

New Delhi: India finished third at Gold Coast with medals tally of 66 medals (their third-best ever) including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze.

From the teen shooting trio of Manu Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh and Anish Bhanwala, the historic table tennis performance by Manika Batra to the arrival of a very confident Neeraj Chopra on the big stage, India had its next crop of stars ready to challenge the world.

India's run so far has won a total of 504 medals in the Commonwealth Games, which is the fifth highest overall in the history of the meets.

India have a total of 181 Gold, 175 Silver and 148 Bronze in all the Commonwealth Games ever held. The first meet was held in 1930 in Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, and ws called the British Empire Games. It has taken place every four years since then (with the exceptions of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to the Second World War).

India's first participation came in the 2nd edition of the CWG at London, England in 1934. India won only one medal at that edition where Rashid Anwar won Bronze in the freestyle welterweight class.


India's best ever performance came at the 2010 edition at home held in New Delhi. A total of 101 medal came under the country's flag with the hosts finishing second behind Australia. India managed a record 38 Gold, 27 Silver and 36 Bronze at the XIX Commonwealth Games.

The next best of India's CWG haul came in 2002 which was held in Manchester, England. India won a total of 69 medals -- 30 Gold, 22 Silver, 17 Bronze.

At 2018 in Gold Coast, India finished third in the medals tally with 66 medals (their third-best ever) including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze.

Saina Nehwal provided the final day golden touch with her women's singles gold, much like the 2010 Games where her top finish was a shade more significant for it took the overall tally to 100.


With 26 gold, 20 silver and as may bronze medals, India signed off third on the table a promotion of two positions from Glasgow and it was a combination of youth and experience which delivered the results.

The likes of M C Mary Kom, Seema Punia and Sushil Kumar showed that experience can never be discounted either, turning back the clock to deliver performances which were nothing short of awe-inspiring.

While the shooters, weightlifters, wrestlers and the boxers were expected to bring home the maximum share of medal, there was a significant new addition to that in table tennis.