Gold rush at Gold Coast

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 15, 2018 03:06 PM IST

Gold Coast: India ended its memorable run at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast at the third spot, winning 66 medals including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze. The rich haul of medals also took India past the 500-medal mark in the Commonwealth Games that the country has participated in so far.

India has competed in 17 Commonwealth Games, starting from the second Games in 1934 which were held in England.

India’s best show was when the country hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010 in New Delhi. In the 2010 edition, the home contingent bagged the second spot winning 101 medals which included 38 gold, 27 silver, and 36 bronze.

Since India has been taking part in the CWG, its best record overseas has been in 2002 Manchester games where it bagged 69 medals including 30 Gold, 22 Silver and 17 Bronze. In the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, India had finished at the fifth spot with 64 medals including 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze.

Moments to cherish

Some memorable performance at the CWG include - the country’s first women’s table tennis team gold, secured when Batra led them to an unprecedented victory over four-time CWG gold medalists Singapore. Saina Nehwal becoming the first female Indian shuttler to win two individual badminton gold medals, after defeating world no three PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-22 in a riveting women’s singles final.

Fifteen-year-old pistol sensation Anish Bhanwala becoming the youngest Indian gold medalist at the CWG with a Games record score of 30 in the men’s 25pm rapid fire pistol finals. Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom, at the age of 35, winning her first CWG medal by

claiming gold in the women’s 45-48kg boxing event.

Teenage shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker winning gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event after she shot a qualifying CWG record score of 388/400 in her first

appearance at the Games.

Neeraj Chopra marking his CWG debut with a season best throw of 86.47 to win a javelin gold. Shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Heena Sidhu taking two medals. Sawant won gold in the women’s 50m rifle 3 prone and silver in the 50m rifle prone, and Sidhu gold in the women’s 25m pistol (with a CWG record 38) and silver in the 10m air pistol.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia winning gold in the men’s freestyle 64kg finals with a two-minute win over Kane Charig of Wales. Sushil Kumar winning his third consecutive CWG gold. Sushil won his freestyle 74kg final to make it three in a row.