India had a successful stint at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast where the country punched above its weight in some categories, maintained its dominance level in some and produced a tame effort in same.
Even as India finished third in the medals tally with 66 medals in total which can be broken down into 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze. This is first time in the history of CWG games that India secured the third position. The fact that Indian athletes achieved more gold medals than silver or bronze is an achievement in being able to turn things around when it matters and in crucial junctures of the competition.
With 66 medal tally in the 2018 CWG, India went past the 500 medal mark. India entered the Games with 436 medals and by the time Mary Kom led the contingent at the closing ceremony ten days later, the number had climbed to 502. With that India became the fifth country to reach 500 or more medals in Commonwealth Games – behind Australia (2,416 medals after Gold Coast), England (2,144), Canada (1,555) and New Zealand (655).
Badminton – 6 Medals (2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze)
- The medal tally started with Saina Nehwal sealing the win in the mixed team final against three-time defending champions Malaysia, as India bagged their first-ever mixed team gold at the CWG. The other gold came with Saina Nehwal once again quite literally wilted PV Sindhu as she picked up the women’s singles gold medal.
- Newly-crowned World’s No.1 Kidambi Srikanth won a silver medal in the 21st Commonwealth Games, going down to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles summit clash.
- Saina won the gold medal in women’s singles, and mixed team events, PV Sindhu picked up a silver medal in women’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth won the silver in men’s singles, Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty and Satwik Ranikreddy also won a silver in men’s doubles. N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, won a bronze medal.
Boxing – 9 Medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze)
- Mary (48kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg), Gaurav Solanki (52kg) were the three boxers who bagged gold medals.
- Satish Kumar (91kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) settled for silvers.
- Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Manoj Kumar (69kg) all won bronze medals after losing their semifinal bouts.
Wrestling – 12 Medals (5 Golds, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze)
- Indian wrestlers made the nation proud as Sumit Malik won the men’s 125-kilogram freestyle title
- Vinesh Phogat took women’s 50 kg gold on the last day of wrestling events in Gold Coast.
- India bagged another medal when Somveer bagged bronze by defeating in Alexander Moore of Canada 7-3 in the play-off in the men’s 86kg division.
- Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar (74kg) and event debutant Rahul Aware (57kg) won gold medals.
- Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg) also had to be content with a third-place finish in the Commonwealth Games.
- Wrestler Bajrang Punia won the gold medal men’s freestyle 65kg category.
- Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pooja Dhanda (57kg) picked up silver medals while Divya Kakran (68kg) notched a bronze on her CWG debut.
- Defending champion Babita Phogat (53kg) settled for a silver, while debutant Kiran earned a bronze in the 76 kg category.
Athletics – 3 Medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
- Neeraj Chopra becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, pulling off a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final at Gold Coast.
- The other two medals, a silver and a bronze came from Discus throw. Silver medallist Seema Punia came up with a best effort of 60.41m to win her fourth successive CWG medal and Dhillon clinched her maiden medal with her final throw of 57.43m.
Weightlifting – 9 Medals (5 Golds, 2 Silvers, 2 Bronze)
India’s first medal at this year’s games as well as the first gold medal, both came from weightlifting.
- P.Gururaja opened India’s medal account in the Commonwealth Games on the first competition day, winning a silver in the men’s 56kg category.
- World champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (48 kg) went on a record-smashing spree, claiming three of them in a power-packed performance, to secure India’s first gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games.
- Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu claimed a gold medal, in a higher 53kg category, smashing the Games record in snatch in the process. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam extended India’s gold medal-hunting run in the weightlifting competition.
- Teenager Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a Commonwealth Games medal, winning a bronze in the men’s 69kg category.
- Venkat Rahul Ragala became the fourth Indian weightlifter to claim a gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, coming out trumps in a tense contest.
- Punam Yadav bagged another gold to the tally with a top finish in the 69kg category.
- Pradeep Singh won a silver medal in Men’s 105kg category.
- Vikas Thakur added a shade of bronze to Indian weightlifters’ golden run at the Commonwealth Games, claiming the third position in the 94kg category by equalling his personal best.
Table Tennis – 8 Medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze)
- 22-year-old Manika Batra, this Delhi girl finished the Games with a total of four medals even as
- India’s 10-member table tennis team bagged 8 (3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) medals, finishing with their best-ever medal haul in CWG history.
Other than Manika Batra’s gold medal in women’s singles, Indians won the gold in both the men’s and the women’s team events,
- Sharath Achanta and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won silver in men’s doubles
- Manika Batra and Mouma Das won silver in women’s doubles,
- Sarath Achanta got bronze in men’s singles,
- Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won bronze in mixed doubles while
- Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shankar Shetty won bronze in men’s doubles.
Shooting – 16 Medals (7 Golds, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze)
- Anish Bhanwala, 15-year-old boy, trumped the men standing in his way to become India’s youngest-ever gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games.
- India’s teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker grabbed the women’s 10m air pistol gold medal and 17-year-old Mehuli Ghosh won a silver in women’s 10m air rifle event.
- Indian shooting ace Jitu Rai also won the gold medal in men’s 10m air pistol event by creating a new games record while
- Heena Sidhu picked up a gold medal 25m pistol shooting and a silver in 10m air rifle event.
- Sanjeev Rajput won a gold medal in men’s 50m rifle shooting;
- Tejaswini Sawant won gold in women’s 50m rifle event as well as a silver 50m rifle prone event;
- Shreyasi Singh won gold in double trap shooting;
- Anjum Moudgil won silver in women’s 50m rifle event;
- Ravi Kumar won bronze in 10m air rifle;
- Om Mithraval won bronze in men’s 10m air pistol as well as 50m pistol shooting;
- Ankur Mittal won bronze in Men’s double trap shooting and
- Apuvi Chandel got the bronze in women’s 10m air rifle event.
Squash – 2 Silver Medals
Dipika ended up winning the silver in the mixed doubles event where she was partnering her brother-in-law and India’s number one Saurav Ghosal. The pair lost the final 8-11 10-11 to local favourites Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley.