India ends CWG campaign with its 3rd best performance

RSTV Bureau
Gold Coast: Women's singles gold medalist Saina Nehwal and silver medalist PV Sindhu pose for photographs during the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018. PTI

Gold Coast: Women’s singles gold medalist Saina Nehwal and silver medalist PV Sindhu pose for photographs during the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018.
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India ended their campaign at the 21st Common Wealth Games with an overall haul of 66 medals, including 26 Gold. This is India’s third best performance in the CWG history. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Modi congratulated the Indian contingent for its performance.

Day 11 at Gold Coast saw India winning seven medals including one gold, four silver and two bronze. The only gold on the final day of the tournament came in women’s singles Badminton. The all-India finals saw PV Sindhu pitted against Saina Nehwal.

Saina won the high pressure match in straight games 21-18, 23-21 that lasted an hour. Saina had earlier claimed the singles Gold in the 2010 Delhi Games also.

Meanwhile, India missed the gold in the men’s singles badminton final though recently crowned World Number one Kidambi Srikanth losing in three games to Malaysian icon Lee Chong Wei and settling for the silver.

In Men’s doubles also, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty claimed a Silver losing to English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. Another silver came in squash, when the duo of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa lost to their New Zealand challengers in the women’s doubles final.

Gold Coast: Flagbearer MC Mary Kom leads the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018.  PTI

Gold Coast: Flagbearer MC Mary Kom leads the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia, April 15, 2018.
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The two Bronze medals of the day came in Table Tennis. In an all-India affair, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das in three games in the mixed doubles match. In Men’s singles, Achanta Sharat Kamal defeated Samuel Walker of England for the second Bronze.

Congratulating the India contingent, Prime Minister Modi in a series of tweets said, “Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us. Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG”.

Indian competitors ended their campaign at the games in third place with 66 medals including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze medals.

Australia stood first in the medal tally with 198 medals including 80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze followed by England 136 medals.

This is India’s third best performance in the history of the games. In the 2010 games in Delhi, India registered its best performance in the event so far. It bagged 38 Gold, 27 Silver and 36 Bronze and stood second on the final list of winners.