Sable, Paul, Sharath write India’s success story in Commonwealth Games

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India were in danger of being out of the top five at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to shooting’s exclusion but were able to finish fourth on the back of success in athletics and lawn balls.

In the last Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, about 25 percent of India’s 66 medals came in shooting, so it was believed that India would barely touch the 50 medal tally in Birmingham but due to good performance in track and field events. Because he managed to get 61 medals.

India won eight medals in track and field events, which is its best overseas performance in these games. This is indeed India’s big success at the Birmingham Games.

Aldhos Paul and Abdullah Abubakar took the first two places in the men’s triple jump. Avinash Sable won the silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase while Tejaswin Shankar won the bronze medal in the high jump. India got a medal for the first time in the high jump. Murali Sreeshankar also won a silver medal in long jump which is India’s first medal in the event since 1978.

Anu Rani also created new history by winning a bronze medal in javelin throw. She became the first Indian female player to win a medal in this event. Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar won medals in the 10000 meters walk.

World Championships medalist Anju Bobby George had predicted seven medals in athletics ahead of the Games but India managed to win eight despite Neeraj Chopra’s absence. Chopra was unable to participate in these games due to injury.

India created new history by winning the gold medal in Lawn Balls. Consisting of a police constable, a sports teacher and a forest officer, the women’s team grabbed the attention of Indians by winning the gold medal. The game was still unknown to the Indians.

The Indian team consisted of Lovely Choubey, Pinky, Roopa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia. The men’s quartet also surprised by winning silver in the sport which has been a part of the program of these games since 1930. Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar are now hoping that this medal will change their lives.

India regained its dominance in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games. He won medals in all the 12 weight categories, including six gold medals.

It was easy for Olympic medalists Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia to clinch gold while Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat also made a stellar comeback from a rough patch.

Won three medals in judo in India, including a silver medal from Delhi’s Tulika Mann.

India won four gold medals in table tennis after wrestling. Achinta Sharath Kamal has won three gold medals at the age of 40, taking his total medal tally to a record 13 in the history of the Commonwealth Games. Paralympic Games medalist Bhavna Patel also won a gold medal in this sport.

India got three gold medals in badminton. Indian Superstar PV Sindhu won gold medal in these games for the first time. Young Lakshya Sen also won the gold medal, helping India clean sweep in singles.

In boxing, Neetu won gold medals in women’s 48kg and Amit Panghal in men’s 51kg.

In the midst of these successes, there were also some failures. The women’s cricket team won the silver but missed out on the gold medal at one point despite being in good shape in the final against Australia.

India also got mixed success in hockey. The women’s team managed to win a medal (bronze) for the first time since Melbourne 2006, while the men’s team lost to Australia in the final.

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