CWG 2018: India's Brilliant Journey Concludes With 26 Gold Medals, 20 Silver And 20 Bronze

| April 15 , 2018 , 15:29 IST

With the action unfolding on the final day of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, India has breached their medal tally from Glasgow four years back. India went past the mark in terms of gold medals with 26. India’s tally of 66 medals can be broken down into 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze.

In Glasgow in 2014, India had won 64 medals – 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze. The CWG 2018 has become India’s third most successful Commonwealth Games of all time. India finished at the third position on the table behind Australia (198) and England (136). 

However, this won’t beat India’s second-best haul of 69 medals in Manchester in 2002. In CWG 2010, New Delhi, India won the maximum medals, when massive 600-plus strong members competed to bag 101 medals.

The first medal of the CWG 2018 came from weightlifter P Gururaja, who won silver in the men’s 56kg event on Day 1. The final medal came on Sunday as the men’s doubles badminton pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty claimed Silver after losing to England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in the gold medal match.

Most of India’s medals came from the shooting range (16) with gold medals for Jitu Rai, Manu Bhaker, Anish Bhanwala, Sanjeev Rajput, Heena Sidhu, Tejaswini Sawant, Shreyasi Singh.

Silver medals were grabbed by Mehuli Ghosh, Heena Sidhu, Sawant, Anjum Moudgil and bronze medals by Ravi Kumar, Om Mitharwal (two bronze), Apurvi Chandela and Ankur Mittal.

After shooting, wrestling contributed the most (12 medals) to India’s medal tally in the state of Queensland, Australia, followed by boxing and weightlifting (9) where India had made 12 and 16 entries each for an exemplary conversion rate.

India’s table tennis and badminton players were also dominating. In all, India won eight medals in TableTennis which is the best for any CWG. A total of 3 golds came from Manika Batra and the women’s and men’s teams, Manika and Mouma Das won silver in the women’s doubles and 3 bronze medals were claimed by Achantha Sharath Kamal who won bronze in the men’s singles. Manika became the first Indian woman to win an individual gold.

In badminton, India’s shuttlers brought home six medals at Gold Coast, surpassing the four from Delhi 2010, with gold in the team event, gold for Saina Nehwal, silver for Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu. Bronze grabbed by Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy in the women’s doubles.