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Incredible athletes from India with 66
medals haul at Gold Coast Games

NEW DELHI India -- With a total haul of 66 medals, India stood third at the recently ended Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Indian athletes brought home 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals totaling 66 to emerge third overall among 71 participating countries, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Although this haul is lower than the total 101 medals won during the previous New Delhi games in 2010 when India harvested 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals with second overall rank, this year’s tally can be argued India’s best show.

Why?

Archery and tennis featured in Delhi were dropped this year and individual medals for weightlifting were reduced.

As India excels in weightlifting and archery, its total medal tally declined.

India grabbed top spots in shooting (seven gold), wrestling (five gold), weightlifting (five gold) and boxing (three gold).

The youngest gold medalist from India is 15-year old Anish Bhanwala winning gold in 25m rapid fire pistol event.

She is closely followed by another gold medalist, 16-year old Manu Bhaker who dominated the 10m air pistol event.

These two teens are still in high school.

The veteran Mary Kom, aged 35, added another gold to her overflowing cupboard in boxing.

The thriller was the women’s badminton match between Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu both from India.

The experienced wrested her top position from Sindhu to grab the gold in this clash of shuttle queens.

Pakistan stood at 24 overall position with one gold and one bronze.

Wrestler Mohammad Inam Butt, aged 29, also won gold in New Delhi games in 86kg weight category.

Kenya stood at 14th position with four gold, seven silver and six bronze totaling 17.

Most of the medals were won in athletics events; the gold haul was cut back with higher silver medals.

Uganda closely followed Kenya at 15th spot with three gold, one silver and two bronze, making a total of six.

Tanzania had a poor show with nil medals at 44th position among 27 nations with nil medals.
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Mauritius had a better standing at 35th position with a sole silver medal.

The hosts Australia dominated all 71 countries by standing first with an astounding 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze making a total of 198 leaving a big gap for England that carried home 136 medals; 45 gold, 45 silver and 46 bronze.

The gap between England and India is also huge but grabbing the third spot among 71 nations has erupted in a boisterous celebration.

 
 

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