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Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 11
Hopes were high from India’s 200-strong athletic contingent and the result has been excellent. India finished third on the medal tally behind Australia and England with many sportspersons putting in outstanding and record-breaking performances over the last 11 days.
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Among the highlights of India’s performances at the Gold Coast Games were:
– World champion and CWG record holder Saikhom Mirabai Chanu breaking six records in six lifts to storm her way to gold the women’s 48kg weightlifting event.
– Manika Batra clinching gold in the women’s singles table tennis final to become the first Indian woman to do. Overall, Batra won four medals at the CWG.
– The country’s first women’s table tennis team gold, secured when Batra led them to an unprecedented victory over four-time CWG gold medalists Singapore.
– Saina Nehwal becoming the first female Indian shuttler to win two individual badminton gold medals, after defeating World No 3 PV Sindhu 21-18, 23-22 in a riveting women’s singles final.
– 15-year-old pistol sensation Anish Bhanwala becoming the youngest Indian gold medalist at the CWG with a Games record score of 30 in the men’s 25pm rapid fire pistol finals.
– Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom, at the age of 35, winning her first CWG medal by claiming gold in the women’s 45-48kg boxing event.
– Teenage shooting prodigy Manu Bhaker winning gold in the women’s 10m air pistol event after she shot a qualifying CWG record score of 388/400 in her first appearance at the Games.
– Neeraj Chopra marking his CWG debut with a season bestsellers throw of 86.47 to win a javelin gold.
– Shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Heena Sidhu taking two medals. Sawant won gold in the women’s 50m rifle 3 prone and silver in the 50m rifle prone, and Sidhu gold in the women’s 25m pistol (with a CWG record 38) and silver in the 10m air pistol.
– Wrestler Bajrang Punia winning gold in the men’s freestyle 64kg finals with a two-minute win over Kane Charig of Wales.
– Sushil Kumar winning his third consecutive CWG gold. Sushil won his freestyle 74kg final to make it three in a row after 66kg gold in 2010 and 74kg gold in Glasgow.
– The most successful medal haul from badminton at any CWG. India’s shuttlers brought home six medals at Gold Coast, surpassing the four from Delhi 2010. – The most successful medal haul in table tennis at any CWG – eight medals.