Agencies, Gold Coast
India ended their 2018 Commonwealth Games campaignon Sunday with a total haul of 66 medals – 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze. The Games that began with a silver for P Gururaja and gold for Mirabai Chanu on the first day ended with a gold for Saina Nehwal and silver for Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in badminton on Sunday.
This was India’s second most successful Games overseas, behind only Manchester, 2002.
The 66 medals is also two medals more than Glasgow 2014, overall, although it was still a long way off the 101 medals the country won at the 2010 Games, which were hosted by India.
Out of the total of 16 sports that India fielded athletes in at Gold Coast, medals were won in nine of them. Indian shooters raked in the most number of medals (16), followed by the wrestlers (12), the boxers and weightlifters (nine each).
There were also many firsts for Indians at the Commonwealth Games. Neeraj Chopra became the first javelin thrower from India to win a gold at the Games, while Mary Kom also won a medal of the same colour in her first (and probably last) CWG.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also became the first men’s doubles badminton pair from India to win a medal at the Games, while Manika Batra made the country take notice of her with four medals, including a gold in women’s singles.
The shooters, unsurprisingly, were the most successful among all athletes with a total of 16 medals, including 7 gold medals. The biggest success stories were Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh – three teenagers who delivered on their debut at the big stage.
The weightlifters were in wonderful form, as they kick-started India’s medal haul. Wrestlers returned with a 100% strike rate, headlined by Sushil Kumar’s CWG hat-trick.
Here is a list of all the 66 medals that India won in Gold Coast.