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
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
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
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.