India won 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze summing up to a total of 66 medals to finish behind Australia and England, making it the third most successful Commonwealth Games for the country.
Commonwealth Games 2018 lasted for 8 days and Indian contingent routinely secured gold on an everyday basis. The weightlifters in Mirabai Saikhom Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Punam Yadav gave a solid start to India in the early days. Indian shooters like Heena Sidhu, Shreyasi Singh and Tejaswini Sawant took the baton from their compatriots and duly delivered with incredible performances. Then it was wrestlers in Sushil Kumar, Sumit Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Rahul Aware who clinched top medals in the second half of the campaign.
Srikanth settles for silver, Lee takes 3rd CWG gold:
Newly-crowned World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth let slip the early advantage to settle for a silver medal in the 21st Commonwealth Games, going down to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles summit clash here today.
Srikanth had beaten Lee in the mixed team championships final earlier in the Games but the former world number one rallied for a 19-21 21-14 21-14 triumph today for his third individual CWG gold. He has two more mixed team gold medals to his credit.
A decade older than the Indian, Lee kept his best for the last, showing off the legendary reflexes that have earned him cult status in international badminton.
But it was not all smooth sailing for him today as Srikanth started off confidently.
It took Srikanth just eight minutes to go from being 0-4 down to be 10-7 ahead. The Indian was the better of the two in executing drop shots and even managed to match Lee’s ability to mix power with precision. Srikanth led 11-9 at the break.
Srikanth remained a step ahead until 14-13 before a misdirected smash gave Lee the equalising point.
But Lee was surprisingly off when it came to retrieving the shuttle and his usual agility on the court was only there in flashes. To Srikanth’s credit, he made the most of his fancied opponent’s lack of intensity and took the first game 21-19 in the 25 minutes.
A slight moment of drama came in the second game when it seemed Lee had struck the shuttle twice to claim a point but was not penalised for it and the match went on despite Srikanth’s protest.
Lee’s lackadaisical approach improved considerably thereafter and after leading 11-9 at the interval, he displayed some of the many stylish shots in his armoury to draw level and stay afloat in the high-intensity match, which was as much about elegance as sheer power.
Leading 9-5 in the decider, Lee went for a change of racquet and it only got him better results as he grabbed an 11-5 lead to take the psychological upper hand. The smashes that were landing outside in the opening game became just the bit accurate and difficult for the Indian to retrieve.
Achanta Sharath Kamal becomes the only Indian to win the men’s singles title at the Commonwealth Games:
Indian table tennis icon Achantha Sharath Kamal concluded India’s table tennis campaign on Sunday by adding another medal to his name at Gold Coast. Kamal ended the Day 11 for the table tennis contingent by defeating Sam Walker of England to clinch the bronze medal in men’s playoff match. Kamal outclassed Walker 4-1 (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10) in the bronze medal match. The 35-year old is the only Indian to win the men’s singles title at the Commonwealth Games.
AT CWG 2018, INDIA SECURED 26 GOLD, 20 SILVER AND 20 BRONZE, A TOTAL OF 66 MEDALS.