Indian Athletes shine at Commonwealth Games!

Golden Girls at Golden Coast

Indian athletes made the nation proud as they finished with a rich haul at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast. India finished a creditable third with an overall medal haul of 66 – 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze. A number of female athletes shone through the games and did India proud. JFW takes a look at the stars from the Games.

Worth their ‘weight’ in gold

SaikomMirabhaiChanu – Gold medal (Women’s 48kg weightlifting)
KhumukchamSanjitaChanu – Gold medal (Women’s 53kg weightlifting)
PunamYadav – Gold medal (Women’s 63kg weightlifting)

World champion MirabhaiChanu barely broke a sweat as she eclipsed record after record each time she took the stage. With a total lift of 196kg (86kg in snatch and 110kg in clean and jerk), the 23 year-old champion lifted all her 6 lifts cleanly to secure India’s first gold of the games. Fellow Manipuri SanjitaChanu was not far behind either as she saw off a challenge from the defending champion to clinch gold. PunamYadav capped off a successful campaign for the women, as the farmer’s daughter lifted the third gold for the women in the 63kg category with an improvement of 4kg from her previous best.

On target

Manu Bhaker – Gold medal (Women’s 10m air pistol)
Shreyasi Singh – Gold medal (Women’s double trap)
TejaswiniSawant – Gold medal (Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions)
HeenaSidhu – Gold medal (Women’s 25m air pistol)
HeenaSidhu – Silver medal (Women’s 10m air pistol)
MehuliGhosh – Silver medal (Women’s 10m air rifle)
AnjumMoudgil – Silver medal (Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions)
TejaswiniSawant – Silver medal (Women’s 50m Rifle prone)
ApurviChandela – Bronze medal (Women’s 10m air rifle)

Indian shooters were expected to shine at the games and they didn’t disappoint. With a number of 1-2 finishes, the Indian contingent won 16 medals. Success spanned from the 16-year old Manu Bhaker shining on the big stage to the 37-year old veteran TejaswiniSawant became the India’s oldest medallist at the Games. Bhaker competing in her first major event, shot like a pro outshining her seasoned compatriot HeenaSidhu in her pet event. Sidhubounced back with a vengeance in the 25m air pistol final displagold medal in the 25m air pistol final. There was heart break for 17-year old MehuliGhosh as she missed gold by a whisker in a shoot-off.  ApurviChandela finished right behind Ghosh to clinch bronze.

Paddle ‘sweep’
ManikaBatra – Gold medal (Women’s singles)
Manika, Mouma, Madhurika, Pooja, Sutirta – Gold medal (Women’s team event)
ManikaBatra and Mouma Das – Silver medal (Women’s doubles)
ManikaBatra and Sathiyan G – Bronze medal (Mixed doubles)

The surprise package at the Games was the table tennis team. ManikaBatrawas the undisputed star and toast of the nation as she finished with 4 medals including the coveted gold in the women’s individual final. To put things in perspective if Batra was a country she would have finished 18th in the medal tally out of 71 countries. The 22 year-old became the first Indian woman to win an individual gold medal for the country. Not only did she shine on her own merit but led from the front in the women’s team as well, winning both her singles outings to give the side a crucial edge over favourites Singapore. She capped off her exploits by clinching a silver in the women’s doubles with seasoned player Mouma Das and a bronze in mixed doubles with Sathiyan G.
A new star was born and shone bright in the Gold Coast.

Pack a punch
Mary Kom – Gold medal (Women’s boxing 46-48kg)
Mary Kom dusted off the rust after a two year sabbatical, returning to the ring in style. In her first Commonwealth Games appearance ‘Magnificent Mary’ outclassed her younger opponent to win yet another gold medal for her country. In an added privilege, the 35 year-old was chosen as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

Smashing success
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy, Ruthvika, Ashwini, Sikki, Satwik, Pranaav, Chirag – Gold medal (Badminton mixed team event)
SainaNehwal – Gold medal (Badminton women’s singles)
PV Sindhu – Silver medal (Women’s singles badminton)
AshwiniPonnappa and Sikki Reddy – Bronze medal (Women’s doubles badminton)

Indian badminton has been on the rise over the last few years and this Games was no different as the Indians raked in the medals. Indians biggest stars SainaNehwal and PV Sindhu fought hard in a gruelling summit clash. Nehwal got the better of Sindhu to win the gold. AshwiniPonappa and Sikki Reddy also had a fantastic tournament but the hectic schedule finally seemed to get to them as they had to settle for a bronze in the women’s doubles event. The women rose to the occasion in the mixed team event as India won gold metal in yet another event.

Silver lining

DipikaPallikalKarthik and SauravGhosal – Silver medal (Mixed doubles squash)
DipikaPallikalKarhik and JoshnaChinappa – Silver medal (Women’s doubles squash)

DipikaPallikal walked away with two silver medals. Pallikal and mixed doubles partner SauravGhosal were outlasted by the local team of Donna Urqujart and Cameron Pilley and had to settle for silver. As the defending champion with JoshnaChinappa in the women’s doubles they were unable to defend their title as they lost to the Kiwi pair of Joelle King and Amander Landers-Murphy.

Pinned down

VineshPhogat – Gold medal (Women’s 50kg wrestling)
BabitaPhogat – Silver medal (Women’s 53kg wrestling)
PoojaDhanda – Silver medal (Women’s 57kg wrestling)
Sakshi Malik – Bronze medal (Women’s 62kg wrestling)
DivyaKakran – Bronze medal (Women’s 68kg wrestling)
Kiran – Bronze medal (Women’s 76kg wrestling)
VineshPhogat made a triumphant return to the mat after her horrific injury at the Rio Olympics and clinched the gold medal dominating her Canadian opponent in the final. Other wrestlers were expected to rake in gold medals but had to settle for silver and bronze medals instead.

Flying high
SeemaPunia – Silver medal (Women’s Discus Throw)
NavjeetDhillon – Bronze medal (Women’s Discus Throw)
There was double the happiness for India as SeemaPunia and NavjeetDhillon won silver and bronze medals respectively. The duo was pipped to gold by home girl Dani Stevens. Punia who has won a medal at the Commonwealth Games every year that she has competed in since 2006 finished her CWG career on a high. Dhillon sneaked into third place with her final throw to add to India’s medal tally

Indian medal winners

Players Event Medal
Neeraj Chopra Men’s Javelin Throw Gold
SeemaPunia Women’s Discus Throw Silver
NavjeetDhillon Women’s Discus Throw Bronze
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth, Prannoy, Ruthvika, Ashwini, Sikki, Satwik, Pranaav, Chirag Mixed Team Gold
SainaNehwal Women’s Singles Gold
PV Sindhu Women’s Singles Silver
KidambiSrikanth Men’s singles Silver
SatwiksairajRankireddy / ChiragShetty Men’s doubles Silver
AshwiniPonnappa / Sikki Reddy Women’s doubles Bronze
Mary Kom Women’s 46-48 kg Gold
VikasKrishan Men’s 75 kg Gold
GauravSolanki Men’s 52 kg Gold
Satish Kumar Men’s 91 kg Silver
AmitPhangal Men’s 46-49 kg Silver
Manish Kaushik Men’s 60 kg Silver
NamanTanwar Men’s 81 kg Bronze
Manoj Kumar Men’s 69 kg Bronze
Hussamuddin Muhammad Men’s 91 kg Bronze
Para Powerlifting
Sachin Chaudhary Men’s Heavyweight Bronze
AnishBhanwala Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol Gold
Manu Bhaker Women’s 10m air pistol Gold
Shreyasi Singh Women’s double trap Gold
JituRai Men’s 10m air pistol Gold
Sanjeev Rajput Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Gold
TejaswiniSawant Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Gold
HeenaSidhu Women’s 25m pistol Gold
MehuliGhosh Women’s 10m air rifle Silver
HeenaSidhu Women’s 10m air pistol Silver
AnjumMoudgil Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Silver
TejaswiniSawant Women’s 50m Rifle prone Silver
Om Mitharval Men’s 10m air pistol Bronze
Om Mitharval Men’s 50m air pistol Bronze
Ravi Kumar Men’s 50m pistol Bronze
Ankur Mittal Men’s trap shooting Bronze
ApurviChandela Women’s 10m air rifle Bronze
DipikaPallikalKarthik/ SauravGhosal Mixed doubles Silver
DipikaPallikalKarthik/ JoshnaChinappa Women’s doubles Silver
Table Tennis
Manika, Mouma, Madhurika, Pooja, Sutirta Women’s team Gold
Sathiyan, Sharath, Harmeet, Sanil, Amalraj Men’s team Gold
ManikaBatra Women’s singles Gold
AchantaSharath Kamal /
Sathiyan G
Men’s doubles Silver
ManikaBatra / Mouma Das Women’s doubles Silver
Harmeet Desai / SanilShetty Men’s doubles Bronze
AchantaSharath Kamal Men’s singles Bronze
ManikaBatra / Sathiyan G Mixed doubles Bronze
MirabaiChanu Women’s 48 kg Gold
SanjitaChanu Women’s 53 kg Gold
Satish Kumar Sivalingam Men’s 77 kg Gold
VenkatRagulRagala Men’s 85 kg Gold
PunamYadav Women’s 69 kg Gold
Pardeep Singh Men’s 105 kg Silver
Gururaja P Men’s 56 kg Silver
Deepak Lather Men’s 69 kg Bronze
Vikas Thakur Men’s 94 kg Bronze
Sushil Kumar Men’s 74 kg Gold
Rahul Aware Men’s 57 kg Gold
BajrangPunia Men’s 65 kg Gold
Sumit Men’s 125 kg Gold
VineshPhogat Women’s 50 kg Gold
MausamKhatri Men’s 97 kg Silver
BabitaPhogat Women’s 53 kg Silver
PoojaDhanda Women’s 57 kg Silver
Somveer Men’s 86 kg Bronze
Sakshi Malik Women’s 62 kg Bronze
DivyaKakran Women’s 68 kg Bronze
Kiran Women’s 76 kg Bronze


A record-smashing MirabaiChanuSanjitaChanu picks up her second Commonwealth Games gold medal, adding the 53kg class crown to the 48kg class gold she won in Glasgow in 2014. It is India’s second gold medal in Gold Coast after her Manipur teammate MirabaiChanu’s success in the 48kg class yesterday. SanjitaChanu had to beat back a challenge by Papua New Guinea’s Loa DikaToua and lift a total of 192 kgs, including a Games Record of 84 kgs in snatch and 108 kgs in clean and jerk. Her performance here should be a catalyst in her securing the Arjuna Award this year without having to take legal recourse. Her coaches may have been conservative in deciding not to get her to attempt improving on her personal best of 85 kgs in snatch, perhaps being influenced by the fact that Papua New Guinean could turn the tables in clean and jerk. In the event, Loa DikaToua finished a good 10 kgs behind the younger lifter from India.

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