Sable flies, Paul leaps, Sharath sizzles to script India’s CWG success story – The New Indian Express


By PTI

BIRMINGHAM: Breaking out of the usual top five was seen as a real possibility in the absence of shooting, but phenomenal success in athletics and bowls propelled India to a commendable fourth place at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games.

About 25% of India’s 66 medals came from the range in the previous edition and few thought that India would be able to touch even 50, but the country ended up with 61, thanks to unprecedented success in track and field events which delivered eight medals, the highest for India in an overseas CWG edition.

It was indeed a great achievement of the Birmingham Games.

Eldhose Paul and Abdullah Aboobacker’s rare triple jump double will be long cherished.

Avinash Sable’s silver in the 3,000m steeplechase and Tejaswin Shankar’s bronze in the high jump was also a first for India while Murali Sreeshankar’s silver in the long jump was the country’s first since 1978.

Annu Rani also etched her name in the history books by becoming the first Indian female athlete to win a javelin throw medal, a bronze medal.

Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar won medals in the 10,000 meter walk, contributing hugely to the success.

World Championships medalist Anju Bobby George had predicted at least seven medals at the Games but India managed to surpass that despite the absence of Neeraj Chopra, who missed the multi-sport event with a spinal injury. ‘elder.

A Gold and a Silver Lawn Bowls

The good story of the Games came from the lawn bowling greens of Victoria Park.

A police officer, a sports teacher and a forestry officer have combined to capture the imagination of the whole country by winning women’s four-man gold in a sport the nuances of which many would still be unaware of.

The team consisted of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia. Inspired by them, the male quartet also created an upset by winning silver in the sport which has been part of the sports program since 1930.

Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar hope the medal will ultimately change their lives.

Wrestling sweep

Reaffirming their dominance in the CWG, Indian wrestlers won medals in the 12 events they entered, including six gold medals.

Achieving gold was like a walk in the park for Olympic medalists Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia while stepping onto the top step of the podium, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat made a strong comeback after a tough time.

Three medals also came from the judo mat, including a silver one from Delhi-based Tullika Maan, who is already looking forward to changing the color of her medal.

Table tennis has won India the highest number of gold medals after wrestling.

Achanta Sharath Kamal showed that 40 is just a number by adding three gold medals to a record equating to 13 medals in Games history, including the singles title after 16 years.

Paralympic Games medalist Bhavina Patel contributed to India’s gold rush by winning the C3-5 category.

The NEC Arena badminton courts won three gold medals in India with superstar PV Sindhu finally claiming his first title.

Young Lakshya Sen also put in inspiring efforts to complete India’s sweep in the singles competition.

In the boxing arena, Nitu topped the 48kg class while Amit Panghal overcame the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics to top the 51kg class.

There were also some disappointments.

The women’s cricket team did well to get a silver medal, but won gold in the final against Australia.

It was a mixed bag in the hockey competition with the women winning their first medal since Melbourne 2006 while the men were hammered by Australia in the final.

BIRMINGHAM: Breaking out of the usual top five was seen as a real possibility in the absence of shooting, but phenomenal success in athletics and bowls propelled India to a commendable fourth place at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games. About 25% of India’s 66 medals came from the range in the previous edition and few thought that India would be able to touch even 50, but the country ended up with 61, thanks to unprecedented success in track and field events which delivered eight medals, the highest for India in an overseas CWG edition. It was indeed a great achievement of the Birmingham Games. Eldhose Paul and Abdullah Aboobacker’s rare triple jump double will be long cherished. Avinash Sable’s silver in the 3000m steeplechase and Tejaswin Shankar’s bronze in the high jump was also a first for India while Murali Sreeshankar’s silver in the long jump was the country’s first since 1978. Annu Rani also etched her name in the history books by becoming the first Indian female athlete to win a javelin throw medal, a bronze medal. Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar won medals in the 10,000 meter walk, contributing hugely to the success. World Championships medalist Anju Bobby George had predicted at least seven medals at the Games but India managed to surpass that despite the absence of Neeraj Chopra, who missed the multi-sport event with a spinal injury. ‘elder. A gold and silver medal for lawn bowls The great story of the Games came from the lawn bowling greens of Victoria Park. A police officer, a sports teacher and a forest officer have combined to capture the imagination of the whole country by winning women’s four-man gold in a sport whose nuances would still be unknown to many. The team consisted of Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia. Inspired by them, the male quartet also caused a stir by winning silver in the sport which has been part of the sports program since 1930. Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur and Dinesh Kumar hope the medal will end up changing their lives . Wrestling sweep Reaffirming their dominance in the CWG, Indian wrestlers have won medals in all 12 events they have entered, including six gold. Achieving gold was like a walk in the park for Olympic medalists Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia while stepping onto the top step of the podium, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat made a strong comeback after a tough time. Three medals also came from the judo mat, including a silver one from Delhi-based Tullika Maan, who is already looking forward to changing the color of her medal. Table tennis has won India the highest number of gold medals after wrestling. Achanta Sharath Kamal showed that 40 is just a number by adding three gold medals to a record equating to 13 medals in Games history, including the singles title after 16 years. Paralympic Games medalist Bhavina Patel contributed to India’s gold rush by winning the C3-5 category. The NEC Arena badminton courts won three gold medals in India with superstar PV Sindhu finally claiming his first title. Young Lakshya Sen also put in inspiring efforts to complete India’s sweep in the singles competition. In the boxing arena, Nitu topped the 48kg class while Amit Panghal overcame the disappointment of the Tokyo Olympics to top the 51kg class. There were also some disappointments. The women’s cricket team did well to get a silver medal, but they won gold in the final against Australia. It was a mixed bag in the hockey competition with the women winning their first medal since Melbourne 2006 while the men were hammered by Australia in the final.

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