With shooting and archery excluded, weightlifting was the only event where Indians won medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. But, over the past three days, wrestlers, boxers and athletes from athletics won medals, especially gold, to put India in fifth place, just one gold medal behind New Zealand.
On Day 10 of the Games in Birmingham, UK, on Sunday (June 7th), India won 15 medals, including five gold. India has so far won 55 medals including 18 gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze.
We take a look at how Indian athletes have placed India in the top 5 over the past three days:
Power of the fight: Indian wrestlers have again proven that the country has become a powerhouse in the field of wrestling.
Wrestling, by far, was the biggest contributor of medals for India at CWG 2022. India ended their two-day wrestling campaign with 12 medals, including 6 golds. All 12 Indian wrestlers won medals just like at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast, Australia.
While Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Ravi Dahiya were expected to win gold medals, three more gold medals from Sakshi Malik, Deepak Punia and Naveen gave the Indian contingent a big boost. Wrestler Anshu Malik won silver, while Mohit Grewal, Deepak Nehra, Pooja Gehlot, Divya Kakran and Pooja Sihag won bronze medals in their weight categories.
Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman to win 3 consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medals, while Olympic silver medalist Ravi Dahiya needed just under 7 minutes to win her first gold medal CWG.
boxing fame: Indian boxers followed the wrestlers’ medal rush and won three gold medals. While Nitu Ghanghas, Amit Panghal and Nikhat Zareen won gold medals, Sagar Ahlawat had to settle for silver after losing the men’s +92kg final on Sunday.
India has won six medals so far in boxing at CWG 2022, including 3 gold and 3 silver.
Amit Panghal avenged his last CWG final loss by winning gold in the men’s flyweight (51kg) while Nitu Ghanghas (48kg) won gold in his debut. World champion Nikhat Zareen won gold in the women’s 50kg flyweight to complete a treble of gold medals for India in boxing.
Triple Jumpers script history: Sunday (June 7) was a historic day for Indian athletics. In the men’s triple jump, the first two places were won by the Indians, followed by another in fourth place.
Eldhose Paul won the gold medal with a jump of 17.03m followed by teammate Abdulla Aboobacker in second place with a fifth round jump of 17.02m. India’s Praveen Chitravel, who arrived at the CWG as the second-best Indian with a season-best 17.18m, finished fourth with 16.89m.
Paul, 25, became just the sixth Indian to win a CWG gold medal since legendary Milkha Singh won it in 1958 for 440 yards, reported PTI.
Avinash Sable’s dream race: Indian Avinash Sable’s dream run against the trio of Kenyans will be India’s biggest highlight at CWG 2022.
Sable was in fourth place, relentlessly trailing three Kenyan athletes. And, in the final seconds, he did what many thought was unthinkable. Not only did he pass two Kenyans, but he was very close to winning gold in the event.
It was India’s first-ever CWG medal in the men’s steeplechase. And, for the first time since 1998, there was a non-Kenyan on the steeplechase podium.
Where to watch the Commonwealth Games in India: All Birmingham sporting events will be broadcast live on Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX and Sony TEN 4 channels. Live streaming of the Games will also be available on the SonyLIV app and website .