India ended their campaign at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, with 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze medals to finish third behind table-toppers Australia and England. On the final day today, India won seven medals which included a gold, four silver medals and two bronze medals. The lone gold came in women’s singles badminton, in which star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were pitted against each other in the final.

In a match that started on equal footing, Saina’s aggression and intensity quite literally wilted her compatriot. Saina won the high-pressure match in straight games 21-18, 23-21 that lasted an hour. Saina had earlier claimed the singles gold in the 2010 Delhi Games also.

However, in the men’s singles final, world No.1 Srikanth let slip a strong start to lose in three games to Malaysian icon Lee Chong Wei, who claimed his third individual gold in Commonwealth Games. Srikanth settled for the silver. In Men’s doubles also, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty claimed a silver losing to the English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.

Another silver came in squash competition when the duo of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa lost to Joelle King and Landers-Murphy of New Zealand in women’s doubles final.

The two bronze medals were won in Table Tennis. In an all-India affair, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das in three games in the mixed doubles match. In Men’s singles, Achanta Sharat Kamal defeated Samuel Walker of England for the second bronze.

In the overall analysis, the Indian contingent will return with 66 medals, two medals more than the 64 they won in the last Games held at Glasgow in 2014. But the gold medal tally of 26 this time is significantly higher than the figure of 15 won in the last edition.

Meanwhile, eleven days after a spectacular opening, the Games conclude with the Closing Ceremony a fitting tribute to the remarkable athletic feats, extraordinary teamwork and community participation.

Veteran Boxer MC Mary Kom, who claimed a gold on debut at the Commonwealth Games, was the Indian flag bearer at the closing ceremony.


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