India finishes 4th in CWG, wins 4 gold medals on final day
BIRMINGHAM: India concluded their Commonwealth campaign with 61 medals, including 22 gold, which although lower than the last edition is still commendable as the sport of shooting which gave the country a rich run last time out has been removed from the list.
The final day was marked by a stunning performance by the commuters, who took all three titles on offer during the day, while paddler Sharath Kamal returned to the top step of the podium after 16 years since his first Olympic medal. gold in 2006.
However, on an otherwise excellent day, the way the men’s team was beaten by Australia in hockey stood out as a shocking note. Australia, who have won gold every time since hockey was introduced to the CWG in 1998, were expected to be the toughest of them all, but the margin of loss (0-7) was particularly disheartening for the Indian Supporters.
Many noted that the medal count could have been much higher if shooting, a sport in which India won seven gold medals at the 2018 Games, had not been scrapped. But this time around, strong performances in athletics, including the men’s triple jump double and silver in the steeplechase that ended the historic hegemony that Kenyan athletes had maintained until now, remain among the brightest spots. .
President Draupadi Murmu congratulated the men’s hockey team, table tennis player Sharath Kamal as well as the badminton medalists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the medalists, praising PV Sindhu as “phenomenal” and Lakshya Sen as “the pride of India” after they both won gold in women’s and men’s singles badminton. He also congratulated the women’s cricket team for winning silver, saying the CWG’s first-ever cricket medal will always be special.