India’s Birmingham CWG presentation highlights potential to be a sporting powerhouse

India won 61 medals at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, just some of the 66 won at the Gold Coast CWG four years ago. What makes India’s 18th appearance all the more significant is that the shot, which netted 16 medals by India’s Gold Coast tally, was not a Birmingham event.

Athletics won eight medals in Birmingham, with hurdler Avinash Sable, triple jumpers Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker, walkers Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar, javelin thrower Annu Rani, long jumper Murali Sreeshankar and high jumper Tejaswin Shankar waving the Indian flag high.

Avinash Sable made history by ending Kenyan dominance in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing second in a national record as he missed out on gold by 500ths of a second.

Eldhose Paul jumped, jumped and jumped into the history books as India’s first ever gold medalist in the triple jump, finishing ahead of compatriot Abdulla Aboobacker.

Indian lifters also shone in Birmingham as Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga and Achinta Shauli clinched gold while Sanket Sargar, Bindyarani Devi and Vikas Thakur won silver. Gururaja Poojary, Harjinder Kaur, Lovepreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh won bronze as India completed another successful campaign.

In wrestling, powerhouses Bajrang Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Deepak Punia and Naveen Malik have won gold medals in India. Anshu Malik was the only silver medalist while Deepak Nehra, Pooja Gehlot, Pooja Sihag, Divya Kakran and Mohit Grewal got bronze.

Boxers Nitu Ghanghas, Amit Panghal and Nikhat Zareen picked up gold medals while Sagar Ahlawat got silver. Jasmine Lamboria, Mohammad Hussamuddin and Rohit Tokas won bronze for India.

Commuters PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty all won gold, before combining with Kidabi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponappa to help India secure silver in the mixed team event.

Veteran table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal, who was awarded the Khel Ratna, became India’s most successful athlete at Birmingham 2022, winning four medals including three gold.

India gold in men’s team, mixed doubles, men’s singles, silver in men’s doubles and bronze in men’s singles (Sathiyan Gnanasekaran).

Saurav Ghosal took silver in men’s singles and teamed up with Dipika Pallikal to win bronze in mixed doubles squash.

The quartet of Rupa Rani Tirkey, Nayanmoni Saikia, Lovely Choubey and Pinki Singh clinched a historic gold medal in the women’s four-man bowl. India’s four-man bowls team – Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Singh and Dinesh Kumar, also took silver.

In judo, Shushila Likmabam and Tulika Maan got silver while Vijay Kumar Yadav won bronze.

Sudhir won gold in men’s heavyweight in the para powerlifting event, while Bhavina Patel also won gold and Sonalben Patel won bronze in para table tennis.

In hockey, the Indian men’s and women’s teams won their third CWG medals. While the men’s team took silver, the women took the podium after 16 long years.

When it comes to cricket, the first time the sport was played in any CWG, the women’s team got silver after losing miserably in the final.

India finished fourth overall, with the most medals in badminton, table tennis, wrestling and weightlifting and second in boxing.

With the 2024 Olympics fast approaching, India is sure to be seen as a powerhouse in the sports world.

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