Commonwealth Games 2018: India show ends on a high


Aussie athletes took home 80 gold medals, 59 silver and 59 bronze for a total of 198 medals.

Purely based on numbers, this was India's third best Commonwealth Games - behind Delhi (2010) and Manchester (2002).

The beaming smile on the face of James Arnott said everything about what winning an athletics medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games meant to him. At the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics, Australia emerged in the top five and we gloated at surpassing nations with much larger populations and strong sporting traditions such as the British, Germans, Russians and even the Chinese. Most won against lifters from countries with no real weightlifting pedigree. Last night, it wasn't to be.

"What we tried to do is look after the welfare of the athletes because they've got to stand somewhere before they go in the stadium, and we didn't want them standing in a field nearby for an hour", Beattie, a former Queensland Premier, said. The pressure of a "Games" is very different from the pressure of an worldwide meet, bilateral competition or a world cup.

There has also been a loss both of what the Games symbolised, as well as outside political factors. But men's shotgun remains a concern with only Ankur Mittal returning with a bronze in the men's trap. "They were way too long tonight".

There were many historic first for India at the CWG.

The Indian mixed badminton team secured its first gold medal in the history of the games. So though he's the fastest Indian over this distance, he would have snagged an Olympic gold only in 1956.

India bagged a total of seven medals on the final day. The rise of men's doubles team of Satvik Sairaj Ranki Reddy and Chiorag Shetty too has been a big plus.

The exception at Tokyo 2020 could come in the form of Mirabai Chanu. She was way ahead of her closest competitior there - lifting 26 kg more. Punia, a formidable athlete in her own right would need to break her national record by over a metre to be in contention for an Olympic medal at Rio.

Neeraj Chopra's Javelin Gold.

The tally narrowly beats the 45 medals won by New Zealand at the Glasgow Games.

His throw was a shade under his personal best of 86.48 metres. The current Asian record is held by Chinese Taipei's Chao-Tsun-Cheng at 91.26m. That included 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze. Her mark would've won the silver at Rio.

Sushil Kumar and Mary Kom show old is Gold. This was, to be brutally honest - expected. For Sindhu, this was the second CWG singles medal of her career. In Gold Coast, in comparison, India won seven gold medals in shooting and five in weightlifting.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games, and for delivering on the vision of the Commonwealth Sports Movement: to build peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally by inspiring Commonwealth Athletes to drive the impact and ambition of all Commonwealth Citizens through Sport.