CWG 2018: India finishes third with 26 gold medals

CWG 2018: India finishes third with 26 gold medals

CWG 2018: India finishes third with 26 gold medals

India ended their 2018 Commonwealth Games campaignon Sunday with a total haul of 66 medals - 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze.

While Canada fell well short of its goal of 100-plus medals at the Commonwealth Games, team officials say the true test of the Gold Coast Games will come two years from now at the Tokyo Olympics. But Manika Batra was determined to ensure that things turn out differently.

"As a direct historical comparison, without the Para-sport events that have been added at recent Games, it is the worst Commonwealth Games performance of any England team in track and field".

On the other end of the spectrum were Mary Kom and Sushil.

The highlight of the show, which was not universally liked and saw many people leaving the stadium midway, was a segment done by cricket legend Don Bradman's grand daughter Greta Bradman, who performed along with the members of the Queensland Ballet during the hand-over of the Games flag.

Uganda's Solomon Mutai bagged silver while Scotland's Robbie Thompson settled for bronze.

India's maximum medals came from shooting (16), followed by wrestling (12) and weightlifting (9).

They have seen athletes strive to exceed expectations and, in giving their best performances, they have made their home countries proud. The weightlifters in Mirabai Saikhom Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Punam Yadav gave a solid start to India in the early days.

Shooters were not to be left behind and nearly everyday, a gold tumbled out of the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane. In CWG 2010, New Delhi, India won the maximum medals, when massive 600-plus strong members competed to bag 101 medals.

Indian star Kidambi Srikanth had to remain satisfied with the silver medal after losing to an inspired Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the men's singles badminton final. Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final.

Audiences piped up about the quality of the show online, too. The 20-year old athlete, a farmer's son from Panipat, received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The 22-year-old O'Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she is not trading punches in the ring, lacked the finesse to counter the experienced Indian and failed to take advantage of her longer reach. A young rhythmic gymnastics team won two medals, down from six in 2014.

Manpreet Singh's team lacked finesse and resolve, the lowest point of its campaign being a 2-2 draw with a Pakistan in shambles.

Outisde the competition arena, India battled a couple of embarrassing controversies. There are certain moments when India's athletes scripted a new chapter in sporting history and claimed success against overwhelming odds.

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