The Indian athletes’ mind-boggling performances at the current commonwealth games added more laurels. India has amassed a whopping 47 medals including a cool 13 gold so far. Wrestlers and athletics pros paved the way for IndiaÔÇÖs glory.
Double Gold in Wrestling
Wrestling events at the games were expected to be medal clinchers for India. And the Indian wrestlers proved their prowess on day 8 of the current games. London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt had a gold medal expectation riding on his shoulders and he showed his brilliance. Yogeshwar Dutt clinched a coveted gold in the menÔÇÖs 65kg freestyle wrestling event with an outstanding performance defeating CanadaÔÇÖs Jevon Balfour 10-0. While IndiaÔÇÖs Pawan Kumar had to settle for a bronze in the menÔÇÖs 86 kg freestyle category after outperforming PakistanÔÇÖs Muhammad Imam. Women wrestlers showed their calibre too. 2010 CWG silver medallist Babita Kumari gave India its first gold on Day 8. Babita outclassed her Canadian opponent Brittanee Laverdure in the womenÔÇÖs 55kg freestyle category with a remarkable final score of 9-2. While Indian grappler Geetika Jakhar had to be content with a silver medal in the womenÔÇÖs 63kg freestyle event.
Historic achievement in athletics
56 yrs ago the great Milkha Singh won India its first gold medal at the Commonwealth games in athletics. Since then gold had always eluded the Indians until IndiaÔÇÖs smiling giant discus thrower Vikas Gowda made it to the men’s discus throw final. The 56 yr old jinx was broken on day 8 when IndiaÔÇÖs Vikas Gowda ┬áwon a gold medal in the menÔÇÖs discus throw final with an enormous throw of 63.64m. This makes Vikas only the second Indian male athlete to clinch top honours with gold at the Commonwealth games.
India’s laurels continued in other sporting events as well. Day 8 turned out to be historic for India in artistic gymnastics. Woman power ruled as IndiaÔÇÖs Dipa Karmakar became the first woman gymnast and just the second Indian to win a medal for the country in gymnastics at the games. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar made India proud when she won a bronze in the womenÔÇÖs vault artistic gymnastics event. IndiaÔÇÖs Ashish Kumar is the first Indian gymnast to win medals for the nation at the 2010 CWG.
While in hockey the Indian menÔÇÖs team stormed into the semi-final after upsetting opponents South Africa with a final score of 5-2. In badminton IndiaÔÇÖs Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidatt have advanced to the quarters of the menÔÇÖs singles event. IndiaÔÇÖs PC Thulasi has made it to the quarterfinals of the womenÔÇÖs singles event as well.
England leads the medals table with a massive 123 medals (44gold) while Australia stands second with 113 medals (36 gold) after day 8. Hoping India wins more medals to make it to the top four.┬á