The highly entertaining and engrossing commonwealth games came to roaring end on Sunday. India finished fifth in the games clinching 64 medals(15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze) in total. Squash and Badminton added golden glory to IndiaÔÇÖs laurels.
Squash players strike gold
Women power paved the way as Day 10 turned out to be a historic one for India in squash. Indian squash duo Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal etched their names in the history books when they won a gold medal in the womenÔÇÖs doubles event. This was indeed a proud moment for India as this gold happens to be the very first medal in squash for the country in the commonwealth games history. The awesome duo completely outclassed English opponents 11-6 and 11-8 in two straight games. This victory is even sweeter since squash is not part of the prestigious Olympics.
Historic gold in Badminton
IndiaÔÇÖs historic run continued in badminton. On day 11 IndiaÔÇÖs ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap created history when he won the coveted gold in the menÔÇÖs singles final. KashyapÔÇÖs achievement makes him just the first Indian male shuttler to win the country a gold in 32 years. He joins badmintonÔÇÖs greats like Prakash Padukone who won back in 1978 and late Syed Modi who clinched top honours in 1982.
Silver haul in other sporting events
There was silver lining for the Indians in athletics when IndiaÔÇÖs discus thrower Seema Punia finished second in the womenÔÇÖs discus throw final with a massive throw of 61.61m. While in the menÔÇÖs table tennis doubles event Indian duo Sharath Kamal and Anthony had to settle for silver in the finals against Singapore. In boxing IndiaÔÇÖs Vijender Singh, Devendro Laishram and Mandeep Jangra finished second with silver in their respective finals. While in womenÔÇÖs boxing L. Sarita Devi won silver in the womenÔÇÖs 57-60kg boxing event.
The Indian menÔÇÖs hockey team had to be content with silver in the menÔÇÖs final against the Australian team who defended their title remarkably. IndiaÔÇÖs badminton duo Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa added silver to IndiaÔÇÖs medals tally as well after finishing second in the womenÔÇÖs doubles event. IndiaÔÇÖs Rajinder Rahelu won a silver medal in the menÔÇÖs heavyweight powerlifting event as well.
IndiaÔÇÖs PV Sindhu bagged a bronze in the womenÔÇÖs singles badminton event. While Indian shuttler RMV Gurusaidatt ended with a bronze medal in the menÔÇÖs singles event joining gold medallist Kashyap on the podium. In athletics IndiaÔÇÖs Arpinder Singh won a bronze in the menÔÇÖs triple jump event. While IndiaÔÇÖs Sakina Khatun finished third in the womenÔÇÖs lightweight powerlifting event.
England finished the games with top honours including a humongous total of 174 medals (58 gold) as Australia came in second with 137(49 gold) medals.