The 20th edition of the ongoing Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow, Scotland has seen an impressive start for the Indian contingent. With the Indian athletes displaying superb performances that had already taken IndiaÔÇÖs medal tally to a cool 10 medals haul within two days of the games. HereÔÇÖs a look at the medal winners who have done India proud so far.
Abhinav Bindra: Shooting
After announcing that the current CWG games would be his last 31 yr old Abhinav clinched his maiden singles gold medal in the menÔÇÖs 10m air rifle event on Day 2. Abhinav ended his last commonwealth games on a high note adding a coveted gold to IndiaÔÇÖs tally.
Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu : Weightlifting
20 yr old little dynamo Sanjita who hails from Manipur will be remembered for her prowess as a weightlifter that gave IndiaÔÇÖs its first gold on the very first day of the games. Sanjita has been a pro in weightlifting since 2006. She hugely credits her keen love for the sport to fellow Manipuri and a pioneer in the sports Kunjarani Devi who happens to be the womenÔÇÖs team coach at the current games.
Sukhen Dey : Weightlifting
25 yr old weightlifter Sukhen Dey bagged IndiaÔÇÖs second gold in the menÔÇÖs 56 kg category. His current performance definitely out did his silver medal clinch at the previous 2010 Commonwealth Games held at Delhi.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
This 19 yr old Manipuri girl clinched IndiaÔÇÖs first silver medal in the womenÔÇÖs 48 kg weightlifting category. Training under a great champion like Kunjrani Devi definitely helped her shine at the sport.
A gold medallist from the previous 2010 CWG games PunjabÔÇÖs judoka Navjot Chana had to settle for a silver medal in the menÔÇÖs 60 kg category. The talented Indian lost out to EnglandÔÇÖs Ashley Mackenzie based on penalty points a.k.a shido as he conceded three compared to just one by EnglandÔÇÖs judoka.
Manipuri Sushila put up a tremendous performance to reach the finals of the 48 kg womenÔÇÖs judo category. But ScotlandÔÇÖs Kimberly Renicks with her knock-out verdict in the final round proved to be a tough opponent to pin down for the young Indian. Sushila had to settle for a silver medal, still a very proud moment for India.
Malaika Goel: Shooting
16 yr old shooter from Punjab, Malaika added a silver medal to IndiaÔÇÖs tally on the second day of the games. She performed brilliantly but had to settle for second place in the WomenÔÇÖs 10m Air Pistol competition as her nerves got the better of her. She has previously won a silver medal in the juniorÔÇÖs category at the Asian Air Gun Championships in China.
Ganesh Mali: Weightlifting
Competing alongside fellow weightlifter Sukhen Dey in the menÔÇÖs 56 kg category 21 yr old Ganesh Mali ended with a bronze. Mali was outdone by MalaysiaÔÇÖs ZMD Pisol who finished second. Mali who hails from Pune has humble roots as his father works as a daily wage earner. He has made India proud with his third place finish.
Kalpana Thoudam : Judo
24 yr old Manipuri judoka had to settle for a bronze in the 52 kg category. She won on the basis of conceding less penalty points compared to her opponent from Mauritius. Her third place finish was a worthy addition to the Indian medals tally.
Santoshi Matsa :┬á Weightlifting
On the second day of the games the weightlifters provided some joy as 20 yr old Santoshi Matsa from Andhra Pradesh won a bronze in the womenÔÇÖs 53 kg category. Matsa was out done by the brilliant performances from 16 yr old Nigerian Amalaha who won the coveted gold and silver medallist Dika from Papua New Guinea. Her bronze had taken IndiaÔÇÖs medals tally to a formidable 10 on the second day of the games.