The Indian men’s hockey team will go back home with a heavy heart and silver medals post the 0-7 thrashing they received from Australia in their Commonwealth Games 2022 gold medal match. This will be the third time after Delhi (2010) and Glasgow (2014) that the Indian men’s hockey team have succumbed to the same opponents in the final.

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On the other hand, the Australian team’s golden run does not seem to stop. The team began its gold-medal-winning streak at the CWG in 1998 and continued to do so through 2022. The difference in quality between the two sides was clearly visible, with India not having a single penalty corner in the entirety of the match. India suffered a further setback in the fourth quarter when an injury forced captain Manpreet Singh to be substituted. The valiant efforts of the side were acknowledged in a tweet by India’s President:

Notably, both teams won the semi-finals with a score of 3-2, India defeating South Africa and Australia winning against England.

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India’s medal tally keeps rising on the last day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Earlier, PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen clinched the gold in the women’s and men’s badminton singles divisions, respectively. Sharath Kamal won his table tennis men’s singles final, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty won the men’s doubles event, adding more gold to India’s tally. India has won 61 titles at CWG ’22, with 22 gold, 16 silver, and 23 bronze medals. This has now become India’s fifth most successful run in CWG history. In the 2010 Delhi edition of the game, Indian athletes had won 101 medals in total, making it the country’s best CWG performance till date, followed by Manchester 2002 (69), Gold Coast 2018 (66), and Glasgow 2014 (64).

Day 11 brings the 2022 Commonwealth Games to an end, and the closing ceremony of this multi-sport event is scheduled to commence at 12:00 AM.