India enjoyed a fruitful fortnight in Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games 2022 finishing fourth in the country-wise standings after sneaking past New Zealand on a remarkable final day of the Games. The final tally stood at 61 medals- including 22 gold, 16 silver, and 23 bronze.
India won medals across 12 disciplines, including a historic gold and silver in the Women’s and Men’s lawn bowl fours event respectively, as well as a consecutive perfect-12 from the Indian wrestlers- the entire 12-member strong wrestling team returning home with a medal in their possession.
It was the weightlifters that started the medals rush, with Sanket Sargar, Gururaja Poojary, Bindyarani Devi, and Mirabai Chanu opening the account for the country on the second day of the Games. Overall, the weightlifters won 10 medals in the games, including three golds, thus topping the individual discipline medal tally.
Indians also topped the individual disciplines medals tally in wrestling with the impressive perfect-12 statistic, as well as in badminton and table tennis where they won 6 (including 3 golds), and 7 (including 4 golds) respectively. Notably, PV Sindhu won her first gold medal at the Games, after a bronze and silver in the previous 2 editions, while the evergreen Sharath Kamal played on every single day of the tournament barring one, to capture 3 golds and a silver medal- making him the most successful medal winner from the Indian contingent this year.
The Indian athletics team produced an emphatic display in this year’s Games winning 8 medals, including a historic 1-2 finish in the men’s triple jump event with Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker bagging gold and silver respectively, as well as an equally impressive silver won by Avinash Sable in the men’s 3000m steeplechase event- thus breaking Kenya’s monopoly in that particular event, and winning India’s first steeplechase medal.
The Indian hockey teams bounced back after a disappointing Commonwealth Games last time out. In fact, these Games marked the first ever time that both the men’s and women’s hockey teams have finished with a medal in the same Games- with the men winning silver while the women earning a bronze.
Another notable achievement was the silver medal won by the Indian women’s cricket team as the sport made its debut in the Commonwealth Games this year. The team missed out on the gold medal narrowly- missing out on victory against Australia only in the last over.
Elsewhere, our boxers won 7 medals, including 3 gold, while our judokas won 3 medals as Judo made a return to the Commonwealth Games this year. Powerlifter Sudhir also won a gold medal- the sole Indian medallist in this discipline.