CWG 2018: With 26 golds, India’s third best outing ever; top highlights

India’s gold rush continued till the last day of 21st Commonwealth Games at Goldcoast, Australia. Saina Nehwal claimed gold in an all-Indian final of women’s singles in badminton on the last day. With 26 gold medals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games has become India’s third most successful of all time. It has surpassed the medal tally of Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 by two medals — India won 64 medals in Glasgow.

Indian contingent with 200-strong athletics performed brilliantly throughout the tournament. India finished third on the medal tally — Australia tops the chart with 198 medals. England is at the second position with 136 medals. On the final day of 21st Commonwealth Games, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal settled for the silver medal in the final of women’s doubles in squash. They lost the match to New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

In a neck-and-neck fight, the world number 1 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won the silver medal in men’s singles final. India’s third bronze medal in table tennis came on the last day of 21st Commonwealth Games as well with Sharath Kamal winning his match. Continuing her glorious run at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Manika Batra grabbed her fourth medal after winning the bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis final with Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

Manika Batra created history by winning the first ever women’s singles table tennis gold for India on Saturday. Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal with a season’s best of 86.47 m in the fourth throw, scripting another historic record for India.

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