Aug 4 () : The 20th Commonwealth Games came to an end yesterday at Glasgow, Scotland with India finishing a credible 5th with 64 medals to its name.
India had finished 2nd in the 2010 Delhi games with 101 medals but were not expected to have a repeat of that as some of the medal winning games of the previous edition were removed this year, like Tennis.
The final day of the games was made memorable by Parupalli Kashyap for the Indian fans, as he won the singles badminton Gold after 32 years. He became the first male player from India since Syed Modi won it last in 1982 , four years after the legend Prakash Padukone had won it for the first time in the 1978 Canada Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old Hyderabadi, bronze medal winner in the previous edition, played his heart out as he defeated Derek Wong of Singapore in a nail-biting game 21-14, 11-21, 21-19. The crowd was behind him all the time and he came up trumps to get the biggest prize of his career in a packed stadium.
While his victory gave a lot of joy to the Indian fans, the doubles women pair of Jwala and Ponnappa lost their gold medal game 17-21, 21 – 23 to the Malaysian pair of Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon. The Indian pair had four game points in the second game but left the Malaysian pair to gain momentum and close out the match in 2 direct sets.
The pair was neck to neck in both games but lost crucial points by losing serve many a times. The Malaysian pair was quicker of the two teams and covered the court well as against the Indian pair.
Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa helped India get their first gold medal in squash. The Chennai girls who came 5th in the 2010 edition, worked on their game together to achieve this glory.
They defeated top seeds Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro from England 11-6, 11-8 to not only bring glory to the nation, but to the sport of Squash as well. The duo who were down 7-2 in the second game, rallied together to win it 11-8.
The Indian Men’s Hockey team too could be content with only Silver as they too lost their final match 0-4 to the mighty Australians for the second consecutive year. In 2010 they had lost to the same opponent 0-8 and missed the opportunity to snatch the Gold Medal from them. The Indian team played an ordinary game as Australia dominated the entire match.
India finished the games with 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze for a total of 64 medals behind game winners England with 171 followed by Australia with 135, Canada 82 and the hosts Scotland on 53 medals. India had the 4th most medals but were beaten by Scotland as they had 19 Golds as against 15 of India.
Commonwealth Games 2014 Medals Table
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|23||Trinidad and Tobago||0||2||3||5|
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Medals table courtesy : rediff.com