2022 Commonwealth Games: India finishes fourth with 61 medals
The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have finally concluded. The Indian contingent, comprising nearly 200 athletes, participated in 16 sports at the event. They had a joyous run at the global event, bagging a total of 61 medals, comprising 22 gold, 16 silver, and 23 bronze medals. India finished fourth in the overall tally, ranking behind Australia (178), England (176), and Canada (92).
India bagged a total of 12 medals in wrestling, the most in any sport in the 2022 Games. The likes of Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Deepak Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya, Vinesh Phogat, and Naveen Malik claimed gold. Anshu Malik was the only silver medallist. Meanwhile, Divya Kakran, Mohit Grewal, Pooja Gehlot, Pooja Sihag, and Deepak Nehra had to content themselves with bronze.
India wound up with 10 medals in weightlifting alone, including three gold, three silver, and four bronze. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, and Achinta Sheuli had a gold medal finish. Sanket Sargar, Bindyarani Devi, and Vikas Thakur grabbed silver. Meanwhile, Gururaja Poojary, Harjinder Kaur, Lovepreet Singh, and Gurdeep Singh ended their campaigns with a bronze medal.
The Indian women's lawn bowls team scripted history by winning the first-ever medal in the sport, that too a gold. Shuttler PV Sindhu grabbed a maiden gold medal in the women's singles category. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat completed a hat-trick of gold medals at CWG. TT veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal won medals in all four events in which he participated, including gold in mixed doubles.
The Indian hockey contingent scripted history in the 2022 Games by winning medals in both men's and women's hockey events in the same edition. The men's team clinched silver, while the women's team bagged a bronze medal.
Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker registered a historic 1-2 after having won gold and silver, respectively, in the men's triple jump. 27-year-old Avinash Sable grabbed silver thereby ending Kenya's 24-year-old dominance in the 3000m steeplechase.
India enjoyed their joint-fourth-best run in terms of gold medals amassed in a single edition of CWG. They equaled the tally from 2006 Melbourne (22). Meanwhile, India's most successful campaign at CWG in this regard was in 2010 New Delhi (38), followed by 2002 Manchester (30), and 2018 Gold Coast (26).
India boast 564 medals in the history of the Commonwealth Games. Wrestling (114) and weightlifting (133) have been India's forte. Meanwhile, India have won 70 medals in shooting, 44 in boxing, and 46 in athletics. India have upped their tally in badminton to 31, followed by table tennis (28). Also, India owns a medal each in women's cricket (silver) and swimming (bronze).
India have collected a grand total of 564 medals at CWG. 135 of those have come in shooting. Plus, Indian athletes bagged 16 medals in the same in 2018. However, shooting was cut short from the Commonwealth Games program for 2022 Birmingham.
India had managed a total of 66 medals in the Gold Coast. The tally comprised 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze to finish third overall, behind hosts Australia (198) and England (136).