The curtains were drawn on the 21st commonwealth games at Gold Coast, Australia last evening following a colourful ceremony with legendary Boxer MC Mary Kom leading Indian delegation carrying tricolour.
Indian competitors ended their campaign in the eleven day event on the third place, with 66 medals including 26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze medals.
Australia stood first in the medal tally with 198 medals including 80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze followed by England 136 medals.
On the final day yesterday, India won seven medals which include one Gold, Four Silver and two Bronze. The lone Gold came in women’s singles Badminton, in which star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehal were pitted against each other in the final.
In a match that started on equal footing, Saina’s aggression and intensity quite literally wilted her compatriot.
Saina won the high pressure match in straight games 21-18, 23-21 that lasted an hour. Saina had earlier claimed the singles Gold in the 2010 Delhi Games also.
However, in men’s singles final, recently crowned world No.1 Kidambi Srikanth let slip a strong start to lose in three games to Malaysian icon Lee Chong Wei, who claimed his third individual gold in Commonwealth Games. Srikanth settled for the Silver.
In Men’s doubles also, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty claimed a Silver losing to English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.
Another silver came in squash, when the duo of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa lost to Joelle King and Landers-Murphy of New Zealand in women’s doubles final.
The two Bronze medals were won in Table Tennis. In an all-India affair, Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beat Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das in three games in the mixed doubles match.
In Men’s singles, Achanta Sharat Kamal defeated Samuel Walker of England for the second Bronze.