While 72 nations are expected to take part in the Birmingham Games which are due to start on July 28, Indian athletes, led by Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, should also perform well in this edition. There is, however, no shooting at the Games this time around and this is likely to reduce India’s overall medal count.
TimesofIndia.com Here are India’s performances in the last six Commonwealth Games from 1998 to 2018:
1998 Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur (25 medals):
The 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur were the last of the 20th century, but the first to be held in an Asian country. More team sports like cricket and hockey were included in the CWG for the first time.
India’s history at the Commonwealth Games
The Indian cricket team was led by Ajay Jadeja and had stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble and new entrants in international cricket at the time – VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh. India finished third in their group, failing to advance to the semi-finals and Australia faced South Africa in the final, which Proteas won by 4 wickets.
In men’s hockey, India reached the semi-finals but lost to Malaysia, then lost to England on penalties in the bronze medal match.
Overall, India finished in eighth position in the medal tally with 25 medals (7 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze). Notable winners were Jaspal Rana (gold in men’s 25m pistol shooting), Aparna Popat (silver in women’s singles badminton) and Pullela Gopichand (bronze in men’s singles badminton).
2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester (69 medals):
The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester and India remarkably won a total of 69 medals including 30 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze, claiming fourth place in the medal standings.
India’s women’s hockey team, led by Suraj Lata Devi, clinched their first-ever gold medal by beating England 3-2 in the final.
Apart from hockey, India has won 14 gold medals in shooting, 11 gold medals in weightlifting, 3 in wrestling and 1 in boxing.
Indian weightlifters and shooters also won 9 and 7 silver medals respectively, 3 silver medals were won in wrestling, while athletics, judo and boxing saw India win a gold medal. money each.
The only bronze for India in athletics was won by Anju Bobby George, while weightlifters won 7 bronzes, 3 were bagged by shooters, 3 in table tennis and 1 each in judo, boxing and badminton.
2006 Commonwealth Games, Melbourne (50 medals):
The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne and Indian shooter Samresh Jung won the top David Dixon Award which honors the outstanding athlete at each edition of the games. Jung set three new CWG records and won 7 medals, including 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
Overall, India again finished in fourth place in the medal tally with 22 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze, for a total of 50 medals. Indian shooters have won 16 gold medals, weightlifters have won 3 gold medals, 2 gold medals have been won in table tennis and 1 in boxing.
Indian fencers also won 7 silver medals, weightlifters 5, 2 in athletics and boxing each and 1 in women’s hockey.
Indian shooters also won 4 bronze medals, 2 bronze medals were won in badminton and boxing each and 1 in table tennis, weightlifting and athletics.
2010 Commonwealth Games, New Delhi (101 medals):
The 2010 edition saw the Commonwealth Games held in India for the first time and India recorded its best ever performance, breaking the 100 medal mark for the first time. The Indian contingent won 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze, bringing the total to 101 medals. India finished second, behind Australia and ahead of England by 1 gold medal for their best performance at the Games so far.
India’s female athletes stole the show from their male counterparts as Krishna Poonia won India’s first gold medal in athletics after 52 years, Geeta Phogat won India’s first-ever gold medal in athletics women’s wrestling, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta won India’s first doubles gold in badminton and Saina. Nehwal’s badminton gold in women’s singles lifted India’s tally from 100 to 101.
Saina Nehwal. (Photo YOU)
Indian shooters once again headed for glory winning 14 gold medals, Indian wrestlers battled their way to 10 gold medals, archers and boxers won 3 gold medals each, 2 medals golds each were won in athletics, weightlifting and badminton, 1 gold medal in table tennis and Somdev Devvarman won India’s only gold medal in tennis.
Indian shooters also won 11 silver medals, wrestlers won 5 silver medals, 3 silver medals were won in athletics, 2 silver medals were won by weight lifters, archers won 1 silver medal, Ashish Kumar won 1 silver medal in gymnastics, 1 silver medal was won in table tennis and badminton each, Sania Mirza was content with silver in tennis and the India after being crushed by Australia 8-0 in the men’s hockey final, also settled for silver.
India won 7 bronze medals in athletics, shooters won 5 bronze medals, weightlifters, wrestlers, archers and boxers won 4 bronze medals each, 3 bronze medals were won in tennis table, 2 bronze medals in tennis and 1 bronze medal in swimming, gymnastics and badminton each.
2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (64 medals):
The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow also saw many Indian athletes make history. Vikas Gowda (men’s discus) won India’s first gold medal in men’s athletics in 56 years. Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won India’s first CWG gold medal in squash. Parupalli Kashyap has become the first Indian male commuter in 32 years to win a badminton singles gold medal. Dipa Karmakar’s bronze medal was India’s first-ever international gymnastics medal.
In total, India won 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze) to finish in fifth place in the medal tally.
Indian wrestlers won 5 gold medals, shooters won 4 gold medals, weightlifters won 3 gold medals and 1 gold medal was won in athletics, squash and badminton.
Dipa Karmakar. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Indian shooters won 9 silver medals, wrestlers won 6 silver medals, weightlifters won 5 silver medals, boxers won 4 silver medals, 2 silver medals came in judo and 1 silver medal in athletics, table tennis, men’s hockey and badminton each.
As for the bronze medals, the Indian lifters won 6 bronze medals, 4 bronze medals went to the fencers. Judokas, wrestlers and commuters won 2 bronze medals each and 1 bronze medal was won in gymnastics, boxing and athletics each.
2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia (66 medals)
The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held in Gold Coast and India’s total medal count increased by 2 medals to 66 medals, earning them a third place finish in the medal tally. India became the top performing country in weightlifting, shooting, wrestling, badminton and table tennis, and second in boxing.
Indian shooters won 7 gold medals, weightlifters and wrestlers won 5 gold medals each, boxers and paddlers won 3 gold medals each, 2 gold medals went to badminton players and Neeraj Chopra won India’s only gold medal in athletics in the javelin throw.
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Indian shooters won 4 silver medals, wrestlers, boxers and commuters won 3 silver medals each, 2 silver medals were won in squash, table tennis and weightlifting and 1 silver medal was stalled in athletics.
The distribution of bronze medals meanwhile was as follows – Indian shooters won 5 bronze medals, wrestlers won 4 bronze medals, 3 bronze medals were won in boxing and table tennis each, 2 medals bronze medals were won by weightlifters and 1 bronze medal each was recorded in athletics, badminton and parasports.