CWG 2018: India finishes third with 26 gold medals
Bhubaneswar/Gold Coast (Australia): With 26 gold medals, India has finished at number three at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) which concludes today at Gold Coast in Australia. India managed to win just one gold medal and four silver medals on the final day after clinching eight golds yesterday.
India has bagged 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals during its Commonwealth games campaign in Gold Coast, Australia. Host nation Australia and England are the two countries which remained ahead of India at first and second positions respectively.
Earlier in the morning, Saina Nehwal defeated P.V. Sindhu in straight games in an all Indian final to win the women’s singles title in badminton. Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final.
Indian star Kidambi Srikanth had to remain satisfied with the silver medal after losing to an inspired Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the men’s singles badminton final. Srikanth had a good start as he won the opening game. But the veteran Malay blew him away in the next two games as Srikanth went down 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 in an hour and five minutes.
In squash, defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa from India settled for the silver in women’s doubles after losing to New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy. The Indian duo lost 0-2 (9-11, 8-11) to the Kiwis in the pulsating 22-minute summit clash at the Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast.
Joshna and Dipika, who lifted the gold in Glasgow, failed to match the intensity of their opponents in Sunday’s summit clash.
India’s Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty settled for the silver medal in badminton men’s doubles after going down meekly to England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.
The Indian pair lost 13-21, 16-21 in the summit clash that lasted for 39 minutes at the Carrara Sports Arena. With the loss, Satwik and Chirag settled for the silver medal, bringing an end to India’s campaign in the Gold Coast Games.
(With IANS inputs)