With the winding up of the last day of CommonWealth Games , India finished number fourth of CWG medal tally with 61 medals. Out of the 61 medals, 22 were gold, 15 silvers and 23 bronze. India witnessed a remarkable history by registering their first gold medals in various categorized sports of CommonWealth Games. Vidhi Mathur reports for EBNW Story..
Here are the sports in which India bagged Gold for the first time
1) Lawn bowls fairy :
4 women -Rupa Rani Tirkey, Lovely Choubey, Nayanmoni Saikia and Pinki Singh bagged India’s 1st ever gold in Lawn Bowls CWG 2022, defeating South Africa by 17-10.
Rupa Rani Tirkey (35) hails from Ranchi and was a former kabaddi player and is has been working as District Sports Officer for Department of Sports, Jharkhand Since 2020.
Lovely Choubey (42) is from a Ranchi’s middle class family. She was also trained in long jump and sprint. It was her third participation in Commonwealth games
Nayanmoni Saikia ((34) is originally from Golaghat district of Assam, she is a proud daughter of farmer, father and is also currently a Forest Department Officer of Assam. In her initial years of sports ,she used to be a weightlifter .
Pinki Singh (32) is from Gujarat and was earlier a professional cricket player and even played in Ranjit Trophy in the late nineties. She is currently working as a Physical Education teacher in Delhi Public School, RK Puram.
2) Men’s Badminton Doubles –
After this duo’s achievement of 2018’s silver medal in Commonwealth Games, Satwik Sairaj Rainkireddy (21) and Chirag Shetty (25) India’s famous shutter duos defeated England duo Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge by 21-15 ,21-13 in the finals . On Monday ,8 August 2022 India registered its first ever gold in Badminton Doubles finals
3) Men’s Triple Jump-
Paul Eldhose( 25) won India’s first ever gold medal in Men’s Triple jump by registering his personal best record distance of 17.03m at the finals in Birmingham games on Sunday, 7 August 2022. He hails from Kerala and was the first Indian athlete to qualify for the World Athlete championship’s finals.
4) Men’s Heavyweight Para powerlifting –
On 4th August 2022, Sudhir ( Sudhir Kumar Chitrdurga) swept away the title of First Indian to win a gold medal in CWG’s Men’s Para Powerlifting. He grabbed his winning point of 134.5 by lifting 212kg in the finals. Sudhir suffered from the effects of Polio and so has an impairment .but he did not get diffident and continued his sojourn to win the medal.