Article by Atul Kumar
The 2022 Commonwealth Games have come to an end and we have seen India shining through the edition.
India’s Achievement in the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Talking about the achievements, let’s first start with weightlifting because we are in the top category in weightlifting we won 10 medals in this event along with three gold. India for the second consecutive time topped the ranking in the Commonwealth Games as they did in 2018 in Glasgow. Indian Weightlifter quality rise significantly well in the last 8 to 10 years. They work very hard to set a good name in weightlifting all over the world.
Then we see the dominance of Indian wrestlers 12 contingent member from India has been sent and India won all 12 medals in wrestling including 6 gold,2 silver, and 4 bronze medal. The gold medal winner is the expected one Ravi Dahiya first time came to the Commonwealth Game and in his first appearance, he won gold with a dominant performance against his all opponent. Vinesh Phogat created history by doing hatrick of the medal in commonwealth games 2014, 2018, and now in 2022. Other wrestlers are also impressive because it is difficult to achieve all medals in a single event, not at all easy.
Then we get unexpected performance for track and field we have won 8 medals in total especially the history was created in the triple jump where India bags both gold and silver. India wins silver in steel chase 3000m where Kenyan is so dominant to win against them is so exceptional.
India is not known for their Lawn Bowl but they proved nothing is impossible. India won Gold in Lawn Bowl 4 player in women’s edition and in men’s Silver was bagged in Lawn Bowl.
India also showed their dominance in badminton bagging three gold,1silver, and 2 bronze making it a total of six medals for India in badminton as well. PV Sindhu shone as a star badminton player for India bagging his third medal on her third Commonwealth Games appearance in 2014 she won bronze, in 2018 she won silver, and this year even better bags the Gold for India. Chirag and Satwik pair also showed good resilience and bags gold. Lakshya Sen was sensational calm and cool, and also bagged gold for India.
India showed dominance in Table Tennis with a one-man show Achanta Sharath Kamal. He won the Gold medal in Singles as well as Mixed Doubles along with a Silver in Men’s Double and was also part of the team which beat Singapore 3-0 to bag Gold. So a total of 5 medals in Table tennis as well.
India Hockey teams both men and women performed well. Men’s Hockey team bagged Silver after losing to Australia with a margin of 7-0 and the women’s hockey teams bagged the bronze after beating New Zealand women in a thrilling encounter in which India won by 2-1 in the bronze medal match. The Star of this match was Savita Punia who saves four goals in the penalty shootout at the end of the game after a 1-1 draw. Overall making it a great feat for the Indian hockey team who didn’t return back empty hand.
In this 2022 Commonwealth Games, Cricket was included for the first time for women in the T-20 format. India in the group beat Australia by 3 wickets, then they beat Pakistan Women team by 8 wickets and then they beat Barbados and after clinching that game India book their berth in the semifinal again strong team like England. India batted first and scored 164 in their 20 overs and in the end, England was only able to score 160 and India get victorious by 4 runs. India lost Gold to Australia just by a 9-run margin so the Indian women’s cricket team won silver in the first inclusion of cricket in the Commonwealth Games.
India’s performance was so good they won 22 gold medals even without shooting and archery as they are not part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. India bagged a total of 61 medals and finished fourth in ranking overall.
For India, the flag bearer at the opening ceremony is our Star badminton player PV Sindhu and the Captain of India Men’s Hockey team Manpreet Singh and the flag bearer at the closing ceremony is Sharath Kamal and Nikhat Zareen.
So here’s an end to a good show by India in the 2022 Commonwealth Games and hoping for an equal or much better performance by India in the 2024 Olympics.