CWG 2022: Shuttlers, paddlers dazzle on last day; hockey team fizzles out; India finish 4th with 22 gold medals | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India
It was expected that Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and the formidable pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy would end up on top of the podium but what provided the icing on the cake was the 40-year-old Sharath Kamal’s gold medal-winning show against an equally good opponent in Liam Pitchford.
That performance took India’s gold medal count to 22, which is four less than the 2018 edition, but this time the sport of shooting was missing from the roster. The shooters had contributed seven golds in Gold Coast’s 66-medal haul, and considering that, India certainly put up a good show.
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However, with the 0-7 hammering of the men’s hockey team by Australia, when at least a spirited fight was anticipated, the Games ended on a somewhat disappointing note.
The manner in which India caved in took away the joy of the silver medal it managed.
India’s final tally read 22 gold, 16 silver and 23 bronze and they stood behind third-placed Canada, which was far ahead with 92 medals (26-32-34). Australia (67-57-54) finished on top ahead of hosts England (57-66-53).
In Pics, CWG 2022: Four gold medals on final day as India finish 4th with 61 medals
<p>Shuttlers and paddlers had sensational outings on the final day of the Birmingham Games as India wrapped up the 2022 edition with a total of 61 medals, finishing fourth behind Australia, England and Canada.</p>
Coming back to TT, Sharath and G Sathian had lost to England’s Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall in the men’s doubles gold medal match, but on Monday, both the Indians had their revenge.
This was after Sathiyan beat Drinkhall 11-9 11-3 11-5 8-11 9-11 10-12 11-9 in an exciting but nerve-jangling bronze play-off.
Sharath outsmarted the 29-year-old nimble-footed Briton 11-13 11-7 11-2 11-6 11-8 to claim his second CWG singles gold after 16 years. He had won the singles title in the 2006 Melbourne Games.
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The superstar paddler will return from Birmingham with a rich haul of four medals, having won the men’s team and the mixed team gold, apart from his silver in the men’s doubles.
With Monday’s sensational gold, Sharath has taken his overall medal tally to 13 at the CWG, since making his Games debut in 2006.
The concluding day of the Games began with superstar Sindhu adding a CWG gold to her already bulging collection with a convincing straight game win over Canada’s Michelle Li.
The world number seven from India outplayed her 13th ranked opponent 21-15 , 21-13 in front of a packed crowd at the NEC arena.
“I had been waiting for this gold for a long time and finally I have got it. I am super happy. Thanks to the crowd, they made me win today,” said Sindhu after the final.
Later, 10th-ranked Sen came from behind to end Ng Tze Yong’s giant-killing run in the competition. The 20-year-old defeated the world number 42 from Malaysia 19-21, 21-9, 21-16.
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Sen was at his attacking best in the decider and led until the end. Yong tried his best to mount a comeback, but Sen was unstoppable. He converted his first match point following a long rally, leading to a frenzied celebration that saw him throw his racket into the stands.
“It was tense at the start, I had to work really hard. Yong also played a great tournament. Congratulations to him as well,” said Sen after a hard-fought contest.
India’s star doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the country’s third gold from the badminton court with a straight game victory over England’s Ben Lane and Sean Mendy at the Commonwealth Games.
The Indian duo won 21-15, 21-13.
India thus finished a fantastic badminton campaign with three gold, one silver and two bronze.
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While the shuttlers and paddlers dazzled, Australia blew away India with their whirlwind speed and relentless attacks in hockey, extending its dominance at the Games.
Since hockey’s introduction at the Games in 1998, Australia has always stood on top of the podium.
This is India’s third defeat against Australia in a CWG final, having lost to them in the 2010 and the 2014 editions of the Games.
Nathan Ephraums and Tom Wickham scored a brace each while Blake Govers, Jacob Anderson, and Flynn Ogilvie also found the net in the lop-sided contest.
It was a far cry from what was expected in a gold medal clash as a dominant Australia pumped in five goals in the first half to take the game away from India.
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