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Commonwealth Games 2022: Here are Key Moments For Team India From the Past

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As the Commonwealth Games are around the corner, memories of Indian contingent in the past often come to our minds. Though there have been dark moments for eg. the Delhi 2010 games, and events where our athletes were disqualified for doping charges, India has managed to save its reputation by amazing performances given by our best athletes.

Here is a look at some of the key moments:

2002 Manchester: 69 medals

The Commonwealth Games at Manchester proved to be a turning point for the Indian squad, as it went on to win 69 medals. It was a ‘Chak De’ moment for Indian women’s hockey team as they won a spectacular gold by beating team England 2-1. Yes, Shah Rukh Khan’s film is based on the same feat achieved by the women’s hockey team.

Commonwealth Games - Manchester 2002 - Womens Hockey Final - England v India. India women celebrate their win in extra time over England Stock Photo - Alamy

Indian Women’s Hockey Team

Credits: Alamy

2006 Melbourne: 50 medals

Since 2002, team India has consistently earned 50 or more medals. The best performance was given by the shooting team that added 29 medals to India’s kitty. Samaresh Jung became the hero for India as he won seven medals, earning the award ‘David Dixon’. Anuja Jung, Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, and the former Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also added to India’s medal tally.

Samaresh Jung psychology: Competition necessary for improvement- The New Indian Express

Samaresh Jung

Credits: New Indian Express

2010 New Delhi: Sparkling with 101!

Though India was marred with corruption charges for the event, our athletes were able to turn the embarrassment into glory. Gagan Narang paired with Abhinav Bindra to win the 10-meter air rifle event. He then went on to win the individual 10-meter air rifle event. He won a total of 4 golds in the 2010 games. Wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Geeta Phogat also made history by winning titles on their home turf. Saina Nehwal came to the limelight as she became the nation’s first woman shuttler to win a Commonwealth Games gold. India stood second overall.

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Saina Nehwal

Credits: The Bridge

Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang - Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang Photos - Zimbio

Abhinav Bindra(left) and Gagan Narang(Right)

Credits: Zimbio

2014 Glasgow – 64 medals

Repeating the spectacular success at the 2010 games was a tough job. Nonetheless, our athletes gave their best, as India finished in the fifth position, with 15 gold medals. Vikas Gowda was one of the highlights of the tournament, as he won the first gold medal in men’s athletics since five decades. Dipa Karmakar also made history by becoming the first-ever female gymnast from India to win a medal in this sport at the international level.

Dipa Karmakar, the Indian butterfly at Glasgow Commonwealth Games | Other News – India TV

Dipa Karmakar-The Indian Butterfly

Credits: India TV

2018 Gold Coast – 66 medals

Many stars came to the highlight in the 2018 games. The chief among them were: Vinesh Phogat, Neeraj Chopra, Saikom Mirabai Chanu, and Manika Batra. Across the five disciplines, India was the best nation on the board. These five disciplines were shooting (seven golds), wrestling (five golds), weightlifting (five golds), table tennis (three golds), and badminton (two golds). Vinesh Phogat Biography | Age | Family | Sisters | Asian Games

Vinesh Phogat

Credits: Kreed On

Neeraj Chopra to lead 37-member athletics team in Commonwealth Games, participation of some subject to form and fitness | Commonwealth Games 2022 News - Times of India

Neeraj Chopra

Credits: Times of India

As India gears up for the 2022 edition, with the Indian women’s Cricket team participating for the first time, we wish them all luck for greater success.

References: Indian Express, Khel Now

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