India finish 4th with 61 medals in Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

With 5 fewer medals, Team India slides one place

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August 9, 2022

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India finish 4th with 61 medals in Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won India’s first gold medal, 49 kg category in CWG 2022 Birmingham (Photo: Mirabai Chanu Facebook)

As the Commonwealth Games ended in Birmingham in England last night, the Indian team ended the campaign with 61 medals and finishing at the fourth position overall in the medals tally, five fewer than the preceding event in 2018, where India had finished third on the overall medals tally. Indian tally could perhaps have been higher had shooting not been excluded from the Games. Nonetheless, India has several achievements from Birmingham to look back upon with pride.

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At the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 that concluded on Monday night, India finished its campaign with the total tally of 61 medals, taking the fourth position in terms of medals. gaining its 4th position. On the face of it, with five fewer medals, India slipped one place from the 3rd in 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia. However, the country has performed very well on several counts, notably an unprecedented podium finish in 3000m steeplechase where Avinash Sable bagged a silver, ending a monopoly of Kenyan atheletes who had bagged all the three medals in each Commonwealth Games since 1998. Similarly outstanding was performance by wrestlers, shuttlers as well as the table tennis and both the hockey teams, men and women.

In the last edition of the Commonwealth Games 2018, held in Gold Coast in Australia, India finished in 3rd place on the table with 26 golds, 20 silvers, and 20 bronze medals.

Despite bagging fewer medals than in the preceding edition, the Indian performance was far superior as this time the medals have been won in many more sports. In 2018, India had won a total of 16 medals in shooting alone, and that included a massive seven gold medals. One can only imagine how high India could have been on the medals tally, if shooting was part of the roaster in Birmingham.

In fact, prior to the Birmingham games, India had won more than one-third of all its Gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in this one discipline alone. So the absence of shooting from this edition has drastically reduced Indian medal prospects.

In 2014 CWG hosted in Scotland, India managed to win just 15 Gold medals (64 medals in total – 30 Silver & 19 Bronze medals) and ended up at 5th position in the medals tally. Out of 15 Gold medals, five had come in wrestling, four came in shooting, three in weightlifting and one each in badminton, athletics and squash. In 2014, due to fewer Gold medals, India ended up fifth in overall standings, as against fourth with three fewer total medals.

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Fourth-best country on the medals table, India won 22 gold medals, 16 silver and 23 bronze medals at CWG 2022 in Birmingham. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won India’s first gold medal in 49 kg category and Paddler Sharath Kamal won India’s last gold medal in the Table Tennis men’s single competition in Commonwealth Games 2022.

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