The Hush Post: At a time when the country is reeling under attacks against women, and high levels of female foeticide, Indian women have achieved resounding success at the Commonwealth Games 2018.
In the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, being organised at Gold Coast, Australia, the Indian contingent has won a total of 20 medals, with 11 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. Out of this, women have won or contributed in 7 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.
If India’s women athletes were a country in themselves, they would currently be placed at the 7th position in the medal tally, out of a total of 32 participating nations.
Shooter Heena Sidhu became the first double medalist of the current Games, while teenage sensation Manu Bhaker smashed the Games record in the 10 metre pistol event.
Weightlifters Sanjita Chanu and Mirabai Chanu also set new Games records in the 53 kg and the 48 kg events, respectively.
In table tennis, the women’s team, led by Manika Batra defeated Singapore in a historic final and clinched the gold medal for India. Singapore have never lost a final ever since table tennis was included in the Games in 2002. Thus, this victory speaks volumes about the acumen of the Indian women’s badminton team, who brushed aside the Singaporean side 3-1 in the finals.
In badminton, India won the gold in the Mixed Badminton event. This was India’s first ever gold medal at a mixed badminton event in the Commonwealth Games. In this event, too, Indian women shuttlers played a stellar role as the mixed team of Ashwini Ponappa and Satwik Rankireddy gave India a strong start against Malaysia, who are a strong team themselves. Kidambi Srikanth made it 2-0 for India, but India suffered a setback as Malayasia defeated the men’s duo of Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. It was up to Saina to deliver the gold to India, and she did so in emphatic fashion by defeating Soniia Cheah.
Weightlifter Punam Yadav also clinched a gold for India in the 69 kg category, while Heena Sidhu clinched the silver medal in the 10 metre pistol category, finishing behind Manu Bhaker. Mehuli Ghosh won a silver in the 10 metre Air Rifle Event, and Apurvi Chandela finished behind her fellow countrywoman and won the bronze in the same event.