India’s history with Commonwealth goes way back to 1934 when it joined the British Empire for the second Games. That year, India won only one bronze medal due to Rashid Anwar in the Welterweight category of weightlifting.
Since its first win, it’s only been uphill from there. India has participated in sixteen Commonwealth Games, 2018 is the seventeenth. It joined officially as an independent republic in 1947.
It has also hosted the CWG once in 2010 at Delhi, winning their highest number of medals yet, a striking 101. They ranked at second that year.
It is day 8 (12th April 2018) of CWG 2018 and our players have won 31 medals for the country. Out of which, 14 are gold, 7 are silver and 10 are bronze. The latest medals being won by Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon in Women’s Discus Throw – a silver and bronze respectively.
Jitu Rai, an Indian shooter from Nepal, broke the Commonwealth Games Record for Men’s 10m Air Pistol. But our best performance this year has been in the Weightlifting category with 4 Commonwealth Games Records and 3 Commonwealth Records being broken – all by women.
The overall medal tally has placed them at the third position after Australia and England.
218 players are representing our country this year with 115 of them being men and 103 women. With three more days to go, let’s cheer for our country to continue with the same enthusiasm and welcome them back with pride.
Day 9 (13th April 2018) will start with Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Qualification at 8:30 AM AEST (4:00 AM IST).