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Commonwealth Games 2010 - The Glory

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Well, despite the allegations and the counter allegations, the CWG 2010, proved to be successful for India. So, before i put across the what all went wrong and give you some points about the corruption part of the games, lets look at the brighter side :)

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CWG 2010 

  • Hosted from October 3 to October 14, 2010
  • Shera the tiger was the mascot of the XIX Commonwealth Games at Delhi. (Chosen because tiger is the national animal of India)
  • The logo: A chakra spiraling upwards; (created from the Ashoka Chakra, India’s national symbol that denotes freedom, unity and power)
  • The motto: Come Out and Play
  • 72 Countries of the Commonwealth participated in the games. 

A record medal haul of 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals, the best-ever harvest for the country in the Games history, helped India climb to the record-high second position and end the event on a thumping note.

Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

The main haul of these 101 medals came from shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and, to everyone’s surprise, the track and field events.

From the spectacular opening ceremony to the grand closing, the country had several highs and a number of sports heroes and heroines in the 12-day sports festival.

The Heroes

There was the rifle-shooting ace Gagan Narang, who scooped up four gold medals but could not achieve the feat of overhauling five-gold hero of the 2006 Melbourne Games - “Goldfinger” Samresh Jung.

There was the teenage woman archer Deepika Kumari, daughter of an auto-rickshaw driver, who held her nerves even as the more seasoned Dola Banerjee wilted, to come up with a golden double in the women’s recurve event. 

The track and field events witnessed India’s first gold medal in 52 years when Krishna Poonia led a clean sweep of the women’s discus throw, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil winning the silver and bronze. 

Later the women’s 4x400m relay squad also struck an unexpected gold with a superb display that pushed Nigeria and England to second and third places. Just when the titles seemed to be drying up at the end, the women shuttlers, led by this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Saina Nehwal, brought down two gold medals to bring down the curtains on the country’s competitive show with a bang. 

Those two gold medals in badminton were vital to help India push England to the third place by the skin of their teeth, India’s gold tally becoming 38 on the last day after they trailed their rivals going into the final day today. 

The men’s hockey team, whose fortunes are followed closely by the sports fans of the country, made history by making it to the final for the first time before going down to Australia 0-8. But despite the huge defeat, the games would be remembered for the spectacular win against Pakistan (7-4) and stirring display against England, against whom the squad fought back from 1-3 down to win the semi final via the penalty shoot-out.

And last but not the least, our wrestling team led by Sushil Kumar saw India finishing with 10 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.

The zeros - Read about the not so sunny side of the Commonwealth Games in our next article - Commonwealth Games 2010 - The Shady Side

Source of all this information: Newspapers :)

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