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Super Sunday: Five-gold haul helps India regain No. 2 spot

other Updated: Oct 11, 2010 10:39 IST

Winning 15 medals in sports ranging from archery to athletics, which included five yellow metals, Commonwealth Games hosts India produced yet another scintillating display to get back to the second spot grabbed last evening by England.

Teenager Deepika Kumari and Rahul Banerjee won gold medals in individual recurve events on the last day of the competition to help India end their campaign in archery with three golds, one silver and four bronze medals.

Besides these two titles, India also bagged two bronze medals in archery through senior pros Dola Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar in the individual recurve event.

World freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar and boxing pin-up boy Vijender Singh came up with thundering displays that fetched them a gold and a spot in the semi final respectively.

Pistol shooter Harpreet Singh and tennis player Somdev Devvarman were the others to fetch gold medals for India to boost the overall tally to 29, just one short of their record tally of 30 won eight years ago at Manchester.

There were also two silver medals from athletics during the day, a discipline in which India have never won more than one medal at any single Games in the past and now have claimed four here.

Field athletes Vikas Gowda, in men's discus, and Malliakal Prajusha, in women's long jump, won the two silver medals.

To cap a great day, the Indian men's hockey team shed their nerves when faced with a do-or-die situation and hammered arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 to qualify for the semi finals.

Barring Akhil Kumar, who was knocked out in the quarter finals, most other medal contenders in the boxing ring took their places in the semis with Vijender's knock-out of his Elias Nashivela in just over a minute being the most impressive one.

World freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar too produced a superb display to win the 66kg class to add lustre to a splendid Indian show on the mat that fetched India their tenth gold from the mat.

India's tally of 29-22-22 kept them ahead of England's 26-45-30 while Australia were speeding ahead of the rest with a total haul of 61-36-37.