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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014
Meet the Indian athletes who won 15 gold medals at Glasgow Games 2014
Pratyush Ranjan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 02, 2014
First Published: 17:19 IST(2/8/2014)
Last Updated: 12:31 IST(4/8/2014)

President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian athletes for winning medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in their respective fields. In separate letters, the President said, "Your achievement is an example of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication.  You have made all Indians proud and proved that hard work always bring laurels."

The Delhi Games in 2010 was India's most successful Commonwealth Games to date with Indian athletes winning 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals.

At the Glasgow Games this year, India has won 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals so far.

Here's a look at Indian athletes who won gold for the country:

1. Yogeshwar Dutt: Men's wrestling, 65 kg freestyle

Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates winning against Jevon Balfour of Canada in the Men's Freestyle 65kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold medal match at the SECC, 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. AFP PHOTO

In the wrestling arena, Olympic bronze medallist Dutt beat Jevon Balfour of Canada in the men's freestyle 65 kg category final. The Indian was declared the winner on grounds of technical superiority after he took a 10-0 lead within 1.53 minutes of the first period.


2. Babita Kumari: Women's wrestling, 55 kg freestyle

Gold medalist Babita Kumari poses with her medal after the Women's Freestyle 55kg Freestyle Wrestling Gold medal match at the SECC, 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. AFP PHOTO

Kumari won gold by putting a stunning show to prevail over Canada's Brittanee Laverdure in the women's 55 kg freestyle category summit clash at the SECC Hall. Twenty four-year-old Kumari, who had bagged the silver in the 2010 Games, won 9-2 against the 32-year-old Laverdure, who ended up injuring her finger during the bout. She dominated in most of the proceedings and it was only in the last 15 seconds that Laverdure managed to open her account but by then it was all over.


3. Vikas Gowda: Men's discus throw

Vikas Shive Gowda celebrates after winning the men's discus final at Hampden Park Stadium during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. AP Photo

Gowda won the country's first medal from track and field at Glasgow. Gowda, 31, upgraded the silver he had won four years ago in New Delhi with a best throw of 63.64 metres. Gowda's best throw came during his third attempt, as he bettered his throw each time from 60.63m to 62.09 to 63.64. His fourth and sixth attempts were disqualified with the fifth reading at 62.17m.


4. Sushil Kumar: Men's wrestling, 75kg

Sushil Kumar celebrates winning the men's 74kg freestyle Wrestling gold medal match at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. AFP PHOTO

Kumar just took 107 minutes to clinch the gold medal in the category by beating Pakistan's Qamar Abbas in a one-sided affair. It was his first major international medal after his pet 66kg category was removed and he had to add nine kilograms to adjust in the new weight bracket. Kumar had won both his Olympic medals - bronze in Beijing and silver in London, 2010 World Championship gold, 2010 Asian Games gold and the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold in the 66 kg category.


5. Amit Kumar: Men's wrestling, 57kg

Amit Kumar (L) lifts South Africa's Bokang Masunyane during the Men's 57 kg Freestyle Wrestling quarter-finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. REUTERS Photo

Amit won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 57kg category beating Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson. He won the bout 3-1 on classification points. Amit won six points in the two periods while Welson got two. He booked his place in the final with an exciting 4-0 win over Pakistan's Azhar Hussain in the semi-finals.


6. Vinesh Phogat: Women's wrestling, 48kg

Vinesh Phogat (right) kisses her medal after winning gold against Yana Rattigan of England in the FS 48kg gold medal wrestling match at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. AP Photo

Indian teenager Phogat registered a thrilling 11-8 win over England's Yana Rattigan to clinch the gold medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg wrestling competition. Phogat, 19, is the cousin of Geeta Phogat, who had won the first gold medal for India in women's wrestling in the 2010 Delhi Games. She had beaten Canadian Jasmine Mian in the semi-finals and Nigerian Rosemary Nweke in the quarter-finals.


7. Jitu Rai: Men's shooting, 50 m Pistol

Jitu Rai celebrates after winning gold medal in the 50m Pistol event during the Commonwealth Games at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. PTI Photo

'Pistol King' Jitu Rai kept his reputation intact by clinching the gold medal before Gagan Narang and Gurpal Singh claimed a silver each to continue the shooters' heroics at Glasgow. Twenty six-year-old Rai, world number 4 in the event, gave ample display of his class by taking the honour in the men's 50 m pistol event as the Indian shooters continued to dominate the ranges.


8. Satish Sivalingam: Men's weightlifting, 77 kg

India's Gold medalist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam celebrates during the men's weightlifting 77kg class at the SECC Precinct during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. AFP PHOTO

A dominant Sivalingam, 22, rewrote the Games Snatch record enroute his gold medal winning performance at Glasgow. Sivalingam, the 2013 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, lifted a total of 328 kg (149+179) to pip 2010 CWG gold medallist Ravi, who had to be content with a silver medal following an effort of 317 kg (142+175).


9. Apurvi Chandela: Women's shooting, 10 m Air Rifle

Gold medalist Apurvi Chandela poses for pictures with her medal following the Women's 10m Air Rifle at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, Scotland during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. AFP PHOTO

It was an interesting battle in the women's 10 m air rifle event as Apurvi Chandela beat World No. 8 Ayonika in an exciting battle to grab the gold - her maiden international medal. World No 17 Chandela, who topped the qualifications with 415.6 points (a Commonwealth Games record), led in the finals right from the start and shot 206.7 points to give India another gold medal from shooting.


10. Rahi Sarnobat: Women's shooting, 25 m Pistol

India's gold medalist Rahi Sarnobat takes part in the women's 25m Pistol final at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Carnoustie, Scotland. AFP PHOTO

Rahi Sarnobat won gold in the women's 25-metre pistol event at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Glasgow. The 23-year-old Sarnobat had also topped in the semi-finals with 16 points.


11. Abhinav Bindra: Men's 10m Air Rifle

Abhinav Bindra, winner of the men's 10m air rifle shooting event, takes a shot at the Barry Buddon shooting centre at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. REUTERS Photo

Shooting star Abhinav Bindra stole the limelight by clinching a gold medal on the second day of competitions in Glasgow. Bindra, 31, kept his nerves to take the honour in his favourite 10 m air rifle event with a final games record score of 205.3 to bring cheers for the Indian contingent. It was Bindra's first individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. He had won the pairs gold in Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006) and in front of the home crowd in New Delhi four years ago.


12. K Sanjita Chanu: Women's weightlifting 48 kg category

India's silver medalist Mirabai Chanu Saikhom (L), India's gold medalist Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (C) and Nigeria's Nkechi Opara (R) celebrate with their medals on the podium at the medal ceremony for the women's weightlifting 48kg class at the SECC Precinct during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. AFP PHOTO

Sanjita won with a total lift of 173 kg (77+96). Lifter Sanjita's total of 173 kg missed the Games record, which is held by the 2010 CWG gold winner Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo (175 kg effort), by two kilograms.Her 77 kg effort in snatch did equal Nwaokolo's CWG record.


13. Sukhen Dey: Men's weightlifting 56 kg category

Sukhen Dey completes a lift during the 56-kg men's weightlifting event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PTI Photo

Sukhen Dey stole the limelight by clinching a gold in weightlifting on the opening day of the competitions at Glasgow. In the men's 56 kg contest, the 25-year-old Dey lifted a total of 248 kg (109+139) after trailing at the halfway snatch stage, but came back strongly in clean and jerk to win the gold and cap a remarkable day for the Indians at the Clyde Auditorium.

14. Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa: Women's squash

Gold medalists Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa pose on the podium with their medals after winning the women's gold medal match in the Women's Doubles Squash competition at Scotstoun Sports Campus during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland (AFP Photo)

Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal combined brilliantly to clinch gold in the women's doubles final and give India their first squash medal in the Commonwealth Games after the pair outplayed Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England on Sunday.

The fifth-seeded Indian pair made short work of their English opponents with a 11-6 11-8 win in the best-of-three game final.

15. Parupalli Kashyap: Men's Badminton

Parupalli Kashyap celebrates beating Singapore's Derek Wong in the men's singles badminton gold medal final at the Emirates Arena during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (AFP Photo)

The 27-year-old came from behind in the deciding game to beat Singapore's Derek Wong 21-14 11-21 21-19 and become the first Indian man to win badminton gold at the Games for 32 years.


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