Meet the Indian athletes who won 15 gold medals at Glasgow Games 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated the Indian athletes for winning medals at Glasgow in their respective games. India has won 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals so far in the Glasgow Games. Here's a look at Indian athletes who won gold for the country.othersports Updated: Aug 04, 2014 12:31 IST
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
First Published: Aug 02, 2014 17:19 IST