Recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018 was India’s most successful games overseas in terms of position while the third best in terms of number of gold medals. This year, India finished with 26 gold medals and 66 medals overall.
Here, we try and make everyone aware of all the medalists who made us proud down under. In this part of many series, we take a look at the medalists in Athletics and Boxing.
Athletics (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Women’s Discuss Throw:
Navjeet Dhillon (Bronze):
The 23-year old from Amritsar won her first senior medal at any global event when she threw a 57.43 metre in the final round at the Carrara Stadium. The former national champion from 2014 and 2015 is only the second Indian ever to win a medal at the World Junior Championships, when her 56.36 m throw won her the bronze at Eugene, USA in 2014. She also won the bronze at Taipei, the same year in Shot Put. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon has a personal best throw of 59.18 m.
Seema Antil (Silver):
The legend of women’s discuss throwing in India made it 4 medals in a row at the Commonwealth Games when she won the silver at Gold Coast ahead of team mate Navjeet Dhillon. The 34-year old, with a personal best of 62.62, has 3 silvers and 1 bronze from Melbourne(2006), Glasgow(2014), Gold Coast(2018) and New Delhi(2010) respectively. Seema is the first Indian woman to win a discuss medal at the Junior World Championships from Kingston 2002. The 34-year old is coached by and married to former Olympian Ankush Punia and has also won a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
Men’s Javelin Throw:
Neeraj Chopra (Gold):
The 20-year old from Panipat is the new Athletics superstar of India. Neeraj Chopra shook the world when he took gold at Bydgoszcz, Poland at the World U-20 Championships in the process of shattering the World Junior Record with a 86.48 m throw in 2016. The 2017 Asian Champion won India’s first ever Javelin Gold at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast by throwing 86.47 m to take Gold for India, which was just 1 cm shy of his lifetime best.
Boxing (3 golds, 3 silvers, 3 bronzes):
Naman Tanwar (Bronze, Men’s 91 kg):
The 19-year old from Bhiwani, Haryana grabbed headlines when he defeated Samoan Frank Masoe in the quarters to ensure the bronze medal at Gold Coast. Hailed to be a future Olympic medalist already by many, Tanwar has been a former World Youth Championship Bronze Medalist in 2016. After defeating seasoned campaigner Sumit Sangwan in the CWG trials, the very agile big man can be India’s answer to lack of dominance in the heavyweight categories in future.
Hussamuddin Mohammed (Bronze, Men’s 56 kg):
The 24-year old from Nizambad, Telengana was born in a family of boxers (Father Samshamuddin and brothers Ahteshamuddin and Aitesamuddin have all been international boxers). The bantamweight won bronze at the first ever India International Open Boxing Championship in New Delhi. The mightily talented southpaw won bronze after defeating Everisto Mulenga of Zambia in the quarters before falling in the semis.
Manoj Kumar (Bronze, Men’s 69 kg):
The 31-year old from Haryana is pretty well known having won Gold at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The 2-times Asian Championship bronze medallist was a 2012 Olympian for India where he lost in the pre-quarters due to some controversial and poor referring decisions. The bronze medalist at the India International Open Boxing Championship in New Delhi, won India’s third bronze when he defeated Terry Nickolas of Australia in the quarters. He won the Arjuna Award in 2014.
Amit Panghal (Silver, Men’s 49 kg):
The son of a farmer from Rohtak, Haryana won gold in his debut National Championships before winning bronze in the Asian championships in 2017. The 22-year old was a beaten quarter finalist in the 2017 World Championships by the Olympic Champion before winning the Strandzha Cup in the same year. The Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army won silver at Gold Coast after falling to Galal Yafai of England in the final.
Manish Kaushik (Silver, Men’s 60 kg):
Another son of a farmer from Bhiwani, Haryana won silver at Gold Cost after losing to Harry Garside of Australia in the final. The 22-year old Army man has already won gold at Doha International Boxing Tournament in 2015 and Asian Game Test Event in 2018 alongside a silver at the Kazakhstan International Boxing tournament.
Satish Kumar (Silver, Men’s +91 kg):
Satish Kumar Yadav has been on the Indian boxing map for quite some time in the super heavyweight category. The 28-year old from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh grabbed headlines when he won the bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. The Super heavyweight boxer almost went all the way at Gold Coast before falling to Frazer Clarke of England in the final, to settle for the silver.
MC Mary Kom (Gold, Women’s 48 kg):
The legend of Indian Boxing, the trail-blazer of the women’s game did not disappoint the Indian fans in her very first Commonwealth Games. The 35-year old from Kangathei Manipur is a former 5-times World Champion. 5-times Asian Champion, 1-time Asian Games Gold Medallist, 1-time Olympic Bronze medallist and now a 1-time Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist. She defeated Kristina O’Hara of Northern Ireland in the final. the mother of 3 has practically won every possible major award in India – Arjuna Award (2003), Padma Shri (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2013).
Vikas Krishan (Gold, Men’s 75 kg):
Vikas Krishan Yadav shifted from 60 kg to 75 kg in recent times, a weight category best known for being Vijender Singh’s. The 26-year old is a former Asian Games Champion in the 60 kg category in 2010 before winning bronze in 75 kg in 2014. The 2012 Arjuna awardee is also a former youth world champion from 2010. After losing out on an Olympic medal in 2016 narrowly, the experienced southpaw from Hisar, Haryana made amends by defeating Wilfried Ntsengue of Cameroon to clinch his first Commonwealth Gold.
Gaurav Solanki (Gold, Men’s 52 kg):
The 22-year old from Faridabad, Haryana has suddenly become one of the most talked about boxers post CWG. The southpaw impressed all and sundry to capture gold in the 52 kg category. He defeated Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland in a very impressive final to clinch his debut gold for India.
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