India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games: Glasgow, Scotland

The 2014
Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) were held in Glasgow,
Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014. This is the 20th edition of the
Commonwealth Games. 

The motto of Commonwealth Games 2014 is People, Place, Passion. 

Scotland has
previously hosted the event twice, in 1970 and 1986, both in Edinburgh.
England
finished top of the medal table
for the first time since the 1986 Commonwealth
Games, also held in Scotland. 

Kiribati
also won its first ever medal at a Commonwealth Games, a gold in the 105 kg men’s weightlifting competition.
There are 71 participating nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with
approximately 4,950 competing athletes, making it one of the largest
Commonwealth Games staged to date.
Mascot:

Clyde, an anthropomorphic thistle named
after the river which flows through the centre of Glasgow, was the official
mascot of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 
The mascot was designed by Beth Gilmour,
who won a competition run by Glasgow 2014 for children to design the Mascot.


Medal Tally:
Rank
Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
England
58
59
57
174
2
Australia
49
42
46
137
3
Canada
32
16
34
82
4
Scotland
19
15
19
53
5
India
15
30
19
64
India
in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Scotland

India who had finished second in the
2010 Commonwealth Games with an overall tally of 101 medals (38 gold, 27 silver
& 36 bronze medals), managed only 64 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
– with the medals tally comprising 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze. India kept
occupying fifth spot on the medals table.
This was third highest medal haul
after 2010 Delhi CWG (101 medals) and 2002 Manchester CWG (69 medals).
On closing ceremony, the Indian
contingent’s flag bearer was Seema Punia, who won Silver in women’s discus
throw. While, the torch bearer in the opening ceremony was ace shooter Vijay
Kumar, the 2012 London Olympics Silver medalist.
Here is the list of 15 Gold medal
winners who made the country proud.
Weightlifting

1. K
Sanjita Chanu:
In Women’s weightlifting 48 kg category K Sanjita Chanu
with a total lift of 173 kg won the prized gold medal. 
Note: Sanjita Chanu wins India’s first Gold medal at 2014 Commonwealth
Games.
2. Sukhen
Dey
: Sukhen Dey in Men’s weightlifting 56 kg category claimed gold
medal by lifting a total of 248 kg.
3. Satish
Sivalingam
:
77 kg Satish Sivalingam created a games record with a total
lift of 328 kg to claim gold medal while Ravi Katulu lifted total of 317 kg to
win silver medal.
Wrestling
4.Sushil Kumar:
In Men’s wrestling, 75kg freestyle Sushil Kumar defeated Qamar Abbas of
Pakistan what turned out to be a lopsided event. In just 107 minutes Sushil
trounced his opponent to take home gold.
5.Yogeshwar Dutt:
In Men’s wrestling, 65 kg freestyle Yogeshwar Dutt brought laurels to the
country by clinching gold medal after defeating Canada’s Jevon Balfour in the
final.
6.
Amit Kumar:

Nigerian Ebikweminomo Welson was Amit Kumar’s opponent in the final of Men’s wrestling,
57kg freestyle. Amit defeated Welson 3-1 to claim the gold medal.
7.
Babita Kumari:
In
Women’s wrestling; 55 kg freestyle Babita Kumari completely dominated the
proceedings over Canada’s Brittanee Laverdure and defeated her 9-2 in the
finals for the coveted gold medal.
8.
Vinesh Phogat:
In
Women’s wrestling, 48kg freestyle youngster Vinesh Phogat who is just 19 years
old defeated Yana Rattigan of England by 11-8 to be part of the glorious 15.
Shooting

9. Abhinav Bindra: In Men’s 10m Air Rifleformer Olympic
gold medallist Abhinav Bindra claimed his first individual gold at the
commonwealth Games when he finished witha final games record score of 205.3. 
10.
Jitu Rai:
In Men’s
shooting, 50 m Pistol Jitu Rai who set finals games record gathering a total of
194.1 points won gold for his country. Gurpal Singh with 187.2 points settled
with silver in this category.
11.
Rahi Sarnobat:
It
was an all-Indian affair in the final of Women’s shooting 25 m Pistol event as
Rahi Sarnobat defeated Anisa Sayyed to clinch the gold medal.
12.
Apurvi Chandela:

In Women’s shooting, 10 m Air Rifle rising star Apurvi Chandela claimed her
first international medal. Apurvi triumphed over her compatriot Ayonika Paul to
win the gold medal.
Athletics

13.
Vikas Gowda:

After winning the gold medal In Men’s discus
throw
Vikas Gowda became the first Indian man to win a field event gold
medal at the Commonwealth Games. Gowda threw the discus to 63.64m to clinch the
gold medal.
Note:
Vikas Gowda became
the first Indian man 
to win a field event gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
Squash
14.
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa:
In Women’s doubles finals the pair of Dipika Pallikal
and Joshana Chinappa defeated England’s Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-6,
11-8 in straight sets. 
Note: The pair gave India their first
squash medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Badminton
15.
Parupalli Kashyap:
On
last day of the Commonwealth Games Parupalli Kashyap in Men’s Badminton final
defeated Singapore’s Derek Wong 21-14, 11-21, 21-19 to clinch the gold.

Note: Parupalli
Kashyap
became the first Indian man in 32 years to win badminton gold at
the Games.
Important Points:
1. Vijay
Kumar is the flag bearer
for Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of
the Commonwealth Games
2. Sanjita
Chanu
wins India’s first Gold medal at
2014
Commonwealth Games.
3. Vikas
Gowda
 
became India’s only second male athlete to win a gold at the Commonwealth Games after the legendary Milkha Singh won the 440 yard gold way back in 1958 at Cardiff. 
4.
Parupalli Kashyap
became
the first Indian man in 32 years to win badminton gold at the Games.
5.
Dipa Karmakar
scripts
history, wins first gymnastic medal for India at Commonwealth Games. She bagged a bronze in the vault event.
6. Pinki Rani bags first medal in Boxing. She won
bronze medal.
7. England
finished top
of the medal table at Commonwealth Games for the first time in
28 years.

8. The first Commonwealth Games was hosted by Hamilton, Canada, in 1930 and known as the British Empire Games.
9. The 21st Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast in Australia in 2018. 

10. Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games on a record four occasions, and will make it five when Gold Coast hosts the event in 2018.