Sharath Kamal won the gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2022© Getty Images

India Scored Big At The 2022 Commonwealth Games

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Unless you’ve been blissfully sequestered in some WiFi-less cave, you would know that the Commonwealth Games had been going on in Birmingham since July 28 and concluded on August 8. Nearly 200 Indian athletes competed for medals across 16 different sports at the CWG 2022.

The Indian contingent made the country proud by bringing home 61 medals in total, with 22 Gold medals, 16 Silver medals, and 23 Bronze medals. While this is less than the 66 India scored in the last CWG in 2018, India won 66 medals, experts are calling it India’s best performance at the Games in its history.

This is primarily because shooting, which contributed for 16 medals out of the 66 India scored in CWG 2018, was cut from this year’s edition. 135 of India’s total 564 medals at the CWG have come from shooting only.

This year, Sanket Sargar bagged India’s first medal, a Silver, in the men’s 55kg weightlifting event, while Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian to get a Gold medal this year in the women’s 49kg weightlifting event.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games - Mirabai Chanu©Getty Images

PV Sindhu won India’s 200th Gold medal at CWG, when she won the top spot on the podium in the Badminton women’s singles.

Badminton - Commonwealth Games: PV Sindhu©Getty Images

India won Gold in sports like Freestyle Wrestling, Table Tennis, Boxing, Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting, Men’s Triple Jump, and Lawn Bowls Women’s Four.

The Indian women’s cricket team bagged a Silver, along with the Indian men’s hockey team at the CWG this year.

Cricket - Commonwealth Games: Day 10©GettyImages

Wrestling and weightlifting emerged as the top categories for Indian athletes to score big, with six Gold medals, one Silver medal, and five Bronze medals in wrestling, and three Gold medals, three Silver medals, and four Bronze medals across different categories in weightlifting. You can check the full list of Indian medal winners right here.

The 11-day sporting event concluded with a music and dance-filled ceremony, where the Earl of Wessex closed the ceremony officially on behalf of the Queen of England.