India Ready To Take On The World With New Found Sports Stars


New Delhi: India appears to be ready with its next crop of stars to challenge the world from the teen shooting trio of Manu Bhaker, MehuliGhosh and AnishBhanwala, the historic table tennis performance by ManikaBatra to the arrival of a very confident Neeraj Chopra on the big stage. The exuberance of youth, the endurance of experience and a bit of usual drama that is signature Indian sports - the country’s Commonwealth Games campaign was all this and much more with a medal count that turned out to be the third best ever.
The redoubtable SainaNehwal provided the final day golden touch with her women’s singles gold, much like the 2010 Games where her top finish was a shade more significant for it took the overall tally to 100.

With 26 gold, 20 silver and as may bronze medals, India signed off third on the table -- a promotion of two positions from Glasgow and it was a combination of youth and experience which delivered the results.
At 2010 Games in New Delhi, India won 101 medal, including 38 gold while at 2002 Manchester Games India had managed a total of 69 medal of which 30 were gold.
The likes of MC Mary Kom, SeemaPunia and Sushil Kumar showed that experience can never be discounted either, turning back the clock to deliver performances which were nothing short of awe-inspiring.
While the shooters, weightlifters, wrestlers and the boxers were expected to bring home the maximum share of medal, there was a significant new addition to that in table tennis.


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