Indian Players Raised Hopes In Athletics, Won 8 Medals In Birmingham, And Set Many Records
India participated for the first time in the Commonwealth Games held in London in the year 1934. It took 24 years for India to get its first medal in athletics.
India participated for the first time in the Commonwealth Games held in London in the year 1934. It took 24 years for India to get its first medal in athletics. In the Commonwealth Games held in 1958, Milkha Singh won gold for India in the 440 yards race. After this, till the year 2002, that is, in a span of 44 years, India got a few medals in athletics. From the Commonwealth Games 2002, Indian players started winning medals in athletics continuously. Now when Indian players have won 8 medals in athletics in the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham, it is considered a big achievement. With this Commonwealth Games, Indian players have given new hope in athletics.
Before Birmingham, ie from 1934 to 2018, India had participated in 19 Commonwealth Games. In these 19 Commonwealth Games, India got only 28 medals in athletics. Indian players won 12 athletics medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. This is also India's best performance so far in athletics. However, the big reason behind this best performance was that many big players from countries like England, Australia, and Canada did not participate in this Commonwealth Games. After this, in the Commonwealth Games of 2014 and 2018 India's share was only 3-3 athletics medals.
Indian players performed brilliantly in athletics in Birmingham. Here India got 8 athletics medals. Most of the medals came while creating history. Tejaswin Shankar, Sreeshankar Murali, Aldos Paul, Abdullah Abubakar, Sandeep Kumar, Annu Rani, Priyanka Goswami, and Avinash Mukand Sable proved to be heroes in athletics for India. These players gave India one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals in athletics.
Tejaswin's High Jump and Sreeshankar's Long Jump
Tejaswin Shankar gave India the first athletics medal in Birmingham. He won the bronze in the high jump with a jump of 2.22 meters. This was India's first medal in the high jump in the history of the Commonwealth. After this Murli Sreeshankar created history. He won the silver medal in the men's long jump final with a best jump of 8.08 meters. With this medal, Sreeshankar also became the first male athlete from India to win a silver medal for India in the long jump event in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
Personal best record of Priyanka and Avinash
On the 9th day of the Commonwealth Games, India got two more big successes in athletics. In the men's 3000 steeplechases, India's Avinash Mukund Sable clocked his personal best (8 minutes 11.20 seconds) to win silver. At the same time, Priyanka of India won the silver medal in the women's 10,000-meter race walk. He also won the medal here with his personal best performance (43 minutes 38.83 seconds).
Historic two medals in the triple jump
Four medals rained in athletics on the 10th day of the Commonwealth Games. In the women's javelin throw event, Annu Rani won the bronze medal by throwing the javelin 60 meters away. On the other hand, in the men's 10000 meters walk, Sandeep won the bronze medal by clocking 38:42.33 minutes. On this day two major achievements in athletics came in the men's triple jump event. Here two Indian athletes won medals. India's Abdullah Abubakar won the silver medal with a jump of 17.02 meters and Aldos Paul won the gold with a jump of 17.03 meters. India got two medals for the first time in any single athletics event in the history of the Commonwealth.