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ESPN India's favourite CWG moments

Twelve days, 218 athletes and 66 medals later, ESPN India staff members pick out their favourite moments from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Five Indian performances that were world class

The standard of competition at the CWG is often lower than that found at the world level but a few Indian competitors showed they can be competitive at any stage.

Best Indian athletes at the CWG: Vote for your picks

Among the many Indian medallists at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, some were a bit more special than the others. Vote for your favourite Indian performers.

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Saina: 'I would place this medal next to my Olympic bronze'

Saina Nehwal reflects on her big win against PV Sindhu as she became the first Indian woman to win two golds in the women's singles event at Commonwealth Games.

Bronze for Batra/Sathiyan, Sharath; squash silver for Chinappa-Pallikal

Manika Batra won her fourth medal at the CWG after winning bronze in the mixed doubles while Sharath Kamal won the singles bronze medal, to win his third medal at Gold Coast. In squash, the duo of Chinappa and Pallikal had to settle for silver.

Lee Chong Wei savours final CWG bow

Lee Chong Wei spoke of the Commonwealth Games with finality and the 2020 Olympic Games with a tentative shake of the head. The gold he won in Gold Coast is probably one of the last medals for badminton's superstar trudging in his mid-30s.

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Ice-cool Neeraj never doubted winning 'very important medal'

Neeraj Chopra is every bit the boy who doesn't stay up to panic attacks the night before an exam. He was well prepared and felt no nerves as he clinched gold in javelin throw at the Commonwealth Games.

The long-distance weapon that helped Manika conquer Gold Coast

Though he was sitting in front a TV in New Delhi, coach Sandeep Gupta had a workaround ready when Manika Batra found the going tough at the CWG.

If I'm super fit till 2020, I will compete: Mary Kom

Though not a surprise, Mary Kom's gold was still special: it was her first CWG medal. About her future, the 35-year-old said she did miss not having an Olympic gold.

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Big questions for Indian hockey after Gold Coast debacle

For the first time since 1998, the Indian hockey teams will return home without a medal from the Commonwealth Games. Just what went wrong in Gold Coast?

Vinesh Phogat wins 50kg gold; Sakshi Malik bags bronze

Sakshi Malik added a Commonwealth Games bronze to the bronze she won at the Rio Olympics after defeating New Zealand's Tayla Ford in the women's 62kg category at the Commonwealth Games.

CWG: Gold for Manika Batra and Sanjeev Rajput

As India look to add on to their medal tally, here are all the results from the tenth day of the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

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Bajrang moves out of Yogeshwar's shadow with CWG gold

Bajrang Punia kept none of the credit for India's sole wrestling gold on Friday to himself, offering a worshipful reverence to the man he credits for his journey in the sport.

'I would never bout with Yogeshwar Dutt' - Bajrang Punia.

Bajrang Punia shares his thoughts after winning a gold in men's 65kg wrestling category

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CWG: Meet India's teenage medallists at Gold Coast 2018

Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest medallist at the Commonwealth Games after winning gold in men's 25m rapid fire pistol shooting. Meet the Indian teenagers who have won unexpected medals at Gold Coast 2018.

Shooting: Anish becomes India's youngest-ever gold medalist

15-year-old Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games after shooting 30 points in the 25m Rapid Fire final.

Anish Bhanwala is India's youngest CWG medalist.

Anish Bhanwala, 15, clinched the Gold medal in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event.

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Two Indian athletes to be sent home for breach of 'no-needle policy'

Race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper Rakesh Babu have been removed from the Games Village and ordered to head back home for breach of the event's no-needle policy'.

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Sushil Kumar completes unprecedented Golden hat-trick

Rahul Aware won India's maiden Gold medal in wrestling at this edition of the Commonwealth Games after defeating Canada's Steven Takahashi 3-1 (by points) in the 57kg final.

WATCH: Sushil Kumar wins third consecutive Gold at CWG.

Sushil Kumar defeated South Africa's Johannes Botha in the 74 kg final by technical superiority in just 80 seconds.

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Rahul Aware wins wrestling gold.

Rahul Aware beat Canada's Steven Takahashi in Men's Freestyle 57kg category to claim the Gold medal.

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WATCH: Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon win silver and bronze medal respectively.

Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the discus throw at the CWG

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Without a coach and her favourite discus, Punia still wins silver

Seema Punia and Navjeet Dhillon won the silver and bronze medals respectively in the discus throw at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

'For gold, I have to play in my 5th CWG' - Seema Punia.

Seema Punia shares her thoughts after winning silver in Discus throw

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Nice and slow: India get to grips with lawn bowls

A sport so leisurely in its pace that it runs the risk of being called lazy, lawn bowls has players rolling assymetrical bowls on greens in an attempt to get them as close to a small white ball called the jack.

Ugra: Why the Games matter

Medals seem to arrive with splendid regularity for India at the Commonwealth Games but the fact is competitive sport at the elite level promises nothing -- and the event means everything to everyone competing.

WATCH: Kiran settels for bronze in women's 76kg freestyle wrestling.

Kiran beats Danielle Sino Guemde of Cameroon by technical superiority

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'For gold, I have to play in my 5th CWG' - Seema Punia.

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'I was confident of winning' - Rahul Aware.

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'I gave my 100 percent' - Babita Kumari.

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'This gold proves that we have grown as a team' - Gopichand.

Pullela Gopichand talks about team India's winning CWG gold in team championships.

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'My next target is World cup' - Bhaker.

16-year old Manu Bhaker talks about winning gold, representing the country along with her seniors in the sport and what the future holds for her.

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'Players need to take risks to play an attacking and aggressive brand of hockey' - Harendra.

India women's hockey coach, Harendra Singh, talks about his coaching philosophies and what he expects from the team.

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'Proud' Anas plays down Milkha Singh comparisons

He may not have won a medal, but after making history by qualifying for the 400m final with the third fastest time, finishing fourth and breaking the national record, Muhammed Anas is a "very proud" man.

'I had expected to run below 45 seconds' - Yahiya.

Muhammed Anas Yahiya talks about his close finish in 400m race in CWG finals

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Ugra: Sublime Rani goal creates special CWG memory

With a spot in the semis at stake, and a nervous final 12 minutes ahead, in stepped captain Rani Rampal with a finish for the ages to inspire her team to victory against South Africa.

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Heena Sidhu wins gold in 25m pistol

Heena Sidhu, who had won silver in the 10m air pistol two days ago, won her first gold medal in an individual event at the Commonwealth Games.

Heena Sidhu wins gold in 25m pistol.

Heena Sidhu, who had won silver in the 10m air pistol two days ago, won her first gold medal in an individual event at the Commonwealth Games.

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It is harder when you know you are expected to medal: Bindra

As expected, the Indian shooting contingent has fared well at the Commonwealth Games. But Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra points out that it is even more mentally taxing for shooters when the expectations are from within.

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Badminton stars throw Gold Coast party to remember

With flags, cheers and not the most appropriate of Bollywood songs, the Indian fans in Gold Coast were privy to the most happening party in town after witnessing the badminton team make Games history.

WATCH: India win badminton mixed team gold.

India beat Malaysia 3-1

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'Motivated' TT team exorcises Glasgow ghosts

Four years ago, a despondent G Sathiyan watched from home as the men's table tennis team returned empty handed from Glasgow. He was not going to let the same happen in Gold Coast under his watch.

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Pardeep Singh wins weightlifting silver

India's Pardeep Singh lifted a combined total of 352 kg (152 kg in snatch and 200 kg in clean and jerk) to win a silver medal in the men's 105 kg category on the final day of the weightlifting events in the Commonwealth Games.

Numbers worth their weight in gold: The math behind India's medals

It may not seem too evident, but a lot of thought and math goes behind the attempts chosen by every Indian weightlifter. National coach Vijay Sharma, who does most of the number crunching, reveals what goes on behind the scenes.

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Jitu Rai wins gold, Mehuli Ghosh gets silver after shoot-off

India's Jitu Rai and Om Prakash Mitharval won gold and bronze in the men's 10m air pistol event, while Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela won a silver and bronze respectively in the women's 10m air rifle event.

Jitu Rai wins gold in men's 10m Air Pistol.

Jitu Rai wins gold, while Om Mitharval claims bronze in 10m air pistol

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Manika's sleight of backhand gives India historic gold

Manika Batra's win over three-time Olympic medallist Tianwei Feng set India on the path to the table tennis women's team gold at the Commonwealth Games. And it was a mysterious, difficult sleight of hand that helped her pull off that crucial win.

WATCH: India stun favourites Singapore to seal historic gold.

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ICYMI: India strike gold in TT, stretch tally to 12

India's shooters joined the weightlifters on the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday, before the women's table tennis team created a moment of history with a gold of their own.

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Bhaker elated to share 'biggest success' of career with Sidhu

Sixteen-year-old Manu Bhaker created a Games record in the 10m air pistol with a qualifying score of 388 as well as a final total of 240.9 on Sunday, but there was only one thing on her mind: to share the podium with the more experienced Heena Sidhu.

'My next target is World cup' - Bhaker.

16-year old Manu Bhaker talks about winning gold, representing the country along with her seniors in the sport and what the future holds for her.

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Bindra: Manu's talented but it will get tougher for her

Abhinav Bindra and Jaspal Rana are impressed by teenager Manu Bhaker's overflowing resume but say it is best not to get carried away.

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16-year-old Manu Bhaker wins 10m air pistol, Sidhu takes silver

16-year-old Manu Bhaker won a gold medal while Heena Sidhu won silver in the women's 10m Air Pistol event, while Ravi Kumar won bronze in men's 10m air rifle.

WATCH: 16-year old Manu Bhaker wins India's first medal in Shooting, Heena Sidhu takes silver.

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WATCH: Ravi Kumar wins the bronze medal in the men's 10m air rifle event.

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Weightlifting: Punam wins gold, Vikas gets bronze

Punam Yadav won India's fifth gold medal at the Commonwealth Games winning in the Women's 69kg weightlifting event. In the men's 94 kg category, Vikas Thakur won a bronze to add to India's medal tally.

WATCH: Punam Yadav wins gold in the Women's 69kg weightlifting event.

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Tattoos and toe ring for parents lift Ragala to emotional gold

Venkat Rahul Ragala took up weightlifting because his father couldn't fulfill his own dream in the sport. On Saturday, he paid tribute to his father's efforts to support him and his mother, who passed away two years ago, after winning gold at Gold Coast.

WATCH: Venkat Rahul Ragala secures gold in the men's 85kg weightlifting event.

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'Satisfied with my performance' - Ragala.

Venkat Rahul Ragala talks about winning gold and how his medal can change the notoriety associated with his hometown Stuartpuram in Andhra Pradesh.

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Day 3

CWG W2W4: Mary Kom begins bid for elusive medal; Sidhu, Bhaker in shooting action

Shooting begins at Gold Coast on Sunday with Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker in action, while Mary Kom also begins her quest for an elusive Commonwealth medal.

Day 3 wrap: Weightlifters bring more gold; boxers close in

It was another productive day for India at the Commonwealth Games, as Sathish Sivalingam and Rahul Venkat Ragala both picked up gold medals in Gold Coast.

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For Deepak Lather, youth both a boon and hurdle

At 18, Deepak Lather is yet to develop his real strength, which means that he's yet to reach his full potential in the clean and jerk category.

Sanjita Chanu wins India's second gold at the Commonwealth Games

Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu secured India's second gold medal on the second day of the Commonwealth Games after lifting a combined 192 kg (84 kg in snatch and 108 in clean and jerk) in the 53kg category.

WATCH: Sanjita Chanu wins India's second gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu secured India's second gold medal on the second day of the Commonwealth Games after lifting a combined 192 kg (84 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk) in the 53kg category.

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After Rio, I never imagined I'd be here - Mirabai on CWG gold

Mirabai Chanu managed just one clean lift out of six attempts at the Rio Olympics. The disappointment left her so gutted that she pushed herself harder and became mentally tougher, which she says played a role in her gold at the Commonwealth Games.

WATCH: Mirabai clinches India's first gold at 2018 CWG.

Mirabai Chanu's 48 kg weightlifting gold gave India its first gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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One in a generation: What sets Mirabai apart

Mirabai Chanu's CWG gold wasn't a surprise. But her technique and remarkable numbers are what set her apart.

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I think I haven't fared too badly in life: Gururaja

After P Gururaja's first two attempts in clean and jerk were called unsuccessful, he was left with just one chance to make his Commonwealth Games debut memorable. He went on to win India's first medal at the event.

Gururaja wins India's first medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Gururaja lifted a total of 249 kg (111 kg in snatch and 138 kg in clean and jerk) to inaugurate India's medal tally at Gold Coast.

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