India won a total of 61 medals at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Overall, this was 5 medals less than Gold Coast in 2018 (4 gold medals) But that this was the medal haul without shooting - India's most successful sport at CWG - which won a total of 16 medals (7 gold) in the last edition, is commendable.
Over the 11 days in Birmingham, new stars emerged, existing ones asserted their dominance, and new sports (hello Lawn Bowls) became household names.
Here's an entire list of medals that the Indian contingent won in Birmingham over the last fortnight.
Sanket Sargar - Weightlifting - Silver
India's first medal of the Games came in the men's 55kg weightlifting, where Sanket Sargar braved injury to put himself on the podium. Sargar lead the competition at the halfway stage, with a personal best 113kg lift in the snatch, but an elbow injury meant that he was unable to lift more 128kg in the clean & jerk, giving Malaysia's Mohammad Aniq the gold.
Gururaja Poojary - Weightlifting - Bronze
Soon after Sargar's medal, Gururaja Poojary picked the bronze medal in the men's 61kg . With a total of 269kg, Poojary edged past his closest competitor to finish with the bronze.
Mirabai Chanu - Weightlifting - Gold
The women's 49kg competition in Birmingham was Mirabai vs Mirabai. Mirabai won. Of course, she did. She would later acknowledge that she went into the competition trying to better her best lifts, and she equalled her best in the snatch, enroute to finishing a massive 29kg ahead of the silver medallist.
Bindyarani Devi - Weightlifting - Silver
India's second woman medallist in weightlifting came from Bindyarani in the 55kg division. The 23-year-old from Manipur lifted a personal best, national record and Commonwealth Games record in clean & jerk, but missed out on gold by just a kilo, to Nigeria's Adijat Adenike Olarinoye.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga - Weightlifting - Gold
Muscle cramps were never going to deter this Mizo showman on the big stage in Birmingham. He was visibly troubled in the clean & jerk section but did enough for a place on the top step of the podium. After dominating junior tournaments, including the Youth Olympics, this was Lalrinnunga's breakout performance on the senior world stage.
Achinta Sheuli - Weightlifting - Gold
Soon after Lalrinnunga's Gold, Achinta Sheuli added to the Indian cheers at the NEC Arena, with a gold medal in the men's 73kg division; just like his two dear friends Jeremy and Mirabai. The zari embroider from Howrah ensured he'd walk away from Birmingham with the most glistening metal around his neck.
Shushila Devi Likmabam - Judo - Silver
After breezing through to the final of the Women's 49kg division, Shushila Devi Likmabam had her eyes set on gold, but she was beaten in that final by South Africa's Michaela Whitebooi. She was unsatisfied with the silver - her second at CWG. "It's not gold," she told ESPN after her bout.
Vijay Kumar Yadav - Judo - Bronze
Vijay Kumar Yadav won bronze after beating Cyrpus's Petros Christodoulides in Men's 60kg division. Yadav had made it to the bronze medal bout through repechage, after he had earlier lost to Australia's Joshua Katz.
Harjinder Kaur - Weightlifting - Bronze
Late on the morning of August 2, Harjinder added another weightlifting medal to the burgeoning Indian collection, winning bronze in women's 71kg. By the time Harjinder had finished with a 116kg lift in the clean & jerk, two competitors were yet to begin, but her bronze was confirmed when Nigeria's Joy Ogbonne Eze failed to register a single clean lift.
Women's Fours Team - Lawn Bowls - Gold
In THE story of these Games for India, Lovely Choubey, Pinki Singh, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey stood atop the Lawn Bowls podium. After a dramatic semifinal against New Zealand, in which Tirkey came clutch in the final End, the Indians faced South Africa in the final and won the country's first Lawn Bowls medal in CWG history.
Men's Team - Table Tennis - Gold
The veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal had guided his team to the final by winning every match until then. In the final, he lost his singles match, but G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai picked up the pieces, and won India the Gold medal. Sharath's fifth CWG gold, this time won by the team he built.
Vikas Thakur - Weightlifting - Silver
Vikas' third Commonwealth Games medal came in the men's 96kg division in Birmingham. He had earlier won silver in the 85kg in 2014 and then won bronze in the 94kg in 2018. Samoa's Don Opeloge blew the field away, finishing 35kg ahead of Vikas.
Mixed Team - Badminton - Silver
After winning gold at the Gold Coast back in 2018, the Indians were confident of a repeat, but they were stopped by a determined Malaysia in the final. It was a loss that hurt the Indian team, but as members of the team said after it, it would motivate them on to bigger things later at the Games.
Tulika Maan - Judo - Silver
Like Shushila earlier on in the Judo competition, Maan was also faced with disappointment in the final, where she lost to Scotland's Sarah Adlington. But the young Indian's first CWG medal was a further enhancement of her credentials, which came after a fair share of gauntlets.
Lovepreet Singh - weightlifting - Bronze
India's ninth medal from the weightlifting competition came in the Men's 109kg category, where Lovepreet Singh total of 355kg left him in third position. Lovepreet was just 6kg off the top, but the naval officer had to be satisfied with his first CWG medal.
Saurav Ghosal - Squash - Bronze
After years and years of trying, Saurav Ghosal made history by winning India's first singles squash medal at the CWG. Ghosal had been beaten by New Zealand's Paul Coll in the semifinal, but he came out all guns blazing in the bronze medal match to beat England's former world No 1 James Willstrop in straight games and secure a historic medal.
Gurdeep Singh - Weightlifting - Bronze
India's weightlifting campaign finished as it had begun - with a medal. Gurdeep Singh, in the men's 109+kg division, rounded off a stunning outing for the Indian contingent in Birmingham with a bronze that was the nation's tenth weightlifting medal in Birmingham.
Tejaswin Shankar - High Jump - Bronze
Tejaswin Shankar's preparation for these Games were marred by uncertainty and off-field controversies that meant he only arrived in Birmingham three days before his event. However, with a jump of 2.22m, Shankar secured India's first athletics medal of this CWG, finishing behind New Zealand's Hamish Kerr and Australia's Brandon Starc.
Murali Sreeshankar - Long Jump - Silver
The lad from Palakkad had the longest jump of this CWG. But he was tied with Laqaurn Nairn and got the silver on count-back. However, things might have been oh-so-different had Sreeshankar fourth attempt been valid. The 23-year-old was barely a millimeter over the line and had a foul called against him. He put that behind him to jump 8.08m on his fifth attempt, which gave him his first CWG medal.
Sudhir - Para Powerlifting - Gold
In the Men's Heavyweight Para-Powerlifting, Sudhir lifted a Games record 208kg, which was India's first medal in para-sports at the 2022 CWG.
Anshu Malik - Wrestling - Silver
Anshu Malik started the on-rush of wrestling medals for India with a silver in women's 57kg freestyle. She breezed through all her bouts enroute the final but came up just a bit short in final against overwhelming favourite Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria, who won her third straight CWG gold in this event. But not before a scare from Anshu in the dying embers of the final.
Bajrang Punia - Wrestling - Gold
Bajrang Punia was the overwhelming favourite in the men's 65kg freestyle category. He lived up to that billing and won gold. But what was even more encouraging for Punia was that he did it with a swagger, which would do his confidence a world of good, after a rocky patch post his bronze medal in Tokyo.
Sakshi Malik - Wrestling - Gold
The Rio bronze medallist's path to rediscovery hit a crescendo in Birmingham. After winning her initial bouts with ease, Malik faced a tough situation in the final against Canada's Ana Godinez Gonzalez. After being 4-0 down at the halfway mark, she came out firing to level the bout at 4-4, before delivering a fall which brought her a first CWG gold.
Deepak Punia - Wrestling - Gold
After heartbreak in Tokyo, when he came ever so close to a bronze medal, Deepak Punia showed panache in dispatching everyone who came his way in the men's 86kg freestyle competition. In the final, he was untroubled by Pakistan's Muhammad Inam, in a bout he won 3-0.
Divya Kakran - Wrestling - Bronze
The medal glut on the mat continued with Divya Kakran's bronze medal. She had lost her opening bout but came through the repechage rounds of the Women's 68kg freestyle, before beating Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie of Tonga with victory by fall in half a minute.
Mohit Grewal - Wrestling - Bronze
Grewal's bronze in the men's 125kg freestyle India's sixth medal from six wrestlers on the first day of the sport. In the bronze medal bout, he breezed past Jamaica's Aaron Johnson with victory by fall.
Priyanka Goswami - 10km Race Walk - Silver
Priyanka Goswami became the first Indian to win a medal in the 10km race walk event. She kept with the leading pack throughout the race, but eventually Australia's Jemima Montag pulled ahead of her. But it was an unexpected medal, coming with a personal best and bettering her own national record.
Avinash Sable - 3000m Steeplechase - Silver
In one of the biggest statements that an Indian has made at a CWG event, Avinash Sable broke the Kenyan dominance of the steeplechase with a sensational run. In fact, it could so easily have even been Gold, with Sable eventually only missing out by a few hundredths of a second.
Men's Fours Team - Lawn Bowls - Silver
Like the women, the Indian men's team too were surprise finalists in the Fours Lawn Bowls. They won silver but it was a medal that once again screamed, "take notice of us". Sunil Bahadur, Navneet Singh, Chandan Kumar Singh and Dinesh Kumar did script another unexpected fairytale by reaching the final, but were well beaten by Northern Ireland in the summit clash.
Jaismine Lamboria - Boxing - Bronze
After two comfortable bouts in the women's 60kg division, Lamboria was edged out by England's Gemma Paige Richardson in a 3-2 split decision. But she had done enough to win bronze.
Pooja Gehlot - Wrestling - Bronze
After beating Scotland's Christelle Lamofack Letchidjio 12-2 in the bronze medal bout, Gehlot ensured that she would be a part of the eventual clean sweep by the Indian wrestling contingent.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya - Wrestling - Gold
The Tokyo silver-medallist was barely troubled on his way to gold in Birmingham. He beat seasoned Nigerian Ebikewenimo Welson in the final in two minutes and 16 seconds. In fact, none of his bouts lasted the full distance. Such was the dominance.
Vinesh Phogat - Wrestling - Gold
Like Dahiya, Vinesh also was untroubled in what was a casual stroll to the gold medal. Having to fight in the Nordic system, owing to there being only four entrants in the women's 53kg freestyle division, Vinesh had it all her way, winning her third CWG gold medal.
Naveen - Wrestling - Gold
At his first CWG, the 19-year-old, like his more experienced compatriots also breezed through the field to win the men's 74kg freestyle event. Naveen defeated Pakistan's Muhammad Tahir 9-0 in the final to win the gold medal.
Bhavina Patel - Para Table Tennis - Gold
The Paralympic Games silver medallist from Tokyo is now also a CWG champion in the women's singles class 3-5. Bhavina defeated Nigeria's Ifechukwude Christiana Ikpeoyi 12-10, 11-2, 11-9 in the final to win gold.
Sonalben Patel - Para Table Tennis - Bronze
In the same event, Sonalben Patel made it a double podium for India, with a bronze medal. After losing to Ikpeoyi in the semifinal, she picked herself up and beat England's Sue Bailey in straight games in the bronze medal match.
Pooja Sihag - Wrestling - Bronze
In the women's 76kg freestyle division, Sihag grabbed a bronze by beating Australia's Naomi de Bruine by technical superiority.
Mohammad Hussamuddin - Boxing - Bronze
Hussamuddin was outstanding in his early bouts but in the semifinal, Ghana's Joseph Commey won by a 4:1 split decision, which meant the Indian took home a second straight bronze medal.
Deepak Nehra - Wrestling - Bronze
In what was the bout to complete the sweep by all the Indian wrestlers competing in Birmingham, Nehra beat Pakistan's Tayyab Raza 10-2, to ensure that India had a 100% medal record on the mat.
Rohit Tokas - Boxing - Bronze
In a closely-contested semifinal, Tokas lost to Zambia's Stephen Zimba by a 3:2 split decision.
Amit Panghal - Boxing - Gold
Panghal had a shock early exit in Tokyo last year, but now seems to have put those demons well behind him. Except in the semifinal here, where he was stretched by Zambia's Patrick Chinyemba, Panghal dominated all his bouts, to be crowned champion of the men's flyweight division.
Nitu Ghanghas - Boxing - Gold
Young Nitu Ghanghas was a boxer with big shoes to fill in Birmingham. Competing in the same category as the legendary MC Mary Kom after she was injured during trials, Nitu staked her claim to gold, annihilating all comers in the women's 48kg division.
Eldhose Paul - Triple Jump - Gold
Coming into the men's triple jump competition, the three best jumps this season by those in the field were by the three Indians in the field. Eldhose Paul was third. But he flipped the script at the Alexander Stadium with a 17.03m jump, as he led a rare Indian 1-2 in athletics.
Abdulla Aboobacker - Triple Jump - Silver
Aboobacker eventually was second only by 0.01m to Paul. A dream Indian 1-2-3 was also just 0.04m away from being reality but Praveen Chitravel finished fourth.
Annu Rani - Javelin Throw - Bronze
After a seventh-place finish at the World Championships in Eugene a few weeks before the CWG, where she was the third best performer from Commonwealth countries, Annu Rani stayed true to form, and won the bronze medal with a 60m throw, finishing behind the Australian duo of MacKenzie Little and Kelsey-Lee Barber.
Sandeep Kumar - Men's 10,000m race walk - Bronze
A veteran of two Olympics Games, Kumar finally won his first CWG medal. He clocked a time of 38 minutes and 49.21 seconds to finish behind Canada's Evan Dunfee and Australia's Declan Tingay.
Women's Team - Hockey - Bronze
A semifinal heartbreak against Australia after a blunder from the officials didn't deter the Indian women's team from winning a deserved medal. They could've easily wilted after conceding an equaliser to New Zealand with just 18 seconds left in the bronze medal match. But captain and goalkeeper Savita Punia starred in the shootout to ensure bronze.
Nikhat Zareen - Boxing - Gold
Nikhat Zareen left nothing to chance in the women's 50kg division, winning all her bouts by a unanimous decision. After winning the World Championships earlier this year, Zareen was the overwhelming favourite here, and she did it in style. "Who's Nikhat Zareen?" We know, the world knows; she's here to stay.
Achanta Sharath Kamal and G Sathiyan - Men's Doubles Table Tennis - Silver
After the men's team gold, the pair from Chennai had it all their way in the men's doubles event until they were stopped in their tracks by England's Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall in the final. Incidentally, the Indians beat in the English men in both medal matches in singles.
Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal Karthik - Mixed Doubles Squash - Bronze
Pallikal Karthik would've been hurting after she and Joshna Chinappa were knocked out of the women's doubles event in the quarterfinal. However, along with Ghosal, she ensured she wouldn't be leaving Birmingham empty-handed as they beat Australia's Cameron Pilley and Donna Lobban in straight games in the bronze medal match.
Srikanth Kidambi - Men's Singles Badminton - Bronze
Malaysia's Ng Tze Yong, who beat Srikanth once in the mixed team final, got past the Indian once again in the men's singles semifinal, which meant the former world No 1 had to fight for bronze. The 2018 silver medallist won it after beating Singapore's Jason Teh.
Women's Team - Cricket - Silver
What could have been? Sigh... The Indian women's cricket team needed 44 runs off 34 balls with 8 wickets in hand. Unfortunately, this was a final against a team like Australia. Once again they found themselves in a position where they need to break out of the habit of losing finals from winning positions. However, the silver medal was a hugely creditable performance, as they got past hosts England in the semifinals.
Achanta Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula - Mixed Doubles Table Tennis - Gold
This was the one event that Sharath had not medalled in at the CWG before. With young Sreeja Akula by his side, India's greatest ever table tennis player set that right. After Sreeja's near-miss in the women's singles, where she lost a close bronze medal match, this was a terrific way for her to sign off from a breakthrough campaign in Birmingham.
Treesa Jolly and Gayathri Gopichand - Women's Doubles Badminton - Bronze
The 19-year-olds lost a second straight match to the eventual gold medallists from Malaysia but bounced back to win bronze later on the same day. Irrespective, a first medal at a big international in their debut year is a boost.
Sagar Ahlawat - Boxing - Silver
In his first international competition, Sagar Ahlawat took home the silver medal in the men's 92kg division. After comfortably reaching the final, the Indian was beaten by Delicious Orie in a unanimous decision, as India's boxing campaign came to an end with seven medals.
PV Sindhu - Women's Singles Badminton - Gold
After breezing through the early rounds in the women's singles, Sindhu's semifinal and final were not as easy as she made it seem, as she had discomfort in her ankle, which restricted her movement. But as all the greats do, she found a way, and eventually beat Canada's Michelle Li in the final to win her first-ever singles gold at the CWG.
Lakshya Sen - Men's Singles Badminton - Gold
A golden year for the golden boy became even sweeter on Monday, as Lakshya Sen's first individual CWG medal turned out to be gold. He was in a right battle in the final against Ng Tze Yong, but after losing the first game, Sen's combination of dogged defence and skillful strokes proved too much for the Malaysian.
G Sathiyan - Men's Singles Table Tennis - Bronze
This was another of those medals that was long overdue. After losing to Liam Pitchford in the semifinal, Sathiyan came out on fire against Paul Drinkhall and raced to a 3-0 lead. But he was pegged back, the match was tied at 3-3, and all the momentum was with Drinkhall. But he somehow pulled out his reserves of resilience to win his first individual CWG medal.
Achanta Sharath Kamal - Men's Singles Table Tennis - Gold
For some it's unlucky, for Sharath Kamal, 13 is sweet. His 13th CWG medal saw him go back to the top of the men's singles podium after a gap of 16 years. Sharath played 21 matches in a span of 11 days in Birmingham, winning four medals in four events.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty - Men's Doubles Badminton - Gold
The golden boys of Indian badminton were at it again, as they eased to the men's doubles gold medal. In the final against home favourites Sean Vendy and Ben Lane, Rankireddy and Shetty barely broke sweat, and made it seem like a run-of-the-mill match, with even all their high-intensity reactions saved for after they had won gold.
Men's Team - Hockey - Silver
A campaign that was so promising, filled with some brilliant hockey was brought to a grinding halt in the final by arguably the best team in the world. Australia beat India 7-0 in the final, but as goalkeeper PR Sreejesh tweeted after the final, the Indian team deserve to celebrate this silver medal, as they returned to the hockey podium after missing out in 2018.