Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday congratulated Indian athletes, who won medals in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Modi used the micro-blogging site Twitter to praise the medallists.
The performance of our athletes in the 2014 Commonwealth Games has made us proud. Congratulations to the medal winners.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2014
This time around, 216 athletes were part of the Indian contingent. And India managed to bag 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze for a total haul of 64 medals to finish fifth behind table-toppers England, Australia, Canada and host Scotland.
India had finished second behind Australia in 2010 Delhi edition but considering that some disciplines, from which the hosts had won medals, were either dropped or pruned down in Glasgow, it was a creditable performance by the Indians at the XX Commonwealth Games.
As expected, India shooters put up an excellent show at Glasgow and bagged 17 medals. Indian wrestlers too performed exceptionally well to win 13 medals overall.
Indian weightlifters performed above their weight as they won 12 medals for the country, with India topping the tally in that sport.
In hockey, Indian men`s team won their second consecutive silver in the Games after being outclassed by Olympic and world champions Australia 0-4 in the final.
In Badminton, India grabbed five medals but the shuttler who hogged the limelight was Parupalli Kashyap, who bagged a gold to become the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win the singles title in Commonwealth Games after Syed Modi in 1982.