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The Kadak Spirit Of 75th Independence With CommonWealth Games Achievements

Nothing unites India more than the proud feeling when an Indian sportsman is seen participating, fighting , and winning a medal for India. A similar rush of emotions was seen during the 2022 Commonwealth Games where India showed the world its potential. 

In this blog we are celebrating the spirit of spots with the pride of celebrating the 75th Independence day. 

Where does India stand in the history of the Commonwealth Games?

The journey of India in the Commonwealth Games started in the year 1934 when the second commonwealth games were organised. Since then India has participated in all of the commonwealth games editions except 3. India won a bronze medal (won by wrestler Rashid Anwar) in the 1934 edition of the games and ranked 12th among the other countries. In 194 games, India participated  for the first time as a free nation but was eliminated from the medal count. 

Apart from the active participation, India has also hosted the commonwealth games in India in the year 2010 at Delhi. As a host, India won 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals in that edition. 

India has now established itself as a prominent force in sports in the Commonwealth, despite its early campaigns at the Commonwealth Games, formerly known as the British Empire Games and the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in their early editions, being mainly unremarkable. India has won a total of 564 medals in the Games so far, including 203 gold, 190 silver, and 171 bronze.

From July 28 to August 8, nearly 200 Indian athletes competed for medals across 16 different sports at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. India, today, ranks fourth overall in the history of the Olympics in terms of gold medals won, trailing only Australia, England, and Canada.

The Indian superstars of CWG 2022

India has shown exceptional talent and spirit in the commonwealth games 2022 landing us in the 4th position on the charts. Let us show you the superstars behind the rise of India in the tally table. 

  1. Most Record breaking female wrestler - Mirabai Chhanu
  2. Most Youngest Gold medalist Male Wrestler - Jeremy Lalrinnunga
  3. Men's Singles Title in Table Tennis - Sharath Kamal 
  4. Record breaking win in steeplechase - Avinash Sable
  5. India’s win into a new game - Lawn Bowls 
  6. India bagged both gold and silver both in Triple Long Jump

Some unforgettable highlights that made us jump from our seats

  1. India experienced great success at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and athletics was one of the sports where supporters could witness world records being broken. In actuality, athletics was the only discipline that significantly increased the nation's medal total.
  2. The show-stealing track and field performances by young athletes like the steeplechaser Avinash Sable, the triple jumpers Eldhose Paul and Abdulla Aboobacker, the walkers Priyanka Goswami and Sandeep Kumar, the javelin thrower Annu Rani, the long jumper Murali Sreeshankar, and the high jumper Tejaswin Shankar were encouraging.
  3. In badminton singles, P.V. Sindhu and Lakshya Sen were unstoppable en route to gold. Mirabai Chanu excelled at weightlifting on a level all her own.
  4. After taking home several medals from the competition, Sharath Kamal proved that age is just a number. In order to maintain his position as a champion and an inspiration, he won three golds and a silver
  5. In wrestling, gold medals were won by Vinesh Phogat, Ravi Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Naveen, Deepak Punia, and Bajrang Punia. In fact, every wrestler who competed for India has returned with a medal.
  6. The women's team's historic first-ever gold medal in Lawn Bowls for India captured millions of hearts at home.
  7. Amit Panghal, Nitu Ghanghas, and Nikhat Zareen, who all won gold in their respective weight classes, dominated the sport of boxing.
  8. One of the proudest moments for the nation at the games was when Eldhose Paul won gold in the men's triple jump.

The Firsts

Many Indian athletes wrote their names in history by becoming first-ever winners in many disciplines. 

  1. The Indian women’s team won the first-ever gold in lawn bowls
  2. India managed to win a men’s doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games badminton event with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty doing the business. 
  3. Sharath Kamal and Sreeja Akula won the first-ever gold in the mixed doubles category in table tennis for India.
  4. Saurav Ghoshal won India’s first-ever medal in singles squash category by securing the bronze. 
  5. Tejaswin Shankar won bronze, which was the country’s first-ever medal in the high-jump event at a CWG. 
  6. Eldhose Paul won India’s first-ever gold in the men’s triple jump event.
  7. Murali Sreeshankar became the first Indian to win a silver medal in the men’s long jump
  8. Annu Rani also made history, as she became the first Indian female javelin thrower to win a medal, a bronze, at the Commonwealth Games as well.
  9. Sanket Sargar was the first Indian to win a medal in Birmingham, bagging a silver in the men's 55kg weightlifting event.
  10. Sudhir won the first medal for India, a gold, in para sports - para powerlifting men's heavyweight category.

Comparing 2018 and 2022 CommonWealth games

Indian athletes placed third overall at the 2018 Gold Coast edition with 66 medals won, including 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze, behind hosts Australia and England.

What kept us from winning more medals

Shooting was removed from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games schedule which contributed 16 of the 66 medals in 2018. <h4>

In fact, more than any other sport at the Commonwealth Games, shooting has contributed 135 of India's 564 total medals. This covers the 30 medals Indian shooters took home from the 2010 CWG in New Delhi, which saw India experience their most successful CWG ever with a total of 101 medals earned.

Neeraj Chopra, a silver medalist at the world championships and the champion javelin thrower at the Tokyo Olympics, withdrew late from the CWG 2022 owing to an injury.

Game wise medal Tally - India

India won 61 medals at Birmingham 2022 including 22 golds, 16 silvers and 23 bronze, at the Commonwealth Games 2022.

Sport

Gold medal

Silver medal

Bronze medal

Total

Weightlifting

3

3

4

10

Judo

0

2

1

3

Lawn bowls

1

1

0

2

Table Tennis

3

1

1

5

Badminton

3

1

2

6

Squash

0

0

2

2

Para Powerlifting

1

0

0

1

Athletics

1

4

3

8

Wrestling

6

1

5

12

Boxing

3

1

3

7

Para Table Tennis

1

0

1

2

Hockey

0

1

1

2

Cricket

0

1

0

1

TOTAL

22

16

23

61

  

Country wise medal tally - India

Rank

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Australia

67

57

54

178

2

England

56

65

53

175

3

Canada

26

32

34

92

4

India

22

16

23

61

5

New Zealand

20

12

17

49

6

Scotland

13

11

27

51

7

Nigeria

12

9

14

35

8

Wales

8

6

14

28

9

South Africa

7

9

11

27

10

Northern Ireland

7

7

4

18

11

Malaysia

6

6

8

22

12

Jamaica

6

6

3

15

13

Kenya

6

5

10

21

14

Singapore

4

4

4

12

15

Trinidad & Tobado

3

2

1

6

16

Uganda

3

0

2

5

17

Cyprus

2

3

6

11

18

Pakistan

2

3

3

8

19

Samoa

1

4

0

5

20

Barbados

1

1

1

3

20

Cameron

1

1

1

3

20

Zambia

1

1

1

3

23

Grenada

1

1

0

2

23

The Bahamas

1

1

0

2

25

Bermuda

1

0

1

2

26

British Virgin Is.

1

0

0

1

27

Mauritius

0

3

2

5

28

Ghana

0

2

3

5

29

Fiji

0

2

2

4

30

Mozambique

0

2

1

3

31

Sri Lanka

0

1

3

4

32

Tanzania

0

1

2

3

33

Botswana

0

1

1

2

33

Guernsey

0

1

1

2

35

Dominica

0

1

0

1

35

Papua New Guinea

0

1

0

1

35

St Lucia

0

1

0

1

35

The Gambia

0

1

0

1

39

Namibia

0

0

4

4

40

Malta

0

0

1

1

40

Nauru

0

0

1

1

40

Niue

0

0

1

1

40

Vanuatu

0

0

1

1

 

Kadak jeet, Kadak proud moment

We are in the 75th Independence year and we are standing at 4th position in the world’s tally of sports. 

Is this the new beginning for New India ?

Yes it is.

And it will a;lso grow stronger every day. With new vision and energy we have become unbeatable in many sports from Badminton to Wrestling, from women’s cricket to table tennis and we have also made our debut in lawn bowls, steeplechase and triple long jump and the list will not stop now.

Samaara, the Indian kadak tea brand also salutes to Indian sportsmen and congratulates the winners and also to those who did not make it to the winner podium because they have inspired many younger generations. 

Samaara is proud to be an Indian brand which grows its teas in India for our Indian people who crave for the kadak flavour. We celebrate Indian achievements with a cup of kadak chai that is grown in India exclusively for you. With our instagram hashtag - #kadak soch, we are celebrating the breaking of records at the commonwealth games and feeling proud to have been associated with a country which has earned the independence that is being celebrated.