Commonwealth Games 2022 | Indian badminton contingent returns home after stellar performance in Birmingham

The players returned with 6 medals – 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze. The three golds came on the closing day of the Games, with PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chetty finishing on top in their respective events.

CWG gold medalist Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu welcomes at the airport. (Courtesy: Twitter/SAI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian badminton contingent won 6 medals – 3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
  • PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen won gold in their respective singles events
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chetty won gold in men’s doubles event

The Indian badminton contingent is back home after a stellar performance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The players returned with a total of six medals – three gold, one silver and two bronze. The three golds came on the final day of the Games, with PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chetty finishing on top in their respective events.

The two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu completed a hat-trick of Commonwealth Games medals in the women’s singles category, having previously won bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Games and silver at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

Sindhu put a dominant show in the 2022 women’s singles final as she defeated former CWG gold medalist Michelle Li with a scoreline of 21-15, 21-13.

Meanwhile, the World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen came from behind against Ng Tze Yong of Malaysia to win gold medal in the men’s singles final. The event marked 20-year-old Lakshya’s maiden appearance at the Commonwealth Games. The Indian lost the opening game 19-21 after a hard fought battle but bounced back to win a memorable gold on the closing day. His compatriot Kidambi Srikanth took home bronze medal.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chetty became the first Indian men’s doubles pair to win gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. They defeated England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in straight games 21-15, 21-13 in the final. It was the first time that India managed to win three badminton gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

The Indian badminton team bagged silver medal in the mixed team event after losing to a spirited Malaysian side. India were the defending champions in the 2022 Games. And, the women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand won bronze medal.

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