Good Sports: Commonwealth Gold
India won 64 medals, including 15 gold, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The total medal haul was well short of the 101 medals that India won in 2010 as the host nation, but still reflected some outstanding performances.
Kashyap Parupalli won a gold medal in badminton men’s singles, the first Indian man to do so since the early 1980s—back when Syed Modi was a star and Prakash was the most famous Padukone.
Vikas Gowda won a gold medal in men’s discus, India’s first gold medal in athletics in 56 years, since Milkha Singh won the 440-yard race at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Wales.
Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won a gold medal in squash women’s doubles, the first gold medal ever for India in squash.
“I hope our win inspires kids to take up squash, and sponsors start investing in Indian squash,” Pallikal told PTI. “If we are not able to make things better now, then I don’t see it ever happening in the future.”
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