NEW DELHI, August 2: Indian athletes reigned supreme across the globe as the country enjoyed enormous success in the international arena in the month of July. Indian athletes won a whopping 227 medals in the span of just 31 days in nine sporting disciplines – athletics, wrestling, weightlifting, judo, badminton, boxing, table tennis, para-shooting and shooting.
Women athletes dominated the medals tally with sprinter Hima Das winning as many as five gold medals in the period of little over two weeks. Six-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom bagged the gold medal at the President’s Cup in Indonesia, while wrestler Vinesh Phogat also emerged victorious to win gold at Yasar Dogu in Turkey.
Judoka Tababi Devi, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Elavenil Valarivan all came out triumphant in the international competitions. Rio Olympics silver medallist, shuttler PV Sindhu finished as the runner-up at the Indonesia Open. Archer Deepika Kumari won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Archery Test event.
Of the 227 medals, the maximum medals (71) were won in athletics in seven meets spread across the Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyztan.
The Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Samoa meanwhile saw India win 35 medals.
Indian shooters, who have been doing consistently well on the world stage, also won 24 medals at the ISSF Junior World held in Suhl, Germany. The total medal tally for India read – 10 gold, four silver and five bronze. Indian para shooters also produced a remarkable performance with a total medal haul of nine medals at the Para Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia with four gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Para shooter Manish Narwal won three out of the nine medals India won.
India also bagged six medals in Judo at the Asia-Oceania Cadet Championships in Taipei.
The Indian boxing contingents also fared very well, with a total of 21 medals won in three international competitions. The Indian tally stood at nine medals in the President’s Cup in Indonesia (Women’s), eight in Thailand and four in President’s Cup in Kazakhstan (Men’s).
The Indian Wrestlers featured second on the list of maximum medals won in one sport. They clinched 50 medals across five wrestling events in July. The junior wrestlers made the biggest contribution, winning 18 medals at the Asian Junior Championships in Thailand. Two medals came in the Oleg Karavaev event in Belarus, while seven at the Yasar Dogu Tournament in Turkey. They also tasted massive success at the Asian Cadet Championships with a total of 17 medals. Six medals meanwhile were won in the Madrid Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, India made a clean sweep at the Table Tennis Commonwealth Championships with seven medals. (ToI)