From Manika Batra to Saina Nehwal – India's Nari Shakti illuminate Gold Coast Games

Heena Sidhu, Saina Nehwal and Manika Batra pose with their 2018 Commonwealth Games medals


The recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games saw India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ or women’s power illuminating the Gold Coast event furthermore with their medal-clinching heroics. As many as 27 Indian women athletes brought home laurels from the multi-sporting extravaganza, held from April 4 to 15 in Australia.

Thanks to the lady luck, India concluded their Commonwealth Games 2018 campaign on the third spot with 66 medals, including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze. Out of all 66, 31 medals were clinched by women either individually or in a combined effort.

In fact, Table Tennis star Manika Batra – with four medals – was the star performer for India. She stood out with two gold, one silver and one bronze – the most number of medals won by an Indian athlete at CWG 2018.

This is India’s second-best performance at the Games, following their 101-medal haul at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. India ended up with two more medals than the last edition in Glasgow.

Shooters bagged the most number of medals – 16, followed by the wrestlers (12), weightlifters (9), boxers (9), table tennis (8), badminton (6), athletics (3), squash (2) and para powerlifting (1).


India’s golden girls, including Saina Nehwal, Manika Batra, Vinesh Phogat, MC Mary Kom, Tejaswini Sawant, Shreyasi Singh, Heena Sidhu, Manu Bhaker, Punam Yadav, Sanjita Chanu and Mirabai Chanu, claimed 13 medals in total.

Saina Nehwal – women’s singles badminton.

Manika Batra – table tennis women’s singles.
Vinesh Phogat – women’s wrestling freestyle 50 kg Nordic.
MC Mary Kom – Women’s 45-48 kg category Boxing.
Tejaswini Sawant – 50m Rifle 3 Positions Shooting.
Shreyasi Singh – Double Trap Women’s Shooting
Heena Sidhu – Women’s 25m Pistol Shooting.
Mixed Team Badminton Gold
Gold in Women’s Table Tennis event. 
Manu Bhaker – Women’s 10m Air Pistol.
Punam Yadav – Women’s 69 kg Weightlifting.
Sanjita Chanu – Women’s 53 kg Weightlifting.
Mirabai Chanu – Women’s 48 kg Weightlifting.


In the silver’s list of 11 medals, athletes who contributed were PV Sindhu, Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Mouma Das, Anjum Moudgil, Pooja Dhanda, Seema Punia, Mehuli Ghosh and Babita Kumari.

PV Sindhu – Women’s Singles Badminton.
Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa – Women’s Doubles Squash.
Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal – Mixed Doubles Squash
Manika Batra and Mouma Das – Women’s Doubles Table Tennis.
Anjum Moudgil – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.
Pooja Dhanda – Women’s 57 kg Wrestling.
Seema Punia – Women’s Discus Throw.
Mehuli Ghosh – 10m Women’s Air Rifle.
Heena Sidhu – Women’s 10m Air Pistol.
Tejaswini Sawant – Women’s 50m Prone Shooting.
Babita Kumari – Women’s 53 kg Wrestling


Shuttlers Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy, wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Divya Kakran and Kiran, athlete Navjeet Dhillon and shooter Apurvi Chandela contributed to India’s seven bronze medal out of 20 in all.

Manika Batra and G Sathiyan – Mixed Doubles Table Tennis.
Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy – Women’s Doubles Badminton.
Sakshi Malik – Women’s Freestyle 62 kg Wrestling.
Divya Kakran – Women’s Freestyle 68 kg Wrestling.
Navjeet Dhillon – Women’s Discus Throw.
Kiran – Women’s Freestyle 76kg Wrestling.
Apurvi Chandela – Women’s 10m Air Rifle.