India finishes 7th in Youth Commonwealth Games with 11 medals

Jul 25, 2017 13:04 IST

 India clinches 11 medals in Youth Commonwealth Games

The Indian contingent finished an impressive seventh in the recently-concluded 6th Youth Commonwealth Games at the Bahamas with a total tally of 11 medals including four gold, one silver and six bronze medals.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) stated, "I would like to congratulate all our young medal winners for their wonderful performance in the Commonwealth Youth Games. They have done a wonderful job, in making our country proud. I am sure such performances will boost their morale for future events and I wish them success in future".

 India clinches 11 medals in Youth Commonwealth Games

Key Highlights

• The six-day event was kick-started on 18 July with India grabbing four medals in Judo.

• While Soni picked up India’s first gold medal by beating Australia’s Uros Nikolic in the 73kg category event, Ashish followed it up with a bronze medal in the 60kg category after defeating England’s Harry Zane-Prosser.

• Among the girls, Antim Yadav and Rebina Devi Chanam won two bronze medals, defeating Bahamian Jasmine Russell in 48-kg and Australia's Saskia Jolande Brothers in 57-kg categories respectively.

• In the boxing category, India grabbed four medals including one gold, one silver and two bronze. World Youth Champion Sachin Siwach defeated James Nathan Probert of Wales 4-1 to clinch the gold medal in the Light Flyweight (49 Kg) category.

• The silver was won by girl boxer Jony in the Lightweight (60 Kg) category after losing 2-3 to Australia’s Ella Jade Boot in the finals.

• The two bronze were won by Muhammed Etash Khan and Ekta in the Bantamweight (56 Kg) weight category and flyweight (51 Kg) category respectively. While Etash Khan lost in the semi-finals to England's Reuben Shiloh Defreitas 2-3, Ekta lost to Chloe Louise Watson 1-4.

• In tennis, India led by Zeel Desai and Siddhant Banthia finished on a high note after taking three medals across all three categories in singles and mixed doubles.

 India clinches 11 medals in Youth Commonwealth Games

• While Desai won her girls singles’ final against Eliza Omirou of Cyprus in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, Siddhant Banthia won a bronze with a win over Cypriot Eleftherios Neos in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

• Then the duo took India to a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the mixed doubles finals against Neos and Omirou of Cyprus.

Overall, the Indian contingent comprising 28 participants across six events hit home with a total medal tally of 11 medals across three disciplines.

England topped the medal list with a total of 51 medals including 23 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze followed by Australia at the second position with a tally of 39 medals that includes 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze.  The other countries to finish ahead of India include New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Singapore.

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