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India ends third best CWG show with seven medals on final day

India ends third best CWG show with seven medals on final day

India could win as many as six medals (4 gold medals, 2 bronze medals) on the final day of the Commonwealth Games where PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Dipika Pallika and others will be pushing their chances.

The highlight of the day was the Saina-Sindhu clash, which lived up to the hype with the former world no 1, especially, bringing her A game to the court. "My match against Kirsty Gilmour went on for a long while and probably I aggravated the problem a bit". Saina had taken the early lead in the second game as well before she fired one wide to allow Sindhu to draw level at 4-4. "It's a very emotional moment for me after the disappointing loss in Rio due to injury", second seed Saina said after a straight-game but draining victory over top seed and compatriot P V Sindhu in the final. This year's total of 66 medals is the third highest haul for India in the history of CWG.

Nehwal, meanwhile, took an hour and five minutes to close out her game. Even though she claimed the gold with a brilliant performance, Saina said she was not in a particularly good shape. It is not much of a problem, just two-three days of recovery is required. This is likely his last Commonwealth Games and if this is to be true, it was a fitting send-off for the Indian veteran. Srikanth was virtually reduced to a spectator as Lee piled on the points.

Nehwal and Sindhu have played each other three times at worldwide tournaments. He had declared to his country's press on Saturday that he would come to the gold medal match like a wounded tiger that would show his prey no mercy; and he kept his word.

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The men's doubles team of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also settled for the silver medal after going down 13-21, 16-21 to England's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. "Railway athletes won 10 Golds, one Silver and four Bronze medals in the CWG games", Rekha Yadav, Executive Director, and RSPB Secretary, said in a statement.

Like Saina, Srikanth needed a hit-and-run approach against Lee.

Saina continued to fight hard, attempting to chip away at the deficit. Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei captured the most coveted medals, proving yet again that old is indeed gold!