Australia tops the Medal table
So the Commonwealth Games is all over for another 4 years. Australia led the event across the board, ending up clear leaders of the medal table by a country mile. In the final days Australia won both the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Finals, but New Zealand took some comfort in beating Australia in the finals of the Rugby 7s and Netball.
One of the lesser lights of Commonwealth sport, Singapore, almost made a clean sweep of Table Tennis, picking up 6 of the 7 Golds available. Losing only the Men’s doubles final to India.
Kenya did the double in the Marathon, picking up gold in both the Men’s and Women’s events. Confirming their domination of distance running, picking up the vast majority of medals from 800 metres to the Marathon. How long will it be before we see Kenya winning the sprint events too?
India succeeded in pipping England at the post for second place in the medals table. They picked up their 38th Gold medal of the games in Badminton, where England lost 3 finals to pick up silver. England only needed to pick up one more Gold to beat India into second place, because of their superior number of Silver medals.
On Wednesday night at the Boxing finals Indian fans were cheering any fighter that was up against an Englishman, hoping to secure that second place.
It would be a very good week to be an Indian sports fan I would imagine, having beaten Australia in the second test at Bangalore on Wednesday to secure the series 2-0. Sachin Tendulkar picking up a double century in the first and 53 not out in the second innings. He of course hit the winning runs too. Australia are really going to have to put some work in before the Ashes series if they do not want to be humbled on home soil. The first Ashes test begins on 24th November
By Max Power