October 08, 2010 2
New Delhi: Hosts India have now claimed 20 gold medals in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and fans all across are egging the sportsmen and women to win more of the 'yellow metal' and do the country proud.
With an entire batch of boxers yet to go after a perfect start in the competitions, India are certain to surpass the tally of 22 golds in the last edition of the Games in Melbourne.
In fact the countdown has now started for them to beat their Commonwealth Games record of 30 Golds, which they had set in Manchester eight years ago.
The shooters gave the country a great start today as Gagan Narang and Hasan Imran Khan won the gold in the men's pairs 50m rifle 3 positions shooting event. This was Gagan's third gold in the Games.
Another shooter Vijay Kumar did the country proud by winning Gold Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event. Incidentally his score was higher than the wining score in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The women's recurve archery team comprising of the troika of Deepika Kumari, Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi Laishram continued India's gold rush by beating English team who were favourites to clinch the top honours.
Women's freestyle wrestling gave the hosts double delight as Alka Tomar (59 kg) and Anita (67 kg) won gold in their respective categories to boost India's chances of finishing second in the table for the fourth consecutive day.
Omkar Singh won a gold medal late in the day in 10m Air Pistol to take India's tally to 20 golds.
The hosts though need to keep excelling in all disciplines if they want to stay ahead of England and Canada who have been traditionally finishing behind the dominant Australian contingent.