August 3, 2014

Do the Gold!




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She was practicing Table Tennis in the garage of her home. He was shooting his target to glory with his portable shooting practice kit in his hotel room- even while stealing some time away from his cousin's reception evening below. The Men's Hockey Team was sweating it out on the field, practicing hard. She was wrestling in her akhada, her sisters egging her on with better techniques to defeat the opponents. He was bettering his badminton shots at the P. Gopichand Academy under the lights. She was boxing against all odds, like there was no tomorrow, with single focus. He was weightlifting unimaginably heavy weights in a private gym, for the government never kept its promise to give him a world class gym inspite of him being a previous gold medal winner. She was vaulting with all her gymnastic grace and strength to perfect her art. He was throwing the discus again and again, struggling to better his best throw....

........And it rained that night.

Yes. It rained. It felt like their sweat was mixing with the rain water and liberating them. Giving them fresh energy. More strength to wrestle harder. To fight the Judo better. To hit every badminton shot with more force. To lift the extra 2 kgs beyond 300. To drive that hockey stick to hit more goals. To shoot to ever more perfection. To achieve the ultimate. To create history.

To do the Gold....


And Gold they did! And how! Silver and Bronze as well! Proud of each of you our great Indian sportsmen and women! XXth Commonwealth Games at Glasgow has been a jubilation! India stands at a proud 5th in the Medals Tally! Yet this compares poorly with XIXth CWG when India was the host and had come 2nd with a whopping tally of 101 medals, and a jaw-dropping 38 Golds!

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Australia (AUS) 74 55 48 177
2  India (IND) 38 27 36 101
3  England (ENG) 37 59 46 142
4  Canada (CAN) 26 17 32 75
5  Kenya (KEN) 12 11 10 33
5  South Africa (RSA) 12 11 10 33
7  Malaysia (MAS) 12 10 13 35
8  Singapore (SIN) 11 11 9 31
9  Nigeria (NGR) 11 10 14 35
10  Scotland (SCO) 9 10 7 26

Still, this time around several historic feats have been achieved- 20-year-old Dipa Karmakar being first Indian woman ever to win a medal in gymnastics; Parupalli Kashyap winning Gold in men's singles badminton- a feat occuring after 32 years; Joshna Chinappa-Dipika Pallikal winning Gold in Women's Squash Doubles; Four Judo medals for India in this newly introduced sport; Abhinav Bindra winning 4th consecutive Gold Medal in shooting and also announcing this was his last CWG; and lots more!

I only wish every Silver Medallist pushed harder- for majority of these 30 silvers could have been Golds. Just mark the difference between number of golds and silvers for the top 10 in below medals tally. Either nations have won more golds than silvers [Healthiest sign showed here by Canada- winning double the number of golds compared to silvers!] or their number of golds and silvers are equal/almost equal [also a healthy sign of do-or-die sporting spirit].

Sadly, India loses out here winning only half the number of golds than silvers, giving an impression that several of our sportspeople somehow settled for second best after qualifying for final rounds. Is it that they lose the battle of nerves in the final? Or is it plain complacency? Or is it playing away from home [CWG Delhi was a complete contrasting performance!] ? Our coaches and sportspeople now have to focus on finding answers to these questions and training harder to not just dominate physically, but win the final battle of nerves.... to DO THE GOLD always- in whichever final they enter! Hoping for such top class mental strength training so that India can dominate in future- in every CWG, Asian Games, World Championships and Olympics! :)

Rank
Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1
England [ENG]
58
58
56
172
2
Australia [AUS]
48
42
46
136
3
Canada [CAN]
32
16
34
82
4
Scotland [SCO]
19
15
19
53
5
India [IND]
15
30
19
64
6
New Zealand [NZL]
14
13
17
44
7
South Africa [RSA]
13
10
17
40
8
Nigeria [NGR]
11
11
14
36
9
Kenya [KEN]
10
10
5
25
10
Jamaica [JAM]
10
4
8
22




This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.
and
also links to letter 'D' for ABC Wednesday!


21 comments:

  1. Great Amrita...a nice read it was..a WOW post in the truest sense..

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  2. That was a unique one :) Proud of all of them and really nice of you to use it with the prompt :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Anmol! Yes- while all may hv written stories with d prompt, I thought of this one! :)

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  3. What a unique take on the prompt! Wow indeed.
    I have tears in my eyes reading this...
    Very nicely expressed, Amrita. We don't win Silver/Bronze, we lose Gold...
    May we all, all Indians, not just Sports people, go for Gold & do the best we can to make our country proud.

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    1. 'We don't win Silver/Bronze, we lose Gold...'
      Very well said indeed! Thanks a lot! :)

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  4. really interesting
    keep posting





    www.itarsia.in

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  5. Cannot forget the 2010 CWG which held in Delhi and we visited two three matches... This time our performance is a bit down than last CWG, but then they fairly did better than any other Indian team which went abroad :)

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  6. Congratulations are well DESERVED for India. Canada did well, too, so we can both be very proud of the sportsmanship shown by our countries!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Thanks so mch Leslie! Yes congrats 2 us both! :D

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  7. hi miss...i have read quite of your answers on insight recently..i am also an aspirant ...it would be of great help if u can mail me the archive of the answers u would be having of old insight questions ..and also of others good reply...it would be of great help ..
    thanking you in advance ...
    waiting for your reply miss...
    you can contact me on saurabhyadav1987@gmail.com

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    1. Plz take answers U like from the site itself! That's y it is an open forum!

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    2. ok miss..thanks for replying

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  8. Anybody who competes at this level has my awe and respect. I showed my support for them by watching as much of the CWG as possible, becoming an armchair expert in many sports I'd not seen before. Well done to everyone, regardless of nationality!

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    1. Hey that's gr8! :) Indeed, each sportsperson deserves our applause!

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  9. Congrats! and thanks for sharing all the nation's positions♪

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  10. Great write up. The Indian team deserve to be among the best and they made us so proud to show the world that we are not just about cricket. If given the right resources, we can top every game.

    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/wow-and-it-rained-that-night/

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    1. Thanks so mch Vishal! :D Yes U r very right!

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