Saina: 'I would place this medal next to my Olympic bronze'

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After that, in 2012, it won 69 medals with 30 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Though Saina had been troubled by injuries for the last two years, she looked hungry in the women's singles final, set to become the first Indian to win two singles golds in badminton at the quadrennial event.

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal at stake, and her taller, younger compatriot having been seeded one rung above her, at the very top of the women's singles draw, Saina faced her sternest test since taking those tentative first steps on the Far Eastern circuit in November 2016, on the obstacle-strewn path back to the top. On another hand, PV Sindhu improved on her Commonwealth 2014, where she won a bronze, as she secured silver this time.

In men's singles, Srikanth settled for Silver after losing to Lee Chong Wei in the final. Nehwal's grandmother, Phulmati, expressed happiness at her win in the Games and said that God blessed her for her hard work.

The President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minster Narendra Modi also extended their congratulatory messages to medal-winning "daughters of India".

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"It is a matter of great pride that forming 25 per cent of the Indian contingent, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) athletes clinched 40 per cent of the total golds won by India".

"It has been a good week overall and I think today getting the silver was a proud moment for me". This was most certainly, an iconic match. Then you might happy to know that three shuttlers are entering the finals at CWG from the Indian contingent.

Howvever, the world No. 1 Srikanth was expected to beat Lee after he had thrashed the Malaysian in the mixed team event. "I gave him that early lead which I should have avoided", Srikanth said. The nation now ranks third on the list of countries that were awarded medals in the games, with Australia being No. 1 while England on No. 2. But there was no stopping Nehwal who closed the game in 21 minutes.

India's only Bronze in the discipline came in women's doubles competition. The final match will be held on Sunday at 4.30am IST.

Sindhu led 19-16 at one stage but a 64-stroke rally to narrow it to 18-19 brought Saina right back and she equalised at 19-19.

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