In 2010, Abhinav Bindra was the flag bearer of opening ceremony. Of the 101 medals and 38 Golds earned then, maximum 30 medals with 14 Gold medals came from shooters. In 2014 at Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the events of shootings were reduced from 44 to a drastic 19. India’s flag bearer remained another shooter at opening ceremony, Vijay Kumar. Shooting still earned India the maximum medals, overall 17 out of 64 medals, although the Gold medals were reduced to 4, second best behind Wrestling. Even among nations its rank dipped from first to third behind Australia (6 Gold) and England (5 Gold), despite earning the maximum medals among all nations. Gagan Narang despite injuries became the only overall Indian athlete to win 2 medals in 2014. So did something went wrong? Or was it just the reduced number of events? Let us analyze the performance of Indian shooters in 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014: List of Medal Winners of India
Indian Performances at Glasgow: Judo, Athletics
Indian Men vs Women
Overall 16 Men and 13 Women participated in the Shooting events, winning 17 medals. Participating in 9 events, 17 Men shooters earned 2 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 3 Bronze medals.
13 Women participated in 9 events to win 2 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and a Bronze.
Medals in Events Reduced Compared to 2010
Glasgow had 7 events for women and 11 events for Men in the pool of 19 events for Shooting.
Indians recorded 7 Gold medals, 3 silver and 3 Bronze in 10 Pistol events for Men. Indian women were equally dominant winning 3 Gold medals and 2 Silver medals in 4 events.
In 2014, in 4 Pistol events for Men, and Jitu Rai earned Gold, while Prakash Nanjappa, Harpreet Singh and Gurpal Singh won Silver medal.
In 2 Pistol event for Women, Rahi Sarnobat won Gold, while Malaika Goel and Anisa Sayyed won silver medals.
- 10 m air for both
25 m for women
25 m centre fire for men
25 m rapid fire for men
25 m standard for men
50 m for men
Delhi CWG has 6 events for Men and Women each besides 2 events for Full Bore Rifle. Glasgow had only three rifle events each for Men and Women category. Among Men Abhinav Bindra again won the Gold, while Gagan Narang, and Sanjeev Rajput won Silver medals, while Gagan Narang won a silver and bronze, and Sanjeev Rajput won a silver.
Women also earned three medals. Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul won Gold and Silver for 10 metre air rifle, while Lajja Gauswami won the Bronze.
- 10 m air for both
50 m 3 positions for both
50 m prone for both
In 2010 6 events were for Men and 2 for Women. Indians won 3 Silver and one Bronze in Men’s Categories. In Trap Singles Manavjit Singh Sandhu won the Bronze in 2010 and repeated same result in 2014.
In Doubles Trap Singles, in the absence of 2010 Silver medallist Ronjan Sodhi, Mohammed Asab won the Bronze medal.
In Women’s Doubles Trap, Shreyashi Singh got India a silver. In 2010 none of the women won in the two Trap events, as Doubles Trap was missing then.
- Trap for both
Skeet for both
Double trap for men
Indian Shooters and Results in 2014
25 m pistol Women
- Gold Rahi Sarnobat
Silver Anisa Sayyed
10 m air rifle Men
- Gold Abhinav Bindra
4th Ravi Kumar
10 m air rifle Women
- Gold Apurvi Chandela
Silver Ayonika Paul
10 m air pistol Men’s
- 4th Prakash Nanjappa
9th Om Prakash (Did not qualify for Finals)
10 m air pistol Women
- Silver Malaika Goel
7th Heena Sidhu
25 m rapid fire pistol Men
- Silver Harpreet Singh
Vijay Kumar Failed to Qualify
50 m pistol Men
- Gold Jitu Rai
Silver Gurpal Singh
50 m rifle 3 positions Men
- Silver Sanjeev Rajput
Bronze Gagan Narang
50 m rifle 3 positions Women
- Bronze Lajja Goswami
9 Elizabeth Susan Koshy (Did not qualify for Finals)
50 m rifle prone Men
- Silver Gagan Narang
Joydeep Karmakar 9th (Did not qualify for Finals)
50 m rifle prone Women
Double trap Men Trap Men Trap Women Skeet Men Skeet Women The increased number of silver medals were a concern but overall 17 medals in 17 events is a commendable performance.
Bronze Mohammed Asab
Semifinal Ankur Mittal
Bronze: Manavjit Singh Sandhu
Did not Advance Mansher Singh
Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar failed to go beyond Qualification round.
Mairaj Ahmad Khan and and Baba P.S. Bedi did not qualify for semifinals.
Arti Singh Rao failed to qualify for finals
Double trap Men
The increased number of silver medals were a concern but overall 17 medals in 17 events is a commendable performance.