CWG - India again at 2nd Spot with 29 Gold

India produced yet another eye-catching all-round display to scoop up a sackful of medals and surge past England to the second spot in the medals rostrum at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. The hosts raked up five gold medals and as many silver and bronze medals from wrestling, archery, shooting, athletics and tennis on another very fruitful day of competitions. Late in the evening the men's hockey squad routed arch-foes Pakistan 7-4 in a do-or-die pool match to enter the semi finals in front of a packed crowd.
Ranchi-born teenage shooter Deepika Kumari set the tone with a gold in the women's individual recurve at the archery range. Fellow-archer Rahul Banerjee (men's individual recurve), Harpreet Singh (men's 25m centre fire pistol) and world freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar (66kg) followed suit before Somdev Devvarman lived up to his billing as the top seed by winning the men's singles gold. The silverware provided earlier in the day by Vijay Kumar (centre fire pistol) and freestyle grapplers Anuj Kumar (84kg) and Joginder Kumar (120kg) was boosted in the evening by field athletes Vikas Gowda (men's discus) and Malliakal Prajusha (women's long jump). The 14 medals bagged on Sunday increased the country's haul to an impressive 29-22-22, three gold medals clear of third-placed England who were second last night.