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Badminton Stars strike Gold for India as Nehwal, Doubles team propel hosts to Second place

saina_nehwal.jpgIt was a proud moment for Indian sport as youth icon Saina Nehwal stood at the top step of the podium on winning India their second badminton Gold of the Delhi Games. On a day when India's long standing tradition in hockey was left to lick the wounds of what has been a traumatic year for the sport, culminating in an 8-0 reversal in the Commonwealth Games final, the women shuttlers stood tall glistening in the spotlight as first the doubles team of Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta and then young Saina Nehwal clinched twin Golds.

The significance of those two Golds was clear to the knowledgeable crowd who thronged to the Sirifort Sports Complex for the Commonwealth Games finale, as not only did they notch up a century of medals for the host nation, but also propelled India past England into second place in the Medals Tally. It could have all been very different though as England were left to suffer immense disappointment, losing in three badminton finals themselves, ironically none of them in direct competition with the hosts.

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Australia thrash India 8-0 in Commonwealth Games Hockey Final

aussie_attack.jpgAfter beating the higher ranked England team in the semi-finals of the Men's Hockey event at the Commonwealth Games, India failed to produce another upset in the final, as they succumbed to a massive 8-0 defeat at the hands of the mighty Australians. Australia's all-round display re-affirmed their supremacy in the world of men's hockey as India struggled to compete with a significantly stronger and faster team.

Australia, coached by Ric Charlesworth, the master tactician and former India coach, attacked from the word go and put early pressure on the Indians. The host nation began to keep good possession in order to slow down the game. On the attack, India continued to rely on long passes like they did against England in the semis, but this time around, Australia's defence checked each of those passes.

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Wales finish Delhi Games with 19 Medals as Francesca Jones adds finishing touch

With a final medal haul of 19, Team Wales are preparing to return home and are already looking forward to Glasgow 2014. Francesca Jones provided the silver lining on the last day of competition when she finished second in the rhythmic gymnastics.

After finishing fourth in the individual all-around, the 19-year-old qualified for all four apparatus events. She narrowly missed out on bronze medals in the rope and in the ball when she came fourth and she finished sixth in the ribbon. But it was the hoop that gave Frankie her podium position.

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Provisional suspension for Indian athlete Rani Yadav

In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) for the XIX Commonwealth Games, the CGF's Federation Court conducted a Provisional Hearing this afternoon to consider an adverse analytical finding resulting from a random test of Indian athlete, Ms Rani Yadav, after the women's 20 kilometre walk on October 9.

The athlete's A sample tested positive for the substance 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under category S1 of the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

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Kalmadi, Fennell applaud Delhi for successful hosting of XIX Commonwealth Games

"Delhi has delivered," is how Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell summed of the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, as he and Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, Delhi 2010, applauded all, especially the population of Delhi, for the grand success.

"The Olympic disciplines were conducted extremely well and the athletes, who are the most important people for the Commonwealth Games, are satisfied with the way things have turned out," Mr. Kalmadi said. "There were apprehensions before the Games began but all aspects surrounding the athletes - the conduct of the event, the overall set-up, the Games Village, the entertainment and food - have been really enjoyed by them and they all return home with a great appreciation of India."

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