The attempts since 1998 in Kuala Lumpur have not been successful, but at the XXI Commonwealth Games, India finally tasted success, and that too without trying its best player, P.V. Sindhu at any stage.
The men's hockey team, meanwhile, continued to be slightly off and had to work hard for a 4-3 win over Wales in their second pool B match. While the shuttlers thrashed three-time defending champions Malaysia, the paddlers first took down defending champions Singapore in the semifinals before sailing past Nigeria to claim gold medals.
South Africa has traditionally fielded strong fours teams at the quadrennial showpiece with the new proving their class.
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India won gold back in 2006.
England defeated Singapore to win the third place match while Nigeria takes on India to determine the Gold and Silver winners.
India beat Nigeria 3-0 to win a historic gold medal and complete a double at the 21st Commonwealth Games on Monday.
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India put themselves ahead with the help of Sharath Achanta's 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 win over Bode Abiodun of Nigeria in the men's singles event. Manika Batra is leading the Indian table tennis women team bag the gold at the Gold Coast, in Australia. I'm in good form, so the results will show soon. Being one set down, I did not know how I would make a comeback. Even in my wildest dream I had not thought that I will beat an Olympic medallist and world number four,"Batra told PTI after her shock win over Feng Tianwei. I reached the quarter-finals last time and I'm hopeful that I will do better". "I did not want to kept her settle so I changed my rubber after the second game", she added. Later, the badminton mixed team clinched historical and maiden gold in the Commonwealth Games.
As many as six players are in the top-100 of the men's world rankings and two in the women's standings.
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