New Delhi: India won six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Wednesday, including three in shooting.
The third day at the multidisciplinary competition ended with India’s haul standing at 11 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.
The hosts remain in second place on the medals table—behind Australia, which has taken a big lead with 20-15-10, and comfortably ahead of third-placed England’s 6-11-9.
Indian shooters continued to dominate at New Delhi’s Karni Singh range, garnering three gold and as many silver medals on Wednesday. Rifle marksman Gagan Narang and pistol experts Anisa Sayyed and Omkar Singh accounted for the gold medals.
It was world champion Narang’s day to capture glory, at the expense of Beijing Olympic champion and teammate Abhinav Bindra, in the men’s 10m individual air rifle event, with a Games record to go with it.
Woman lifter Renu Bala Chanu and grappler Rajender Kumar also contributed to the rush of gold.
It was the best day for the country medal-wise, as four silver and two bronze medals brought the total tally to 11—four more than Tuesday’s haul of five gold and two silver medals.
The four silver medals were from shooters Bindra and Sornabat Rahi, trap shooters Ronjan Sondhi and Asher Noria, and grappler Manoj Kumar, while the bronze medals were won by wrestler Dharmenra Dalal and para-swimmer Prasanta Karmakar.
With Indian sportspersons putting up a good show, companies are looking to book ad slots on Doordarshan, the official broadcaster of the Games.
The Games began on Sunday following months of criticism over construction delays, security concerns and an epidemic threat, as several individual participants quit and entire teams appeared on the verge of pulling out.
But with a successful opening ceremony and the Indian contingent’s good performance improving television viewership, companies that had earlier decided not to advertise during the Games broadcast are now reconsidering their strategy.
“We cannot do anything now in terms of sponsorships and other ground activities during the Games. But what we can do is take up ad spots and place advertisements,” said Videocon Industries Ltd director, sales and marketing, Anirudh Dhoot.
He said due to the positive response to the Games, “we are now planning to buy some ad spots, particularly towards the last two-three days, when the activities also increase”.
Similarly, soft drink and snacks firm PepsiCo Inc. said it is also exploring ways to associate with the Games.