Commonwealth Games 2018: 5 Indians who punched above their weight
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been nothing short of a phenomenal run for India. There have been quite a few records created and broken en route. Success came from unexpected quarters and the medals kept streaming in, one after the other as India's flag soared and fluttered proudly in the air.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games began on a sweet note with India's Mirabai Chanu braving the odds and clinching the yellow metal in the 48kg weightlifting. And since then, every day has been a fairy tale for India.
There have been wins and near-win efforts from so many unexpected athletes who stood up and showed us their worth.
Here's taking a look at 5 Indians who went out of their way and did the unexpected at the Commonwealth Games.
#1 Muhammed Anas Yahiya
Track and field events does not come to mind immediately when we talk about expected medal wins for India. Muhammed Anas sought to correct that very notion and set about sprinting for glory.
The fact that India managed to get through to the 400 m finals after Milkha Singh's run at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, is an incredible fact. Anas went on to beat the national record thrice and improve his personal best by 0.01s, as he ran to the finish line in just 45.31s.
However, falling short by 0.02s, he finished 4th out of 8 sprinters and missed out on a medal by a whisker. This spectacular performance by Anas gives hope for the future and India are inching closer to glory in track events.