CWG 2018: Saina Nehwal helps India claim historic gold medal in badminton mixed-team event

Badminton - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Mixed Team Medal Ceremony - Carrara Sports Arena 2 - Gold Coast, Australia - April 9, 2018. Team India celebrates winning a gold medal. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Team India celebrates winning a gold medal. (Source: Reuters)

India’s badminton team created history on Monday as they claimed their first gold medal in mixed-team event, defeating Malaysia 3-1 in final. Saina Nehwal led a long, intense battle against Soniia Cheah to give India the top position.

India’s gold-medal campaign started with the pair of Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwik Rankireddy taking down Peng Soon Chan and Liu Yong Goh in the mixed-doubles category. Ashwini-Satwik gave India 1-0 lead and an early motivation after beating Malaysia 21-14, 15-21, 21-15.

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