Women athletes held India’s head high with their unusual knack of winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Up next, we introduce you to some of the winners.
Indian women have done well in the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi—particularly in events like shooting, wrestling, tennis and badminton, providing tough competition for their male counterparts.
Indian women runners won the gold medal in the 4X400 meter relay on Tuesday, making it an unforgettable golden day.
One of the four relay athletes shared her experience.
[Sini Jose, Relay Athlete]:
“We were little tensed as the Nigerian team was participating with us. Tension was there but home ground support was also there which made us perform well.”
Another athlete said the performance of all the women athletes is an example to other Indian women, of how to make their mark in the world.
[Ashwini Chidananda, Relay Athlete]:
“Yes, it is true that we are living in women’s era, even the president of our country is a woman. We would like to encourage more girls to come out of their houses and think about their bright future and about the progress of the country. We want everyone (women) to think about her.”
India bagged a total of 101 medals at the Games with 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze medals, which would have been impossible without the contribution of women athletes.
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Blanka Vlašić (born November 8, 1983 in Split) is a Croatian high jumper and current world champion. Her personal best jump at 2.07 m is also the national record and was set on August 07, 2007. Only two women (one indoor and one outdoor) have jumped higher than this.
Blanka was named after Casablanca, a city where her father competed at the 1983 Mediterranean Games around the time of her birth.  She became a world champion in 2007 World Championships in Athletics with a jump of 2.05 m. She previously won the high jump bronze medal at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and before that she was a double world junior champion.
She competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics without much success, although she was aged just sixteen and twenty at the respective times.
She finished 4th in the high jump final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg earning the distinction of becoming the first athlete not to win a medal with a jump higher than 2 m (she cleared 2.01 m, but she needed more attempts than Bronze Medalist, Kajsa Bergqvist).
Blanka Vlašić is coached by her father Joško, a former decathlete, whose personal best, set in 1984, still stands as the Croatian national record; the two are a rare example of father and daughter simultaneously holding athletics national records.
As of 2007, Vlašić is the world’s top-ranked high jumper, as well as being first in the overall rankings.
Vlašić currently has an unbeaten streak of 27 competitions and has had 50 competitions over 2 m, which ranks her third, behind Kajsa Bergqvist (52) and Stefka Kostadinova (30).
Vlašić is known for striking a pose after she clears a height, she first done this in the IAAF World Championships in Osaka 2007.
World Rankings in Athletics
Women’s Overall Ranking
9 June 2008 (26 May 2008)
1. Blanka VLAŠIĆ CRO 1430 High Jump
2. Meseret DEFAR ETH 1405 5000m
3. Y. ISINBAYEVA RUS 1402 Pole Vault
4. Y. SOBOLEVA RUS 1393 1500m
5. M.Y.JAMAL BRN 1389 1500m
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