India participated for the first time in the second edition of the Commonwealth Games in 1934. During that time, the tournament was known as the British Empire Games, back in 1934. India has participated in the tournament since its debut except for four editions (1930, 1950, 1962, and 1986). Indian sports never disappointed their Nation in Commonwealth Games. Many Indian athletes bring medals for their nation. Since its debut, India has won 503 medals in the CWG tournament. Especially, the shooting sports are considered the most successful event in Commonwealth Game's history. India won the most medal in shooting events with 135 podium finishes. Let's have a tour of Indians with the most medals in the Commonwealth Games.
Jaspal Rana has won the most medals in Commonwealth Games. He achieved a total of 15 CWG medals in shooting, which include 9 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze. He contested mainly in the 25 m Centre Fire Pistol category. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Jaspal Rana achieved a gold medal in Men's 25m Centre Fire Pistol alongside Samaresh Jung. Only at the age of 18, he has got the most prestigious award, Arjuna Award in 1994. Not only that, but he also achieved Padma Shri at 21. He is the most successful Indian athlete in Commonwealth Games. Rana earned more than 600 medals including National and Internation events in his whole career. At present, Rana coaches at the Jaspal Rana Institute of Education and Technology in Dehradun.
Samaresh Jung, who was nicknamed the 'Gold Finger' of India, is an Indian air pistol specialist. He belongs to the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, he won two gold medals in the men's free pistol pairs and the open event of 25 m standard pistol pairs, both in partnership with Jaspal Rana. At the 2006 commonwealth games, Samaresh won five gold medals in Men's 50m Pistol, Men's 10m Air pistol, Men's 25 m centerfire pistol, 10m Air pairs, 25m Standard Pistol pairs, and 25m Center Fire Pistol regimens. For his excellency, He was awarded the David Dixon "Best Athlete of the 18th Commonwealth Games" award. He bagged 14 CWG medals across various shooting events held in 2002, 2006, and 2010 editions of the Commonwealth Games. In the Tokyo Olympics 2020, he mentored Indian shooters who represented India.
Sharath Kamal Achanta is the first Indian table tennis player to achieve a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. He extended his domination at the Commonwealth Games 2022 by winning the gold medal in the men's singles event, thrashing England's Liam Pitchford 4-1 in the final. He achieved a total of 13 CWG medals, which includes seven golds, three silvers, and three bronze. Achanta passed through G Sathiyan's record to become the highest-ranked Indian table tennis player. He was honored with the Arjuna Award in the year 2004.
Gagan Narang impressed the whole world by winning four medals for India including two gold in pair with Abhinav Bindra at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. The Indian sports shooter has a total number of 10 medals in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 editions of the Commonwealth Games. For his outstanding performance in the shooting, the Government of India honored him with the Arjuna award in 2005. He was also awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2010. Besides, he established 'Guns for Glory' the Khelo India Accredited Institution where he trained shooters with his team and launched Project leap through this academy. Narang continued his impressive journey in the 2010 Commonwealth Games where he bagged 4 gold, including two in the individual event and the other two in pair.
Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian who gave India its first-ever individual gold in shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Not only that, he became the first Indian to have won both the World and Olympic titles at the same time. Only at the age of 15, he participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. The Indian Olympic gold medalist has a total of 9 CWG medals, which includes 5 gold. He was honored with the Arjuna awards and is the youngest recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards.