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India’s performance in Asian Games

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India brought home a total of 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze from the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. This is India’s biggest success in its Asian Game history. India equaled the 15 gold tally of the inaugural Game in 1951. India’s performance increased in track and field, which was never seen before. Such a performance ended the country’s 36 year old dream to win individual medals. With such a positive results in the second biggest sports competition with little disappointment in some event, the overall result was a big sweet surprise. Since many national records were broken, which proves the Indian sports have a promising future ahead.

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Athletics (7 gold, 10 silver and 2 medals)

India won most medals from athletics, which won around seven gold medals coming from track and field. This result was better than how India fared at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games where they picked only 13 medals. In Javelin throw and Heptathlon, Neeraj Chopra and Swapna Barman won gold medals. India continued to dominate in women’s team relay. Jinson Johnson won the first gold 1500m after 20 years. Manjit Singh won gold in the 800m which was after 32 years and Arpinder Singh’s triple jump gold came after 48 years.

Archery (2 silver medals)

India archery team ran into bad luck and missed the gold. The India Men’s team comprising of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma, failed just to grab the yellow metal.

Badminton (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

There was a lot of expectation, but there was stiff competition from Chinese side but PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bagging a medal each in the individual event.

Boxing (1 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

Boxing was one of among the sports, where the expectations were high. This was due to the fact that Indian boxers got around nine medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018. But it was a complete disappointment as they could get only two medals, with Amit Panghal bagging gold on the final day.

Shooting (2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals)

Shooting delivered an array of medals, Indian shooters bagged around 10 medals. Teenagers Saurabh Chaudhary (15) and Shardul Vihan (15) created a sensation, as they bagged silver in the shooting. Rahi Sarnobat won the second gold medal for India in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sanjeev Rajput won the silver in the 50m rifle 3 positions men. Heena Sidhu secured bronze in 10m air pistol event. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela won the bronze in 10m air rifle mixed team event, while Abhishek Verma won the bronze in the 10m air pistol. India claimed silver in men’s trap with Lakshay and Deepak Kumar got a silver in the 10m air rifle.

Hockey (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

Indian men’s and the women’s team couldn’t get the yellow medal in the games. But the women’s team reached their first final, which is the first in 20 years (they lost to Japan). The men’s team settled for the bronze medal.

Kabaddi (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

India shockingly failed to win gold in Kabaddi, an indigenous sport they have dominated since it was introduced in the tournament in 1990. For the first time, the India men’s team missed the gold medal in Kabaddi at the Asian Games. Adding more to the disappointment, India women’s team also failed to win the gold losing to Iran.

Rowing (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

Despite having some disadvantage, the rowers fought back on the final day to secure a gold and two bronze medals. Dushyant claimed the bronze medal in men’s lightweight single sculls, while Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh won the bronze medal in men’s lightweight double sculls. Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh secured gold in the men’s quadruple sculls.

Squash (1 silver and 4 bronze medals)

In the women's team event India won silver medal backed with the efforts of Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunanya Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna. Saurav Ghoshal came back to win a bronze in the men's singles department. Indian men's team event, Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar clinched bronze. Joshna and Dipika won bronze in the women's singles section.

Table tennis (2 bronze medals)

Putting a desperate fight, India secured two medals with the efforts of Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan along with Manav Vikash, Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Desai wins the bronze medal in themen’s Team event. Kamal combined with Manika Batra to win the bronze in mixed doubles.

Tennis (1 gold and 1 bronze medals)

Rohan Bopanna and Sharan Divij won the gold for Men's Double, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran won bronze medal in the men’s singles event. Ramkumar Ramanathan lost early.

Weightlifting (1 gold, 2 bronze medals)

Indian weightlifters gave a disappointing performance as CWG gold medallist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam, finished 10th in the men’s 77kg weight class. Ajay Singh finished in the 5th position in the same event with a total lift of 327 kg. Vikas Thakur also failed.

Wrestling (2 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

As usual, India maintained its performance in Wrestling where Bajrang Punia won gold in the 65 kg freestyle and Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. She outplayed Japan’s Yuki Irie to take a 6-2 win and become the first Indian female wrestler to win an Asiad gold. Divya Kakran also won the bronze medal in freestyle 68 kg wrestling in India.

Bridge and Equestrain (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar took India’s gold medal count to 15 in Bridge, while Fouaad Mirza ended India’s 36 years of wait to win an individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982. He won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, just four seconds behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. The Indian team of Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh, apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver medal.

Martial Arts (Kurash, Wushu) (1 silver and 5 bronze medals)

India surprised everyone by picking up six medals in Martial arts. While, one silver and bronze coming in Kurash while four bronze medals arrived in wushu. Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav won silver and bronze respectively in Kurash women’s 52kg event. In wushu, Roshibina Naorem won bronze in women’s Sanda 60kg; men’s trio of Santhosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal won in men’s Sanda 56kg, 60kg and 65kg categories respectively.

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