Asian Games 2018 were making headlines for many days since Indian athletes continued to make the country proud with their game. The event closed recently and a grand closing ceremony was organised in Indonesia.
India had sent 541 athletes in 28 disciplines for the 2014 Asiad and returned with 57 medals. In comparison, India had a contingent of 570 athletes across 36 sports which garnered 69 medals, an improvement of sorts over the last Games. However, India finished at 8th in the final tally, the same position where they finished in four years back in Incheon. As per TOI, here are the major highlights of the multi-sport event.
Since the beginning of the Games in 1951, India has won 282 medals including 74 gold in athletics. This time also, athletics was the sport which accounted for most medals – 19 with 7 gold.
This time, Neeraj Chopra (javelin), Manjit Singh (800m), Jinson Johnson (1500m), Tajinderpal Singh Toor (shot put), Arpinder Singh (triple jump, Swapna Barman (heptathlon) and the women’s 4x400m quartet of Hima Das, MR Povamma, Sarita Gayakwad and VK Vismaya won the top-place finishes.
Dutee Chand’s twin silvers in 100m and 200m and Hima Das’ 400m silver added more glory to India’s tally.
Women’s hockey team faced opponents like South Korea and China to face Japan in finals. Team India setlled for silver and gave great hopes for Olympics and next World Cup.
Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat claimed gold for India in Wrestling.
Indian shooters bagged nine medals from the ranges. Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat were the winners of the two gold. Teenagers like Chaudhary and Vihan Shardul showed that they have it in them to lead India’s charge in the future.
Pranab Bardhan is 60 and Shibnath Sarkar is 56. Both combined to win India their 15th and final gold in this Asiad.
Achanth Sharath Kamal led the way to bronze medals in men’s team and mixed team events.
India settled for two silver, but the total was much less that what they must have hoped to achieve here.
aryana boy Amit Panghal, who beat Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan to win the gold in 49kg, made India proud.
India could not win a gold in any of the events in badminton – with PV Sindhu coming closest to winning the yellow metal. Country’s top male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the first round itself in men’s singles.
For the first time in the history of the Games, India could not win a gold in either men’s or women’s events.
India has won 15 Gold, 24 Silver and 30 Bronze medal bringing total medal tally to 69, one of the finest for India.
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