Team India On Track For Their Highest-Ever Medal Tally At Asian Games Hangzhou 2022
It’s nicely poised for the Indian contingent to break the record for their highest-ever medal tally at the Asian Games which was set in Jakarta 2018, where India won an impressive 70 medals. Currently in Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, India have already registered 59 medals and are currently placed in the 4th spot in the medal tally.
Shooting for the stars
Shooting has been India’s most prolific sport so far at Hangzhou 2023, with a staggering 22 medals, which includes 7 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.
On September 27, the Indian team, consisting of Swapnil Kusal, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, and Akhil Sheoran, delivered a stellar performance, amassing a total of 1769 points to top the podium. Their incredible performance also broke the world record in the 50m rifle men's 3P event. India broke another world record in the 50m rifle women’s 3P event, with Sift Kaur Samra scoring a remarkable 469.6 to clinch gold.
Our very own Palak Gulia won two medals on September 29, winning gold in the women’s 10m air pistol individual event, and silver in the women’s 10m air pistol team event.
Shining Bright in Athletics
Following the success in shooting, the Indian contingent has been performing impressively in Athletics. Over the years, it has been India’s most lucrative sport at the Asian Games, accounting for a total of 254 medals. The Indian athletics contingent have started their campaign brilliantly again, claiming 12 medals already.
History created by Jyothi Yarraji
Jyothi Yarraji made history when she became the first-ever Indian to win a medal in Women’s 100m Hurdles. The star hurdler finished the race in 12.91s to finish second, after some false start drama at the start of the race. While she had finished at 3rd, a review following the race ensured that the RF-athlete returned with Silver.
India’s two golds in the athletics so far, came courtesy of Tajinderpal Singh Toor, who defended his men’s shot put crown, and Avinash Sable who clinched gold in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Avinash became the first Indian male to win a medal in the discipline at the Asian Games.
Impressive shows from Kartik, Gulveer and Jinson
Karthik Kumar and Gulveer Singh came second and third respectively in the Men’s 10000m event as they earned India a double podium finish. Jinson Johnson, who won Gold in Jakarta was one of the highly anticipated athletes who had a chance of securing a medal. And he didn’t disappoint as he won the Bronze in the Men’s 1500m event. This was Jinson’s third medal overall at the Asian Games.
National record sprinter Amlan Borgohain cleared the qualification rounds in Men’s 200m event, but eventually fell short of a medal position. He finished 6th with a timing of 21.03s. Amlan was also aiming for his maiden Asian Games medal but fell short. Nevertheless, his commendable performance at Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 will definitely provide him with an experience to come back stronger at the next edition.
Medal confirmed by Lovlina Borgohain
India’s boxing contingent has also made waves at Hangzhou 2023, with six confirmed medals so far. Former world champion Lovlina Borgohain stormed to the women’s 75kg semi-finals, confirming at least a bronze, as well as qualification to the Paris Olympics. She will fight for a berth in the final on October 3.
Star pugilist Nikhat Zareen also secured qualification to the Paris Olympics, winning bronze in the women’s 50kg category.
History rewritten in Badminton
India reached the Final of the Men’s Badminton team event for the first time in the history of the Asian Games. India defeated South Korea 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final to advance to the gold medal match. India made a bright start against China having taken a 2-0 lead in the tie. However, the hosts came back strongly to beat India 3-2 and claim Gold. India had to settle for a Silver after what has been an incredible performance.
Elsewhere, the duo of Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale won gold in the tennis mixed doubles event, after fighting back from a set down in the final. Additionally, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni secured the silver medal in the men’s doubles event.
Overcoming the challenge of arch-rival Pakistan
The Indian contingent faced Pakistan in three different sports at Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 and came out on top in two of those. On September 30 saw India defeat Pakistan in two historic matches at Hangzhou 2023.
The Indian men’s hockey team recorded their biggest-ever win against Pakistan in a dominant 10-2 victory.
Meanwhile, India beat their neighbours 2-1 in a fiercely contested Men’s team event Final in Squash to win the gold medal. In the gold medal match, Mahesh Mangaonkar lost the opener before Saurav Ghosal tied the scores in the second game. Abhay Singh persevered in a nail-biting decider to bag gold for India.
India’s only defeat against Pakistan came in the Men’s Volleyball 5th place classification encounter. The Indian team put up a brave fight. However, Pakistan managed to seize the crucial moments to clinch the tie 3-0.
India’s only medal in the table tennis events so far, came in the women’s doubles event, courtesy of Ayhika Mukherjee and Sutirtha Mukherjee. The two Indian paddlers scripted an astonishing result in the quarter-final, defeating the world champion duo of Cheng Meng and Wang Yidi. Their heroic run came to an end in the semi-final after a 4-3 defeat to DPR Korea, in a tight affair as they settled for a Bronze.
With Neeraj Chopra, the men’s cricket team and many more notable athletes yet to compete, the Indian contingent is on track for their best-ever campaign at the Asian Games.
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