Asian Games 2018: With 15 Golds & 69 Total Medals, India Exhibits Best Performance in Indonesia


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Asian Games 2018

India brought home a complete of 69 medals – out of which 15 Golds, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals from the Asian Games 2018 which was held in Indonesia to exceed the medal count in 2010 Games in Kuangchou, China. This event undoubtedly India’s best ever overall Medal tally, equalling country’s joint-best effort at the Asian Games since the inaugural edition in 1951.

Here is a quick snapshot of the Medals acquired by the Indians in different segment in the Asian Games 2018:

Athletics

Medals: 17 (7 gold, 10 silver and 2 medals)

Athletics turns out the most successful one with highest number of medals with seven gold medals coming from track and field. Neeraj Chopra and Swapna Barman won gold medals in the javelin throw and heptathlon respectively. Indian women’s relay team (including Hima Das)  won gold with complete dominance. Few records created when Jinson Johnson won first gold medal in 1500m in 20 years, while Manjit Singh’s 800m gold was possible after 32 years and Arpinder Singh’s triple jump gold came after long 48 years.

Badminton

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

With PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal bagging silver and bronze medal each in the individual event respectively. But according to their standard, a Gold medal was expected. However, it is for the first time in Asiad history that female shuttlers won medals in the individual event for India.

Boxing

Medals: 2 (1 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

Though high expectation from this category, Indian boxers manage to win one Gold and a Bronze Medal. Boxer Amit Pangal won Gold on the final day of the event beating the Olympic Champion.

Archery

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

India’s compound archery team missed out on gold by a very narrow margin. The India Men’s team comprising of Rajat Chauhan,Abhishek Verma, and Aman Saini failed to grab the higest after a rare stroke of bad luck.

Equestrian

Medals: 2 (2 silver medals)

Fouaad Mirza won Silver medal after 36 long years in Equestrian with a score of 26.40, just four seconds behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. The Indian team comprising of Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh, apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30 in the team event.

Shooting

Medals: 10 (2 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals)

Indian shooters delivered the goods at the Asian Games with a total of 10 medals. Teenagers Saurabh Chaudhary and Shardul Vihan made headlines after excellent performances.

Rahi Sarnobat secured the second gold medal for India in the women’s 25m pistol event. Sanjeev Rajput won a silver in 50m rifle 3 positions men, and Heena Sidhu got 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 10m air pistol. India claimed silver in men’s trap thanks to Lakshay and Deepak Kumar added a silver in 10m air rifle.

Hockey

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

Both, the men’s and the women’s team could have won the gold medal at the Asian Games. However, the Womens’ team secured Silver after loosing to Japan in Final and the Men’s Hockey team got Bronze after defeating Pakistan in third position Match.

Kabaddi

Medals: 2 (1 silver and 1 bronze medals)

India failed to win gold in a sport they have dominated since it was introduced for the first time in the tournament in 1990. For the first time, India men’s team had not won the gold medal in Kabaddi at the Asian Games. India women’s team also failed to grab the gold after losing 27-24 against Iran in final.

Rowing

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

The rowers secure a gold and two bronze medals on the final day of the tournament after Dattu Bhokanal, who was expected to win a medal in men’s singles sculls had a horrible final, in which he finished in the last position.

Squash

Medals: 5 (1 silver and 4 bronze medals)

In the women’s team event, Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunanya Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna won the silver medal. Saurav Ghoshal came home with a bronze in the men’s singles department.

Table tennis

Medals: 2 (2 bronze medals)

India secured two medals with Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan along with Manav Vikash, Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Desai winning the bronze medal in men’s Team event. Kamal teamup with Manika Batra to win the bronze in mixed doubles.

Wrestling

Medals: 3 (2 gold, and 1 bronze medals)

Bajrang Punia won gold in 65 kg freestyle and Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. Phogat 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 for India.

Bridge

Medals: 3 (1 gold, and 2 bronze medals)

Bridge has been included in Asian Games for the first time this year and two Bengalis Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar took India’s gold medal in group game.

Martial Arts (Kurash, Wushu)

Medals: 6 (1 silver and 5 bronze medals)

India picked up six medals with one silver and bronze coming in Kurash while four bronze medals arrived in wushu.

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