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The 19th edition of the Asian Games 2023 (played in 2023, but these games are of 2022) commenced with a grand opening ceremony on September 23rd, marking the beginning of an exciting sporting extravaganza. The Games officially began on Tuesday, September 19th, and will continue until October 8th. Over the course of 20 thrilling days, the finest athletes from across the Asian continent have gathered to compete for honor and glory.
A staggering contingent of 655 Indian athletes will represent their nation in an impressive array of 41 different disciplines, out of the total 61 being contested. Each athlete embodies the spirit of determination and sportsmanship as they strive to excel on this prestigious platform.
In the annals of history, the Asian Games has consistently provided a stage where Indian athletes have shone brightly. In the 2018 Asian Games, India achieved an unprecedented feat by securing a record-breaking tally of 70 medals. As the Asian Games 2022 unfold, India carries the aspiration of surpassing this remarkable achievement, aiming to add even more luster to its sporting legacy.
In our previous article, we have already discussed about History, different games played in this tournament, key highlights of first two days, Medal Tally, and performances by Indian players, you can read complete article on the link: Asian Games 2022: History, Live Updates, Points Table, Key Highlights, Images
Medal Tally (upto 30th Sept.)
With 36 medals (10G+13S+13B), India is currently at fourth position in medal tally. China with 207 medals (108G+66S+33B) leading the table, followed by Japan (103 medals, 28G+37S+38B) and Republic of Korea (108 medals, 27G+28S+53B).
Tennis Triumph: Bopanna-Bhosale Clinch Gold!!
Indian mixed doubles pair Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale secured the gold medal in tennis with a spectacular victory. They battled it out against the formidable Chinese Taipei’s Tsung-hao Huang and En-shuo Liang, winning 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 in a nail-biting final. This triumph marked India’s second tennis medal at the Games after Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni’s silver in Men’s Doubles.
Squash Sensation: Indian Men's Team Strikes Gold!
India’s men’s squash team added another golden chapter to their history by defeating Pakistan in a gripping final. Despite a rocky start with Mahesh Mangaonkar’s loss in the first match, Saurav Ghosal’s stellar performance evened the scores. The spotlight then fell on the 25-year-old Abhay Singh, who staged a remarkable comeback in a 65-minute thriller to secure the victory for India. This win marked India’s second Asian Games gold in men’s squash, continuing their streak since 2010.
Chess Showdown: Praggnanandhaa's Draw
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the 2023 World Cup runner-up, showcased his chess skills in the men’s team event at Hangzhou. He battled Asian Games 2023 bronze medallist Javokhir Sindarov to a draw. Notably, all four games in the India vs. Uzbekistan matchup ended in draws, resulting in both teams sharing 2.0 points each.
Athletics Achievement: Silver and Bronze in Men's 10,000m
Indian runners Kartik Kumar and Gulveer Singh put on a remarkable display in the men’s 10,000m final. Kartik Kumar clinched the silver medal with a personal best time of 28:15.38, while Gulveer Singh secured the bronze, clocking 28:17.21. Bahrain’s Birhanu Yemataw Balew took home the gold with a time of 28:13.62.
Hockey Heats Up: India vs. Pakistan
The highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan men’s hockey clash in Pool A commenced at Hangzhou. This marked the 16th meeting between the arch-rivals at the Asian Games, with Pakistan leading the head-to-head record 8-4. India got off to a strong start, leading 4-0 in the first half of the match.
Weightlifting Woes: Mirabai Chanu Misses Medal
Mirabai Chanu, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s 49kg weightlifting final. Despite registering best lifts of 83kg in snatch and 108kg in clean and jerk, she achieved a combined score of 191, finishing in fourth place.
Table Tennis Triumph: Historic Women's Doubles Medal
Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee made history by securing India’s first-ever women’s doubles table tennis medal at the Asian Games. The eighth-seeded Indian duo triumphed over reigning world champions Chen Meng and Wang Yidi with a score of 11-5, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 in the quarter-finals.
Boxing Brilliance: Narender Berwal Advances
Narender Berwal added to India’s boxing medal tally, joining the ranks of Nikhat Zareen, Preeti Pawar, and Lovlina Borgohain. The 28-year-old Indian boxer is just one win away from securing an Olympic quota for India in the men’s +92kg category.
These remarkable achievements by Indian athletes at the Asian Games 2023 exemplify their dedication, skill, and the nation’s unwavering support for its sporting heroes.
Asian Games 2023: Records by Indians
In an astounding display of skill and precision, Indian athletes at the Asian Games 2023 shattered world records, etching their names in history.
10m Air Rifle Team Men: Golden Glory
India’s 10m air rifle team, composed of Rudrankksh Balasaheb Patil, Divyansh Singh Panwar, and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, clinched India’s first gold medal of the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou. In the individual qualification round, the trio amassed a total score of 1893.7, surpassing the previous world record set by China just a month earlier in the Baku World Championship by a margin of 0.4 points. Notably, China also lost its grip on the Asian Record (1887.4) and Games Record (1886.4) titles after this remarkable event.
Sift Kaur Samra: Breaking Records with Precision
In the women’s 50m rifle 3-position individual event, Sift Kaur Samra achieved a groundbreaking feat by winning gold and shattering the World Record with an astonishing score of 469.6. She outperformed China’s Zhang Qiongyue, who secured silver with a score of 462.3, and Ashi Chouksey, who bagged bronze with a score of 451.9. Samra’s remarkable performance not only broke the World Record but also rewrote the Asian and Games Records. The previous records were held by Chang Jing of China and Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Nandinzaya with scores of 463.3 and 458.8 points, respectively.
50m Rifle 3P Team Men: A Team Effort for Gold
The Indian men’s rifle 3P team, comprised of Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Swapnil Kusale, and Akhil Sheoran, stood atop the podium with a gold medal. Along their journey to victory, these shooters shattered the World Record by accumulating a total of 1769 points, surpassing the previous record set by the United States in 2022 at the CAT championships by eight points.
These extraordinary achievements by Indian athletes at the Asian Games 2023 not only brought glory to their nation but also made their mark in the annals of world sports history. Their dedication, precision, and relentless pursuit of excellence have set new standards in the world of competitive shooting.
Where to watch?
Shooting medal events, cricket finals, rowing final, swimming final will be broadcasted on Sony Sports Network, Sony Sports Ten 2 SD and HD, Sony Sports Ten 3 SD and HD (Hindi) TV channels in India.
You can watch live streaming on the link: SonyLiv
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