India in Asiad… Athletics the Highest Giver

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Day 10

The medal tally of India is increasingly every day with multiple medals being added by our sports stars. As the day 12 comes to an end, India ranks 8th in the tally with a collection of 59 medals, out of which 13 are gold. And what is most impressive is that out if the total 13 7 gold medals have come from athletics alone. Today was the last day of athletics event and 2 glorious golds were earned by our athletes today, along with two bronze medals.

It is being said that this is India’s most successful session on the Asiad in terms of athletic events after the Games of 1951. Indeed it is and the successful efforts of our players have placed them in the 3 rank in terms of athletics following China and Behrain.

Yesterday, on the Sports day of India too much magic happened accros diverse sports fields. The Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the finals whereas another 2 golds were added from athletics. They will play their finals tomorrow and there are high chances of another gold from them. But in a very heartbreaking game today the country’s men’s hockey team, which was the favourite across the field this year with the most number of halo also and one of the major contenders for gold lost their semi finals to Malaysia in a tough competition of  penalty shots.

The list below records all the medal achievements of day 11 and 12 of the Asian Games :-

  • Gold – Arpinder Singh ( Men’s triple jump), Swapna Barman ( Women’s heptathlon),  Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and V K Bismaya ( Women’s 4 X 400m relay), Jinson Johnson ( Men’s 1500m).
  • Silver – Dutee Chand ( Women’s 200m and 100m).
  • Bronze – Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra ( Mixed doubles in table tennis), Seema Punia ( Discus throw), P U Chitra ( Women’s 1500m).

Our players are indeed showing great zeal and talent across different events. And it may probably not be wrong to say that India is moving in the right way in terms of progress in sports and the success and medals coming in from different sports bears testimony to this. I hope we do even better in the future and much more talent comes out from different nook and corners of the country. And as for tomorrow, I hope our women’s hockey team succeeds in bringing home another gold. All the best to them!

 

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