The 18th edition of the Asian Games kick-started on 18 August 2018 in Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia. Near about 11,000 athletes from 45 nations are participating in the Asian Games 2018. There are 36 sports events at the Asian Games. The sports events include Archery, Badminton, Athletics, Boxing, Basketball, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak; Sprint and Slalom, Cycling, Fencing, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Hockey, Kurash, Silat, Skating, Rowing, Shooting, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting, Kurash, Golf, Kabbadi, Karate, Roller Skating, Pencak Silat, sailing, Sepaktakraw, Soft tennis, Taekwondo, Aquatics – Diving, Aquatics – Swimming, Wushu, and Triathlon.
In the first event of the Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1951, India won total 51 medals out of which 15 were gold. India came close to break this record in the 16th edition of the Asian Games held in Guangzhou in 2010. In that edition of Asian Games, India won 14 gold medals with a total medal tally of 65.
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Let’s take a look at Asian Games 2018, daily Updates and India’s Medal Tally after Day 12:
On day12 of the Asian Games 2018, India won two Gold, one silver, and two bronze medals taking its medal tally from 54 to 59. Jinson Johnson won gold in the men’s 1500 metres event while Indian Quartet of Raju Poovamma, Hima Das, Vismaya Koroth, and Laxmanbhai Gayakwad clinched gold in the women's 4X400 metre event. In men’s 4X400 metre event, India’s quartet of Muhammed Anas, Muhammed Kunhu, Rajiv Arokia, and Dharun Ayyasamy won the silver medal. In the women’s discus throw event, Seema Punia had to settle with the bronze medal while as Chitra Unnikrishnan Palakeezh won bronze in the women's 1500 metre competition.
On day 11 of the Asian Games 2018, India added four more medals to its tally, two gold, one silver, and one bronze taking the overall medal count of India in the ongoing Asian Games to 54. India has now 11 Gold, 20 silver, and 23 bronze medals.
The highlights of the day were Arpinder Singh’s gold medal in the men's triple jump and Swapna Barman’s gold medal in women's heptathlon event. Arpinder Singh’s gold was the biggest achievement of India for the day as India won a gold medal in the men’s triple jump event after 48 years.
It was a very long wait that came to end on August 29, 2018, at the Asian Games 2018. Other important achievements of the day for India were second silver by Dutte Chand in the women's 200m final and the bronze medal by Achanta Sharath and Achanta Sharath.
They clinched bronze medal after losing against China in their mixed doubles semi-final. Meanwhile, Indian women’s hockey team kept their hopes alive for a medal after reaching final. They will be playing against Japan.
On day 10 of the Asian Games 2018, India had another fruitful day with nation winning a gold, 2 silver, and one bronze medal taking its overall medal tally to 49. On day 10, Manjit Singh gave India a gold medal in the men’s 800 metres event. Jinson Johnson was the other medalist of the day. He bagged a silver medal in the men’s 800 metres. India has now 9 gold, 18 silver, and 22 bronze medals in the Asian Games 2018. Manjit Singh took a record 1:46.15 minutes to finish the race while as Jinson Johnson took 1:46.35 minutes to finish the event. After trailing early, Manjit came back strongly in the final stages and eventually finished first and Jhonson second.
The other medalists of the day were Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav who won bronze in Kurash- a form of wrestling and Pincky Balhara who won silver in the same sports event after losing to a strong contender of the game, Gulnor Sulaymanova of Uzbekistan.
On day 9 of the Asian games, Neeraj Chopra remained the star of the day for India as he gave the nation a gold medal in the javelin. Chopra broke his own record after clearing 88.06m. In the previous 17 editions of the Asiad, India had just managed to win one bronze medal in the javelin throw. The medal was bagged by Gurtej Singh in 1982 in New Delhi. So it took India 36 years to win another medal in the Javelin throw.
The other medalists of the day were Dharun Ayyasamy, Sudha Singh, Neena Varakil, and Saina Nehwal. Ayyasamy won Silver in men’s 400-metre hurdle while as Sudha Singh won silver in women’s 3000-metre steeplechase. Neena Varakil won silver in women’s long jump and Saina Nehwal won a bronze medal for India after losing to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. Saina claimed the first medal of her life at Asian games.
The major highlights of the day for India on day 8 of the Asian games were silver medals by Sprinters Dutee Chand, Hima Das, and Muhammed Anas. Hima Das won a silver medal in the women’s final of the 400m race while an Anas won in the men’s 400m race. Dutte Chand clinched the silver medal in the women’s 100m final. On that day India won two more silver medals in Equestrian. Fouaad Mirza individually and Team India won silver medals for India in Equestrian. India also won two bronze medals in Bridge.
The biggest achievement of India on day 7 was a gold medal by Tajinderpal Singh Toor in shot put. Toor won the first medal for India in Athletics, He made a new national record of 20.75m. The other three Squash players of India settled at bronze after losing in their respective semi-finals. It was the first day of the Athletics at Asian Games 2018. Saurav Ghosal in the men's singles semifinals and Dipika Pallikal in the women’s singles semifinals settled for bronze.
Day 6 has been so far one of the most productive days for India in Asian Games 2018. On that day, India’s contingent bagged medals in tennis, kabaddi, rowing, and shooting. In rowing, Dushyant Chauhan created history for India by bagging first ever medal for the nation in this sport. He won bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls. Overall India won three medals in rowing on day 6. Bhagwan Singh and Rohit Kumar won bronze in men's Lightweight Double Sculls event.
In men’s doubles tennis, Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna won gold medals for India. The other medalists of the day were women’s Kabaddi team, Hina Sidhu, and Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Indian women’s hockey team won silver, Sidhu won bronzes in the women’s 10m air pistol women event while as Gunneswaran won bronze in tennis.
On day 5 of the Asian games 2018, India won three medals taking to the overall medal tally to 18. The medalists for India on the day 5 were Ankita Raina, 15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan, and a bronze medal by Indian men’s kabaddi team. Raina won bronze for India in women’s singles tennis while as Shardul Vihan, a 15-year-old shooter claimed silver in men's Double Trap final. Though it was a depressing performance by the Indian men’s Kabaddi team yet it won a bronze medal for India.
On day 4, India won one gold and 4 bronze medals in the ongoing Asian games. The biggest highlight of the day 4 of the Asiad for India was a gold medal in the women’s shooting event by Rahi Sarnobat. She made a history by becoming the first women shooter to win a gold medal for India at the Asian games. The other highlights of the day were four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition. Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar, and Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh settled for bronze after losing in their respective semifinals in the 65, 56, and 60 kg categories.
On day 3 of the Asian Games 2018, 17-year-old, Saurabh Chaudhary made the country proud by winning a gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol event. He defeated Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda with games record score of 240.7. In the same event, Abhishek Verma won bronze with a score of 219.3. The other medalists of the day were shooter Sanjeev Rajput who won silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, and wrestler Divya Kakran who settled at bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category. Sepak Takraw men’s team regu claimed a bronze medal.
On day 2, Vinesh Phogat created history by becoming the first woman wrestler to clinch a gold medal for India at Asian games. She defeated her Japanese counterpart Yuki in the 50kg category final. Earlier in the day, Lakshay and Deepak Kumar won silver each in men’s trap and 10m air rifle events respectively. After Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Lakshay is the second athlete who has won a silver medal for India in the men’s trap sports in Asian Games. Sandhu had bagged the medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
India won a gold medal on the opening day of the Asian Games 2018 when wrestler Bajrang Punia won the 65kg category outclassing Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan. However, India’s medal account at the 18th Asian games was opened by shooters Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela by winning a bronze medal each in the mixed rifle event.
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