After making an impressive show at recently concluded 58th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships, everyone is confident that young Indian athletes will perform better in the Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia. Asiad has almost concluded and performance of Indian Athletes so far has been impressive but in terms of medal tally, the nation is still lagging behind 1951 and 2014 editions of Asian Games. The contingent of India features 572 Athletes- 277 men and 247 women athletes. Will India be able to increase its medal count or it will be the repeat of the show, only time will tell the story but one thing is certain, Asian Games 2018 will definitely be a reality check for India’s athletes.
Indian Athletes will be participating in 36 sports events. 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.
India’s Medal Tally So Far in Asian Games 2018
From 18 August to 24 August 2018, Indian athletes bagged a total of 23 medals- 6 gold, 4 silver, and 13 bronze. The shooting contingent of India has given India most medals followed by Tennis and Rowing.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia won a first Gold medal for India at Asian Games 2018 after defeating Japan’s Takatani Daichi in the men's freestyle 65 kg final in Jakarta on the starting day of the event.
Two days later on 20 August 2018, Vinesh Phogat created a history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the 50kg freestyle category. The 23-year- old wrestler hails from Haryana, India.
India’s third Gold medal in Asiad 2018 came when teenager Saurabh Chaudhary won the men’s 10-meter air pistol gold medal on August 21, 2018.
So far India has won 6 gold medals in different sports events and the number is expected to increase and break all the previous records.
Athletes Who Are Medal Hopes for India at Asian Games
As has been the case with India for the past seven decades, the hopes are high that history will not repeat this time and athletes would try to focus firmly on results.
Most coaches and athletes in India believe that this time Asian Games are going to be different given the presence of strong competitors like Korea, Japan, and China. However, despite strong competition, hopes of Indian athletes are high. Neither their excitement nor their expectations have dampened.
The goal of Indian Athletes will be to surpass the 2014 medal tall of 57 including 15 gold medals and break all the previous records of India at Asian Games. This time, there are many young athletes participating in Asian Games.
Here are some of the athletes who can win gold for India at Asian games 2018:
17-year old teenager Saurabh Chaudhary has already given India Gold medal in the men’s 10-meter air pistol event. In shooting, hopes of India are tied to Manu, a 16- year- old school girl from Haryana.
Hima Das who claimed a world championships gold in the under-20 competition earlier this year is also expected to win a Gold for India.
When we take a look back at the history of India with Asian Games, Indian Track – and- Field stars have always done best for the nation. In the previous 17 editions of Asian Games, they have won 74 gold medals for India with a total Medal tally of 282.
From the Badminton court, India is expecting PV Sindhu to break her final jinx and bag India a Gold Medal in 2018 Asian Games. she has a strong competition to face in the form of her counterparts from Japan, Thailand, and China.
Given to the grit and ability of India’s badminton star Saina Nehwal, no one can doubt her ability to bag gold for India but she has a gruelling season so far. So it will depend on how her body will cooperate with her.
In wrestling, Vinesh in women’s category and Bajrang Punia in men’s category were already being seen as sure-shot medal hopes. Both have lived up to the expectations of their fans and bagged India gold medals in current Asian games.
Indian Hockey team which was the runner-up at the champion’s trophy in Australia and lost to the hosts in final will definitely be aiming for Gold this time. With a Gold medal, Indian hockey team will ensure their direct entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Experts say that hockey team of India has not many tough nuts to crack. They say it will be a total disaster if hockey team of India returns without Gold from the Asian Games.
With the likes of Shiva Thapa and Vikas and Gaurav Solanki, India’s chances in Boxing are also strong.In the women’s boxing, Sarjubala Devi who is a world silver medalist can also bring Gold for India.
In swimming india has pinned hopes on Sandeep Sejwal and Virdhawal Khade. Experts believe medal drought in Swimming will end at Asian Games 2018.In 2010, Khade won a bronze medal for India. This time he will be definitely hoping to bring home a Gold medal.
History of Asian Games in India
The first edition of Asian Games was played in 1951 in India’s capital city New Delhi. India stood second in the medal tally in the first event of the Asian Games. India won a total of 51 medals out of which 15 were gold.
This has been the highest performance of India in the Asian Games to date. India came close to break this record in 2010 Asian Games. India won 14 gold medals taking the total medal tally to 65.
In the previous editions of the Asian Games, India has won a total 610 medals out of which 139 are gold, 178 silver medals, and 299 bronze. Sportswise, India has won maximum medals in track and field events.
India has won a total of 282 medals in the track and field events. The medal tally of India in track and field events includes 72 gold medals, 77 silver medals, and 84 bronze.
In wrestling, India has won nine gold, 14 silver medals, and 33 bronze so far in the Asian games.
The stage is all set for Indian athletes and they are ready to take on their opponents. They are extremely positive and hopeful to bring gold home for India. We hope this infectious energy will spread among all the athletes in India and make India proud at other sports events in the world including Olympics and Common Wealth.
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