Ever since the first Asian games were held in New Delhi in 1951, India has always been favourites at this international multi-sport event. However, contrary to expectations and high hopes of Indian people, the performance of Indian Athletes have most times remained below par in this one of the major sporting events in the world. As is said hope is eternal. When the entire country is discussing will India do better this time, it is just the third day of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, and India has already won 8 medals. With 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals, India has risen to the seventh spot in the Asian games.
This time it seems doors of success have opened for India in 2018. On 21 August 2018, Vinesh Phogat became the first woman wrestler in India to win a Gold medal at Asian Games after she defeated Japan’s Yuvi Irie in the category of 50-kilogram women's Freestyle final. A day before wrestler Bajrang Punia won a gold medal in men’s 65kg Freestyle final.
The other medal winners for India so far in the 2018 Asian Games include Sanjeev Rajput who won silver medal in 50m rifle, 16-year-old debutant Saurabh Chaudhary who won Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event, Abhishek Verma who bagged bronze in the in the 10m Air Pistol, 19-Year-Old Lakshay who bagged silver in men’s trap shooting, Deepak Kumar who won Silver at Men's 10m Rifle, Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela who bagged bronze in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team even on the first day of the Asian Games.
History of Asian Games in India
The journey of Asian Games in India started way back in 1951 when teams across Asia participated in multiple sports events held in New Delhi. In the first edition of the Asian Games, India stood 2nd in the medals tally. It is the highest performance of India in Asian Games to date. In the first event of the Asian Games, India won total 51 medals out of which 15 were gold.
In 2010 Asian games which were held in Guangzhou, India came close to break this record. In that edition of Asian Games, India won 14 gold medals with a total medal tally of 65.
In 2018 Asian Games, Indian athletes are enjoying ample support of Government and people. In the previous editions of Asian games, many Indian athletes used to complain of the lack of support from the Government.
The preparations for 2018 Asian Games have been good and athletes are in the best form. The hopes are high despite drop out of the prime metal contenders like high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, weightlifter Mirabhai Chanu, and shooter Gagan Narang.
The question remains will India India perform better this time or it will be a repeat of the show. The hopes of Indians are high that this time India will break its own previous record of 65 medals and best ever Gold medal tally of 15 medals.
India record at Asian Games – Game wise
In the previous 17 editions of the Asian games, India bagged total 610 medals, out of which 139 are Gold, 299 bronze and 178 silver medals. When we take a look at the record of India at Asian games sports wise, most of the medals have come in track and field events.
India has won 72 gold, 84 bronze, and 77 silver medals in this field. However, performance has dropped in the discipline in the last two decades. The country is hoping to regain its previous glory in the current edition of the Asian Games.
In the last two events of Asian Games, India has achieved tremendous success in wrestling. Indian wrestlers have won nine gold, 33 bronze and 14 silver medals in the last two editions of Asian Games.
Some of the popular wrestlers who are expected to shine at the 18th edition of the Asian games include Bajrang Punia, Sushil Kumar, Vinesh Phoghat, Sakshi Malik. India is expecting Gold medals from all these wrestlers.
Hockey is another sport in which India is hoping to win the Gold medal. In the 2014 edition of the Asian Games, Indian hockey team had managed to defeat Pakistan 4-2 in the shootout to win gold. The revamped Indian hockey team is expected to repeat the history in 2018.
In Badminton, the hopes of India are tied to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth who are leading the contingent. India has won only one gold medal in Badminton along with 10 bronze, and one silver medals.
India also looks set to increase its medal tally in boxing, Tennis, kabaddi and in other sports. Boxing alone has reaped India 8 Gold, 31 bronze, and 16 silver medals while as Tennis won India 6 gold, 13 bronze, and 5 silver medals.
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