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India Achieves Historic Milestone with 100 Medals in Hangzhou Asian Games

India Achieves Historic Milestone with 100 Medals in Hangzhou Asian Games

Written by Sanjay Kumar

In a momentous achievement, India has reached a historic milestone by securing a total of 100 medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games. The Indian contingent surpassed expectations and embraced the “Is Baar Sau Paar” (This time, a century) target, making this a landmark moment in the nation’s sporting history.

As of Saturday (October 7), India has pocketed an impressive 25 gold, 35 silver, and 40 bronze medals, showcasing their prowess across various sports in the competition. This extraordinary feat was accomplished on the final day of the Hangzhou Asian Games, with Indian athletes continuing to excel.

Indian athletes contributed significantly to their medal count in compound archery, kabaddi, badminton, and men’s cricket. The compound archery team added three more medals to India’s tally, while the kabaddi team secured two additional medals. The sport of badminton and men’s cricket also contributed one medal each.

One of the standout moments of the Games was the remarkable performance of the Indian women’s kabaddi team. Their victory over Chinese Taipei in the final marked their third title triumph in the continental showpiece, surpassing their runner-up finish in the previous edition in Indonesia. This victory fulfilled the nation’s hopes of achieving the historic three-figure mark in medal count.

The final match against Chinese Taipei was a thrilling contest that pushed the Indian women to their limits. In a nail-biting finish, they clinched victory by just a solitary point, showcasing exceptional determination and skill.

The Indian team demonstrated nerves of steel in the crucial final two raids, securing their triumph. Notably, Pooja’s super raid in the first half played a pivotal role in building a five-point lead for India going into halftime. The intensity of the title showdown even led to a caution for the team’s coach, who received a green card during the match.

India’s performance in Hangzhou marks a significant improvement from the last edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia, where they secured 70 medals. The nation’s athletes achieved 16 gold, 23 silver, and 31 bronze medals in Indonesia, marking their best-ever performance at that time.

This year’s success can be attributed to outstanding performances by Indian shooters, who secured 22 medals, and track and field athletes, who contributed 29 medals. Together, they accounted for 51 medals, surpassing the previous best-ever performance.

The Hangzhou Asian Games also witnessed several surprise medals for India. Notably, the women’s table tennis team of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee secured a bronze medal by defeating China in the semifinals, highlighting their determination and skill.

Another unforgettable moment came in the women’s 5000m event, where Parul Chaudhary’s sensational dash in the last 30 meters secured a gold medal, narrowly edging out Japan’s Ririka Hironaka.

In the men’s javelin event, Kishore Kumar Jena delivered an astonishing throw of 86.77 meters, briefly taking the lead over superstar Neeraj Chopra. While Chopra ultimately secured the gold, Jena’s remarkable performance earned him a well-deserved silver medal.

Canoers Arjun Singh and Sunil Singh Salam made history by clinching a bronze medal in the men’s double 1000m, and Ram Baboo and Manju Rani achieved a third-place finish in the mixed 35km race walk. These accomplishments serve as shining examples of athletes persevering through adversity to excel in sports.

India’s impressive performance at the Hangzhou Asian Games has ignited a sense of pride and celebration across the nation, as they continue to achieve remarkable feats on the international sporting stage.

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