107, 100%, 496.6 and more: The record numbers that defined India’s Asian Games campaign

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India had a fantastic 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China and the medal tally is backed up by sporting achievements both good and great.

From the broad stats to the small, offbeat ones that might have escaped our notice, ESPN India picks out the numbers that defined India’s incredible campaign:


107

India’s medal tally at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Unprecedented. Breaking records, making history. India is now only the fourth nation to cross the 100 medal mark in Asiad. It’s a 52% An increase from India’s previous best (70, last set at Jakarta 2018).

Also, as impressive as the number is, it only tells you half the story.

4

India’s 4th place finish is the country’s best since third place in Jakarta in 1962 and second place in New Delhi in 1951.

22

India won medals in 22 categories – the most medals India has won in a single Asiad event in a single discipline. The previous best was 18… in 2018.

100%

5 Compound Archery Finals, Five Gold Medals: What Indian archers did in Hangzhou was simply amazing. Ojas struck Deota to show how dominant they were 44 A possible out 10s 45 Quarters, semis and finals of men’s individual events. funny

Ojs and Jyoti Surekha Vennam were India’s most successful athletes three Each is gold.

65

The minute the Kabaddi men’s final was ‘suspended’ because the Indian players protested the referee’s interpretation of a rule, and then the Iranian players did the same. A reminder: A Kabaddi match is actually only 40 minutes long.

1

Satviksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won India’s first badminton gold at the Asian Games. In the process, they became the first Indian men’s pair to rank at World No. 1.

7.6

A series of five such shots rarely happened: 10.2, 10.3, 7.6, 10.5, 10.1.

During the first two shots, Swapnil Suresh Kusle was in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position final and leading by a margin. Then came 7.6. That dropped him to fifth place, and although the 10.5 helped him gain a spot, the 10.1 was only good enough to seal fourth place.

No medals to gold, and it all came from a wild outlier in one shot.

– 115 and 2

India’s women’s rugby team was placed in a tough, tough group and it showed. Across the four matches today and yesterday, they scored 122 runs, but they scored one try (and one conversion). The actual number that defined their tournament was two. Whoopi Majhi got past the Japanese defense and looked almost certain to score. almost He was tackled two yards from the try line, brought down and almost immediately forced a turnover. Only 2 yards.

3 for 6 in 4

In cricket, how do you defend a total of 116 in 20 overs? It will probably help if your medium pacer comes in and removes the entire top order of the opposition at the cost of one and a half boundaries.

Titus Randeep Sadhu did just that as he swept Sri Lanka clean with figures of 3/6 in four overs as India’s women’s team beat Sri Lanka to win their maiden Asian Games gold.

4: 15-15, 16-16, 17-17, 18-18

In the 10m mixed team shooting bronze medal match, India’s Ramita Jindal and Divyansh Panwar led 8-0 before a clutch shot by South Korea’s Yunseo Lee and Hajoon Park clawed back to 9-9. But the drama had just begun. India went ahead 13-9, then 15-11 before Lee and Park extended their game once more to make it 15-15.

It then becomes a straight shootout, with whoever wins the next set getting the bronze: and with it comes a remarkable series of shots where both teams score the same: 21.0 to make it 16-16, 21.0 again to make it 17-17 and 20.9 to make it 18-18. To do! Four series, four tie scores…unbelievable!

In the end, Lee and Park would win it 20-18 with a score of 21.5 vs 21.2.

77

An Indian athlete at the Asian Games who pre-dates independent India. hoodedthanks? Bharti Dey, 77, was born in March 1946 and leads India’s women’s bridge team in Hangzhou. What’s even funny? His youngest teammate, Vidya Patel, is 22 years old. From the British Empire to the new millennium, this group has seen it all.

469.6

India’s first individual gold at the Hangzhou Games was won in some style; Sift Kaur Samra obliterates the world record (by 2.6 points) en route to victory by a margin of 7.6 (in a game where the maximum possible points per shot is 10.9). MBBS’s loss is world shooting’s gain.

8.9

In the penultimate round of shooting in the 50m 3 position rifle final, Ashi Chouksi needed just 9.4 to enter the final round and make it a remarkable 1-2 to India. Closing out the series with 10.5 and 10.2, the silver was in the bag… until she shot an 8.9. That was it, and the silver changed to bronze in an instant.

Oh, what could happen.

10 and 10

Imagine needing perfection, twice — at the very last chance — to win gold. Imagine nailing perfection. Men’s pistol last two shots: After Arjun Singh Cheema shot 9 in his final shot, India needed no mistake to beat China to gold, and that’s what Sarabjot Singh and Shiva Narwal did, scoring 10 in their final shot. This took India’s total to 533, just 1 point ahead of China’s total.

-48.24

One of those scary numbers that shows you how far India is from being the best in certain events. India broke their national record in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final by swimming 8:37.58 but what stood out was how far they were from eventual gold medalists China… who finished 48.24 seconds ahead of them.

(177 + 112) – (2 + 4) = 283

Ayhika Mukherjee is world no. 177, Sutirtha 112. Chen Meng World No. 2, Wang Yi World No. 4. But the Indians played ‘Bindas’ to pull off a win that still has the potential to send the TT world into a spin. They finished with a bronze, but Mukherjee’s magic will live on in Indian sports history.

425

Avinash Sable runs, everyone else chases. In one of the most dominant displays on Asiad track by an Indian, Sable completely dominated the men’s 3000m steeplechase final by 4.25 seconds. And he did so while jogging and celebrating a lot before the finish line. unbelievable

0, 0… 2

In his men’s individual recurve archery QF, Dhiraj Bommadeva had a nightmare. In a game where archers are frustrated by not being able to score a 9 or 10 on target, Dhiraj manages to miss the target completely – TWICE. two zeros. He would make up for it with some clutch shooting in the men’s team event, where India won a silver maiden.

1 and 0.59

Parul Chowdhury became the first woman athlete to win medals in the women’s 3000m steeplechase (silver) and 5000m run (gold) at the Asian Games. She is also the first Indian woman to win 5000m gold.

Still, those feats were 0.59 seconds away from happening – Parul produced a late kick on the inside to sneak past Japan’s past leader Ririka Hironaka in the final 30 metres. Ririka’s stunned face, perfectly captured by photographers at the Asian Games, is perhaps the best description of how thrilling the finish of that race was.

68

The Indian men’s hockey team scored a total of 68 goals during their gold-winning campaign at the Hangzhou Asian Games. They scored 80 goals in 2018, but finished with bronze. Perhaps Craig Fulton has a point with his ‘defense against attack’ philosophy.



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