A gold-winning 4, dynasty-ending 278, 40 seconds faster to silver: India’s Day 7 at Asian Games defined by numbers



The seven-day headline tally is 38 – this is how India’s medal tally currently stands at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. But ESPN India picked eight unique numbers that really helped define India’s day on Saturday, September 30.

4, and 4

In Game 4, in the face of defeat, Abhay Singh pulled off four straight points to take the lead from 8-10 to 12-10. Four points to go from a silver placing finish to the final deciding set… where he did it again from 7-9 to 11-9. Incredible filmy, even.

(177 + 107) – (2 + 4) = 278

Ayhika Mukherjee is world no. 177, Sutirtha 107. Chen Meng World No. 2, Wang Yi World No. 4. But the Indians have played ‘bindas’ and this is a win that has the potential to send the TT world into a spin.


Preity Pawar stuns former world medalist Zaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan to enter semifinals of 54kg boxing; And in doing so, he became only the second Indian boxer to book a quota for the Paris Olympics. After a certain Nikhat Zarin, of course.


Mirabai Chanu had to jump nine kilograms to win the bronze. And so, despite being nowhere near 100%, he increased his weight from 108kg to 117kg in the clean and jerk. And so she fell to the floor in tears. A fourth-place finish followed his ninth-place finish in 2014 (he did not participate in 2018 due to injury). A trophy cabinet with medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games still has room for one from the Asian Games.


The final tennis event – Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosle won gold in mixed doubles. This was enough for India to continue a rather impressive streak: India has now won a gold in every Asian Games stretching back to 2002. That’s six games, six golds.


Tied at 14-14 in the mixed team 10m air pistol final, Bowen Zhang pulled off the most sensational final shot to ensure the gold goes to China… He hit 10.7 to take their total to 21.0, untethered by the Indians Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS who hit 20.4. 16-14, China won. That is as touchy as it comes.


Karthik Kumar reduced his previous personal best by a stunning 40 seconds [28:15.38] Gulveer Singh won the silver, running 37 seconds [28:17.21] Faster than his best to take home bronze in the men’s 10,000m.


India and Pakistan have played 180 men’s hockey matches and Saturday was the first time the Indians scored 10 goals against their arch-rivals.



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