It was another highly successful day with India completing half a century in the medal tally at the Asian Games. The current number reads 53. Here, ESPN India picks 10 unique numbers that really helped define the day of Sunday, October 1 in India.
India won 15 medals on Sunday, the most a country has won in a single day. What makes it even better for Indian sports fans is the variety of disciplines they come from: athletics, badminton, shooting and boxing.
The athletics bit was especially stunning. In eight finals, Indians won nine medals, a stunning double in the men’s 1500m. The medals came from all corners: expected giants, sensational debutantes, and those who many (wrongly) thought were past their prime.
Jyoti Yaraji finished third in her race. He got on the podium and got the silver award. What happened in between, what happened in the race, what happened before the race is nothing short of chaotic. And we tried to explain that here.
Kainan Darius Chennai’s bronze in men’s trap was India’s 22nd in shooting. This makes Hangzhou 2023 (or 2022, officially) the best showing for Indian shooting in Asiad history, beating 14 from Doha 2006.
India was leading 2-0. Lakshya Sen won. Satviksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won. Kidambi Srikanth had two game points to win the 1st game of the third match of the men’s badminton team final. He won the game, he won the match and India lost the ground quickly.
Still, the silver event was a historic one: it was the first time that India had won a medal in the men’s badminton team event.
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
For the first time in a long time, Nikhat Zarin will not wear gold in a major international tournament. Or he has entered his name in a tournament. And that’s because of a sensational bout by Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat in the women’s 50kg semi-final. Nikhat returned with bronze, but that would be considered a major disappointment as a mark of who he is.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor was struggling. Two fouls in his first two attempts, and the defending champion was in real danger of not qualifying for the final eight… and then he threw 19.51m to advance to the final. He then threw a 20.06 and it was still good enough for silver. For anyone hoping to set the Asian record (again) a few months ago, it was a disappointment. Then he fouled again, on his last throw, stepped up and threw a 20.36. Gold, done and dusted.
Gold and silver distance for Srishankar Murali. He jumped 8.19m (only allowed after much discussion for a foul mark between him and the judges) but was 0.03m behind defending champion (and former world champion) Wang Jianan at 8.22m. painful
Gold in 2014. Bronze in 2018. Seema Punia has been doing this gig for a long time now, and she won’t stop getting medals at the Asiad just because she turned 40 a few months back. So he went there, threw 58.62m in his fourth throw and it was bronze again.