Neeraj’s perfect 88.88, Lovlina’s special treble, relay team’s 0.47; India’s Day 11 at Asian Games defined by numbers



India on Wednesday made the 19th Asian Games their most successful, surpassing the 70 medals won in Jakarta five years ago. It was a day that was ultimately headlined by a sensational battle between Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Kumar Jena in the javelin and a brilliant run in the men’s 4x400m relay.

Here, ESPN India picks 9 unique numbers that really helped define India’s day on Wednesday, October 4.


Perfect numbers for the perfect champion. Neeraj Chopra, under immense pressure, threw a season’s best 88.88m to take the gold from compatriot Kishore Kumar Jena in men’s javelin.


Jenna, meanwhile, improved on her personal best twice (and by a lot). The second time he did it, with 87.54 m, he came within 0.04 m (4 cm) of the mark that won Neeraj Chopra Olympic immortality.


In her first Asian Games, Harmilan Bains did quite a feat, winning silver in the 1500m and 800m.

What makes the next medal even more special is:

0/4, 1/5?

Sourav Ghoshal has now won five consecutive Asian Games men’s singles medals; But he had never won gold before. Come tomorrow, can the 37-year-old finally do it?

Note 6

2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018: 4x400m women’s relay, India gold. Five years in a row, they won, and the sixth (2023) they broke the Games record. And still finished second as Bahrain ran an incredible race to break a remarkable race.

0.47 seconds

The men’s team, however, made up for it by beating defending champions Qatar in the men’s 4x400m relay gold. And they did it in 0.47 seconds.


Only three Indian boxers have won medals at the Olympics, World Championships and Asian Games: Vijendra Singh, MC Mary Kom and now πŸ—vlina𝗕𝗗𝗗π—₯.


After opening their Asian Games with a 34-34 tie vs Chinese Taipei; But have since beaten South Korea 56-23 and beat Thailand 54-22 this afternoon, despite going into second gear halfway through the game.


Three points separated the losers in the quarter-finals. Five people in the semi-finals. And in the final, only one. By a narrow margin, Ojas Deotale and Jyoti Surekha Vennam pulled off some magic and with it the mixed team won the Asiad gold in the compound archery team event.



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