The nineteenth version of the Asian Video games is all set to kick off on 23 September, nevertheless, a number of occasions will kick off from 19 September. The occasion is slated to be held in Hangzhou, China and can proceed until 8 October. A complete of 655 gamers from India will take part within the 2023 Asian Video games, competing throughout 39 totally different sports activities. Amongst them, 68 athletes, together with 35 males and 33 ladies, will participate within the monitor and discipline occasions. Within the earlier version of the Asian Video games, India completed eighth within the medal tally after securing as many as 70 medals which comprised 16 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze medals.
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The 18th Asian Video games additionally noticed India profitable their first medal in sepaktakraw, also called kick volleyball. Alternatively, Rani Sarnobat turned the primary Indian feminine shooter to bag an Asian Video games gold, whereas Vinesh Poghat turned the primary Indian to win a gold medal in ladies’s wrestling.
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With the Asian Video games knocking on the door, let’s check out India’s prime 5 performers from the earlier version:
Neeraj Chopra (Gold, Males’s Javelin Throw):
Ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra got here to the 2018 Asian Video games on the again of a Commonwealth Video games gold. He efficiently replicated the efficiency within the continental occasion and secured a gold medal with a throw of 88.06m, which was a nationwide document at that time limit. China’s Liu Qizhen gained the silver with an try of 82.22m, whereas Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem claimed the bronze with an 80.75m throw.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor (Gold, Males’s Shot put):
A record-breaking throw of 20.75m helped Tajinderpal Singh Toor win gold on the 2018 Asian Video games. The earlier Asian Video games document of 20.57m within the shot put was set by Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Al-Hebshi. Tajinderpal didn’t breach the 20m mark in his first 4 makes an attempt within the finals. However he received the job executed within the fifth attempt. Tajinderpal shattered his personal document on the Inter-State Championships in June this yr with a throw of 21.77m.
Vinesh Phogat (Gold, Girls’s 50kg Freestyle Wrestling):
Like Neeraj Chopra, Vinesh Poghat went into the 2018 Asian Video games as a Commonwealth Video games gold medalist. She pulled off a roaring begin to the marketing campaign with an 8-2 victory over China’s Solar Yanan. En path to the ultimate, Poghat removed South Korea’s Kim Hyung-joo and Uzbekistan’s Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova, registering an 11-0 and a 10-0 win respectively. Within the last showdown, Poghat prevailed over Japan’s Yuki Irie to earn the historic gold.
Rahi Sarnobat (Gold, Girls’s 25m Pistol Capturing):
The journey to profitable her first Asian Video games gold was not simple for Rahi Sarnobat. The Kohlapur-born shooter squared off towards Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon within the last. Each shooters put up a neck-to-neck battle to finish the match in a draw. The primary spherical of shoot-offs additionally didn’t determine on the winner. Within the second collection, Sarnobat discovered the goal 3 times to finish atop the podium, whereas her opponent might hit two.
Sharath Kamal (Two Bronze, Males’s Crew Desk Tennis & Combined Doubles):
Chinese language, Japanese and South Korean gamers principally dominated the desk tennis occasion on the Asian Video games till the 2018 version when a Sharath Kamal-led Indian squad broke the norm. The group together with Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Anthony Amalraj, Manav Thakkar and Harmeet Desai completed second within the group stage earlier than beating two-time champion Japan within the quarter-finals. In the long run, they fell to a 3-0 loss to South Korea and secured the bronze.
Sharath Kamal replicated the feat within the blended doubles occasion as nicely, teaming up with Manika Batra. The Indian duo edged previous Malaysia, South Korea and North Korea to achieve the semi-final the place China had the final chuckle.