Asian video games 2018: The hits and the misses

JAKARTA: India had their top of the line-ever medal haul within the Asian games here, however the tally could have been greater, however for the screw ups of one of the vital favourites to deliver on the huge stage.India’s gold tally of 15 right here changed into their joint most advantageous together with the 1951 Delhi games, but the common haul of 69 medals became the maximum-ever, surpassing the 65 that they had won in Guangzhou in 2010. They gathered extra silver medals 24 than at every other previous video games whereas their bronze tally of 30 become a little bit in the back of the games in heon 36 and Guangzhou 34.

India had despatched 541 athletes in 28 disciplines for the 2014 Asiad and again with fifty seven medals. In evaluation, India had a contingent of 570 athletes across 36 sports which garnered sixty nine medals, an growth of kinds over the final games. however, India finished at eighth in the remaining tally, the identical place the place they entire in four years returned in heon. Their most suitable conclude in the Asiad turned into 2nd in 1951 in Delhi and third in 1962 in Jakarta. They haven’t complete in right-5 because coming fifth within the 1986 Seoul video games.

tune and field athletes shone the brightest in Indonesia, however India disillusioned in sports like guys’s hockey and kabaddi where they have been firm favourites. Then there were others sports like archery, shooting and wrestling where the return turned into below par while athletes in activities like bridge, equestrian, kurash, wushu and desk tennis excelled, breaking new grounds.

as the nearly incident-free games finished with a fabulous closing ceremony on Sunday, TOI offers a lowdown on India’s performance:


Athletics: India have gained greater medals in athletics on the Asiad than in another disciplines and this Asiad become no different. in view that the starting of the games in 1951, India have received 282 medals including seventy four gold in athletics. The next most suitable is wrestling with most effective fifty six medals together with 9 gold. for this reason, it became now not a shock that athletics as soon as once more turned into the game which accounted for most medals – 19 with 7 gold. Neeraj Chopra javelin, Manjit Singh 800m, Jinson Johnson 1500m, Tajinderpal Singh Toor shot put, Arpinder Singh triple bounce, Swapna Barman heptathlon and the ladies’s 4x400m quartet of Hima Das, MR Povamma, Sarita Gayakwad and VK Vismaya won the proper-area finishes. The competitors is a few events become no longer world type however that may still no longer seize anything else far from the athletes because the likes of Toor and Chopra scaled new height with their efforts. among the many nongold winners, Dutee Chand’s twin silvers in 100m and 200m helped her bury the hyperandrogenism ghost while Hima Das’ 400m silver made the youngster the athlete to monitor out for in coming days.

women’s Hockey: They did every little thing correct, but until the closing. They beat South Korea and China and gave a troublesome battle to Japan in the closing. however that changed into no longer ample for them to seize the gold for the first time for the reason that the 1982 Asian video games. Their performance, although, raised hopes that they are shaping up neatly for large tournaments like the World Cup and Olympics.

Wrestling: India greater their gold tally in the game, that too without any support from two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat claimed gold, whilst Sushil crashed out in the first circular itself. India had gained 5 medals in wrestling four years returned but that tally blanketed just one gold – from Yogeshwar Dutt.

shooting: despite reviews of acrimony between coaches and players as well as “perspective issues of probably the most younger shooters, India did quite well to bag 9 medals from the tiers. Saurabh Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat have been the winners of the two gold. teenagers like Chaudhary and Vihan Shardul showed that they have it in them to guide India’s charge in the future. There became some disappointment as two extremely-rated children –Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala — failed to conclude on podium regardless of having the talents to do well.

Bridge: Pranab Bardhan is 60 and Shibnath Sarkar is fifty six. each mixed to pick India their fifteenth and last gold in this Asiad. Bridge become played for the first time within the games and the Indians, consisting ordinarily of gamers above 50, ensured that they are up for the problem on the continental degree with 3 medals.

desk Tennis: It’s for the primary time within the heritage of the video games that India have managed to conclude on the rostrum, and not once but twice. In a activity, the place the competition at the continental experience is just about as excessive because the World Championships, the indefatigable Achanth Sharath Kamal led how to bronze medals in guys’s group and combined team pursuits.

Wushu: earlier than the Indonesian video games, India had gained simply three medals in three editions of the games till heon four years in the past. This time they bagged four – all bronze — via Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal, Roshibina Devi, giving a lift to the recreation’s potentialities back home.

Kurash: This changed into for the first time that the Uzbek activity became added within the video games and the Indians, led by way of the gritty Pincky Balhara, did smartly to acquire two medals together with a silver. there have been murmurs involving the choice to send the crew for the Asiad however the athletes justified their alternative.

Sepaktakraw: The 12-member guys’s regu crew gave the game some identity returned home with a bronze

THE MISSES Archery: India settled for 2 silver, but the total was a good deal much less that what they must have hoped to achieve here. Their accurate archers — Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari —failed to bring even because the compound archers came to the rescue to make certain India didn’t return emptyhanded by winning the medals.

Rowing: India had hopes of getting a couple of gold, which the rowers received in Indonesia, under maverick Romanian train Nicolae Gioga. however they could not as the senior rowers did not operate under pressure. men’s quadruple gold changed into the lone solace for them.

Tennis: India’s crusade changed into marred by way of controversies even before it had began as Leander Paes pulled out of the adventure on the final moment after failing to get a ‘professional’ doubles companion. Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan claimed the doubles gold while India also claimed two bronze. but the tally could have been higher as India had the knowledge to buy greater.

Boxing: the ten-member crew might get simplest two medals together with a gold, thanks to the remaining-day heroics of Haryana boy Amit Panghal, who beat Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan to pick the gold in 49kg. As many as eight boxers didn’t enhance to the medal rounds. India had won 5 medals in boxing in heon together with a gold from MC Mary Kom. 4 years before that, they’d 9 together with two gold.

Squash: India’s tally from squash turned into 5 medals – one silver and four bronze. India had the opportunity to show the silver into gold after the girls’s team stunned World no.1 Malaysia in the semifinals. but the crew surrendered tamely within the closing in opposition t Hong Kong. Badminton: regardless of boasting of getting some right avid gamers in their ranks, India couldn’t seize a gold in any of the hobbies in badminton – with PV Sindhu coming closest to winning the yellow metallic. nation’s appropriate male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out within the first circular itself in guys’s singles. Kabaddi: The kabaddi teams’ efficiency was the largest low for India as, for the primary time within the heritage of the video games, India couldn’t remove a gold in both guys’s or ladies’s pursuits, thanks to the Iranian team which ousted the men in the semifinals and beat the ladies in the last. guys’s Hockey: yet another low for India as their guys’s hockey team become considered mighty favourites to retract the Asiad gold. The group scored desires aplenty in early part of the competitors, but didn’t convey on the crunch as they misplaced against Malaysia in the semifinals. It become a heartbreaking setback.