India won medals and hearts at Jakarta
The Asian Games is the multi-sport event for all the Asian countries. The event was first held in 1951 in New Delhi, India. India was the host nation for first edition of Asian games. Over 489 participants from 11 nations of the Asian continent have participated in this event. In the first edition of the game, Japanese athletes clinched most of the gold and secured top position in the medal tally. India finished their journey at the second spot with 51 medals consisting of 15 golds, 16 silvers and 20 bronze medals. India’s spectacular performance bagged appreciation from all the corners of the country and around the world.
Asian Games, 2018 Jakarta:
In 2018, Indonesia organized the 18th Asian Games, which is also 2nd multi-sport event in the world. Asian Games event was scheduled from 18th Aug to 2nd Sep 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. This was the first time that the two cities jointly hosted the Asian Games. Jakarta last hosted the event in 1962. The official mascots of the Asian Games 2018 are Bhin Bhin, Atung, Kaka. There were 11,720 athletes, who participated from 45 nations in the 2018 Asian Games. The motto of the games was Energy of Asia. Canoe polo and e-sports were contested for the first time in the 18th Asian Games. Both opening and closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games took place at Gelora Bung Main Stadium. The 18th Asian games observed the new sensation Rikako Ikee from Japan. Swimmer was declared as the most valuable player of Asian Games.
A brief discussion on medal won by Indian athletes
2018 Asian Games saw best performance from Indian athletes. The Indian athletes have lightened the face of the country by bringing the 69 medals comprising of 15 gold, 24 silver, and 30 bronze. This medal tally has surpassed the medal count from the previous Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China. There were few records that were set at 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta by Indian contingent.
Athletics: clinched the gold medals in heptathlon and javelin throw respectively. India held their power in women’ team relay. Another good news was given by Manjit Singh by winning the gold in 800m, while Arpinder Singh clinched gold in the triple jump after 48 years.
India’s archery team just left behind the taste of gold medal. The little mistake of Aman Saini, Rajat Chauhan, and Abhishek Verma has prevented them from taking the gold from this event. However, they secured 2 silver medals for India.
Boxing: Indian boxers struggled to clinch the medal at the event but Amit Panghal just saved the country’s expectation on the final day. His 3-2 win over the Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the final day made India shine
The 2018 Asian Games observed the few records broking moment in Jakarta and Palembang. After 1998, Indian women team entered the hockey final for the first time by beating China. Another record was set by Virdhawal Khade in swimming. He broke his own record after nine years. Though he missed the bronze medal at the Asian Games. In shooting, impressive Saurabh Chaudhary clinched gold in the Asian Games. He scored 10.2 and 10.4. In wrestling, Vinesh Phogat set a new record and became first Indian female wrestler to clinch gold in the history of Asian Games. Hima Das fulfiled the expectations of our nation. She clocked 51.00 in the 400m Heats and broke the national record set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05 secs) in the year of 2004. Another hero Neeraj Chopra brightens the face of the nation. He has broken his own national record and become second Indian to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the same year after Milka Singh. Arpinder Singh become the first Indian to clinch gold in triple jump since 1970. Swapna Barman another Indian has added the new feather. She becomes the first Indian heptathlete to clinch the Asiad gold. There are several other athletes also successfully brighten the face of the country.
The performance of Indian athletes gave a fair impression on their potential. Their performance were far best in the Asian Games. The athletes made it possible to get the place in the top 10. Overall the progression of the performance of the athletes has put India on the global sports map.
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