Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou : The 19th edition of the Asian Games, hosted in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China, has set the stage for an exhilarating showcase of sporting excellence. Officially commencing on September 23 and set to conclude on October 8, 2023, this multisport extravaganza features a formidable 655-strong Indian contingent.
Originally slated for 2022, the event encountered a one-year postponement due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. As India graces the grand stage of the Asian Games, expectations run high, fueled by the nation’s remarkable performance at the previous edition in Jakarta in 2018. In Jakarta, India’s 570 athletes achieved a historic total of 70 medals, including 16 gold, 23 silver, and 31 bronze.
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With an expanded contingent this time, Indian sports enthusiasts anticipate an even more spectacular medal harvest. Throughout its rich history in the Asian Games, India has excelled in athletics, accumulating a total of 254 medals out of 672. Consequently, track and field events are once again in the spotlight at Hangzhou 2023, with India fielding a formidable contingent of 68 athletes, marking the largest representation from the country in any sport.
The Indian athletics squad in Hangzhou boasts several illustrious names, including Neeraj Chopra, the reigning world, Olympic, and Asian Games champion in men’s javelin throw. Among them is Avinash Sable, a silver medalist in the Commonwealth Games men’s 3000m steeplechase, and the sensation of women’s hurdles, Jyothi Yarraji.
In a significant development, India is participating in cricket at the Asian Games for the very first time, with both men’s and women’s teams competing, adding a fresh dimension to India’s sporting presence. Football and hockey also enjoy full representation, underscoring India’s commitment to a diverse range of sports.
Indian boxing and wrestling teams are formidable contenders for medals, featuring world champion Nikhat Zareen, Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain, Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia, and Antim Panghal.
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The Indian shooting squad, led by the talented Manu Bhaker and Rudrankksh Patil, is poised to make a significant impact. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and badminton star PV Sindhu, both Olympic medalists, are set to dazzle on the grand stage in Hangzhou. Furthermore, India’s archery world champions, Aditi Gopichand Swami and Ojas Pravin Deotale, will vigorously compete for glory.
Apart from medals, the Asian Games in Hangzhou offer a valuable opportunity to secure Paris 2024 Olympic quotas. A total of 74 Olympic quotas are up for grabs, spanning various sports such as archery, artistic swimming, boxing, breaking, hockey, modern pentathlon, sailing, tennis, and water polo.
At this juncture, India has already demonstrated its sporting prowess, securing five medals at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, including three silvers and two bronze. The nation ardently anticipates the ongoing success of its athletes as they strive to make their mark on the international stage, with the collective goal of bringing glory to India.
Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou : India’s medal winners
|Ashi Chouksey, Mehuli Ghosh, Ramita||Shooting||Women’s 10m air rifle team||Silver|
|Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh||Rowing||Men’s lightweight double sculls||Silver|
|Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram||Rowing||Men’s pair||Bronze|
|Ramita||Shooting||Women’s 10m air rifle||Bronze|
Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou : India’s medals tally by sport
Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou medals table
|2||Hong Kong, China||1||0||0||1|
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