The Asian Games 2018 are underway and India have already bagged two Gold medals from Wrestling in the two opening days.
The 18th Asian Games kicked off at Jakarta Palembang on Sunday with close to 10000 athletes from 45 Asian Nations fighting for 465 Gold medals across 40 different sport. This is the second biggest in the history after the 2010 Asian Games at Ghuanzou.
After the first two days of the Asian Games, unsurprisingly China are at the top with 15 golds, and 9 silvers and bronzes each. Rivals Japan are second with 8 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronzes. South Korea are 3rd with 5 gold medals, followed by hosts Indonesia, North Korea Iran and Chinese Taipei. With 2 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze, India are currently 8th at the Asian Games table.
India won their first medal on day 1 when shooting pair of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the 10 m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
India’s next medal came in the form of a Gold when talented wrestler Bajrang Puniya won the top honours in Men’s 65 kg category. The Grappler from Haryana, went one better from his silver at Incheon Asian Games and followed the footsteps of his mentor, Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt.
However, it was terrible news elsewhere, as double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar lost in the very first round. Sandeep Tomar, Mausam Khatri, Pawan Kumar and Sumit Malik also failed in their events. The last 2 lost their bronze medal matches in the repechage round.
In women’s wrestling Vinesh Phogat made India proud by becoming the first Indian Women’s Wrestler to win Gold at Asian Games. After a disastrous Olympics where she was stretchered off due to an injury, she made amends by taking home India’s second gold . This came as welcome news after Pinki, Pooja Dhanda and Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik all crashed out of their respective events.
Earlier India had won two other medals in shooting as Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran won silvers in 10m Air Rifle Men and Men’s Trap shooting. Ravi Kumar and Manavjit Singh Sandhu missed out on medals in the two events respectively after finishing 4th.
Amongst the big news, both the men’s and women’s Badminton team crashed out of the competition after losing 1-3 to Japan and Indonesia in the Quarters.
In Field Hockey India’s men’s and women’s team destroyed the Asian Games hosts. While the women won 8-0, the men put 17 passed a hapless Indonesian side.
In Volleyball Indian Men’s team won their opening match comfortably against Hong Kong, while the Women’s team suffered a straight set loss against South Korea.
In Kabaddi, both the men’s and women’s team have been faring well. While the women’s team made it 2 out of 2, Indian men’s team suffered a huge setback in quest of their 8th straight Asian Games Gold. They lost narrowly to rivals South Korea.
In Handball, both the Men’s and the Women’s team have lost 3 successive matches so far and are out of medal contention.
In Basketball, India’s women’s team have lost all 3 matches so far, but are still in with a chance to progress. They will have to win their final group match to qualify.
India did not win any medals in Swimming, but definitely put up brave performances. Srihari Nataraj in men’s 100 m backstroke, Sajan Prakash in men’s 200 m butterfly, Advait Page in 800 m freestyle and the Indian team of Srihari Nataraj, Saurabh Sangvenkar, Avinash Mani and Neel Roy all made it to the final. Sajan had the best finish with 5th.
With plenty of events coming our way, it is only expected India to win a whole lot more of medals in the coming days.