The third best ever Games India has had in Athletics came in the 2018 Jakarta Games when India took home 7 Golds, 10 Silvers, and 2 Bronze to be placed third in the medals table in Athletics behind China and Bahrain.
India's best ever performance in Athletics was the First Asian Games in 1951 held in New Delhi, where we got 10 Golds, 12 Silvers and 12 Bronze for an overall total of 34. Lavy Pinto had brought home a double in the 100m & 200m sprints.
The second best performance came during the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. We took home 8 Golds, 7 Silvers, and 3 Bronze for an overall tally of 18. Harichand got Golds in the 5000m and 10000m race for Men.
At the 2002 Busan Games, India had taken 7 Golds, 6 Silvers and 4 Bronze for an overall tally of 17 with Beenamol bringing Golds in the 800m and the 4*400m relay.
China leads the all-time medal table in Athletics having won 168 Golds, followed by Japan with 151 and India comes in the third spot with 74 Golds.
Men's 100 meters
World No. 4 Su Bingtian of China broke the Games record on the way to a Gold to become the fastest Asian. Qatar's Ogunode came up with a personal best timing which got him the Silver and Yamagata of Japan equalled his personal best to claim the Bronze.
Gold - Su Bingtian (CHN) 9.92 (Games Record) (Previous: Femi Ogunode (QAT) in 2014 - 9.93), Silver - Tosin Ogunode (QAT) 10.00 (PB), Bronze - Ryota Yamagata (JPN) 10.00 (=PB).
Men's 200 meters
It was a photo finish in the 200m with Yuki Koike of Japan edging past Yang of Taipei after both men brought out their personal best efforts in an exciting 200m Final.
Gold - Yuki Koike (JPN) 20.23 (PB), Silver - Yang Chun-Han (TPE) 20.23 (PB), Bronze - Salem Eid Yaqoob (BRN) 20.55.
Men's 400 meters
World No. 4 Haroun was unstoppable on his way to take the Gold. Mohammad Anas of India came back from 4th position to overtake Kahmis and Walsh to win the Silver. 2014 Bronze medalist, Arokia Rajiv also finished strongly to overtake Walsh and Litvin to take the 4th spot.
Gold - Abdalelah Haroun (QAT) 44.89, Silver - Mohammad Anas Yahiya (IND) 45.69, Bronze - Ali Khamis (BRN) 45.70, 4th Place - Arokia Rajiv (IND) 45.84.
Men's 800 meters
Manjit Singh of India surprised everyone with a Personal best effort and won a tactical race to take Gold. He stepped on the accelerator in the last 100m and came back from 5th position to finish 1st. His compatriot, Jinson Johnson took the Silver as Abdalla faded away in the last 50m.
Gold - Manjit Singh (IND) 1:46.15 (PB), Silver - Jinson Johnson (IND) 1:46.35, Bronze - Abubaker Haydar Abdalla (QAT) 1:46.38.
Men's 1500 meters
It was Johnson's time to turn up in the 1500m as he won the Gold by stepping on the gas in the last 200m leaving out Moradi and Tiouali to take the Gold. Manjit Singh employing the same tactics as he did in the 800m left too far a gap to be closed down finishing in 4th place.
Gold - Jinson Johnson (IND) 3:44.72, Silver - Amir Moradi (IRN) 3:45.62 (SB), Bronze - Mohammed Tiouali (BRN) 3:45.88, 4th Place - Manjit Singh (IND) 3:46.57.
Men's 5000 meters
The Bahrain pair leads the race from the start and injected pace whenever required to pull out from the group to get a 1-2 finish. World No. 1 Balew pulled away from Albert during the last 200m to take the Gold.
Gold - Birhanu Balew (BRN) 13:43.17, Silver - Albert Kibichii Rop (BRN) 13:43.76, Bronze - Tariq Ahmed Al-Amri (KSA) 13:56.49, 6th Place - Lakshmanan Govindan (IND) 14:17.09.
Men's 10000 meters
World No. 9 Hassan of Bahrain lapped every competitor except Abraham on his way to winning the Gold. Govindan of India who stayed with the Bahranians to claim the Bronze was later disqualified for infringement as he stepped onto the field gave away the Bronze to the Chinese athlete. An appeal lodged by the Indian management was also rejected by the IAAF.
Gold - Hassan Chani (BRN) 28:35.54, Silver - Abraham Cheroben (BRN) 29:00.29, Bronze - Zhao Changhong (CHN) 30:07.49, Disqualified - Lakshmanan Govindan (IND) IAAF 163.3b.
Men's 110m Hurdles
Defending Champion Xie Wenjun of China came up with a Season-best effort to clinch the Gold in the 110m Hurdles. He was run close by Chen of Taipei who produced a National record to take the Silver.
Gold - Xie Wenjun (CHN) 13.34 (SB), Silver - Chen Kuei-Ru (TPE) 13.39 (NR), Bronze - Shunya Takayama (JPN) 13.48.
Men's 400m Hurdles
World No. 1 Samba of Qatar lived up to his status as he demolished the field smashing the Games record in the process. Dharun of India grabbed the opportunity as Abe of Japan faltered in the last 100m to win the Silver with a National Record.
Gold - Abderrahman Samba (QAT) 47.66 (GR) (Previous - Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily (KSA) 48.42 Busan, 2002), Silver - Dharun Ayyasamy (IND) 48.96 (NR, PB), Bronze - Takatoshi Abe (JPN) 49.12. 5th Place - Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan (IND) 49.66.
Men's 3000 meters steeplechase
Keihani of Iran broke the Games record and won an exciting race in the 3000m steeplechase to deny the Bagharab of Bahrain the Gold. He just shot out in the last 200m to leave Bagharab and the others trailing behind.
Gold - Hossein Keihani (IRN) 8:22.79 (GR, NR) (Previous - Tareq Mubarak Taher (BRN) 8:25.89 Guangzhou, 2010), Silver - Yaser Bagharab (QAT) 8:28.21, Bronze - Kazuya Shiojiri (JPN) 8:29.42. 8th Place - Shankar Lal Swami (IND) 8:43.43.
Men's 4 × 100 meters relay
World No. 2 Japan took over the Gold from the defending champions China as they had to settle for Bronze after a blistering performance came in from the hosts Indonesia who set a National record to take the Silver.
Gold - Japan 38.16 (Ryota Yamagata, Shuhei Tada, Yoshihide Kiryū, Asuka Cambridge), Silver - Indonesia 38.77 (NR, SB) (Fadlin, Lalu Muhammad Zohri, Eko Rimbawan, Bayu Kertanegara), Bronze - China 38.89 (Xu Haiyang, Mi Hong, Su Bingtian, Xu Zhouzheng).
Men's 4 × 400 meters relay
World No. 6 Qatar was simply unstoppable as they raced away with a Gold in Asian record time. India who did not have a good start and were trailing in 4th position put in a lot of effort to come with a Silver medal.
Gold - Qatar 3:00.56 (AR) (Abderrahman Samba, Mohamed Nasir Abbas, Mohamed El Nour, Abdalelah Haroun) (Previous - Japan 3:00.56 1996 Atlanta Olympics), Silver - India 3:01.85 (Kunhu Muhammed, Ayyasamy Dharun, Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv), Bronze - Japan 3:01.94 (Julian Walsh, Yuki Koike, Takatoshi Abe, Shōta Iizuka).
Mixed 4 × 400 meters relay
Bahrain romped home in style with an Asian and Games record to lift the Mixed relay Gold. India smashed their National record on the way to take the Silver.
Gold - Bahrain 3:11.89 (World Record, AR, GR) (Ali Khamis, Kemi Adekoya, Salwa Eid Naser, Abubakar Abbas), Silver - India 3:15.71 (NR) (Muhammed Anas, M. R. Poovamma, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv), Bronze - Kazakhstan 3:19.52 (Svetlana Golendova, Dmitriy Koblov, Elina Mikhina, Mikhail Litvin).