Asian Games 2018: All the medal winners as India finish with their best-ever tally
The eighteenth Asian Games have finally come to a close.
Day Fourteen saw the final few events for India. It also saw India broke their own best-ever tally for medals won in a single Asian Games.
Eight years ago in Guangzhou, India won Sixty-Five medals, which was at that time their best-ever tally. Finally, eight years later, that record was broken, as the Indian contingent won Sixty-nine medals at the 2018 Asian Games.
Some of the medalists were expected but some came as a total surprise. It is only fair then, that we revisit their heroics once again.
Much to everyone's surprise, Athletics proved to be the biggest contributor to India's medal tally at the Asian Games. Nineteen of India's Sixty-nine medals came through this particular sport.
In total, Athletics brought seven Gold medals, ten Silver medals and two Bronze medals.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor started the campaign for Indian athletics with a Gold medal in Men's Shot Put. The 23-year-old also broke the Games record in the process.
His dominant performance was matched by another Indian, albeit in the Javelin throw event. Flag-bearer Neeraj Chopra threw his personal best to win the Gold medal in this one. It proved to be another dominant performance from Chopra, who's worst throw ended up being better than the Silver-medal winning one.
Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh also won Gold medals in Athletics in Men's 1500m and 800m, respectively.
Their achievement was matched by the Women's 4x400m Relay Team, who kept India's good run going by winning the Gold medal in the fifth successive Asian Games.
Arpinder Singh also won the Gold medal in Men's Triple Jump while Swapna Barman soldiered on with an injury to finish first in Women's Heptathlon.
Amongst the Silver medalists for India were Muhammed Anas Yahiya and Hima Das, who finished second in Men's and Women's 400m, respectively.
Das and Yahiya then teamed up, along with Rajiv Arokia and MR Poovamma to win the Silver medal in Mixed 4x400m relay. Yahiya returned to the podium one more time, as he and his teammates finished second in the Men's 4x400m Relay as well.
Dutee Chand also had an incredible competition, as she claimed the Silver medal in both Women's 100m and 200m races.
Dharun Ayyasamy and Sudha Singh won the penultimate prize in Men's 400m Hurdles and Women's 3000m, respectively. Neena Varakil won the Silver medal in Women's Long Jump and Jinson Johnson added to his Gold by winning the Silver in Men's 800m.
Chitra Unnikrishnan and Seema Punia won the Bronze medal in Women's 1500m and Discus Throw, respectively.
After Athletics, Shooting turned out to be the biggest contributor to India's medal tally. Many were expecting medals from this event, to begin with, and it did not disappoint.
The Gold medal in Shooting came from two surprising sources. 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary won the Gold in Men's 10m Air Pistol, to the shock of Indian fans.
Elsewhere, Rahi Sarnobat took the spotlight from wonder-girl Manu Bhaker to win the Gold medal in Women's 25m Pistol.
Four more Silver medals came through Shooting.
Yet another teenager proved to be India's hero in Shooting, as Shardul Vihan won the Silver medal in Men's Double trap. Meanwhile, youngster Lakshay did the same in Men's Trap.
Deepak Kumar and Sanjeev Rajput won the Silver medal too, in Men's 10m Air Rifle and Men's 50m Rifle 3 positions.
Finally, India's three Bronze medals in shooting came through Abhishek Verma, Heena Sidhu, and Mixed Air Rifle team. Verma won the medal in Men's 10m Air Pistol event, while Sidhu did the same for Women. Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela made up the team that won the Bronze in Mixed Team 10m Air Rifle.
Wrestling added three more medals to India's total tally.
Bajrang Punia started things off by winning the Gold medal in Men's 65 Kg Freestyle event. The youngster absolutely destroyed his competition to win the ultimate prize.
Vinesh Phogat won the Gold medal as well, in the Women's 50 Kg Freestyle event. Once again, the Indian proved too much to handle for her opponents, as she walked her way to the Gold.
Divya Kakran won the only other medal for India. She won the Bronze in Women's 68kg Freestyle.
For the first time in Asiad history, Bridge was an official part of the roster. Unlike Esports and Canoe Polo, Bridge was not an exhibition event. Instead, it proved to be very much competitive.
India won three medals in Bridge- One Gold and Two Bronze.
The solitary Gold in the card game came through Men's Pair. Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar, the duo who finished top of the charts.
The two Bronze medals came through Men's and Mixed teams.
Rowing was another one of the 'surprise' sports in which India won a medal. Once again, Rowing contributed towards one Gold and Two Bronze.
The Gold medal came through Men's Quadruple Sculls team. Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash, and Sukhmeet Singh made up the team.
Dushyant won the Bronze medal for India in Men's Lightweight Sculls. The rower was suffering from high blood pressure throughout the race and had to be stretchered off after the medal ceremony.
The second Bronze in Rowing came through Men's Lightweight Double Sculls. Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh winning the medal in this one.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the Gold medal in Men's Doubles. They started, what turned out to be, a fine run for Racquet sports in the competition.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ankita Raina won a Bronze medal each in Men's and Women's Singles, respectively.
Boxing was one of the major sports which turned out to be a disappointment for India.
Much was expected of the Indian Boxing contingent. However, only two proved to be medal winners in the end.
22-year-old Amit Phangal beat Olympic Gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov in Men's 49 Kg Final to win the Gold medal. The youngster won the medal by a split decision.
There could have been potentially another Gold for India had Vikas Krishan not injured himself. The 26-year-old suffered an injury in the Quarterfinal and as a consequence, was ruled out of the Semifinal. He was de-facto allotted a Bronze medal.
Compound Archery, once again, proved to be India's saving grace by winning two Silver medals.
Both the Men's team and the Women's team lost to South Korea in the Final, thereby winning the Silver medal.
Another two medals to India's medal tally were added by Equestrian. One of the two Silver medals was won by Fouaad Mirza in Eventing Individual. The Eventing Team also won a medal for India.
Squash continued Racquet Sports' fine run in the competition by adding five more medals to India's tally. Out of those five, one turned out to be Silver while the remaining four were Bronze.
The Indian Women's team won the Silver medal on Day Fourteen. Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunayna Kuruvilla, and Tanvi Khanna were a part of this team.
Chinappa and Pallikal won the Bronze medal in Women's Singles as well. Saurav Ghosal did the same in Men's Singles.
Ghosal then bagged another medal in the Men's team event. He, along with Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Ramit Tandon, and Mahesh Mangaonkar won the Bronze medal.
Sailing was another one of the surprise events in which India won multiple medals.
The first one came through Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar win the Silver medal in Women's 49er FX event. Meanwhile, Varun Thakkar and Ganapathy Chengappa won the Bronze medal in Men's 49er event.
Harshita Tomar won the Bronze medal, as well, in the Mixed Open Laser 4.7 event.
In Badminton, two remarkable Women added two medals to India's total tally.
Saina Nehwal added her first Asiad medal to her personal collection as she won the Bronze medal. The experienced shuttler stormed through the first few rounds, before ultimately losing in the Semifinal to top-seed Tai Tzu Ying.
PV Sindhu, meanwhile, went one better than her compatriot. She won the Silver medal in the same competition.
Sindhu got the better of some tough competition on her way to the final. She beat the likes of Jindapol and Yamaguchi to set up a final against Tai Tzu Ying. However, the Chinese Taipei shuttler proved to be too strong for the 23-year-old. As a result, Sindhu had to settle for the Silver medal.
Two more medals came through Hockey. The Women's team won the Silver medal, whilst the Men had to settle for Bronze.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the Asian Games was the Kabaddi teams. The Indian fans expected nothing short of Gold from the two teams. However, both suffered losses to Iran and had to give up on their 'Gold' dream.
The Indian Women's team won the Silver medal, while the Men's team won the Bronze.
Another surprising sport which added medals to India's tally was Wushu.
Pincky Balhara won the Silver medal in Women's 52 Kg. Malaprabha Jadhav won the Bronze in the same weight category.
Four Indian martial artists won the Bronze medal in Wushu.
Santosh Kumar, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal, and Roshibina Devi, all won a Bronze medal each.
However, the best moment in Wushu came when Iran's Erfan Ahangarian carried an injured Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh off the court.
Table Tennis contributed to two medals in the Indian medal tally. Both the Men's team and the Mixed Doubles won the Bronze medal.
Sepaktakraw contributed to a Bronze medal, as the Men's Regu team brought back their first-ever medal.