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Asian Games: A brief flashback of India's performance

  • From 1951 to 2010 Asian Games, India have won 128 medals, out of which 70 were won in Athletics.
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Modified 17 Sep 2014, 14:08 IST
Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George

With the 17th Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from 19th September to 4th October 2014, let us look back to India's performance in the past events.

India is a member of the South Asian Zone of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and has participated in the Asian Games since their inception in 1951. The Indian Olympic Association, established in 1927, and recognised in the same year by the International Olympic Committee, is the National Olympic Committee for India.

India was one of the first five founding members of the Asian Games Federation on 13th February 1949, in New Delhi. The organisation was disbanded on 26th November 1981 and replaced by the Olympic Council of Asia.

India is one of the only seven countries that have competed in all the editions of the Asian Games. The other six are Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. India has won at least one gold medal at every Asian Games, and ranked within the top 10 nations of the medals table except in the 1990 Asian Games.

New Delhi, has hosted the Asian Games on two occasions: the inaugural 1951 Asian Games and the 1982 Asian Games.

If we go through the performances of India then we will see that in almost every Asian Games, athletics have brought the maximum gold medals for India. From 1951 to 2010 Asian Games, India has won 128 medals, out of which 70 were won in athletics.

1951 Asian Games:

In the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 at Delhi, India finished second behind Japan. In this edition the significant performance was shown by Sachin Nag, who won gold medal in swimming. India won 10 gold medals in athletics, followed by two in diving and one each in football, swimming and waterpolo.

1954 to 1970 - domination of athletics

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In the second Asian Games at Manila, India won four gold medals and all the medals were won by athletics. In the third Asian Games at Tokyo, India finished seventh in medals table with five gold medals and again all the gold medals came from athletics. In Jakarta, 1962, India bagged 10 gold medals and finished third in medals table. It was again the dominance of athletics in which India won five gold medals.

The fifth Asian Games, held in the Bangkok, Thailand from 9th to 20th December, 1966. Indian athletes won total 21 medals with seven gold and ranked fifth in a medals table. India won five gold in athletics, one each in boxing and hockey.

In the sixth Asian Games at Bangkok in 1970, India won 25 medals including 6 gold medals, out of which four came from athletics and one each from boxing and wrestling. The significant thing was that Kamaljeet Sandhu brought the first gold medal for India in women’s athletics.

Following are the gold medal winners for India in Asian Games from 1951 to 1970

Year

Athlete

Sport

Event

1951

Lavy Pinto

Athletics

Men's 100 m

1951

Lavy Pinto

Athletics

Men's 200 m

1951

Ranjit Singh

Athletics

Men's 800 m

1951

Nikka Singh

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

1951

A. S. Bakshi

Athletics

Men's 4×400 m relay

1951

Govind Singh

1951

Balwant Singh

1951

Chota Singh

Athletics

Men's Marathon

1951

Mahabir Prasad

Athletics

Men's 10000 m walk

1951

Bakhtawar Singh

Athletics

Men's 50 km walk

1951

Madan Lal

Athletics

Men's Shot put

1951

Makhan Singh

Athletics

Men's Discus throw

1951

K. P. Thakkar

Diving

Men's 3 m springboard

1951

K. P. Thakkar

Diving

Men's 10 m platform

1951

India

Football

Men's Team

1951

Sachin Nag

Swimming

Men's 100 m freestyle

1951

India

Water Polo

Men's Team

1954

Sarwan Singh

Athletics

Men's 110 m Hurdles

1954

Ajit Singh

Athletics

High Jump (Men)

1954

Parduman Singh Brar

Athletics

Shot Put (Men)

1954

 Parduman Singh Brar

Athletics

Discus throw (Men)

1958

Milkha Singh

Athletics

200 m

1958

Milkha Singh

Athletics

400 m

1958

Mohinder Singh

Athletics

Tripe jump

1958

Parduman Singh

Athletics

Shot put

1958

Balkar Singh

Athletics

Discus throw

1962

Milkha Singh

Athletics

Men' 400 m

1962

Mohinder Singh

Athletics

Men's 1500 m

1962

Tarlok Singh

Athletics

Men's 10000m

1962

Daljit Singh

Athletics

Men's 4×400 m relay

Jagdish Singh

Makhan Singh

Milkha Singh

1962

 Gurbachan Singh Randhawa

Athletics

Decathlon (Men)

1966

Ajmer Singh

Athletics

400m

1966

Bhogeswar Barua

Athletics

800m

1966

Bhim Singh

Athletics

High Jump (Men)

1966

Joginder Singh

Athletics

Shot Put (Men)

1966

Praveen Kumar

Athletics

Discus throw (Men)

1966

India

Hockey

Men's Team

1966

Hawa Singh

Boxing

Heavyweight (81 KG+)

1970

Mohinder Singh Gill

Athletics

Tripe jump

1970

Joginder Singh

Athletics

Shot Put (Men)

1970

Praveen Kumar

Athletics

Discus throw (Men)

1970

Kamaljeet Sandhu

Athletics

400m (Women)

1970

Hari Singh

Boxing

Heavyweight (81 KG+)

1970

Chandgi Ram

Wrestling

100 KG

In 1974 Asian Games at Tehran, India won 28 medals including four gold medals and finished seventh in medals table. Again in 1978 at Bangkok, India won 28 medals including 11 gold medals and finished sixth in the medals table.

In the year 1982, The Asian game was back to India as New Delhi hosted the mega event. In this edition, India won 13 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 25 bronze medals with a total of 57 over-all medals and finished fifth in the medals table.

The winners of 1982 Gold Medals for India are as follows

Athlete

Sport

Event

India

Hockey

Women's

Kaur Singh

Boxing

Heavyweight

Satpal Singh

Wrestling

Heavyweight

Bunny Laxman Singh

Golf

Men’s

Chand Ram

Athletics

Men’s 20km walk

MD Valsamma

Athletics

Women’s 400m hurdles

India

Golf

Men's Golf Team

Charles Borromeo

Athletics

800 metres

Tarapore

Karanja

Sailing Enterprise class

Raghubir Singh

Equestrian Men’s

Rupi Brar

Equestrian Tent Pegging

India

Equestrian Men’s team

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In the 1986 Asian Games held in Seoul, India finished 5th with 5 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 23 bronze medals with a total of 37 medals.

  • 1990 Asian Games - a disappointment

However, 1990 Asian Games has been the worst ever games for India as per performances. India won only one gold medal in kabaddi (first time introduced at Asian Games), and for the first time ranked outside top 10 in the medals table. India finished 12th with one gold, eight silver and 14 bronze medals.

In 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games, India won four gold medals, three silver medals and 15 bronze medals with a total of 22 medals and finished eighth in  the medals table.

In 1998 Asian Games at Bangkok, India won seven gold medals, 11 silver medals and 17 bronze medals and finished ninth in the medals table.

Following are the gold medalists of 1998 Asian Games for India

Athlete

Games

Category

Jyotirmoy Sikdhar

Athletics (1500m)

women

Jyotirmoy Sikdhar

Athletics (800m)

Women

Geet Sethi and Ashok Shandilya

Billiards (Doubles)

Men

Ashok Shandilya

Billiards (Sinlges)

Men

Ngangim Dingko Singh

Boxing (54 kg)

Men

Hockey team

Hockey

Men

Kabaddi team

Kabaddi

Men

In 2002 Busan Asian Games, India won 10 gold medals, 12 silvers and 13 bronze medals, thus finishing eigth in medals table. In this edition, the gold medal domination was from athletics as India grabbed six golds. The consistent performance in kabaddi was also shown as India won their 4th gold medal.

Following are the gold medal winners at Busan Asian Games:

Athlete

Sport

Event

India

Kabaddi

Men's Kabaddi

Shiv Kapur

Golf

Men's individual

Bahadur Singh Sagoo

Athletics

Shot put

Neelam Jaswant Singh

Athletics

Discuss throw

Anju Bobby George

Athletics

Long jump

Jincy Philip,

Manjeet Kaur,

Soma Biswas,

K. M. Beenamol

Athletics

Men's 4x400 m Relay

Saraswati Saha

Athletics

200 metres

K. Mathews Beenamol

Athletics

800 metres

Leander paes,

Mahesh bhupati

Teniis Men’s doubles

Yasin marchent,

Rafat habib

Billiards Doubles

 

 

In the year 2006 Asian Games, we saw a major transform in India’s performance. Till 2002 India’s majority of Gold came from Athletics, but in 2006 we saw that shooting brought the maximum gold, i.e, three, while athletics grabbed only one gold medal.

Following are the gold medal winners in Busan Asian Games:

Athlete

Sport

Event

Pankaj Advani

Cue Sports

Men's English Billiards Singles

Humpy Koneru

Chess

Women's Rapid

Jaspal Rana

Shooting

Men's 25 m Centre Fire Pistol, Men's 25 m Standard Pistol

Leander Paes & Mahesh Bhupathi

Tennis

Men’s doubles

Leander Paes & Sania Mirza

Tennis

Mixed doubles

Geetha Sati

Kaur Manjeet

Kulathummuriyil Chitra

Paramanik Pinki

Athletics

Women's 4x400 m Relay

India

Kabaddi

Men’s kabaddi

Jung Samresh

Kumar Vijay

Rana Jaspal

Shooting

Men's 25 m Centre Fire Pistol Team

Koneru Humpy

Krishnan Sasikiran

Pentyala Harikrishna

Chess Mixed Team's Classical

 

 

 

 

2010 Asian Games – the best for India

In the 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou, India put up its best ever performance at Asian Games. India finished with 64 medals including 14 gold, which is India's second best performance ever since inception of Asian Games in 1951. These Games also witnessed first ever medals in gymnastics and roller sports.

Athlete

Sport

Event

Pankaj Advani

Cue Sports

Men's English Billiards Singles

Bajrang Lal Takhar

Rowing

Men's Single Sculls

Ronjan Sodhi

Shooting

Men's Double Trap

Preeja Sreedharan

Athletics

Women's 10,000m

Sudha Singh

Athletics

Women's 3000m Steeplechase

Somdev Devvarman

Tennis

Men's Doubles

Sanam Singh

Somdev Devvarman

Tennis

Men's Singles

Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji

Athletics

Women's 400m Hurdles

Joseph Abraham

Athletics

Men's 400m Hurdles

Vikas Krishan Yadav

Boxing

Men's 60kg

India

Kabaddi

Women

India

Kabaddi

Men

Manjeet Kaur

Athletics

Women's 4 x 400m Relay

Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji

Sini Jose

Mandeep Kaur

Vijender Singh

Boxing

Boxing 75 kg

Following are India’s Medal Summary and Ranking in Asian Games

Asian Games

Year

City

Country

Rank

G

S

B

Total

1951

New Delhi

India

2

15

16

20

51

1954

Manila

Philippines

5

4

4

5

13

1958

Tokyo

Japan

7

5

4

4

13

1962

Jakarta

Indonesia

3

12

13

27

52

1966

Bangkok

Thailand

5

7

4

11

22

1970

Bangkok

Thailand

5

6

9

10

25

1974

Tehran

Iran

7

4

12

12

28

1978

Bangkok

Thailand

6

11

11

6

28

1982

New Delhi

India

5

13

19

25

57

1986

Seoul

South Korea

5

5

9

23

37

1990

Beijing

China

12

1

8

14

23

1994

Hiroshima

Japan

8

4

3

15

22

1998

Bangkok

Thailand

9

7

11

17

35

2002

Busan

South Korea

8

10

12

13

35

2006

Doha

Qatar

8

10

17

26

53

2010

Guangzhou

China

6

14

17

34

65

 

Following are the Medal Details for India by Sports

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Athletics

70

73

76

219

Wrestling

8

13

30

51

Boxing

7

15

26

48

Tennis

7

5

12

24

Kabaddi

7

0

0

7

Cue Sports

5

4

6

15

Shooting

4

15

22

41

Field hockey

3

10

4

17

Golf

3

2

0

5

Equestrian

3

1

6

10

Diving

2

1

2

5

Chess

2

0

2

4

Football

2

0

1

3

Rowing

1

7

8

16

Swimming

1

1

5

7

Water polo

1

1

1

3

Weightlifting

0

5

10

15

Sailing

0

4

8

12

Archery

0

1

2

3

Cycling

0

1

2

3

Volleyball

0

1

2

3

Wushu

0

1

2

3

Badminton

0

0

7

7

Judo

0

0

5

5

Squash

0

0

4

4

Canoeing

0

0

1

1

Gymnastics

0

0

1

1

Taekwondo

0

0

1

1

 

Published 17 Sep 2014, 12:22 IST
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