Indian contingent is turning Asian Games 2018 into a fairytale
They did it! Indians are scripting history over and over again at the ongoing Asian Games. Since the Games started, every other day there is news about Indians either breaking national records or creating historic wins. The tricolour has been held at almost every medal ceremony. The Indian athletes are surely turning heads towards them, stand up and applaud for them.
Let’s have a look at the list of athletes who achieved the unimaginable:
Bengaluru boy Fouaad Mirza was nearly denied a shot at the Games till a week before it even started; there was no surety on whether an Equestrian team would be included. However, the 26-year-old turned the tables after he won the first silver medal for India after 36 years.
#2 Table tennis
G. Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal, A. Amalraj, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar won the first-ever Asian Games medal in Indian table tennis history after defeating Japan in the quarterfinals.
Ace paddler Sharath Kamal and the new sensation Manika Batra won the second bronze for India in the mixed doubles event, which is also India’s first ever mixed doubles medal at the Games.
Saina Nehwal ended a 36-year-old wait and became the first female shuttler to win an individual medal at the Asian Games after winning the bronze for India. PV Sindhu once again stood out after she became the first one to win a silver by defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the finals.
The Indian women’s hockey team did the unthinkable by reaching the first Asian Games final in 20 years, by defeating three-time Champions China in the semifinal match.
Pinky Balhara is proudly the first Asian Games silver medallist from India. The 19-year-old Delhite is a two-time national silver medallist.
Shooter Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian female shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games. The Kolhapur born shooter defeated Thailand’s N. Yangpaiboon to ensure the historic gold in 25m air pistol final.
The Indian Sepaktakraw team clinched a maiden Asian Games medal by picking up a bronze. India had defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 to claim the bronze.
Neeraj Chopra, India’s flag bearer at the Games continued his impressive form and bagged the first ever gold medal by an Indian in Javelin throw at the Asian Games.
Swapna Barman, on the other hand, became the first Indian heptathlete to win a Gold at the Games.
Arpinder became yet another history maker by snatching the first triple jump gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970)
Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler after winning a gold medal in the 50kg freestyle category defeating her Japanese opponent Yuki Irie in the final.
The best ever medal haul by India in Wushu was accomplished by the team after bagging four bronze medals in the Wushu Sanda event in Jakarta. In 2006 India won one bronze and in 2010 one silver and one bronze medal.