A lookback at India’s performance in Asian Games 2018
India won a total of 70 medals and finished 8th in the medals tally.
The Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta and Palembang; Indonesia marked a historic moment for India in the realm of sports. India’s performance at these Games transcended all expectations with the country eclipsing its previous best medal count, achieved eight years earlier in Guangzhou, China.
This extraordinary achievement saw India secure a total of 70 medals (16 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze). A remarkable feat that not only surpassed India’s medal count from the 2010 Games but also equaled the gold medal tally from India’s first-ever participation in the Asian Games in 1951.
With immense pride, Neeraj Chopra led the Indian contingent as the flag bearer during the opening ceremony setting the stage for a memorable sporting event while Rani Rampal from the Indian women’s hockey team was bestowed with the honor of carrying the national flag during the closing ceremony.
As the countdown begins to the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games, this article takes a retrospective glance at the previous edition – a milestone that still stands as India’s most triumphant performance in the history of the games.
List of medalists in Asian Games 2018
|Gold||Bajrang Punia||Wrestling||Men’s freestyle 65kg|
|Gold||Vinesh Phogat||Wrestling||Women’s freestyle 50kg|
|Gold||Saurabh Chaudhary||Shooting||Men’s 10m air pistol|
|Gold||Rahi Sarnobat||Shooting||Women’s 25m pistol|
|Gold||Sawarn Singh, Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh||Rowing||Men’s quadruple sculls|
|Gold||Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan||Lawn tennis||Men’s doubles|
|Gold||Tajinderpal Singh Toor||Athletics||Men’s shot put|
|Gold||Neeraj Chopra||Athletics||Men’s javelin throw|
|Gold||Manjit Singh||Athletics||Men’s 800m|
|Gold||Rajiv Arokia, Muhammed Anas, Hima Das, M. R. Poovamma||Athletics||Mixed 4x400m relay|
|Gold||Arpinder Singh||Athletics||Men’s triple jump|
|Gold||Swapna Barman||Athletics||Women’s heptathlon|
|Gold||Jinson Johnson||Athletics||Men’s 1500m|
|Gold||M. R. Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Hima Das, V. K. Vismaya||Athletics||Women’s 4×400m relay|
|Gold||Amit Panghal||Boxing||Men’s 49kg|
|Gold||Pranab Bardhan, Shibhnath Sarkar||Bridge||Men’s pair|
|Silver||Deepak Kumar||Shooting||Men’s 10m air rifle|
|Silver||Lakshay Sheoran||Shooting||Men’s trap|
|Silver||Sanjeev Rajput||Shooting||Men’s 50m rifle three position|
|Silver||Shardul Vihan||Shooting||Men’s double trap|
|Silver||India women’s national kabaddi team||Kabaddi||Women’s tournament|
|Silver||Fouaad Mirza||Equestrian||Individual eventing|
|Silver||Fouaad Mirza, Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, Jitender Singh||Equestrian||Team eventing|
|Silver||Hima Das||Athletics||Women’s 400m|
|Silver||Muhammed Anas||Athletics||Men’s 400m|
|Silver||Dutee Chand||Athletics||Women’s 100m|
|Silver||Dharun Ayyasamy||Athletics||Men’s 400mhurdles|
|Silver||Sudha Singh||Athletics||Women’s 3000m steeplechase|
|Silver||Neena Varakil||Athletics||Women’s long jump|
|Silver||Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari, Jyothi Surekha Vennam||Archery||Women’s team compound|
|Silver||Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini||Archery||Men’s team compound|
|Silver||P. V. Sindhu||Badminton||Women’s singles|
|Silver||Jinson Johnson||Athletics||Men’s 800m|
|Silver||Pincky Balhara||Kurash||Women’s 52 kg|
|Silver||Dutee Chand||Athletics||Women’s 200m|
|Silver||Dharun Ayyasamy, Kunhu Mohammed, Rajiv Arokia, Muhammed Anas||Athletics||Men’s 4 × 400 m relay|
|Silver||Shweta Shervegar, Varsha Gautham||Sailing||Women’s 49er FX|
|Silver||India women’s national field hockey team||Field hockey||Women’s tournament|
|Silver||Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla||Squash||Women’s team|
|Bronze||Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela||Shooting||10m air rifle mixed team|
|Bronze||Abhishek Verma||Shooting||Men’s 10m air pistol|
|Bronze||India men’s national sepak takraw team||Sepak takraw||Men’s team regu|
|Bronze||Divya Kakran||Wrestling||Women’s freestyle 68kg|
|Bronze||Roshibina Naorem||Wushu||Women’s sanda 60kg|
|Bronze||Santhosh Kumar||Wushu||Men’s sanda 56kg|
|Bronze||Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh||Wushu||Men’s sanda 60kg|
|Bronze||Narender Grewal||Wushu||Men’s sanda 65kg|
|Bronze||Ankita Raina||Lawn tennis||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||India men’s national kabaddi team||Kabaddi||Men’s tournament|
|Bronze||Dushyant Chauhan||Rowing||Men’s lightweight single sculls|
|Bronze||Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh||Rowing||Men’s lightweight double sculls|
|Bronze||Heena Sidhu||Shooting||Women’s 10m air pistol|
|Bronze||Prajnesh Gunneswaran||Lawn tennis||Men’s singles|
|Bronze||Dipika Pallikal||Squash||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||Joshna Chinappa||Squash||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||Saurav Ghosal||Squash||Men’s singles|
|Bronze||Sumit Mukherjee, Debabrata Majumder, Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani||Bridge||Men’s team|
|Bronze||Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Rajeev Khandelwal, Gopinath Manna, Himani Khandelwal, Hema Deora, Kiran Nadar||Bridge||Mixed team|
|Bronze||Saina Nehwal||Badminton||Women’s singles|
|Bronze||Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj, Harmeet Desai, Manav Thakkar||Table tennis||Men’s team|
|Bronze||Malaprabha Jadhav||Kurash||Women’s 52kg|
|Bronze||Sharath Kamal, Manika Batra||Table tennis||Mixed doubles|
|Bronze||P. U. Chitra||Athletics||Women’s 1500m|
|Bronze||Seema Punia||Athletics||Women’s discus throw|
|Bronze||Harshita Tomar||Sailing||Laser 4.7|
|Bronze||Anu Raghavan||Athletics||Women’s 400m hurdles|
|Bronze||Varun Thakkar, Ganapathy Chengappa||Sailing||Men’s 49er|
|Bronze||Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Ramit Tandon, Mahesh Mangaonkar||Squash||Men’s team|
|Bronze||Vikas Krishan Yadav||Boxing||Men’s 75 kg|
|Bronze||India men’s national field hockey team||Field hockey||Men’s|
List of Firsts
This event, like none before, witnessed a multitude of firsts including the following:
- Sepaktakraw (Men’s Regu Event): India secured a historic bronze in Sepaktakraw marking the nation’s first medal in the discipline since its Asian Games debut in 1990.
- Swapna Barman (Heptathlon): Swapna Barman made history by winning a gold medal in heptathlon scoring 6026 points marking India’s first-ever gold in this discipline.
- Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu (Badminton): Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu delivered stunning performances and earned India’s first women’s medal in badminton at the Asiad. Saina won bronze, and Sindhu secured silver marking the first individual badminton medals for Indian shuttlers since Syed Modi in 1982. Sindhu also became the first Indian shuttler to reach the Asiad final in singles event.
- Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar (Bridge): With bridge debuting as an Asiad sport, Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar made history by winning the gold medal in the men’s pair event. India also secured bronze medals in the men’s team and mixed team events.
- Vikas Krishan Yadav (Boxing): Vikas Krishan Yadav clinched bronze in men’s 75kg and became the first Indian boxer to win a medal in three successive editions of the Asiad.
- Table Tennis: India secured its first-ever Asian Games medal in table tennis with bronze in men’s team and mixed doubles events.
- Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting): Rahi Sarnobat created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a shooting medal at the Asian Games with her gold in 25m rapid-fire pistol event.
- Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling): Vinesh Phogat made history by winning gold in women’s freestyle 50kg category becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to clinch gold at the Asiad.
- Neeraj Chopra (Athletics): Neeraj Chopra set a new national record and secured India’s first javelin gold medal at the Asian Games with an impressive throw of 88.06m.
Top 3 sports
In the 2018 Asian Games, India achieved remarkable success primarily in Athletics, Shooting and Wrestling.
In the field of Athletics, India secured a total of 20 medals including an impressive haul of eight gold medals. Among these triumphs, Neeraj Chopra emerged as India’s shining star by breaking national record and claiming India’s first javelin gold with an astounding throw of 88.06 meters.
Further adding to India’s glory, Jinson Johnson’s gold medal in the 1500m event marked India’s first medal in the discipline in two decades. Arpinder Singh’s remarkable leap of 16.77 meters earned India its first triple jump gold in 48 years while Tajinderpal Singh Toor made headlines by shattering both the national and Asian Games records with a throw of 20.75 meters in Shot put.
In the realm of wrestling, Vinesh Phogat made history by clinching a gold medal in women’s freestyle 50kg category and becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to achieve this remarkable feat. Adding to the familial triumph, Babita Kumari Phogat secured gold in the women’s freestyle 53 kg category.
Rahi Sarnobat etched her name in history by becoming the first Indian woman to secure a shooting medal at the Asian Games and winning gold in the 25m rapid-fire pistol event and 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary, delivered a new Asian Games record with a remarkable score of 240.7 to secure the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol final during the 2018 Asian Games.
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Top 5 performers
Amidst the array of talent showcased at the 2018 Asian Games, there are five individuals who truly made an indelible mark with their exceptional performances.
Dutee Chand, who overcame a prolonged gender dispute secured a silver medal in women’s 100m dash. Her achievement marked the first Indian medal in this event in two decades, a remarkable feat for the 22-year-old Odisha native in her debut Asian Games appearance.
Indian rowers initially faced disappointment at the 2018 Asian Games, but they made a remarkable comeback. Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh redeemed the team’s performance by securing a gold medal in the men’s quadruple sculls category.
Their impressive time of 6 minutes and 17.13 seconds not only secured victory but also marked only the second gold for India in rowing since their participation in the sport at the Asian Games.
In a remarkable feat by a young Indian talent, 15-year-old Shardul Vihan from Uttar Pradesh secured a silver medal in men’s double trap shooting event at the Asian Games. He impressively scored 73 points and finished just one point behind Korean gold medalist Shin Hyunwoo, who achieved a score of 74.
Rahi Sarnobat made history as the first Indian female shooter to secure gold at the Asian Games. In a thrilling 25m air pistol final, she faced off against Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon. After tying at 34 points, they were engaged in a tense shoot-off with Rahi displaying exceptional composure to secure the gold medal for India.
Vinesh’s gold marked a historic moment in Indian sports history, as she became the first Indian woman to secure an Asian Games gold in wrestling. The 23-year-old wrestler from Haryana dominated her competition in the 50kg category and ultimately triumphed by defeating Japan’s Yuki Irie 6-2 in the final.
India experienced its most significant disappointments in various sporting events at the 2018 Asian Games. Firstly, in Kabaddi, both the Indian men’s and women’s teams failed to secure gold medals which is a stark departure from their previous dominance in this event.
Following this, in hockey despite high expectations, the men’s team had to settle for bronze while the women’s team managed to secure silver medal. This outcome was particularly disheartening considering their status as favorites for the titles.
In squash, the Indian men’s team which had clinched gold in the previous Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, could only manage to secure a bronze medal and failed to advance to the final.
Moreover, several star Indian athletes who were expected to shine at the event such as shooters Manu Bhaker and Manavjit Singh Sandhu, accomplished wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Sushil Kumar, World No. 7 Kidambi Srikanth and Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, all fell short of bringing home any medals.