Asian Games 2023: India’s medal tally after Day 6, 29th September
Eight medals were presented to Indian athletes on 28th September.
The Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou witnessed a bustling Day 6 for Indian athletes, as they showcased their skills across a number of sports including Shooting, Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Golf, Squash, Boxing, Cycling, Bridge, Handball, and Chess. Athletics marked its commencement at the Games on this day, kicking off with the race walk events.
The Indian sportspersons matched their medal tally from the fourth day of the competition and brought home an impressive eight medals on September 29. Shooting continued to be the most dominant sport for India as the sport contributed five medals to the day’s count. This bolstered India’s cumulative medal collection to a total of 33 medals.
Number of medals presented to Indian athletes on 29th September
India’s medal tally for the day featured a mix of two gold, four silver, and two bronze medals. The shooting contingent was at the forefront as they secured a team silver in the women’s 10m air pistol, team gold in the 50m rifle 3 positions for men, and individual gold and silver by Palak Gulia and Esha Singh respectively in the women’s 10m air pistol, and a silver by Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar in the men’s individual 50m rifle 3 positions, marking his fourth medal at the Games.
The other medalists for the day for India were Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan who won the silver medal in the Tennis-men’s doubles, the Indian women’s squash team collecting the bronze medal, and Kiran Baliyan opening India’s athletics count in the competition with a bronze in the women’s shot put.
In the women’s 10m air pistol competition, the Indian trio comprising Esha Singh (579), Palak Gulia (577), and Divya TS (575) clinched a silver medal, aggregating a score of 1731. They were narrowly outperformed by China, who set an Asian Games record with a score of 1736. Subsequently, great news arrived as the men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions team, which included Swapnil Kusale (591), Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar (591), and Akhil Sheoran (587), shattered the global record, earning the gold.
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The spotlight then shifted to the individual shooting events. Palak Gulia claimed the gold with an Asian Games score of 242.1 in the 10m air pistol category. While Esha wasn’t far behind, grabbing silver with a total of 239.7, ensuring an all-Indian top-two finish.
Later in another event, Aishwary showcased a remarkable comeback to secure the silver medal, registering a score of 459.7, marginally behind China’s Linshu Du at 460.6. However, Swapnil Kusale faced disappointment as he landed in the fourth position in the same event. Kusale had dominated the contest but a shot of 7.6 altered his final standing.
Although ranked second, the Indian pair of Ramkumar and Saketh faced a tough challenge against the unseeded Chinese Taipei pair as they succumbed with scores of 6-4, 6-4. Despite their singles prowess, Hsu Yu-Hsiou and Jason Jung proved to be a formidable doubles combination.
In squash, the Indian women’s trio – Tanvi Khanna, Joshna Chinappa, and Anahat Singh – clinched the bronze, bowing out to Hong Kong with a narrow 1-2 margin. Kiran Baliyan clinched the last medal of the day with a bronze as she threw 17.36m on her third attempt in the women’s shot put event, marking a spectacular day for India.
Asian Games 2023: Updated Indian medal tally after 29th September
By the end of the sixth day at the Asian Games 2023, India ascended to fourth place, a place further from their previous fifth spot, with an impressive haul of 33 medals (8 gold, 12 silver, and 13 bronze). Meanwhile, China has solidified its dominance as the host nation has crossed the significant 200-medal milestone, with 105 of them being gold, 63 silver, and 32 bronze medals.
Japan, with 27 golds, has overtaken South Korea, which holds 26 golds, to clinch the second position. Rounding the top ten, in order from fifth to tenth, are Thailand, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Iran, and North Korea, with gold counts of 8, 7, 5, 5, 3, and 3, respectively.
What to expect from the Indian contingent on September 30?
As we step into September 30, all eyes will be on the Indian contingent, who will be hoping to deliver remarkable performances and eyeing top positions in sports like Shooting Athletics, Badminton, Golf, etc. Prominent athletes like Rohan Bopanna, Aditi Ashok, Lovlina Borgohain, Satwiksairaj Rankrireddy, Chirag Shetty, HS Prannoy, R Praggnanandhaa, Murali Sreeshankar, Jeswin Aldrin, and Swapna Barman, are a few to watch out for on Saturday.
At the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, India achieved a commendable 70 medals, including 16 gold, 23 silver, and 31 bronze. In the 19th edition of the Asian Games, the goal will be to touch at least the 100 medals mark at least across various disciplines at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou.