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Asian Para Games 2023 Review: India return with record-breaking medal haul

M SudharshanM Sudharshan
November 2 2023
Asian Para Games 2023 Review: India return with record-breaking medal haul
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Athletics dominated with most medals at Asian Para Games 2023

The Indian contingent enjoyed good success at the recently concluded Asian Para Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China. After sending the largest-ever contingent in the history of the Games, the athletes summed up the meet by delivering record-haul performance by breaching the 100-medal mark. The previous best performance was recorded in the 2018 edition and this time the aim was to reach the three-figure mark in the medals tally.

Several athletes put in record-breaking performances with four events registering podium sweeps. The nation participated in a total of 17 disciplines from which medals were won in 12. This was also the first time that India was taking part in 17 disciplines – their highest so far.

India’s factsheet for Asian Para Games 2023

Inda factsheet for Asian Para Games 2023
Inda factsheet for Asian Para Games 2023

Full list of Indian medalists at Asian Para Games 2023

1Ankur DhamaAthleticsMen’s 5000m-T11Gold
2Nishad KumarAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T47Gold
3Ram PalAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T47Silver
4Shailesh KumarAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T63Gold
5Mariyappan ThangaveluAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T63Silver
6Monu GhangasAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F11Bronze
7Pranav SoormaAthleticsMen’s Club Throw-F51Gold
8DharambirAthleticsMen’s Club Throw-F51Silver
9Amit KumarAthleticsMen’s Club Throw-F51Bronze
10Prachi YadavCanoeWomen’s VL2Silver
11Kapil ParmarJudoMen -60kg J1Silver
12KokilaJudoWomen -48kg J2Bronze
13Avani LekharaShootingWomen’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1Gold
14Rudransh KhandelwalShootingMixed 50m Pistol SH1Silver
15ArunaTaekwondoWomen’s K44 -47kgBronze
16Praveen KumarAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T64Gold
17Unni RenuAthleticsMen’s High Jump-T64Bronze
18Ekta BhyanAthleticsWomen’s Club Throw-F32/51Bronze
19SimranAthleticsWomen’s 100m-T12Silver
20Deepthi JeevanjiAthleticsWomen’s 400m-T20Gold
21Ajay KumarAthleticsMen’s 400m-T64Silver
22Manish KauravCanoeMen’s KL3Bronze
23Prachi YadavCanoeWomen’s KL2Gold
24Gajendra SinghCanoeMen’s VL2Bronze
25Neeraj YadavAthleticsMen’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56Gold
26Yogesh KathuniyaAthleticsMen’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56Silver
27MuthurajaAthleticsMen’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56Bronze
28Ravi RongaliAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F40Silver
29PramodAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T46Silver
30Rakesh BhairaAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T46Bronze
31AshokPowerliftingMen’s -65kgBronze
32Rudransh KhandelwalShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol SH1Silver
33Manish NarwalShootingMen’s 10m Air Pistol SH1Bronze
34Rubina FrancisShootingWomen’s 10m Air Pistol SH1Bronze
35Team IndiaArcheryMen’s Doubles Recurve – OpenBronze
36Team IndiaArcheryWomen’s Doubles Compound – OpenSilver
37Team IndiaArcheryMen’s Doubles Compound – OpenSilver
38PoojaAthleticsWomen’s Discus Throw-F54/55Silver
39SumitAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F64Gold
40Pushpendra SinghAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F64Bronze
41HaneyAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F37/38Gold
42Narayan ThakurAthleticsMen’s 200m-T35Bronze
43Shreyansh TrivediAthleticsMen’s 200m-T37Bronze
44Soman RanaAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F57Silver
45Hokato Sema HotozheAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F57Bronze
46Sundar Singh GurjarAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46Gold
47RinkuAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46Silver
48Ajeet SinghAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46Bronze
49Ankur DhakaAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T11Gold
50Rakshitha RajuAthleticsWomen’s 1500m-T11Gold
51Lalitha KillakaAthleticsWomen’s 1500m-T11Silver
52Sharath MakanahalliAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T13Silver
53Balwant Singh RawatAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T13Bronze
54Nimisha SureshAthleticsWomen’s Long Jump-T47Gold
55Pramod Bhagat / Manisha RamadassBadmintonMixed Doubles SL3-SU5Bronze
56Manasi JoshiBadmintonWomen’s Singles SL3Bronze
57Sivarajan Solaimalai / Nithya Sre Sumathy SivanBadmintonMixed Doubles SH6Bronze
58Nitesh Kumar / Thulasimathi MurugesanBadmintonMixed Doubles SL3-SU5Bronze
59Mandeep KaurBadmintonWomen’s Singles SL3Bronze
60Vaishnavi PuneyaniBadmintonWomen’s Singles SL4Bronze
61Zainab KhatoonPowerliftingWomen’s -61kgSilver
62Kumari RajPowerliftingWomen’s -61kgBronze
63Bhavina PatelTable TennisWomen’s Singles – Class 4Bronze
64Sandeep DangiTable TennisMen’s Singles – Class 1Bronze
65Adil Mohamed Nazir Ansari / Naveen DalalArcheryMen’s Doubles – W1 OpenBronze
66Sheetal Devi / Rakesh KumarArcheryMixed Team Compound – OpenGold
67Narayan ThakurAthleticsMen’s 100m-T35Bronze
68Sachin Sarjerao KhilariAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F46Gold
69Rohit KumarAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F46Bronze
70Shreyansh TrivediAthleticsMen’s 100m-T37Bronze
71Bhagyashri Jadhav MadhavraoAthleticsWomen’s Shot Put-F34Silver
72Monu GhangasAthleticsMen’s Discus Throw-F11Silver
73SimranAthleticsWomen’s 200m-T12Silver
74Manisha RamadassBadmintonWomen’s Singles SU5Bronze
75Nithya Sre Sumathy SivanBadmintonWomen’s Singles SH6Bronze
76Pramod Bhagat / Sukant Indukant KadamBadmintonMen’s Doubles SL3-SL4Bronze
77Sukant Indukant KadamBadmintonMen’s Singles SL4Bronze
76Krishna Nagar / Sivarajan SolaimalaiBadmintonMen’s Doubles SH6Bronze
79Himanshi Bhaveshkumar RathiChessWomen’s Individual Standard VI-B1Bronze
80Mandeep Kaur / Manisha RamadassBadmintonWomen’s Doubles SL3-SU5Bronze
81Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan / Rachana Shaileshkumar PatelBadmintonWomen’s Doubles SH6Bronze
82Sidhartha BabuShootingR6 – Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1Gold
83Rakesh KumarArcheryMen’s Individual Compound – OpenSilver
84Sheetal DeviArcheryWomen’s Individual Compound – OpenGold
85Raman SharmaAthleticsMen’s 1500m-T38Gold
86Solairaj DharmarajAthleticsMen’s Long Jump-T64Gold
87ManuAthleticsMen’s Shot Put-F37Bronze
88Pradeep KumarAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw-F54Silver
89LaxitAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw-F54Bronze
90LakshmiAthleticsWomen’s Discus Throw-F37/38Bronze
91Pramod BhagatBadmintonMen’s Singles SL3Gold
92Nitesh KumarBadmintonMen’s Singles SL3Silver
93Yathiraj Suhas LalinakereBadmintonMen’s Singles SL4Gold
94Krishna NagarBadmintonMen’s Singles SH6Silver
95Nitesh Kumar/TarunBadmintonMen’s Doubles SL3-SL4Gold
96Chirag Baretha/Raj KumarBadmintonMen’s Doubles SU5Silver
97Thulasimathi MurugesanBadmintonWomen’s Singles SU5Gold
98Thulasimathi Murugesan/Manasi JoshiBadmintonWomen’s Doubles SL3-SU5Silver
99Suyash Narayan JadhavSwimmingMen’s 50m Butterfly-S7Bronze
100Neeraj YadavAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F55Gold
101Tek ChandAthleticsMen’s Javelin Throw Throw-F55Bronze
102Dilip Mahadu GavitAthleticsMen’s 400m-T47Gold
103PoojaAthleticsWomen’s 1500m-T20Bronze
104Satish Inani DarpanChessMen’s Individual Rapid VI-B1Gold
105Kumar Pradhan SoundaryaChessMen’s Individual Rapid VI-B1Silver
106Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai MakwanaChessMen’s Individual Rapid VI-B1Bronze
107Kishan GangolliChessMen’s Individual Rapid VI-B2/B3Bronze
108Satish Inani Darpan/Kumar Pradhan Soundarya/Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai MakwanaChessMen’s Team Rapid VI-B1Gold
109Aryan Joshi/Somendra/Kishan GangolliChessMen’s Team Rapid VI-B2/B3Bronze
110Vruthi Saganlal Jain/ Himanshi Bhaveshkumar Rathi/ Sanskruti Vikas MoreChessWomen’s Team Rapid VI-B1Bronze
111Anita/Konganapalle NarayanaRowingPR3 Mixed Double Sculls – PR3 Mix2xSilver

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List of firsts for India

  • Ankur Dhama became the first-ever Indian to win two gold medals in a single edition of the Games.
  • Sheetal Devi became the first Indian woman archer to win two gold medals in a single edition of the Asian Para Games.
  • India breached the 100-medal mark for the first time in the Games’ history.
  • The Indian contingent recorded four clean sweeps in different events.
  • This was India’s maiden top-five finish in the history of the Games.
  • For the first time, India competed in 17 different disciplines at the Asian Para Games.
  • The nation fielded its largest-ever contingent (303) in its history at the Asian Para Games.

Top five performers

Sheetal Devi

Sheetal Devi
Sheetal Devi became the first Indian woman to win two gold medals in single edition of the Asian Para Games (Courtesy: Twitter)

Sheetal Devi won two gold and a silver medal in the fourth edition of Asian Para Games 2023. India’s first-ever armless archer started her campaign with a silver medal in women’s doubles compound and followed it up with two gold medals – in compound individual and partnering experienced Rakesh Kumar in mixed doubles. Prior to a successful campaign at Asiad, she had also clinched a gold medal at the Para Archery World Cup.

Sumit Antil

The multiple National Record holder created a new world record by spearing the javelin to 73.29m in the men’s F-64 category. A few months back at the World Para Athletics Championship, Sumit Antil, breached the 70m mark to clinch gold and simultaneously qualify for Paris Paralympics.

Sundar Singh Gurjar

The javelin throw events continued to bring medals for India and this time it was Sundar Singh Gujar who registered a world record time in the men’s F-46 category. After clinching silver and bronze medals in the previous edition, the 27-year-old went ahead to clinch gold. He won the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Pramod Bhagat

Pramod Bhagat
Pramod Bhagat returned with three medals from the Asian Para Games 2023 (Courtesy: Twitter)

The five-time World Championships gold medalist, Pramod Bhagat, won three medals at the Asian Para Games 2023. He won two bronze medals in the doubles category and followed it up with a gold in the men’s SL-3 individual category. This was his second appearance at the Asiad, having earlier won two medals in the precious edition in Jakarta.

Neeraj Yadav

The 39-year-old experienced athlete rose to the occasion and clinched two gold medals in men’s discus and javelin throw events. He re-wrote his own Asian Record of 29.84m in the javelin throw created in the previous edition of the Para Asian Games 2023. Furthermore, Neeraj created a new Area and Games record by registering a throw of 38.56m in discus throw.

Top five sports that performed


The athletics contingent won 55 out of the 111 medals won by India. The field events always stood apart with a javelin throw in particular winning more medals. On the other hand, the track events stood apart as players started winning medals in the sprints which wasn’t the case earlier.


The Badminton contingent registered 21 medals the most by any nation in the fourth edition of the quadrennial extravaganza. However, India finished third in the sport with the number of gold medals not on the higher side. The conversion rate from the semifinals to the final wasn’t on the higher side, especially in doubles. China finished with a total of 20 medals.


After winning one medal in the previous edition, the Archery contingent took home seven medals – gold (2), silver (3), and bronze (2). Of all the archers, Sheetal Devi and Rakesh Kumar stood apart winning three medals each. Sheetal and Rakesh combined to win gold in the mixed category with Sheetal going a step further to clinch gold in the women’s individual section.


A total of six medals were won by the shooting contingent. Rudransh Kandelwal, Manish Narwal, Avani Lekhara, and Siddhartha Babu were among the shooters to win medals in the competition. The latter won his first gold medal in mixed 50m Rifle. Rudransh with a silver medal triumph went on to reach the WR-1 in the 10m SH-prone event.


The chess contingent won eight medals with seven among them being won on the final day. The sport played a major role in taking India above the 110-medal mark. Inani was the standout athlete who won two gold medals in individual and team events respectively.

What next for the para-athletes?

With the Paris Paralympics lined up for next year, the athletes will go on a break and will come back to prepare vigorously for the world’s grandest event. Several players from the athletics contingent qualified for the Paralympics by finishing inside the top 4 at the World Para Athletics Championship. A few renowned athletes including Sheetal Devi and Prachi Yadav secured their qualifying by finishing on the podium in their respective events.

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