Asian Para Games 2023 Review: India return with record-breaking medal haul
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
Full list of Indian medalists at Asian Para Games 2023
|1||Ankur Dhama||Athletics||Men’s 5000m-T11||Gold|
|2||Nishad Kumar||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T47||Gold|
|3||Ram Pal||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T47||Silver|
|4||Shailesh Kumar||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T63||Gold|
|5||Mariyappan Thangavelu||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T63||Silver|
|6||Monu Ghangas||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F11||Bronze|
|7||Pranav Soorma||Athletics||Men’s Club Throw-F51||Gold|
|8||Dharambir||Athletics||Men’s Club Throw-F51||Silver|
|9||Amit Kumar||Athletics||Men’s Club Throw-F51||Bronze|
|10||Prachi Yadav||Canoe||Women’s VL2||Silver|
|11||Kapil Parmar||Judo||Men -60kg J1||Silver|
|12||Kokila||Judo||Women -48kg J2||Bronze|
|13||Avani Lekhara||Shooting||Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1||Gold|
|14||Rudransh Khandelwal||Shooting||Mixed 50m Pistol SH1||Silver|
|15||Aruna||Taekwondo||Women’s K44 -47kg||Bronze|
|16||Praveen Kumar||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T64||Gold|
|17||Unni Renu||Athletics||Men’s High Jump-T64||Bronze|
|18||Ekta Bhyan||Athletics||Women’s Club Throw-F32/51||Bronze|
|20||Deepthi Jeevanji||Athletics||Women’s 400m-T20||Gold|
|21||Ajay Kumar||Athletics||Men’s 400m-T64||Silver|
|22||Manish Kaurav||Canoe||Men’s KL3||Bronze|
|23||Prachi Yadav||Canoe||Women’s KL2||Gold|
|24||Gajendra Singh||Canoe||Men’s VL2||Bronze|
|25||Neeraj Yadav||Athletics||Men’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56||Gold|
|26||Yogesh Kathuniya||Athletics||Men’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56||Silver|
|27||Muthuraja||Athletics||Men’s Discus Throw-F54/55/56||Bronze|
|28||Ravi Rongali||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F40||Silver|
|30||Rakesh Bhaira||Athletics||Men’s 1500m-T46||Bronze|
|32||Rudransh Khandelwal||Shooting||Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1||Silver|
|33||Manish Narwal||Shooting||Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1||Bronze|
|34||Rubina Francis||Shooting||Women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1||Bronze|
|35||Team India||Archery||Men’s Doubles Recurve – Open||Bronze|
|36||Team India||Archery||Women’s Doubles Compound – Open||Silver|
|37||Team India||Archery||Men’s Doubles Compound – Open||Silver|
|38||Pooja||Athletics||Women’s Discus Throw-F54/55||Silver|
|39||Sumit||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F64||Gold|
|40||Pushpendra Singh||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F64||Bronze|
|41||Haney||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F37/38||Gold|
|42||Narayan Thakur||Athletics||Men’s 200m-T35||Bronze|
|43||Shreyansh Trivedi||Athletics||Men’s 200m-T37||Bronze|
|44||Soman Rana||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F57||Silver|
|45||Hokato Sema Hotozhe||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F57||Bronze|
|46||Sundar Singh Gurjar||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46||Gold|
|47||Rinku||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46||Silver|
|48||Ajeet Singh||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F46||Bronze|
|49||Ankur Dhaka||Athletics||Men’s 1500m-T11||Gold|
|50||Rakshitha Raju||Athletics||Women’s 1500m-T11||Gold|
|51||Lalitha Killaka||Athletics||Women’s 1500m-T11||Silver|
|52||Sharath Makanahalli||Athletics||Men’s 1500m-T13||Silver|
|53||Balwant Singh Rawat||Athletics||Men’s 1500m-T13||Bronze|
|54||Nimisha Suresh||Athletics||Women’s Long Jump-T47||Gold|
|55||Pramod Bhagat / Manisha Ramadass||Badminton||Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5||Bronze|
|56||Manasi Joshi||Badminton||Women’s Singles SL3||Bronze|
|57||Sivarajan Solaimalai / Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan||Badminton||Mixed Doubles SH6||Bronze|
|58||Nitesh Kumar / Thulasimathi Murugesan||Badminton||Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5||Bronze|
|59||Mandeep Kaur||Badminton||Women’s Singles SL3||Bronze|
|60||Vaishnavi Puneyani||Badminton||Women’s Singles SL4||Bronze|
|61||Zainab Khatoon||Powerlifting||Women’s -61kg||Silver|
|62||Kumari Raj||Powerlifting||Women’s -61kg||Bronze|
|63||Bhavina Patel||Table Tennis||Women’s Singles – Class 4||Bronze|
|64||Sandeep Dangi||Table Tennis||Men’s Singles – Class 1||Bronze|
|65||Adil Mohamed Nazir Ansari / Naveen Dalal||Archery||Men’s Doubles – W1 Open||Bronze|
|66||Sheetal Devi / Rakesh Kumar||Archery||Mixed Team Compound – Open||Gold|
|67||Narayan Thakur||Athletics||Men’s 100m-T35||Bronze|
|68||Sachin Sarjerao Khilari||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F46||Gold|
|69||Rohit Kumar||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F46||Bronze|
|70||Shreyansh Trivedi||Athletics||Men’s 100m-T37||Bronze|
|71||Bhagyashri Jadhav Madhavrao||Athletics||Women’s Shot Put-F34||Silver|
|72||Monu Ghangas||Athletics||Men’s Discus Throw-F11||Silver|
|74||Manisha Ramadass||Badminton||Women’s Singles SU5||Bronze|
|75||Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan||Badminton||Women’s Singles SH6||Bronze|
|76||Pramod Bhagat / Sukant Indukant Kadam||Badminton||Men’s Doubles SL3-SL4||Bronze|
|77||Sukant Indukant Kadam||Badminton||Men’s Singles SL4||Bronze|
|76||Krishna Nagar / Sivarajan Solaimalai||Badminton||Men’s Doubles SH6||Bronze|
|79||Himanshi Bhaveshkumar Rathi||Chess||Women’s Individual Standard VI-B1||Bronze|
|80||Mandeep Kaur / Manisha Ramadass||Badminton||Women’s Doubles SL3-SU5||Bronze|
|81||Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan / Rachana Shaileshkumar Patel||Badminton||Women’s Doubles SH6||Bronze|
|82||Sidhartha Babu||Shooting||R6 – Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1||Gold|
|83||Rakesh Kumar||Archery||Men’s Individual Compound – Open||Silver|
|84||Sheetal Devi||Archery||Women’s Individual Compound – Open||Gold|
|85||Raman Sharma||Athletics||Men’s 1500m-T38||Gold|
|86||Solairaj Dharmaraj||Athletics||Men’s Long Jump-T64||Gold|
|87||Manu||Athletics||Men’s Shot Put-F37||Bronze|
|88||Pradeep Kumar||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw-F54||Silver|
|89||Laxit||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw-F54||Bronze|
|90||Lakshmi||Athletics||Women’s Discus Throw-F37/38||Bronze|
|91||Pramod Bhagat||Badminton||Men’s Singles SL3||Gold|
|92||Nitesh Kumar||Badminton||Men’s Singles SL3||Silver|
|93||Yathiraj Suhas Lalinakere||Badminton||Men’s Singles SL4||Gold|
|94||Krishna Nagar||Badminton||Men’s Singles SH6||Silver|
|95||Nitesh Kumar/Tarun||Badminton||Men’s Doubles SL3-SL4||Gold|
|96||Chirag Baretha/Raj Kumar||Badminton||Men’s Doubles SU5||Silver|
|97||Thulasimathi Murugesan||Badminton||Women’s Singles SU5||Gold|
|98||Thulasimathi Murugesan/Manasi Joshi||Badminton||Women’s Doubles SL3-SU5||Silver|
|99||Suyash Narayan Jadhav||Swimming||Men’s 50m Butterfly-S7||Bronze|
|100||Neeraj Yadav||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F55||Gold|
|101||Tek Chand||Athletics||Men’s Javelin Throw Throw-F55||Bronze|
|102||Dilip Mahadu Gavit||Athletics||Men’s 400m-T47||Gold|
|104||Satish Inani Darpan||Chess||Men’s Individual Rapid VI-B1||Gold|
|105||Kumar Pradhan Soundarya||Chess||Men’s Individual Rapid VI-B1||Silver|
|106||Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai Makwana||Chess||Men’s Individual Rapid VI-B1||Bronze|
|107||Kishan Gangolli||Chess||Men’s Individual Rapid VI-B2/B3||Bronze|
|108||Satish Inani Darpan/Kumar Pradhan Soundarya/Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai Makwana||Chess||Men’s Team Rapid VI-B1||Gold|
|109||Aryan Joshi/Somendra/Kishan Gangolli||Chess||Men’s Team Rapid VI-B2/B3||Bronze|
|110||Vruthi Saganlal Jain/ Himanshi Bhaveshkumar Rathi/ Sanskruti Vikas More||Chess||Women’s Team Rapid VI-B1||Bronze|
|111||Anita/Konganapalle Narayana||Rowing||PR3 Mixed Double Sculls – PR3 Mix2x||Silver|
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.