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'Iss baar 100 paar' India creates history by wining 107 Medals

By Akanksha - October 6, 2023 - Last updated on Oct 13, 2023 06:25 PM
'Iss baar 100 paar' India creates history by wining 107 Medals

There weren't many people who took the motto "Iss baar 100 paar" for the 2023 Asian Games seriously when it was introduced by the Indian Olympic Association and the Sports Ministry. The previous best was 70 in Jakarta five years prior, after all.

Even seasoned analysts of Indian sports leaned on the side of caution, providing a cautious estimate of somewhere in the mid 80s, due to logic, cynicism, and India's medal history. The goal of 100 medals seemed a little improbable even halfway through the two-week competition. The women's kabaddi team had the honor on Friday of winning the 100th medal for India in addition to winning back the gold they had lost in 2018. It was maybe natural that kabaddi commemorated the event since they are the ones who claim to be the creators of the sport.

'Iss Baar 100 Paar' Target

India took 72 years and 18 editions to get to this point. The nation moved up four positions from Jakarta, when India had 16 gold, 23 silver, and 31 bronze, to finish the competition in Hangzhou late on Sunday night with 107 medals, including 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze.

It is no small feat for India given that the majority of its medals came in the traditional events despite having the largest-ever contingent of 655. While perspective is a good thing, there were an incredible 60 disciplines here, including newcomers like breaking, sport climbing, and e-sports that pushed the number of medals much higher than ever before.

With 29 medals (six gold) in track and field, 22 (seven gold) in shooting, and 9 (including five golds) in archery, India won more than half of its medals in just three disciplines. Nearly equal numbers of men and women won medals, with 52 coming from men and 46 from women, with the remaining medals coming from mixed events.

Outstanding Performers

Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, a rifle shooter, and Esha Singh, a pistol expert, were two of the 30 competitors to earn multiple medals with four apiece. Throughout the two weeks of competition, India didn't have a single day without a medal.

The medal winners this time were sepak takraw (women's regu bronze), wushu (silver), roller skating (men's and women's 3000m relay bronze each), and bridge (men's team silver). Sports like cricket, kabaddi, hockey, badminton, or shooting are well-known and among the more popular sports in India.

Additionally, there were several spectacular performances and medals in sports that were previously thought to be off limits for Indians, such as Sutirtha and Ayhika Mukherjee's surprising table tennis quarterfinal victory over the Chinese pair of Meng Chen and Yidi Wang, the reigning world champions;

Anush Agarwalla, Hriday Chheda, Sudipti Hajela, and Divyakriti Singh's team, which won the first-ever dressage team gold in equestrian, Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy's incredible gold-winning run in badminton doubles, and Eabad Ali's bronze in windsurfing, which was India's first-ever international medal in the competition.

Anahat Singh won a bronze medal in squash at the age of 15 while Sanjana Bathula won one in roller skating. Aditi Swami, a world champion at the age of 17, added a compound women's team gold and an individual bronze. Palak, who is also 17 years old, set a new Games Record in 10m air pistol. Esha Singh, who is only 18 years old, won four medals.

It was an edition that may have marked the final appearance of two athletic superstars who tried their all to avoid going home empty-handed - Rohan Bopanna (tennis) and Saurav Ghosal (squash). It was also about a new generation of athletes who want more and fear nothing, taking on the world as equals, like Abhay Singh's final match against Pakistan to win men's squash team gold, and HS Prannoy coming back from the dead to reach the semifinals for the first men's singles medal since Syed Modi in 1982.

India has won the following medals in the Asian Games 2023:

Sport Event Gold Medalist Silver Medalist Bronze Medalist
Archery Compound Men's Individual Ojas Deotale Abhishek Verma
Archery Compound Women's Individual Jyothi Surekha Vennam Aditi Swami
Archery Compound Men's Team Gold
Archery Compound Women's Team Gold
Archery Compound Mixed Team Gold
Archery Recurve Men's Team Silver
Archery Recurve Women's Team Bronze
Athletics Men's 3000m Steeplechase Avinash Sable
Athletics Men's 4 x 400m Relay Gold
Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Neeraj Chopra
Athletics Men's Shot Put Tajinderpal Singh Toor
Athletics Women's 5000m Parul Chaudhary
Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Annu Rani
Athletics Men's 10000m Silver Gulveer Singh
Athletics Men's 10000m Bronze Gulveer Singh
Athletics Men's 1500m Silver Jinson Johnson
Athletics Men's 1500m Bronze Jinson Johnson
Athletics Men's 5000m Silver Avinash Sable
Athletics Men's 5000m Bronze Avinash Sable
Athletics Men's 800m Silver Mohammed Afsal
Athletics Men's 800m Bronze Mohammed Afsal
Athletics Men's Decathlon Silver Tejaswin Shankar
Athletics Men's Decathlon Bronze Tejaswin Shankar
Athletics Men's Long Jump Silver Sreeshankar
Athletics Men's Long Jump Bronze Sreeshankar
Athletics Women's 100m Hurdles Silver Jyothi Yarraji
Athletics Women's 100m Hurdles Bronze Jyothi Yarraji
Athletics Women's 1500m Silver Harmilan Bains
Athletics Women's 1500m Bronze Harmilan Bains
Athletics Women's 3000m Steeplechase Silver Parul Chaudhary
Athletics Women's 3000m Steeplechase Bronze Parul Chaudhary
Athletics Women's 4x400m relay Silver
Athletics Women's 800m Silver Harmilan Bains
Athletics Women's 800m Bronze Harmilan Bains
Athletics Women's Long Jump Silver Ancy Sojan
Athletics Women's Long Jump Bronze Ancy Sojan
Athletics 4x400m Mixed relay Silver
Athletics Men's 10000m Bronze Gulveer Singh
Athletics Men's 1500m Bronze Jinson Johnson
Athletics Men's Triple Jump Bronze Praveen Chithravel
Athletics Women's 3000m Steeplechase Bronze Priti Lamba
Athletics Women's 400m Hurdles Bronze Vithya Ramraj
Athletics Women's Discus Throw Bronze Seema Punia
Athletics Women's Heptathlon Bronze Nandini Agasara
Athletics Women's Shot Put Bronze Kiran Baliyan
Athletics 35km Race Walk Mixed Team Bronze
Badminton Men's Doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Chirag Shetty
Badminton Men's team Silver
Badminton Men's Singles Bronze Prannoy
Boxing Women's 75kg Lovlina
Boxing Men's +92kg Narender
Boxing Women's 45-50kg Nikhat Zareen
Boxing Women's 45-50kg Preeti
Boxing Women's 54-57kg Parveen
Boxing Women's 54-57kg Parveen
Bridge Men's Team Silver
Canoe Sprint Men's Canoe Double 1000m Bronze
Chess Men's Team Silver
Chess Women's Team Silver
Cricket Men's Team Gold
Cricket Women's Team Gold Bronze
Equestrian Dressage Team Gold
Equestrian Dressage Bronze
Equestrian Dressage Anush Agarwalla
Golf Women's individual Silver Aditi Ashok
Hockey Men's Team Gold
Hockey Women's Team Bronze
Kabaddi Men's Team Gold
Kabaddi Women's Team Gold
Roller Skating Women's Speed Skating 3000m Relay Race Bronze
Roller Skating Men's Speed Skating 3000m Relay Race Bronze
Rowing Lightweight Men's Double Sculls Silver
Rowing Men's Eight Silver
Rowing Men's Four Bronze
Rowing Men's Four Bronze
Rowing Men's Pair Bronze
Rowing Men's Pair Bronze
Rowing Men's Quadruple Sculls Bronze
Rowing Men's Quadruple Sculls Bronze
Sailing Girl’s Dinghy ILCA 4 Silver Neha Thakur
Sailing Men's Dinghy ILCA 7 Bronze
Sailing Men’s Windsurfer RS - X Bronze
Sepaktakraw Women's Regu Bronze
Shooting 10m Air Pistol Team Men Gold
Shooting 10m Air Rifle Team Men Gold
Shooting 50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Men Gold
Shooting 50m Rifle 3 Positions Team Women Gold
Shooting 50m Rifle Prone Team Men Gold
Shooting Double Trap Team Men Gold
Shooting Double Trap Team Women Gold
Shooting Junior 10m Air Pistol Men Gold
Shooting Junior 10m Air Rifle Men Gold
Shooting Junior 10m Air Rifle Women Gold
Shooting Junior 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Men Gold
Shooting Junior 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Gold
Shooting Junior 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Gold
Shooting Junior Double Trap Men Gold
Shooting Junior Double Trap Women Gold

With 383 medals (201 gold, 111 silver, and 71 bronze), China is the leader in the medal count, but India's continual improvement shows the country's sportsmen are making progress. A century of medals has marked the beginning of a new era for Indian Olympic sport, which is reason enough to celebrate.

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