For a nation with a populace more than a billion and several acclaimed Universities, India’s execution at the Universiade 2015 was mediocre. But, not so disappointing if we look at India’s 2013 record at the Universiade where Indian shot-putter Inderjeet Singh earned the only medal for the country.
At the Gwangju Universiade 2015, India fared vastly improved with a sum of five medals overall. Also, it was Inderjeet Singh again with the best finish for the country with a gold medal in shot-put this time, which is India’s first ever at the Universiade.
Apart from the gold the Indian contingent also managed silver in Archery mix compound team through national level archers like Vennam Jyoti Surekha and Kawalpreet Singh. But, it was the shooters who managed a hat-trick of medals for the country with three bronze medals in team events of 10m air rifle, 25m rapid fire pistol and the double trap.
The bronze medalists for the country include: Akhil Sheoran, Harmanvir Singh, Ekambir Singh, Achal Grewal, Akshay Jain, Amrender Chauhan, Ankur Mittal, Asgar Khan and Namanveer Brar.
Then again, the absence of medals can’t be taken as a measure of India’s potential as various youths battled through the qualification rounds. But to their disappointment finished a touch short in their quest for earning medals for the country.