Rowing is not such a popular sport in India and not much people know about it. India has never really enjoyed much success in the sport for the media to bring attention of its viewers, like it did in case of Kabaddi or Boxing or Badminton.
But Indian rowers have continued to add achievements in the sport. Asian Games medals have been coming along for the Indian rowers and among the most successful Indian rower or a pioneer in the sport would be Bajrang Lal Takhar.
Bajrang Lal Takhar has been winning laurels for India since the 2006 Asian Games. He has delivered medals for the country in each edition of the Games since then. He started with a silver medal at the 2006 Doha Games in Single Sculls followed it with a gold medal at the 2010 Games in Guangzhou in the same event.
At the 2014 Incheon games, Bajrang was one of three bronze medallists in rowing from India. He won the bronze in the Men’s Eight event.
11 medals in last 3 Asian Games
Bajrang has been the best performer for India in rowing. The silver medal he won at Doha was followed up by two more medals at the competition. While India enjoyed its most successful outing in Rowing at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. India finished with five medals, one gold, three silver and a bronze medal.
The three bronze medals at the Incheon Games takes India’s tally to eleven at the Asian Games.
Asian Championships and South Asian Games
Bajrang has added more medals to his tally at the Asian Championships. He also won gold medals at the South Asian Games in both single and double sculls events.
Bajrang Lal Takhar also made it to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. However, he did not succeed in winning a podium finish for the country.