It has been a month since India’s commendable performance at the Asian Games 2014 held in Incheon. A total of 57 medals were won by the Indian contingent- 11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze. If the performance is compared to that of the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad (65 medals), one may find a decline in the number of medals won. India’s campaign in the Aisan Games 2014 has its own significance and has turned out to be a memorable event for many athletes and fans. Let us take a look at the top 10 moments for India at the multidisciplinary event.
10. Seema Punia (Women’s Discus Throw-GOLD)
Seema Punia made India proud by winning a Gold medal in the Discus Throw event at the Asian Games. On 29th September, Punia achieved her personal best of 61.03 metres in the women’s discus throw finals. The effort saw her win the Gold medal.
9. Women’s 4×400 metres Relay GOLD
Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Luka, MR Poovamma and Mandeep Kaur shattered the Games record to take Gold in the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay. This emphatic win came just minutes after the Men’s Hockey Team won a historic Gold on October 2. The team recorded their personal best time of 3:28.68. Japan and China bagged the silver and bronze respectively.
8. Squash Men’s Team- GOLD:
Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Sandhu, Mahesh Mangaonkar and Kush Kumar constituted the ground breaking men’s squash team that bagged the gold medal at the Asiad. India defeated Malaysia in the gold medal match on September 27, Saurav defeated Ong Beng Hee 3-2 and Harinder beat Mohd Azlan Iskandar 3-1. This was also India’s first Gold in squash at the Asian Games.
7. Sania-Saketh’s Mixed Doubles Gold:
Indian Tennis superstar Sania Mirza continued her sublime form as she won the gold medal with junior partner Saketh Myneni. Sania, who was fresh from a grand slam win, defeated top seeds Peng Hsien-yin and Chan Hao-ching of Chinese Taipei in straight sets (6-4 6-3). Sania also won the bronze medal with Prarthana Thombare in the women’s doubles. This was Saketh’s second medal too as he won the silver medal with Sanam Singh in the men’s doubles category.
6. Archery Men’s Team GOLD:
The men’s compound archery team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar fought out a close battle against higher ranked opponents South Korea in the finals. India won the gold medal by a narrow margin of 2 points (227-225). Abhishek Verma added another medal to his kitty as he also won a silver medal in the men’s individual compound event.
5. The Man With The Golden Gun-Jitu Rai:
The first Gold for India came in the opening day itself and it was Jitu Rai who made this possible. Rai, who is a soldier in the 11 Gurkha regiment of the Indian Army won the gold medal in the 50 m pistol and bronze in the 10 m air pistol. 2014 has been a fruitful year for the shooter as he completed the triple of winning gold medals at the ISSF World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.
4.Yogeshwar Dutt- A Class Act:
Yogeshwar Dutt shot to fame after winning the bronze at the London Olympics. He has been in good form since then. The top Indian grappler decided to skip the World Championships in order to prepare for the Asian Games. This worked well for him as he didn’t disappoint his fans and went on to win another gold medal for India. Yogeshwar participated in the men’s 65 KG Freestyle event and defeated Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan in the gold medal match.
3. The Kabaddi Double Gold:
The men’s and the women’s kabaddi teams both won gold medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. This feat was achieved for the second time in a row. Both teams were dominant throughout the tournament as they emerged table toppers in the league stage. The women’s team defeated Iran 31-21 while the men also faced the same nation as opponents. In an intense Men’s final encounter, it was the Indian’s who prevailed as they edged past Iran 27-25 and went on to win their 7th straight Gold medal at the Asiad.
2.Magnificent Mary Does It For India Once Again:
Five time world champion MC Mary Kom was in great form and looked unbeatable throughout the tournament. In the final bout of the women’s 51 KG category, Mary defeated Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan 2-0. The 31 year old, who is a mother of three registered yet another inspiring win and continues to show her evergreen qualities when she fights for India.
1.The Kings Of Asian Hockey- Team India
The Indian men’s hockey team waited for 16 long years to get their much deserved Gold medal. Team India defeated Pakistan via penalty shootout 4-2 in the final and ensured themselves a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The women’s team also performed well and won the bronze medal. Both the teams improved on their performances in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou