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India Finish Incheon Asian Games with Reduced Medal Tally
Oct 06, 2014

The medal count went down but Indian sports still had lots to celebrate with the men's hockey team coming good after a long time to strike gold even as the legend of M.C. Mary Kom got bigger in a mixed Asian Games campaign for the country's athletes in Incheon, South Korea.

Pistol shooter Jitu Rai and freestyle grappler Yogeshwar Dutt were among the other heroes of the Games.  India secured 11 gold medals, three fewer than what they collected in Guangzhou, China four years ago, 10 silver (including the upgraded one of Manju Bala in women's hammer) and 36 bronze for a total haul of 57. Four of those gold medals came in athletics (two) and kabaddi (two) while archery, boxing, hockey, shooting, squash, tennis and wrestling accounted for the rest. 

The gold medal haul also placed India in the eighth position on the medals table, two ranks below where they had finished in China. In 2010, where the country's Asian Games preparations had started earnestly with the immediately preceding Commonwealth Games hosted in New Delhi, the break-up of 65 medals won was 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze earning India the sixth spot on the medals rostrum. A total number of 609 competitors piloted the country to a two-and-a-half-decade-high spot out of 45 countries and regions. 

At the end of all competitions in this edition of the Asian Games, the 541-strong Indian sporting contingent has once again secured the top 10 place out of the same number of nations and regions.

Asian Hockey Pride: India's men's hockey squad led by Sardar Singh brought immeasurable joy by reclaiming the gold via the penalty shoot-out in a nail-biting and action packed final against arch-foes Pakistan. 

India won the shoot-out 4-2 after the South Asian rivals were level 1-1 at the end of the four quarters, a new concept introduced in world hockey in Incheon. The well-coveted triumph also piloted India directly into the Rio Olympic Games competition without the trouble of going through the slippery qualifiers. 

It was also for the first time since 1966 that India emerged winner in the high-pressure Games final against Pakistan. Their previous encounter at this stage in the 1982 Delhi Games had gone comprehensively in Pakistan's favour. 

Gold Medal Winners for India

  • Jitu Rai: Men's 50 metres pistol shooting.

  • Sandeep Kumar, Raijat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma: Men’s Archery Team-Compound.

  • Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Kush Kumar and Mahesh Manaonkar: Men’s Squash Team event.

  • Yogeshwar Dutt: Men's Freestyle Wrestling 65 kg.

  • Seema Punia:  Women's Discus Throw.

  • Saketh Myneni & Sania Mirza: Tennis Mixed Doubles.

  • M.C. Mary Com: Women's Boxing Flyweight 48-51 kg.

  • Men’s Hockey Team: Defeated Pakistan

  • M.R. Poovamma, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and Priyanka Panwar: Women’s 4x400 Metres Relay

  • Women’s Kabaddi Team: Defeated Iran

  • Men’s Kabbadi Team: Defeated Iran


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