75 years of independence, 75 iconic moments from Indian sports: No. 23 - India's athletics gold rush at the 2018 Asian Games

Published:Mar 9, 202409:28
75 years of independence, 75 iconic moments from Indian sports: No. 23 - India's athletics gold rush at the 2018 Asian Games

India will full 75 years of Independence this yr. Here's a collection acknowledging 75 nice sporting achievements by Indian athletes. Sportstar will current one iconic sporting achievement every day, main as much as August 15, 2022. 

Document medal haul for India, athletics contingent  

India registered its highest-ever medal haul on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta and Palembang, profitable 70 medals throughout disciplines – 16 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze. This was additionally India’s highest gold-medal tally on the Video games, with athletics incomes the nation eight gold medals, 9 silver and three bronze.

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Tajinderpal wins shot put gold, units Asian Video games document  

Shot put thrower Tajinderpal Singh Toor clinched the gold medal and set a brand new Video games document with a throw of 20.75m on the 2018 Asian Video games on August 25, 2018. 

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Tajinderpal started because the favorite and his opening effort of 19.96m was sufficient to present him the gold. However he did higher in two extra rounds, together with his fifth throw of 20.75m breaking the Video games document of Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) set in 2010. That additionally noticed him break Om Prakash Singh’s nationwide mark (20.69m, 2012).

Gold medallist Tajinderpal Singh Toor on the rostrum after the lads's shot put occasion on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta on August 25, 2018.   -  REUTERS


Dutee luggage silver in ladies’s 100m, 200m  

Dutee Chand gained the silver within the 200m sprint on August 29, 2018 on the 2018 Asian Video games and joined her illustrious compatriots similar to PT Usha within the listing of athletes who've gained a couple of medal in a single version.

She crossed the ending line in 23.20 seconds.  

Three days earlier, on August 26, Dutee had clinched the silver within the ladies’s 100m to win the nation’s first medal in 20 years within the occasion. 

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Dutee clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad under her then nationwide document of 11.29 seconds. Dutee would go on to higher her nationwide document with a time of 11.17 seconds on the Indian Grand Prix 4 at Patiala in 2021.  

The sprinter from Odisha was collaborating in her first Asian Video games as she missed the 2014 Asian and Commonwealth Video games owing to a ban in 2014-15 below the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism coverage.  

She later fought and gained a case towards this coverage on the Court docket of Arbitration for Sports activities.

Dutee Chand (second proper) runs to the end line within the ladies's 200m semifinal throughout the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta on August 28, 2018.   -  AP


Dharun takes silver in males’s 400m hurdles  

Athletics continued to swell India’s medal tally on the 2018 Asian Video games as Dharun Ayyasamy clinched the silver in males’s 400m hurdles in nationwide document time on August 27, 2018.  

Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his personal nationwide document (49.45s).  

It was India’s first medal within the occasion since Joseph Abraham gained a gold in 2010.  

Ayyasamy would higher his nationwide document with a timing of 48.80s on the Federation Cup on March 16, 2019. 

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Manjit upstages Jinson for males’s 800m gold  

Manjit Singh upstaged pre-race favorite and compatriot Jinson Johson to win gold within the males’s 800m occasion in a 1-2 end for India on August 28, 2018 on the Asian Video games.  

The then 28-year-old ran his private greatest time of 1:46.15 seconds to win his first main worldwide medal. 

Jinson, who smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m nationwide document in June throughout the Nationwide Inter-State Athletics Championships in 2018, completed second in 1:46.35 seconds. He holds the nationwide document with a time of 1:45.65 seconds. 

Gold medallist Manjit Singh (left) and silver medallist Jinson Johnson throughout the medal ceremony on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta-Palembang on August 28, 2018.   -  PTI


Jinson settles scores with gold in 1500m occasion  

Jinson Johnson claimed the gold medal within the males’s 1500m occasion on the 2018 Asian Video games on August 30, 2018. Manjit Singh, the 800m champion two days earlier, completed fourth with a timing of three:46.57s. Johnson clocked 3:44.72s to assert the highest honours.

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The Kerala runner set the 1500m nationwide document a yr afterward September 1 2019 on the ISTAF Berlin occasion, clocking 3:35.24s for the silver and bettering his personal NR of three:37.62s.  

Neeraj turns into first Indian to win javelin gold  

Neeraj Chopra grew to become the primary Indian javelin-thrower to win an Asian Video games gold medal as he shattered his personal nationwide document (87.43m) by clearing a distance of 88.06m on August 27, 2018.  

Chopra’s gold is just the second medal India has gained in javelin throw on the Asian Video games after Gurtej Singh gained the bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.

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The then 20-year-old’s profitable throw got here in his third try. He started with 83.46m and fouled the second try. 

Chopra, who scripted historical past by giving unbiased India its first athletics medal on the Olympics in Tokyo 2020, set a brand new nationwide document on the Paavo Nurmi Video games this month with a throw of 89.30m. 

A 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra throughout the males's javelin throw occasion on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018.   -  PTI


Arpinder leaps to triple bounce gold  

Arpinder Singh clinched India’s first males’s triple bounce gold in 48 years on the 2018 Asian Video games on August 29, 2018.  

He produced his greatest bounce of 16.77 in his third try, nicely under his private better of 17.17m achieved on the 2014 Nationwide Inter-State Championships in Lucknow. 

India’s final Asian Video games gold medalist in males’s triple bounce was Mohinder Singh Gill in 1970.  

Swapna – India's first heptathlon champion at Asian Video games  

Swapna Barman created historical past by changing into the primary Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Video games gold on August 29, 2018.  

Barman, born with six toes on every foot, achieved the feat regardless of a toothache. The then 21-year-old logged 6026 factors from the seven occasions competed over two days.

En path to the title, she gained the excessive bounce (1003 factors) and javelin throw (872 factors) occasions and completed second-best in shot put (707 factors) and lengthy bounce (865 factors). Her weakest occasions had been 100m (981 factors, fifth place) and 200m during which she completed seventh with 790 factors. She completed fourth within the 800m run – the final of the seven-event competitors.

Gold medallist Swapna Barman celebrates throughout the medal ceremony for the ladies's heptathlon on the 2018 Asian Video games on August 30, 2018 in Jakarta.   -  GETTY IMAGES


Fifth consecutive gold for girls's 4x400m relay group

India's 4x400m ladies's relay group clinched its fifth consecutive gold medal on the Asian Video games on August 30, 2018.

The ladies’s quartet of Hima Das, M.R. Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth clocked 3 minutes and 28.72 seconds to assert the gold.

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Bahrain (3:30.61s) and Vietnam (3:33.23s) took the silver and bronze, respectively.

India has been bagging the highest honour within the occasion because the 2002 Asian Video games in Busan.

Combined relay group's 4x400m silver upgraded to gold

The Indian 4x400 blended relay group had gained the silver on the 2018 Asian Video games on August 30, 2018, however the medal was later upgraded to gold in July 2020 after Bahrain was disqualified with Kemi Adekoya being handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for failing a dope check.

The quartet of Mohammed Anas, M.R. Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv had completed second behind Bahrain with a timing of three:15.7s within the occasion, which was launched on the 2018 Video games.

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