Asian Games 2018 Medal Tally, Points Table: India recorded their highest ever medal haul at the 18th edition of Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia. India won a total of 69 medals, which included 15 golds. The men’s hockey team who were considered favorites to bring gold had to settle with bronze. They defeated arch-rival Pakistan 2-1 in the bronze medal match.
Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold at the Asian Games in men’s javelin throw event. India also won its first medal (bronze) in the table tennis event at this edition of Asian Games.
India opened their medal tally on Day 1 of the Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar finished third in the Mixed Team Rifle event. Later in the day, Bajrang Punia earned India’s first gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category.
On Day 2, Deepak Kumar won silver in 10m Air Rifle event. Lakshay Sheoran, making his Games debut, helped India secure its second medal of the day. The 19-year-old shooter bagged a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games Men’s Trap event. Vinesh Phogat added the second gold to India’s tally, making her the first Indian woman wrestler to earn a gold medal at Asian Games.
On Day 3, Sanjeev Rajput opened India’s account by winning a silver medal in men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. India also got its first shooting gold, in the form of 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary in 10m Air Pistol. In the same event, Abhishek Verma bagged a bronze medal with a score of 219.3. The relatively unknown sport of Sepak Takraw saw India win bronze. Wrestler Divya Kakran later won bronze in 68kg wrestling.
Rahi Sarnobat gave India their first medal on Day 4. She bagged a gold medal in the Women’s 25m Pistol Event. In Wushu, India managed to secure four bronze medals. Roshibina Devi lost 1-0 in her semifinal bout against China’s Cai Yingying. Santosh Kumar lost to Vietnam’s Bui in 56kg category semifinals. Surya Singh, who was injured midway during his bout, lost 2-0 to Iranian opponent Erfan in the 60 kg category. Narender Grewal also lost his semifinal bout against Iran’s Zafari in the 65 kg category.
On Day 5, 15-year old Shardul Vihan earned India a silver medal in Men’s Double Trap Final with a shot of 73. Tennis player Ankita Raina settled for bronze in women’s singles. It was a heartbreak for India as the men’s kabaddi team, who have never returned back from Asian Games without gold, had to settle for bronze.
Day 6 saw India win three medals in rowing – gold in quadruple sculls for a team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Sukhmeet Singh and Om Prakash, bronze in lightweight single sculls for Dushyant Chauhan and bronze for Bhagwan Singh and Rohit Kumar in men’s lightweight double sculls. Thereafter, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis event. Moments after, Heena Sidhu won bronze in 10m Air Pistol. Like the men’s kabaddi team, the women too lost to Iran and took home the silver after consecutive gold medal finishes. Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost to Denis Istomin in tennis men’s singles semi-finals and won a bronze for India’s 25th medal at the Games.
On Day 7, squash players picked up three bronze medals. Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal stood third on the podium. Tajinderpal Singh Toor won gold in the men’s shot put with a 20.75m throw.
Day 8 saw India winning their first individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982. Fouaad Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30. Later, Hima Das broke the national record she set on Day 7 to win silver in the women’s 400m. Muhammad Anas won silver in the men’s 400m and while Dutee Chand won silver in women’s 100m. India also won two bronze medals in bridge.
Day 9: Saina Nehwal won bronze medal by going down to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinal. India won its eleventh silver medal in the form of Dharun Ayyasamy in the Men’s 400m hurdles event. He smashed the national record with a time of 48.96 seconds. Sudha Singh won a silver medal in the Women’s 3000m steeplechase. Neena Varakil bagged a silver medal in women’s long jump event.
Neeraj Chopra bagged a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event. He became the first Indian to win a gold at the Asian Games in this event and also smashed his own national record with a 88.06m throw.
Day 10: Both men and the women compound archery teams won silver medals in their respective finals. In badminton, PV Sindhu yet again failed in the finals as she had to settle with a silver medal. India men’s table tennis team picked up the bronze – first for India in Asian Games.
Pincky Balhara won a silver medal in the 52kg category Kurash event. In the same event in the men’s category, Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav bagged a bronze medal for India. Manjit Singh gave India its first gold of the day after he finished first in men’s 800m. He was followed by Jinson Johnson, who secured a silver medal in the same event. India finished second and secured a silver medal in the 4x400m mixed relay event. Mohammad Anas, Hima Das, Rajiv Arokia and Poovamma Raju represented India in the event.
Day 11: Swapna Barman and Arpinder Singh were the standout performers on Day 11 of the Asian Games. Dutee Chand won her second medal of the Asian Games. Table tennis pair Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra won bronze; India’s second medal in the table tennis event.
Day 12: Jinson Johnson followed up his 800m silver with a 1500m gold while the women’s 4x400m relay team won bronze to square off the Athletics events on Wednesday. India have won a total of 19 medals in athletics and that includes seven gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze. India’s medal tally at the Asian Games now stands at 59. This is more than India’s previous highest of 57 which had come in the 1982 Asiad in New Delhi.
Day 13: Boxer Vikas Krishan secured a bronze medal for India in Men’s 75kg Boxing category. During his bout against Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan, Krishan was declared medically unfit to compete further in the semifinal match. In sailing, India secured three medals. Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar clinched silver medal in the 49er FX Women sailing event, while Varun Ashok Thakkar and KC Ganpati won bronze in 49er sailing event. Harshita Tomar claimed bronze in the Open Laser 4.7.
Indian men’s squash team settled for a bronze medal. The Indian women hockey team had to be content with silver medal as it lost the final match against Japan 2-1.
Day 14: India won four medals, including two golds. The bridge team comprising Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won a gold medal in their respective event. Amit Panghal also delivered India its only gold in boxing. The women’s squash team secured silver medal and the men’s hockey team who were considered favourites to deliver gold to India had to be content with bronze.
Here is the updated medal tally and standings so far:
The Asian Games began in Indonesia with a beautiful opening ceremony on August 18. The tournament will go on till September 2.