After a successful Commonwealth Games, in which India secured 66 medals, expectations have been high for India in Asia’s biggest multi-sport event. While some of the performances have shined, quite a few have led to record-shattering efforts. Following are the Indian records at the 2018 Asian Games.
The Indian men’s hockey team stole the spotlight when they bettered their 86-year-old record to maul Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match of the Asian Games. The result eclipsed the previous best of 24-1 which India had registered against USA at the 1932 Olympics. The measure of India’s dominance can be gauged from the fact that with seven minutes remaining they decided to withdraw the goalkeeper off the field.
The women’s hockey team could have etched their names in history books as well but missed the chance by one goal. This was after they beat Kazakhstan 21-0 with the record standing at 22-0 against Hong Kong at the 1982 Asian Games.
India beat China 1-0 to enter the women’s hockey final for the first time since 1998 #AsianGames.
In swimming, 26-year-old Virdhawal Khade broke the men’s 50m freestyle national record with his efforts in the same category at the 2018 Asian Games. Khade clocked 24.09s to top Heat 2 and was placed fifth overall. The effort was better than his own nine-year-old national record which was set with a time of 24.14 at the Asian Championship at Foshan, China in 2009. A day later, in 50m butterfly, Khade clocked 24.09 seconds to top Heat 2, bettering his own nine-year-old national record of 24.14 set at the Asian Championship at Foshan, China.
Srihari Nataraj broke records in three events in two days. He set national records in 50m backstroke (26.19) and 100m backstroke (55.86). Day later, in 200m backstroke, he set time of 2:02.97 in the heats to break own national record. In the finals, he improved on that with 2:02.83 but it wasn’t enough for a medal.
Some races break your heart . Some races act as kerosene to burn the fire in you even more . #asiangames2018 thank you for making me want to work harder and get faster .#cantstopwontstop ! Back to the grind now 🏊🤘 pic.twitter.com/8wMRItaxNW
— Virdhawal Khade OLY (@virdhawalkhade) August 23, 2018
In shooting that India saw records being broken at will. 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary bagged gold in 10m air pistol finals at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. With this win, he becomes the fifth Indian shooter to win gold in the Asian Games. Enroute to his feat, Saurabh set a record in the Asian games by scoring 10.2 and 10.4.
Manu Bhaker also broke the qualification games record en route to Women’s 25m Pistol final. The 16-year-old shot a total score of 593, finishing first in qualification and breaking the record. She eclipsed the feat of Chen Ying of China, who shot 592 in the Busan Asian Games, in 2002. However, the teenager fell just one point short of the Asian and World Record (594 by Tao Luna from China).
Elsewhere, Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian female shooter to win gold at Asian Games. Her score of 34 in the finals is a joint Asian Games record.
Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian female wrestler to strike gold in Asian Games history. After suffering heartbreak at the Olympics, Vinesh has proven herself on the mat at the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year and now at the Asian Games. Competing in the 50kg freestyle category, Vinesh beat Japan’s Yuki Irie in the gold medal match. She created history with the scoreline in the final reading 6-2 in favour of the Indian.
Manjit Singh clinched gold while Jinson Johnson took silver in men’s 800m. This is the first time that India have got a one-two finish at the Asian Games since the inaugural edition in 1951 when Kulwant Singh won silver and Ranjit Singh won gold.
In her Asian Games debut, Hima Das clocked 51.00 in the 400m Heats to break the national record set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05 seconds) in 2004. A day later, in the finals, she bettered it by registering time of 50.79 seconds in the finals. But it was only good to get her a silver medal.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor became India’s first gold medallist in the track and field events when he won the men’s shotput gold with a Games record of 20.75m on Saturday. He also shattered the national record of 20.65m set by Om Prakash Singh on May 12, 2012.
Neeraj Chopra won a historic gold medal in javelin throw by breaking his own national record (88.06m) and became only the second Indian after Milkha Singh (1958) to win Gold Medals at the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the same year.
Dharun Ayyasamy improved on his own national record (49.45 seconds) in 400m hurdles set in March at the Federation Cup. He eclipsed that number with 48.96 seconds and took silver at the Asian Games.
Arpinder Singh is the first Indian to win a gold in triple jump since 1970. Swapna Barman became the first Indian heptathlete to win Asiad gold. Dutee Chand joins the likes of PT Usha in winning more than one medal at Asian Games.
Jinson Johnson won gold in the men’s 1500m at the 2018 Asian Games and became the first Indian athelete to win the yellow metal in this event after 56 years. Mohinder Singh’s achieved the feat at the 1962 Games.
Boxer Amit Panghal was the star of day 14 with a gritty performance to stun the reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov and become only the eighth Indian boxer ever to claim a gold medal at the Asian Game.