Continuing their sensational show, India on Saturday scripted history by breaching the 100 medal mark at the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
It was the Indian women’s kabaddi team, which secured a gold medal with their thrilling 26-25 win against Chinese Taipei in the final and helped the country achieve its target of surpassing 100 medals for the first time in the history of Asian Games.
With this, India became only the fourth nation to achieve the historic feat at the continental meet. The Indian contingent have won 26 gold, 35 silver and 40 bronze medals at Hangzhou, so far.
After their 34-34 tie in their campaign opener between the two teams, the women’s kabaddi final was also a closely contested encounter. Chinese Taipei inflicted an all-out on the Indian team in the second half, however, India outscored them in the raiding department to finish at the top of the podium.
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— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 7, 2023
It was India’s third women’s kabaddi title at the continental meet while Chinese Taipei upgraded their 2018 bronze to silver at Hangzhou.
In their one of the grandest campaigns in the history of Asian Games, India are all set to add more medals to their tally as the multi-sports are moving towards the end.
Later, India’s charismatic duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy clinched the badminton men’s doubles gold medal. They beat Korea’s Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho 21-18, 21-16 to win India’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games.
This was Chirag-Satwik’s fifth title of the year, following wins at the Swiss Open, Asia Championships, Indonesia Open and Korea Open.
The 19th Asian Games saw a 655-member strong Indian contingent in action in 41 disciplines at 56 venues, in and around Hangzhou.