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India’s Phenomenal Triumph: 107 Medals at Hangzhou Asian Games, Fearlessly Facing Asian Giants

India achieved a significant milestone at the Hangzhou Asian Games by securing a total of 107 medals, marking the first time the country has entered the exclusive club of nations with a three-digit medal tally. This accomplishment places India alongside sporting giants like China, Japan, and Korea, although China’s dominance with 200 gold medals remains unparalleled. Nevertheless, India has successfully overcome a psychological barrier with this achievement.

PM Modi congratulated the Indian athletes upon achieving the remarkable milestone of 100 medals, through his tweet.

The medals earned in traditional strongholds such as shooting, hockey, wrestling, and kabaddi played a pivotal role in breaking this barrier. Shooting, in particular, made a remarkable resurgence with 22 medals, including 7 golds, the highest by any participating nation. India’s shooters exhibited exceptional talent and competitiveness, often rivalling China. Athletics also stood out with 29 medals, with javelin star Neeraj Chopra’s consistent performances instilling hope of future Olympic success.

However, the ultimate evaluation of these medals is viewed through the lens of the Olympics. Compound archery, despite its dominance, is not yet an Olympic sport, prompting China to pay less attention to it. Sports like rowing and boxing contributed five medals each, but the quest for gold medals in these disciplines, along with wrestling, is an area that requires improvement leading up to the Paris Games.

In wrestling, changes were made to enhance safety for women wrestlers, and the absence of gold medals for athletes like Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia calls for introspection on the challenges within the system. Boxer Nikhat Zareen’s missed gold serves as a reminder not to become complacent. A gold opportunity was also missed in golf and badminton. However, India made history with Satwiksairaj Ranki Reddy and Chirag Shetty’s gold in men’s doubles badminton and HS Prannoy’s hard-fought bronze.

One poignant moment was Wushu athlete Roshibina Devi’s silver medal, which raised questions about the ongoing issues in Manipur and China’s visa policy affecting Arunachal’s Wushu players. Cricket’s two gold medals sparked controversy due to rain interruptions, casting doubts on the sport’s suitability in multi-sport Games.

Notably, Ayhika and Sutirtha Mukherjee’s bronze medal in table tennis doubles, defeating China, and India’s success in table tennis and badminton against strong competition signify substantial progress. India has fearlessly won medals against the might of Asian superpowers, reaffirming its growing presence in the world of sports.

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