Not only the gold but the performance has made me assured that I can do better. Winning an Asian Games gold is my next target," said the year-old Haryana athlete. So, it will a tough competition in the Asian Games and it will not be easy," said Neeraj, who is targetting 90m before the Tokyo Olympics.
India's Chitra unnikrishnan Palakeezh displays her gold medal for the women's meters race final the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Image: AP. Image: Reuters.
Qatar were head and shoulder above the visitors when it came to possession and chances created, but the Indians defended bravely and resolutely to keep the Asian champions at bay for the full 90 minutes. When the Indian backline failed, stand-in captain Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, under the bar, was at hand to keep the Qatari attacks one after the other away from the Indian goal with a string of stunning reflex saves. Gurpreet had his near post covered when the Al Sadd attacker fired in a powerful shot in the 10th minute.
If one were to go solely by the medal count, the Indian performance in the just-concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Doha was satisfactory. If, on the other hand, you were to look at the long-term prospects of Indian athletics or the expectations raised in the post-Asian Games phase, it was not. A haul of 17 medals including three gold looks impressive.
South Korea did not participate, however, due to the Korean War, which had started the previous year and would last until Politics were playing a big part behind the scenes as, succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and China, the Indonesian Government refused to issue visas to the delegations from Israel and Taiwan. Taiwan and Israel returned to the Games and a total number of 1, athletes from 16 countries were involved in the event.
Women made a big leap and are at par with the men in the medal count at the Asian Games in Incheon. Simple addition suggests a climbdown: We won 65 medals at the Doha Asian Games inand we logged 57 at Incheon. Delve deeper into those numbers, and two things stand out—women have moved up substantially in the medal tally in the last decade and now have an almost even share of medals as men; and India has maintained its overall standard in those disciplines in which the Asian Games offers world-class, almost Olympic level competition.
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It is always a proud moment for the country and its citizens when our athletes participate and perform well on international soil. The moment becomes extra special when our female athletes bag the top-most accolades. Her only aim was to secure a position for herself on the podium.
Naser swept the gold medals in every event is entered, winning a total of four. On Day 4 she was victorious in the m with a new Championships record of Naser took the baton way back in fourth place trailing some 20m behind, nevertheless she managed to anchor her team to the gold medal position powering past India, Japan and Sri Lanka in the end.
India with 17 medals 3 Gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze finished fourth in the tournament. The four-day event saw participation from 63 nations across the world. Bahrain topped the tally with 11 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, followed by China with 10 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze and then Japan with 5 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze.