India finished on the top of the medals tally at the Asian Athletics Championships ahead of China and Kazakhstan on the second and third place. Indian athletes managed to secure a total of 29 medals of which 12 were gold. This India’s by far the best performance in the Asian Championships. The previous best was right back in Jakarta in 1985 where India secured a total of 22 medals comprising of 10 gold.
The performance of the Indian athletes was notable from the first day itself. Manpreet Kaur and Govindan Lakshmanan gave India a strong start on the first day to hold the top position of the tally and the athletes did not disappoint later to lose the position even once. The major focus of the players now would be on the World Championships next month in London. All the gold winners from this competition automatically qualified for the World Championships strengthening the Indian bid on the international stage.
We take a look at all the athletes who succeeded in bringing home the yellow metal for the nation in the Asian Championships.
Manpreet Kaur: Women’s shot put
Manpreet Kaur won the first gold for India in the competition on the first day. She made an 18.28m throw to secure the penultimate position. She is currently the World no.1 rank shot putter after her 18.86m throw at the Asian Grand Prix in China this year. She is also a national record holder in the shot put and a national weightlifting champion in 75+ kg category.
“I was confident of winning the title on home soil and was mentally prepared to cross the 18m mark,” said Manpreet. “There was a bit of pressure but I settled down as the event progressed. My performance today will help me mentally gear up to face stiff challenge in the global competition,”