Indian athletes at the 2018 Asian Games, being held across the two cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, had a decent outing on the medals front as India added five medals to their tally to make it 41 medals in total (8 Gold, 13 Silver, and 20 Bronze) on Day 9 of the mega sporting event. Four medals came in the Athletics category (Track and Field) and one bronze medal was won in Women’s singles badminton as Saina Nehwal lost her semi-final match against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.
The Athletics contingent were the standout performers on the day as they continued their good run of form since the past few days. Neeraj Chopra was the star of the day for India as he won the gold medal in the Javelin throw, becoming the first ever Indian to win the top prize in Javelin at the Asian Games.
His winning throw was 88.06 metres, which was his personal best and is the new national record as well. Neeraj was so dominant that the top four throws of the event all belonged to him. He became the first Indian athlete after running legend Milkha Singh to win the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals in the same year.
Dharun Ayyasamy also managed to better the national record in Men’s 400 metres hurdles event when he won the silver medal with a timing of 48.96 seconds. Indian veteran steeplechaser Sudha Singh was on the podium again at the Asian Games as she finished with a silver medal. The final athletics medal was won by Neena Varakil, who won the silver medal in Women’s long jump event with a jump of 6.51 metres. This capped off another successful day for Indian athletics at the Asian Games this year.
Saina Nehwal lost out on her chance to better her podium position as she was defeated by Chinese Taipei’s World No. 1 shuttler Tai Tzu Ying in straight games. Despite the loss, Nehwal is assured of a bronze medal finish, which means she gets her first individual medal at the Asian Games.