The games saw India create new national records, register some firsts – first medal in sepaktakraw, Rahi Sarnobat became first Indian woman to win Asian Games gold in shooting and Vinesh Phogat became first Indian woman to win gold in wrestling.
The games got underway with Neeraj Chopra as the flag bearer at the opening ceremony, Ravi Kumar/Apurvi Chandela winning the first medal, India men’s hockey team the last and culminates on 2 September with Rani Rampal as the flag bearer at the closing ceremony.
India put up a spirited show in athletics. Neeraj Chopra and Swapna Barman’s gold medals in javelin throw and heptathlon went alongside India’s continued dominance in women’s team relay (gold). Jinsons Johnson winning gold was first 1500m medal in 20 years, Manjit Singh’s 800m gold was after 32 years and Arpinder Singh’s triple jump gold came after 48 years.
Archery saw India winning just two silver medals. In Compound Archery, Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma, the India Men’s team comprising of failed to grab the yellow metal after a rare stroke of bad luck. India Women’s Team won silver in Compound Archery.
Badminton campaign for India at the Asian Gamessaw two female shuttlers – PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal – securing a medal each in the individual event. In Asian Games, just won two medals with Amit Panghal winning the yellow metal. His gold medal, in the 49kg category, achieved India’s milestone for best-ever medal count at Asian Games.
India men's hockey team at the Asian Games India men’s hockey team bagged a bronze medal after beating Pakistan. Indian women's managed silver medal. India’s biggest disappointment at the Asian Games 2018 came in Kabaddi.
They suffered a 27-17 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in the semifinal match and had to settle for the Bronzebmedal. India Women’s team also failed to grab the gold and had to settle for a silver medal after losing 27-24 against Iran.
Rowing served India a mixed bag. Rowers bounced back on the final day of the sport to secure a Gold and two Bronze medals. While Dushyant won the Bronze in Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls, Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh won the same prize in Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls. The team of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh also secured the Gold in Men’s Quadruple Sculls.
India delivered a strong performance in Shooting with a total of 10 medals to the tally. There were a number of big surprises for India in the sport at the Games with teenagers Saurabh Chaudhary and Shardul Vihan making big strides.
Asian Games 2018 Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal won bronze in Mixed Team event. In tennis, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the Asian Games men’s doubles gold medal with a win in straight sets.
Another big disappointment for India were the weightlifters. Our weightlifters failed to win a single medal. Bajrang Punia won gold in freestyle wrestling (65kg) defeating Japan’s Daichi Takatani. In Bridge, Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won gold.
Rahi Sarnobat (Shooting), VineshPhogat (Wrestling), Neeraj Chopra (Javelin), Swampa Barman (Heptathlon), Jinsons Johnson(1500m).
Hockey, Kabadi, Sushil Kumar (Wrestling), Sathish Sivalingam (Weightlifting)