India added five medals to their tally to take the medal count to 59 at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, improving drastically its performance from 2014. Jinson Johnson, who missed out on a gold medal in the 800 metres, won the top prize in the men’s 1500m on Thursday.
The Indian women’s team comprising Hima Das, Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad, Poovamma Raju Machettira and Vismaya Velluva Koroth won gold with a timing of 3:28.72. This was India’s fifth gold medal in a row in the women’s 4x400m relay
Apart from the two athletics gold medals, Seema Punia, men’s 4x400m relay team and Chitra Unnikrishnan also won medals to better India’s 2014 Incheon haul of 57 medals. India finished their campaign with 19 medals (7 gold, 10 silver, 2 bronze) in track and field events.
There’s a lot to look forward for today as well, with Indian athletes competing in Hockey, Boxing, Squash, Bridge, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Judo, Table Tennis, and Volleyball.
Asian Games 2018 seems to be very special for India : First Women’s Heptathlon Gold; First men’s Javelin gold; First ever women’s Badminton silver; First women’s Badminton bronze; First men’s table tennis medal; First mens 4*400 mixed relay silver; First women 4*400 mixed relay gold; First men’s Sepak Takraw medal; First women’s 25 meter rapid fire pistol gold; First women’s wrestling gold (50kg event); First Men’s Triple Jump gold in 48 years; First Men’s 800 meters gold in 36 years; First Women’s Hockey finals in 22 years and First Women’s 100 meters silver in 32 years.