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Avinash Sable: Once a mason in Beed, now a Golden steeplechaser

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 50 Number of athletes who come from families with annual income less than Rs 50,000 Avinash Sable, 29, worked as a mason in drought-prone Mandwa, a village in Beed district, after an academy in Aurangabad weeded him out as coaches there didn’t think he had a future as a distance runner. The 12-year-old was spotted by scouts of a state-government scheme but his career had hit a roadblock. Once he finished school, Sable worked for just Rs 100 a day and seemed destined to spend the rest of his life in Mandwa. His fortunes changed when ...
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Bareilly girl Khushbu takes up Malaysian sport, wins medal, gets Army job

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those.* 9 girls from low income, low education families availed basic SAI facilities and could change lives and augment family income. At the age of 14, Khushbu saw a few boys playing sepaktakraw – a popular sport in Malaysia – at Bareilly’s Major Dhyanchand Stadium SAI centre. At first, she thought the sport was a different version of volleyball. She would ask her father, Gopal, a home guard by profession who was posted at the stadium, about the sport. “There is a sports hostel at the stadium, and only boys from the north east region used to...
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Painful shift to new home brought joy to Arjun Singh

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. *98 Number of athletes who had access to academies to take their first step Nothing covers India better than the monsoon and the railways. Sporting academies would perhaps come next—not modern or state-of-the-art as those in urban centres or state-run, but those enough to ignite the fire and shape the early days of an athlete. Like the canoeing and kayaking academies in Roorkee, an industrial town founded by the British to produce spare parts for ships, on the banks of Ganges Canal in the 19th century, 30km from Haridwar. It’s where Ar...
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Until they joined Army, sports was not on the minds of these winners

[ad_1] An Express Investigation: For the last couple of months, 15 reporters gathered data about all of India’s Asian Games medallists in Hangzhou. The analysis provided a few clear-cut trends and some fascinating journeys of athletes that highlight those. * 20: Number of medallists who are from Army backgrounds. Most took up a sport only after recruitment Before he enlisted in the Indian army in 2016, Arvind Singh had never heard of the sport of rowing. At the Hangzhou Asian Games, the 27-year-old Arvind combined with Arjun Lal Jat to bring home a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls event. “I joined the army in 2016, following in my elder brother’s footsteps. Back then, I had never heard of the sport, let alone try it back home. When I enlisted in the army, a coach noticed my...
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Back story: more resources, better reach, help from unsung mentors

[ad_1] India’s tally at the 2002 Asian Games was 36 medals. In 2014, that count climbed to 57. And 2023 saw the giant leap, as the century barrier was broken. What explains this three-fold surge? The answer lies in the stories of 256 Hangzhou medallists.The Indian Express investigation threw up a series of telling numbers. Take two: Around 65 per cent of the medallists are from families with less than Rs 5 lakh income per annum and 33 per cent were born and raised in rural India. That they are making it to the podium underlines the significant strides in last-mile connectivity in the sporting ecosystem under which funds and technical support are reaching the athletes timely and efficiently. From government policies, like the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), to key timely interventio...
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With 111 medals, India finish with best-ever show at Asian Para Games

[ad_1] India’s best-ever campaign at the 4th edition Asian Para Games ended with a total of 111 medals on Saturday, marking an end to a historic few weeks in Hangzhou. Earlier at the 19th Asian Games, India had finished with a total of 107 medals, also the country’s best-ever tally. India’s final count at the Para Asiad was 29 gold, 31 silver, 51 bronze and they finished fifth behind China, Iran, Japan and Korea. India had won 14 medals at the 2010 edition, 33 in 2014 and 72 in 2018. In Guangzhou at the inaugural edition, India had won 1 gold while that number went up to 15 in Indonesia. In Jakarta, India finished 9th overall in the medals tally. Over the six days of medal events, India’s track & field contingent accounted for 55 out of the 111 medals. The next best contribution came...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 1: Avani Lekhara, track and field athletes shine as India win 17 medals

[ad_1] India had won 14 medals at the 2010 edition, 33 in 2014 and 72 in 2018. In Guangzhou at the inaugural edition, India had won 1 gold while that number went up to 15 in Indonesia. In Jakarta, India finished 9th overall in the medals tally. Historically, much like the Asian Games, track and field have contributed most to the India medal tally at the Asian Para Games. Before the 2023 edition, India had won a total of 119 medals and 60 of those came from athletics. — On day one of medal events at the fourth edition of Asian Para Games, Tokyo Paralympics champion was among the gold medallists while track and field expectedly contributed handsomely to India’s tally. Indian contingent brought home a total of 17 medals on day one and are placed fourth on the table. Most Read 1 ...
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‘Winning world medals in distance-running is not easy, but with right thinking, training, it is possible’

[ad_1] Parul Chaudhary talks about the overwhelming reception she received after winning gold in 5000m, and Avinash Sable offers insights into the challenges of steeplechase. The Asian Games medallists speak about the warm bond they share. This Idea Exchange was moderated by Associate Editor Nihal Koshie.Nihal Koshie: Both of you train together in Colorado Springs (USA). How satisfied are you after winning two medals each? Parul Chaudhary (PC): We felt good about winning the two medals. We train hard — two to three hours in the morning and evening. Our events require speed, endurance and strength. We have to put in a lot of effort to maintain all three. I had a good performance at the World Athletics Championships and also qualified for the Olympics. Avinash Sable (AS): There were ups an...
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How squash helped Abhay Singh drop 26 kilos in a year as a teen, and propelled him to stardom after Asian Games

[ad_1] Despite the towering glass walls of the cage surrounding him, Abhay Singh managed to deposit his racquet into the crowd with an almighty heave. In the days since that moment — which sealed the men’s squash team’s gold medal at the recently-concluded Asian Games with a win over Pakistan — Abhay has replayed it a fair few times courtesy of clips on the internet.He admits now that he cannot remember too much of what happened during that adrenaline-soaked, testy final against Noor Zaman. “I lost myself (in that moment) which is why I chucked my racquet into the crowd. I didn’t know what was happening. I was really feeling a lot of emotion. Even after everything had settled there was too much going on. So many emotions,” Abhay recollected to The Indian Express on a Twitter Space earlie...
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Asian Games hockey gold: Of pride and a plan coming together

[ad_1] The Indian men’s hockey team entered Asian Games as overwhelming favourites for gold, and they completed the job with just a brief hiccup in the semifinals. For coach Craig Fulton, the priority was to establish his team as the best in Asia. He did not have much time to do it, but the plans came together since he took over in May. “I think I am proud more than anything,” the South African tells this newspaper. “It’s been under 5 months really and a lot has happened in that time, first with getting to know the squad, then two rounds of Pro League, then Spain, then Asian Champions Trophy. It’s been tough. The boys have pushed really hard. And I think if you look back at all the results, it’s shown consistency that we are proud of.” One of the first things that Fulton did was bring i...
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Mihir Vasavda’s Asiad Diary from China: Missing people, Pork butts, Exotic selfies, Sleepless athletes, bargaining Indians

[ad_1] Notes, musings and memories from a fortnight in Hangzhou. Not a lot happens in the clear skies hanging over Hangzhou. Or even on the streets, for that matter. Day 1 in Hangzhou, a city home to 12 million people in a country where 1.4 billion live. But on the eve of the Games, the city resembles a ghost town. It’s a beautiful city, make no mistake, like every other place anywhere in the world with a water body. Hangzhou has the calm waters of the Qiantangjiang River flowing through the centre, the West Lake where thousands flock daily to take a boat ride and sip the famous Dragon Well tea, and the breathtaking Grand Canal that’s of high cultural significance. The architecture is breathtaking and there’s Games branding in whichever direction you look. But where are the people? Ther...
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Asian Games: Chirag Shetty summons ‘Nadal-like’ resilience to overcome illness and partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to historic badminton gold

[ad_1] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has a new name for Chirag Shetty. “Rafael Nadal,” Satwik laughs. “He never gives up. I could see it this week.”They joke about it now, nearly 30 minutes after winning the country’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games. But when they were on court, Chirag feared he’d collapse if he stood still. Or at least Mathias Boe did. Between almost every point during the final, the Danish doubles coach of the Indian pair kept reminding and urging Chirag to move around the court. “He was constantly asking me to keep moving and not stay still because I still am not physically 100 per cent,” Chirag says. But at least he was fit enough to take the court. Chirag and Satwik won India’s first-ever badminton gold medal at the Asian Games, defeating the South Kore...
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Asian Games: From 70 medals to a record 107: how and why the needle moved

[ad_1] New Delhi/Hangzhou: It was the shooters and archers who aimed their sights at the 100-plus medal target Team India had set themselves for the Hangzhou Asian Games. This, coupled with the dramatic improvement in both track and field, powered India’s sprint to a record tally of 107 medals that included 35 golds.The previous best at 2018 Jakarta — 70 medals, 16 gold — had been well and truly relegated to a distant second. At Sunday’s closing ceremony, India’s march will flag many positives: Team medals in shooting indicate a new depth of talent; gains in compound archery is good news since the event is likely to be included in the Olympics; the track-and-field domination, the mother sport, added to India’s image as a growing sporting nation. And, significantly, the badminton gold an...
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Asian Games: Jyothi Vennam, India’s archery star was once a record breaking open water swimmer

[ad_1] Hangzhou: For 15 years, Jyothi Vennam did not win much. In the last six months, she’s won ‘everything everywhere all at once’.The Oscar-winning movie’s reference isn’t merely because of the South Korean opponent she overwhelmed on a cold, wet Saturday morning. Instead, it is also to underline the stupendous rise of the 27-year-old archer. The record-breaking open water swimmer, whose archery career has been punctuated by near-misses and heartbreaks, has achieved almost everything she could – equalling the world record, winning medals at the World Cups, World Championships and now, the Asian Games. And having won everywhere – from Antalya to Paris – Hangzhou is her moment of crowning glory. The 27-year-old won a hat-trick of gold medals after demolishing South Korea’s So Chaewon 14...
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Asian Games: Satwik-Chirag become first India’s first ever Asiad gold medallists in badminton

[ad_1] They were denied at World Championships, and at Singapore and Malaysia this year. Low points they dealt with by returning to the board. But Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bounced back every single time from disappointment in 2023. And on Saturday in Hangzhou, they won a historic Asian Games gold. No Indian shuttler had ever won the Asian Games gold medal before this. Satwik-Chirag beat pedigreed Koreans Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho 21-18, 21-16, blazing with their attacking play and holding their nerve when trailing to give India its finest shuttle moment at the Asiad. The sound of the Chinese national anthem had firmed up Satwik-Chirag’s resolve to go one step better than the team event where they finished with silver. Just as the bounce-back had happened at Commonwealt...
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Asian Games 2023 Live Updates, Day 14: Jyothi Surekha Vennam bags gold for epic hat-trick, women’s kabaddi final coming up as India eye memorable finish

[ad_1] Asian Games: India breaks new ground with century of medals and highest-ever rank on tally  Indian athletes started their Hangzhou 2023 campaign trying to overhaul the record they set at Jakarta in 2018 of 70 medals. (PHOTOS: PTI) A Games replete with historic firsts, a strong return to podium in sports it had earlier missed, and memorable comebacks will end with another landmark moment – for the first time, India will breach the 100-medal mark at the Asiad. The unprecedented medal haul will also ensure India’s best-ever rank at the Asian Games in over 60 years, with fourth place behind China, Japan and South Korea now secured. On Saturday, the final day of events before Sunday’s closing ceremony, the Indian team has confirmed medals in archery (three), kabaddi (two), badminton a...
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Asian Games, badminton: Satwik-Chirag one win away from biggest title of their careers

[ad_1] The rise of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has been badminton’s equivalent of India launching its first-ever sounding rocket, that quantum jump for launch vehicles 60 years ago. This tale of the two towering shuttlers has all the trial-and-error processes, all the amateurish figuring out of what works and what doesn’t, and all the professional expertise from different countries pieced together bit by bit, to finally construct an indigenous marvel.On Saturday, Satwik-Chirag play the biggest final yet of their careers – the Asian Games summit clash, and several eyes will be glued to TV sets and mobile screens to watch if their golden dream is realised. They reached there beating the Malaysia duo of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik 21-17, 21-12. The World No. 1 chart-topping ev...
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Asian Games, wrestling: Out of touch Bajrang humiliated and embarrassed in nightmare comeback

[ad_1] The jog from the tunnel to the mat was the only time Bajrang Punia was standing on his feet. The rest of the time, he lay flat on his back. Wreathing in pain. Hurt and humiliated.You didn’t really have to look at the mat to see Bajrang struggling. His pain could be heard even from a distance. The nervous tapping of the foot against Bahrain’s Alibeg Saigidgusein Alibegov; the yelp when Iran’s Rahman Amouzadkhalili twisted his arm; the thud when he was lifted in the air and slammed on the mat; the huffing as he stormed into the changing room after his comeback ended in embarrassment. And if one did look at the mat, everything would have been magnified. The anxiety on his face when he nervously tapped his foot against the Bahraini; the pursing of his lips after the Iranian twisted hi...
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Asian Games: India at unprecedented high on medal table after archers, athletes taste gold

[ad_1] The day began with an arrow piercing the morning chill. It ended with a spear floating across the night sky. And both yielded similar results: a gold medal.The archers ensured India’s best-ever overall medal tally at the Asian Games when the compound mixed team won the gold. The athletes made sure the gold count, too, would be higher than ever before. The track and field athletes, who won seven medals on Wednesday and have a total haul of 29, took India’s medal count to 81 – 11 more than that at the 2018 Games. The 18 gold medals, too, are two more than the previous edition in Jakarta with javelin and relay providing the final push. 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐒𝐄𝐁𝐔𝐌𝐏𝐒 ❤️❤️❤️ 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲🥇🥇🥇 Witness India’s INCREDIBLE record-breaking moments as we soar higher than EVER at the Asian Games! 81 Meda...
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Asian Games: How Neeraj Chopra held his nerve despite measuring controversy to win come-from-behind gold in javelin

[ad_1] Like a bunch of horticulturists, three men bend forward, squint and pore over a damaged patch of grass.After a minute of careful analysis, one of them looks unhappy and leads the other two to a different hole a few yards away, and the sequence repeats.It’s the final night of track and field at the Asian Games. The Hangzhou Olympic Stadium is packed to its capacity. And under the big bright lights, in the middle of the sprawling field, three puzzled technical officials are trying to find the spot where Neeraj Chopra’s javelin landed. Clueless, they turn to the technical officials’ desk for assistance. But there isn’t any help forthcoming. All they see from a distance, like the tens of thousands in the stands, is an agitated Chopra wildly gesticulating at the bench and the officials...