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Cooking-cleaning, looking after horses and stables: What went into India’s first-ever Olympic quota in Equestrian Dressage

[ad_1] Anush Agarwalla, who got India its first-ever Dressage quota in Equestrian, was once told by his German coach Hubertus Schmidt that everyone can garner sympathy; but jealousy (die missgunst in delish Deutsch) has to be earned. Schmidt, a former Olympic champion and now a highly-decorated trainer, retired as a rider in late 2023 at age 62. But his association with Anush, 24, had already been yielding results prior to his full-time shift, and finally gave India its first Olympic quota in the sport. Anush is a Kolkata lad hailing from a fairly affluent family, who went to La Martiniere, rode his first pony at Tollygunge, struggled a lot with cooking-cleaning chores after landing in Dressage hub Germany at age 17 having never lifted a plate at home. He could strop off after failure an...
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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 3: Javelin thrower Sumit Antil smashes World Record again, Ankur Dhama wins second gold as Indians bag a whopping 30 medals

[ad_1] The fourth edition of Asian Para Games officially got underway with medal events from 22 October.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. xxxxxxxx On Day 3, India got close to their best-ever tally at the Asian Para Games, raking in a total of 30 medals in Hangzhou on Wednesday. The headline belonged to Sumit Antil, the Tokyo Paralympics champion, as he broke his o...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 2: Prachi Yadav claims gold for her 2nd medal at the event as Indian athletes add 17 medals

[ad_1] The fourth edition of Asian Para Games officially got underway with medal events from 22 October. 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 2 of medal events at the fourth edition of the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, Indian athletes added 17 more medals to the tally with three gold, six silver and eight bronze medals. Prachi Yadav, who had opened India’...
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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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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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Focus on long-term growth as AIFF extends Igor Stimac’s contract by two years

[ad_1] On the back of three tournament triumphs and some stellar performances, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has extended head coach Igor Stimac’s contract by two years, until 2026, with a possibility of giving him a further two years if India make it to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.India have lost just one match in regulation time in 2023 and climbed into the top 100 of world football. AIFF secretary Shaji Prabhakaran said that with the focus on long-term growth, it was a no-brainer to extend Stimac’s contract. “Over the last 12 months, we have seen many positive results with the men’s national team, as well as with the development teams. After discussions with the Executive Committee (of AIFF), we decided that to ensure long-term growth and consistent develop...
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Neeraj Chopra on why he agreed to rethrow: ‘Other athletes were cooling down and it was getting unfair on them’

[ad_1] Neeraj Chopra retained his gold medal at the Asian Games at Hangzhou after a goof-up which forced him to retake his first throw. The incident happened because the officials had not measured his throw before the next thrower had launched his javelin. It was a bizarre moment, and after he initially protested, Neeraj agreed to throw his first attempt again. The javelin looked like it had crossed the 85m mark. His revised first attempt landed at the 82.38m mark. Neeraj eventually threw 88.88m with his fourth throw to seal the title. India’s Kishore Kumar Jena also shrugged off a wrongly awarded red flag to claim the silver medal with a throw of 87.54m. He bettered his personal best twice in the competition and also made the cut for the Paris Olympics. After winning the gold, Neera...
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Asian Games: Fired up by prospect of government job, Parul Chaudhary aces tactical race to win 5000m gold

[ad_1] Hangzhou: Collectively, they propelled India closer to her best-ever finish at the Asian Games. Individually, the two gold medallists – Parul Chaudhary and Annu Rani – were driven by their deep-lying motivations and frustrations.One was fired up by the prospect of finally landing a government job, the other was consumed by the guilt of ‘wasting’ the government’s money, slipped into depression as a consequence and nearly quit. On a nippy night when India collected half a dozen medals from track and field to take the overall tally to 69, including 15 gold, the two Indian women – both from Meerut – savoured their moments of redemption. When she came prancing out of the bend, Parul had the gold medal within her sights – and the UP Police on her mind. After running 12 gruelling laps o...
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Asian Games: Pakistan javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem pulls out due to injury, says Pakistani media

[ad_1] Pakistan’s hopes of winning its first gold medal of the Hangzhou 2023 Asian Games suffered a blow after javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem was reportedly ruled out due to injury. The javelin thrower is one of the biggest names in the Pakistani contingent, and was expected to contend for a gold medal with India’s Olympic and world champion Neeraj Chopra. However, media reports in Pakistan said that just 24 hours before he was due to compete in Hangzhou, the javelin thrower had pulled out due to a knee injury. The reports cited a statement from the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), which was attributed to the Pakistan’s chef de mission for the 2023 Asian Games. Arshad’s name though is still in the startlist for the javelin throw event. The reports, on the websites of organisations li...
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Mihir Vasavda at Asian Games: Ancy Sojan evokes Dhoni-isms after winning silver, pipping favorite Shaili

[ad_1] After the heavier stuff came the fun bit.Ancy Sojan tapped her feet and caressed her braids, joked about the days she was ‘fatty’ and described the grind to ‘look like an athlete’ again. She evoked Dhoni-isms, paraphrasing the former cricket captain’s ‘control the controllables’ mantra in which she sought solace during her lowest phases. And by the end of it all, all she wanted was to slurp an ice cream and bust some moves to Vijay’s upbeat and energetic number Na Ready. Loosely translated, the song’s essence is, ‘I am ready, are you ready for me?’ An apt choice on the night she sprang a statement-making performance. Needing a big leap in her last two attempts to consolidate her hold on the second spot, the 22-year-old from Thrissur launched strongly from the takeoff board and lan...
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Mihir Vasavda at Asian Games: How the strategy change in last game left India’s Ayhika and Sutirtha Mukherjee with a bittersweet bronze

[ad_1] The Mukherjees weren’t sure whether to be happy or sad.Ayhika managed a smile. Sutirtha was fighting back tears. Ayhika was feeling ‘surreal’. Sutirtha felt ‘it could have been better’. They lost a thriller. But won a bronze. They were conflicted and confused. The kind of state they’d left their North Korean opponents in minutes before. At 7-3 in Game 6, Cha Suyong took a step back from the table and scratched her head. The North Koreans had been away for nearly three years before they suddenly emerged at the Asian Games. And Suyong looked perplexed, probably wondering if, during their years of self-imposed exile, the sport that’s all about the blurry, hypnotising rallies and mad scrambling had transformed into a slow-burning game of attrition, where chops and blocks were more dec...
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Mihir Vasavda at Asian Games: War room where India’s shooting heist was planned

[ad_1] INDIA’S TEENAGE army of shooters continued to strike gold in Hangzhou, with 17-year-old Palak Gulia adding a sixth gold medal to the country’s kitty on Friday. The seed of this golden harvest, after the medal famine at the last two Olympics, were sown in a tiny room in Delhi’s Tughlakabad.In a cramped space, TV monitors and projectors are used to recreate the look and feel of a competition range and simulate match situations, and hi-tech devices attached to a shooter’s body analyse every muscle twitch, activities of the brain cells, pulse rate and breathing patterns. “It helps us find our most balanced state. I had a lot of sessions there,” said Palak, the surprise winner of the 10m air pistol gold medal. “That helped a lot,” said 19-year-old Esha Singh, who won four medals in the...
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Asian Games, badminton: PV Sindhu says she ‘made a lot of errors’ after loss to Pornpawee Chochuwong

[ad_1] PV Sindhu was once again stifled into submission after her attack came undone after the opening set, and she had no retort to a resilient opponent. Playing Pornpawee Chochuwong in the opening singles of the Asian Games team event quarterfinals, fighting for a medal, Sindhu went down 21-14, 15-21, 14-21 as India lost the tie 3-0 atat Binjiang Gymnasium on Friday. Sindhu took a lead winning 21-14 in the opener, but her suspect endurance over the past year has meant she is prone to taking the foot off the pedal and it tends to go all downhill from there. She would once more be gobsmacked after pocketing the first. “I was in control in the first game and in the second game it was 4-4 and then suddenly I’ve given her the lead and by the time I recovered it was too late,” she would adm...
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Asian Games: Two brothers win shooting gold medals; Shiva in Hangzhou, Manish at Para Shooting World Championships in Lima

[ad_1] Dilbaugh Singh Narwal has not been able to sleep through the night. At first it was because two of his sons were participating in major shooting competitions on opposite sides of the globe. Then the actual competitions began and the nervousness of watching both his children attempt to win medals for India swept through him. As both sons won gold medals, Dilbaugh heaved a sigh of relief. On Thursday, his son Manish, 21 won gold at the P1-Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 at the Para Shooting World Championships in Lima And Shiva, 17, at the Hangzhou Asian Games, along with Sarabjot Singh and Arjun Singh Cheema in the men’s 10m air pistol team event. “I might not be satisfied with Shiva’s performance but if we look at it from our country’s point of view, then India got another gold medal and...
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Vishnu Saravanan follows in his father’s footsteps, wins ICLA 7 medal at Asian Games

[ad_1] As a six-year-old, Vishnu Saravanan often spent his time watching his father Ramachandran Saravanan windsurf at the Army Yachting Node in Colaba in Mumbai. While his father only won medals at the national level and did not win any international medal, Wednesday morning saw Vishnu winning the bronze medal in men’s ICLA 7 event also known as Laser Standard at the NBX Sailing Centre in Ningbo in China. The 24-year-old along with his sister Ramya Saravanan, who finished a credible fourth in the mixed event, called his father to share the news post the medal ceremony. “Most of my time as a six-year old was spent watching my father train at the Node centre. I would see different kinds of boats and when I turned nine, my father got to train me on an Optimist sailing dinghy. I still remem...