India had yet another historic day at the Asian Games 2023 Day 13, setting new records and adding to their medal tally. With 95 medals already secured, including 22 gold, 34 silver, and 39 bronze, and seven more assured, India is on the brink of crossing the three-figure mark in Hangzhou. Let’s dive into the highlights of Day 13.
Men’s Hockey Team Clinches Fourth Asian Games Title: Asian Games 2023 Day 13
The Indian men’s hockey team, led by Harmanpreet Singh, clinched their fourth Asian Games title by defeating Japan 5-1 in a thrilling final. This victory not only secured a gold medal but also earned them a spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Recurve Archers Shine:
In a remarkable achievement, India’s recurve archers won their first Asian Games medals in 13 years. The men’s team secured a silver medal, while the women’s team took home the bronze, displaying their prowess in archery on the continental stage.
Cricket Team’s Debut Success: Asian Games 2023 Day 13
The Indian men’s cricket team made its Asian Games debut with a bang, securing a place in the final after defeating Bangladesh in the semi-finals. Their performance assures India of a medal, and they will battle for gold on the biggest stage of the competition.
Kabaddi Teams Reach Finals:
Both the men’s and women’s kabaddi teams from India reached the finals, setting up exciting showdowns. The men’s team will face Iran, while the women’s team will compete against Chinese Taipei for the gold medal.
Indian badminton stars also shone brightly. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty created history by becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to reach the Asian Games gold medal match. They will take on Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho of the Republic of Korea in the final.
Sepaktakraw Makes History:
The Indian women’s regu sepaktakraw team made history by bagging a bronze medal, marking India’s second-ever medal in sepaktakraw and the first in a women’s event at the Asian Games.
Silver Lining in Bridge and Chess:
India showcased its prowess in mind sports as well. The men’s bridge team secured a silver medal, an improvement from their bronze finish in 2018. In chess, both the men’s and women’s teams remained in silver medal positions with one round to go.
While Bajrang Punia fell short in defending his Asian Games title, India still managed to secure wrestling medals. Sonam Malik, Kiran Bishnoi, and Aman Sehrawat all clinched bronze, contributing to India’s wrestling success.
The Road to 100 Medals:
India is well on its way to achieving the milestone of 100 medals at the Asian Games 2023. With several events yet to conclude, including archery, hockey, kabaddi, bridge, badminton, and more, the Indian contingent is poised to surpass this historic mark.
Day 13 of the Asian Games 2023 was a day of triumph, records, and memorable moments for India. With medals assured in various sports and a potential three-figure medal tally in sight, Indian athletes have made their nation proud on the continental stage. As the Games draw to a close, the Indian contingent aims to add more medals and etch their names in the annals of Asian Games history.