Indian athletes bag historic gold and silver at Hangzhou

India bags two gold, two silver and four bronze medals on day 10 of Asian Games 2023.

Rishika Bhardwaj

Credit: Parul Chaudhary / Image - Twitter/@Media_SAI

Day ten of the Asian Games on October 3 concluded with eight medals to tally. Indian athletes Annu Rani and Parul Chaudhary secured India's first-ever gold medals in women's javelin throw and women's 5000m respectively. Annu Rani delivered the season’s best throw of 62.92 meters, clinching the gold. This marked her second Asian Games medal, her first being a bronze at the 2014 Asian Games. 

In the women's 5000m final, Parul Chaudhary crossed the finish line in 15:14.75, securing a gold medal. The 28-year-old athlete had previously won silver in the women's 5000m at the Asian Championships earlier in the year. This was Chaudhary's second medal at the 19th Asian Games, following her silver in the women's 3000m steeplechase. Additionally, In the men's 800m event, Mohammed Afsal Pulikkalakath bagged the silver medal with a time of 1:48.43.

Athlete Tejaswin Shankar clinched the silver medal in the men's decathlon final 1500m race, clocking 4:48.32. Shankar also triumphed in the high jump, long jump, and 400m race, accumulating a total score of 7666, surpassing the previous Indian men's decathlon national record by eight points. India's Praveen Chitharavel also secured the bronze medal in the men's triple jump. Additionally, Vithya Ramraj clinched a bronze medal in the Women's 400m Hurdles.

In water sports, Arjun Singh and Sunil Singh Salam secured the bronze medal in the men's canoe double 1000m final. They marked India's second-ever canoe medal in Asian Games history. The first bronze in this event was won by Johnny Rommel and Siji Kumar Sadanandan at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima.

India's Lovlina Borgohain secured a place in the women's 75kg gold medal bout. This win also earned her an Olympic quota. Preeti Pawar, the 2022 Asian Championships bronze medalist, secured a bronze. Narender Berwal also settled for a bronze in the men's +92kg.