A WIN FOR THE AGES
India won 69 medals at the 2018 Asian Games, making it the best-ever medal haul at the Asiad. The games saw India create a new national record that may set a very high benchmark for the upcoming athletes.
This momentous occasion also marks a big success for JSW Sports, who have constantly worked towards supporting chosen athletes to excel in their profession. Through their Sports Excellence Program, JSW along with its team of athletes and trainers has worked together as a group, to help passionate individuals, like Neeraj Chopra, to reach their final goal.
Today, five athletes from our group of 13 young and aspiring candidates have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games, giving us all a reason to stand tall and proud of our achievements.
Men’s Javelin Throw | Gold
20-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the javelin throw at the Asian Games. He dominated the competition with a mammoth 88.06m throw, setting a new national record. In the process, Neeraj also became the second Indian track and field athlete, joining the league of legend Milkha Singh, to win back-to-back gold medals in the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the same year.
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase | Silver
The veteran middle-distance runner came up with a fine performance to win a silver medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. Sudha, who has represented the nation at two Olympic Games, added another medal to her name, after the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, where she had won a gold.
Women’s Long Jump | Silver
The 27-year-old from Kerala pulled off a brilliant 6.51m jump in the finals to win a silver medal. It was a great comeback for Neena, who had missed out on a podium finish after qualifying for the finals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Women’s Kurash (52kg) | Silver
Pincky won a silver medal for the nation in the Kurash event, which made its debut at the Asian Games this year. The versatile martial artist is an accomplished judoka and had narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Asian Games Judo team. With this win, she has added to the Kurash bronze, which she had won at the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam in 2016.
Boxing (75kg) | Bronze
Vikas became the first Indian boxer to win medals at 3 successive Asian Games, following his gold in the 2010 edition and bronze in the 2014 Asian Games. Unfortunately, after having stormed his way through the competition, Vikas suffered from an eye injury, which caused a major setback. He was deemed medically unfit to participate in the semi-finals. Despite this, Vikas was still able to add a bronze to the gold he had brought home from the Commonwealth Games in April.