India's glorious history in the Asian Games

Let us know how India's performance has been in the Asian Games so far.

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Payal Debnath
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Hangzhou Asian Games is the country's best-ever medal haul at the quadrennial event. Image- X.com

India has consistently performed brilliantly in the Asian Games, which started in 1951, and is making a strong team in the competition. Hangzhou was India's best performance in the history of the Asian Games. They have crossed 100 medals mark in that edition. Before this, India had never won 100 medals in the Asian Games history. Let us know how India's performance has been in the Asian Games so far.

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India's History in the Asian Games

India is one of the only seven countries that have competed in all the editions of the Asian Games. Image- Sportstar- The Hindu
India is one of the only seven countries that have competed in all the editions of the Asian Games. Image- Sportstar- The Hindu

India, which has participated in all editions of this multi-sports event held once in four years, also played an important role in the establishment and launch of the Asian Games. Apart from this, India also hosted the first edition of the Asian Games which was organized in the country's capital New Delhi.

India won a total of 51 medals in the inaugural edition of the Asian Games. This included 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze medals. India was second in the medal table. However, after this they had to wait for 31 years to get 50 medals. India won 57 medals including 13 gold in the Asian Games held in New Delhi in 1982. In 1954, India won a total of 17 medals and in 1958, only 13 medals, whereas in 1951, India won 15 gold.

Moreover, such an occasion also came in 1990, when India was not even in the top 10 in the medal table. This year also India had only 23 medals. There was only one gold medal in it. India's performance improved from 1998 onwards and in 2006, for the first time, India won more than 50 medals away from home. Since then, India has been winning more than 50 medals continuously.

Meanwhile, in 2010, India won 65 medals and achieved a new record for the highest number of medals. In 2018, India bettered this and won 70 medals.

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India at the Asian Games 2023

India topped the medals table in four sports in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Image- The Quint
India topped the medals table in four sports in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Image- The Quint

India finished fourth in the overall medals tally at the Asian Games 2023. This is the country's best-ever medal haul at the quadrennial event. With 107 medals, India's medal tally comprised of 28 gold, 38 silver and 41 bronze. India also managed to top the medal table in four different events at this edition of the Asiad- archery, cricket, kabaddi and hockey.

India at the Asian Games: Medals won in each edition

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
1951 New Delhi 15 16 20 51
1954 Manila 5 4 8 17
1958 Tokyo 5 4 4 13
1962 Jakarta 10 13 10 33
1966 Bangkok 7 3 11 21
1970 Bangkok 6 9 10 25
1974 Tehran 4 12 12 28
1978 Bangkok 11 11 6 28
1982 New Delhi 13 19 25 57
1986 Seoul 5 9 23 37
1990 BBeijing 1 8 14 23
1994 Hiroshima 4 3 16 23
1998 Bangkok 7 11 17 35
2002 Busan 11 12 13 36
2006 Doha 10 17 26 53
2010 Guangzhou 14 17 34 65
2014 Incheon 11 9 37 57
2018 Jakarta & Palembang 16 23 31 70
2022 Hangzhou 28 38 41 107

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