The Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou have been an extravaganza of athletic excellence and unrelenting determination. Day 6 of the games brought a watershed moment for India, as Kiran Baliyan secured the nation’s first athletics medal with an exceptional performance in the women’s shot put event. Her mighty throw of 17.32 meters earned her a well-deserved bronze medal. While India celebrated this historic achievement, the Chinese athletes dominated the podium with Gong Lijiao claiming the gold and Song Jiayuan securing the silver.
In addition to Kiran Baliyan’s monumental achievement, Day 6 witnessed several other remarka ble moments in various sports. From shooting to tennis, boxing to table tennis, Indian athletes displayed their mettle on the grand stage of the Asian Games. Here’s a detailed look at the highlights of Day 6.
Athletics: Kiran Baliyan’s Historic Bronze
Kiran Baliyan made history by winning India’s first athletics medal at the Asian Games 2023. Her spectacular throw of 17.32 meters in the women’s shot put event not only secured a bronze medal but also marked a significant milestone in India’s athletic journey. The entire nation applauded Kiran’s outstanding performance, and it was a moment of immense pride.
Manpreet Kaur, another Indian athlete in the same event, put up a strong performance but finished fifth with a best throw of 16.25 meters. The Chinese athletes, Gong Lijiao and Song Jiayuan, claimed the gold and silver medals, respectively.
Medal Tally Update
With Kiran Baliyan’s bronze medal, India’s medal tally for the Asian Games 2023 stood at an impressive 33 medals – eight golds, 12 silvers, and 13 bronzes. It’s worth noting that six of these gold medals had come from shooting alone. Palak clinched the gold in the 10m air pistol event, and the men’s 50m 3P rifle team added to India’s gold medal count on this day.
In the women’s 10m air pistol final, Esha Singh brought home a silver medal, further solidifying India’s prowess in the shooting events. The men’s 50m 3P rifle team displayed exceptional teamwork and precision to secure a gold medal, showcasing the depth of talent in Indian shooting.
Swimming: Nina Venkatesh’s Effort
In the women’s 50m butterfly heats, Nina Venkatesh showcased her swimming skills but finished 14th and failed to qualify for the finals.
The Indian tennis duo of Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan clinched a silver medal in the men’s doubles event. Their partnership demonstrated a formidable combination on the tennis court.
Parveen Hooda, representing India in the women’s 57kg category, secured a victory by defeating China’s Xu Zichun in the round of 16. Her win was a testament to India’s growing influence in the field of boxing.
Nikhat Zareen added to the excitement by securing a win against Hanan Nassar of Jordan, guaranteeing herself a medal and increasing India’s medal count in boxing.
Table Tennis Showdown
Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee displayed their prowess by beating Wanwisa and Jinnipa of Thailand, advancing to the women’s doubles quarterfinals.
However, it was not all smooth sailing for India in table tennis, as Achanta Sharath Kamal narrowly lost 3-4 against Chih-Yuan Chuang of Chinese Taipei in the men’s singles round of 16. G Sathiya also faced a tough defeat, losing 4-0 to Wang Chuqin in the men’s singles round of 16.
In the women’s team event of squash, the Indian team clinched the bronze medal, adding another feather to India’s cap. The Indian men’s team showcased their excellence by reaching the finals after defeating the defending champions, Malaysia, with a score of 2-0.
Day 6 of the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou was a day of historic achievements, resilience, and remarkable performances for India. Kiran Baliyan’s groundbreaking bronze in athletics, along with other notable victories in shooting, boxing, tennis, and squash, exemplified India’s growing prominence in the world of sports. As the games progress, the Indian contingent is leaving no stone unturned in their quest for excellence and glory, making the nation proud on the international stage.