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Asian Games 2023: 'Remarkable milestone,' says PM Modi as India's medal tally touches 100

As India exceeded its goal of reaching a total of 100 medals in the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to the Indian delegation for this significant and historic accomplishment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (HT_PRINT)Premium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (HT_PRINT)

As India exceeded its goal of winning 100 medals in the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to the Indian team for this significant accomplishment.

Through his official social media account, PM Modi praised and sent his heartfelt wishes to the Indian athletes for their outstanding performances in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Also Read: Asian Games 2023 LIVE Updates: India win gold in Kabaddi, archers shine with 3 medals; Total tally touches 100

As the Indian women's kabaddi team secured a gold medal in the final against Chinese Taipei last Saturday, India achieved its target of surpassing 100 medals in the multi-sport event.

Prime Minister Modi announced through his social media post that he plans to host the Indian delegation from the Asian Games on October 10. He also mentioned his intention to personally engage with the athletes who contributed to the country's success by delivering outstanding individual and team performances, ultimately enabling India to reach the milestone of 100 medals in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

"A momentous achievement for India at the Asian Games! The people of India are thrilled that we have reached a remarkable milestone of 100 medals. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our phenomenal athletes whose efforts have led to this historic milestone for India. Every awe-inspiring performance has made history and filled our hearts with pride. I look forward to hosting our Asian Games contingent on the 10th and interacting with our athletes," PM Modi posted on X.

Also Read: Asian Games 2023: India's medal tally LIVE updates; 25 gold, 35 silver, 40 bronze, total 100

In the gold medal match at the 2023 Asian Games, the Indian women's kabaddi team established a 14-9 advantage over Chinese Taipei and maintained their lead throughout the contest to secure the gold medal.

In their initial encounter during the tournament, the two teams had a drawn match with a final score of 34-34. During the first half of the match, the Indian raiders earned bonus points, while Chinese Taipei surged ahead in the second half, accumulating 16 points. In the second half of the game, the Indian team found themselves trailing by 12 points.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur took to X and extended his greetings.

Athlete Ashwini Nachappa extended her greeting and said that it's a great achievement. "Congratulations team India for this fantastic achievement at Asian Games... 100 and counting is a great achievement...We have seen great performances across events. This is a great motivator for the Olympics 2024."

 

Meanwhile, after winning 3 gold medals at the Asian Games and India touching the 100 medal mark, Archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam said, “I am very happy that I was able to do what I had thought about how the shooting process should be, and I was able to get satisfaction from it."

Speaking on India archers winning 9 medals including 5 gold, Indian Archery Team High Performance Director Sanjeeva Singh said that this is the first time that we have won all five gold medals in the compound category.

He told ANI, “Before this, the highest gold medals in archery were four: one gold, one silver, and two bronze in 2014... Now we have won five gold, two silver, and two bronze... This was going to happen (reaching the 100-meter mark)...It is the result of four years of hard work..."

Primarily due to their outstanding performance in the first half, the Indian women secured a narrow 26-25 victory against Chinese Taipei. This win not only earned India its 25th gold medal but also brought the country's total medal count to a precise 100.

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Published: 07 Oct 2023, 10:31 AM IST
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