India Registers Historic Top Medal Tally in Asian Athletics Championships
India ended the Asian Athletics Championships 2017 on a high at the Kalinga Stadium on July 9. In a stunning show of dominance, the hosts clinched five gold medals on the final day to top the medal tally for first time in the history of the Asian Athletics Championships, pushing China to second spot. This was India’s most-successful campaign in the event ever. The hosts ended with 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze), their highest-ever haul.
Govindan Lakshmanan, heptathlete Swapna Barman, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams continued India’s gold rush. While Swapna emerged victorious in the heptathlon, Lakshmanan won his second gold medal in the Championships. After winning the men’s 5000m gold on the opening day, he finished the Championships on a high winning the 10000m. Lakshmanan’s countryman Gopi Thonakal won silver in the event.