The Indian athletes have shown absolute domination at the 2019 South Asian Games. Back on 7th December, the fourth day of the tournament, they smashed the all time record tally by winning a staggering 56 medals in a single day, and crossed the 100 medal mark in the championship. Well, it didn’t just stop at that number. Yesterday, they secured 42 medals, which includes 27 gold. This has upped India’s medal count to a monumental 294, almost crossing the triple century mark in the total medals won.
Looking at the split of the total number of medals won, India has secured 159 gold, 91 silver and 44 bronze after the 8th day of the tournament. Additionally, they have further widened the gap with the hosts Nepal, who are trailing behind with a total of 195 medals, including 49 gold, 54 silver and 92 bronze. Sri Lanka are still in third place, with 39 gold, 79 silver and 118 bronze totaling to 236.
All the medals India has won yesterday are listed below-
- Boxing: The maximum number of gold was secured in boxing. Six Indian boxers secured a gold each in their own respective categories. Ankit Khatana won gold in the men’s 75 kg category. Vinod Tanwar’s gold came in men’s 49 kg category. Sachin Siwach secured one in the men’s 56 kg category. Gaurav Chauhan bagged one in the men’s 91 kg category., Kalaivani Srinivasan and Parveen Hooda are the female boxers who brought two golds each, in the 48 kg and 60 kg categories respectively.
- Wrestling: Two golds were secured in wrestling, one in each of men’s and women’s categories. National gold medalist Gaurav Baliyan won one in the men’s 74 kg. In the women’s 68 kg category, Anita Sheoran bagged a gold. She previously won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
- Fencing: The Indian women fencers secured two golds with wins in both the fencing events yesterday. A single gold was bagged by the men’s team.
- Basketball: Two golds were won in the 3×3 basketball discipline. The men’s and women’s teams both won one gold each.
- Kabbadi: Both the teams won a gold each by defeating their opponents in the Kabbadi final round. The men’s team overpowered Sri Lanka 51-18, while the hosts were dominated 50-13 by the women’s team.
- Shooting: A single gold came in the mixed event category. The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Annu Raj Singh and youngster Shravan Kumar together grabbed the podium finish.
- Women’s Football: The women’s football team took on Nepal in the final yesterday, and won the match 2-0, thanks to a brace by Ngangom Bala Devi, who plays as a forward in the Manipur Police Sports Club in the Indian Women’s League. She is also the highest goal scorer in the tournament, with 5 goals in 4 matches.