After golds being somewhat sparse, India seems to be getting back into its stride, and has taken another gold at the Asian Games. This time, the gold medal was won at the men’s wrestling event at the 17th Asian Games. It has been many years since India has won a gold medal for wrestling, which makes this a double celebration, both of receiving a wrestling gold, and winning another gold medal at the Asian Games.
It has been 28 years since India has won a gold medal for wrestling. This has now changed since Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Zalimkhan Yusopov from Tajikistan. Winning the 65kg men’s wrestling title has given India its fourth gold medal at the Incheon Asian Games. The last time that India won a gold medal for wrestling was in 1986 in Seoul, Korea, when Kartar Singh won the gold medal.
The Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, announced his congratulations to Yogeshwar Dutt for his gold medal win in Korea. Yogeshwar comes from Haryana. The wrestler also won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games that recently took place in Glasgow, Scotland.
After a somewhat disappointing performance, India’s recent slew of medals has brought the Indian contingent into the top 10 at the Asian Games. This is the first time that India has reached the top 10 since the Games began on 19th September.
India has since won another gold medal for the Discus event on day 10. The gold was won by Seema Punia. India’s medal tally at the Incheon Asian Olympics is currently 5 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 29 bronze medals. This brings the total number of medals to date to 41 medals. Ahead of India is China in 1st place, Korea in 2nd place, Japan in 3rd place, Kazakhstan in 4th place, Iran in 5th place, DPR Korea in 6th place, Qatar in 7th place, Chinese Taipei in 8th place, and Thailand in the 9th place.