4 Oct 2023

Asian Games-2023: Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Ojas Deotale Strike Gold; India Record Best-ever Medal Haul at Asiad

Hangzhou: India's Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale have won the gold medal in Archery Mixed Team Compound in the ongoing Asian Games-2023 in China.

Jyoti and Ojas claimed a 159-158 victory against Korea's So Chaewon and Joo Jaehoon in the gold medal match.

India continues to perform brilliantly in the ongoing Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

This time the Indian team is chasing the target of winning 100 medals.

Best-ever medal haul 

The Indian contingent on Wednesday registered its best-ever medal haul at the Asian Games by going past the previous edition's tally of 70, in Hangzhou, on Wednesday.

India's previous-best medal haul had come at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, when the country's athletes returned with 70 medals, including 16 gold, 23 silver and 31 bronze.

India's race walkers Manju Rani and Ram Baboo fetched a bronze medal in the 35km mixed race walk event early on Wednesday to help India match the 2018 Jakarta Games' performance.

The compound archers Ojas Deotale and Jyothi Surekha Vennam then grabbed India's 71st medal when they won the mixed team gold medal.

"It is with great pleasure that I would like to state that India has forged its impression with the best ever medal haul in the Asian Games  by crossing the 70 mark in medals tally and there are more to come," India's chef de mission Bhupender Singh Bajwa said.

India has sent its largest-ever contingent with an aim to cross the 100-medal mark at the continental showpiece.

India currently have 16 gold,  26 silver and 29 bronze medals with over four days of competition still left.

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