Asian Games – China dominates, India finishes 8th
Incheon, Oct 4 (IANS) The curtain fell on the Incheon Asian Games on Saturday after 16 days of tough competition by participating athletes and friendships shared by billions of sports fans on the continent but with familiar results: China placed first, South Korea second and Japan third in the medal standings.
Under the slogan of “Diversity Shines Here,” more than 14,000 athletes and staff from 45 countries have competed for 439 gold medals in 36 sports. Fourteen new world records were rewritten here in archery, shooting and weightlifting, with many fresh Asian records.
China cemented its status as the continent’s sports powerhouse, topping the medal table with a total of 343 medals, including 151 golds.
Host South Korea came in second with 79 golds, outnumbering arch-rival Japan who gained 47 golds. North Korea did well at Incheon, having earned a more-than-expected 11 golds, with its weightlifters setting four world records.
India ended the 17th Asian Games, where competitions concluded here Saturday, with 57 medals to finish in eighth place. India won 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze but failed to emulate their 2010 exploits at Guangzhou, where they won 65 medals – 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze.
For the Final medal standings, click the link below