In India, a game of Cricket was considered to be most loved sport to an extent that people didn’t even know the name of athletes in other sports. But with constant wins of sportsperson like Hima Das, PV Sindhu and Neeraj Chopra, sports like Racing, Badminton and Jwelin Throw at the Olympics has made people aware about other sports very well.
Indian athletes are making India proud as they continue to win medals at the Asian Games 2018.
Recently, India's debutant boxer Amit Panghal defeated Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan to win a gold medal in Boxing Men's Light Fly (49kg) final event on the 14th day of the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Army man, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against the more famous Dusmatov, who had beaten him in a split verdict in last year's world championships.
Amit, making his debut at the Games, showed immense tactical brilliance, especially in defence to trick the Uzbek, who has an iconic status in international boxing.
The Uzbek southpaw, known for his brilliant counter-attacks, seemed wary of the constantly-on-the-move Indian, who refused to fall into the trap of diving in. The result was a frustrated Dusmatov being forced to lunge forward which worked perfectly well for the Indian in his counter-attacking game.
Amit's meteoric rise to the top had a good starting with an Asian Championships bronze last year. A world quarter-finalist, Amit claimed a silver in the Commonwealth Games.
Vijender Singh and Vikas Krishan were the last set of male gold-medallists for India at the Asian Games. They had won their yellow metal at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. Vikas (75kg) settled for a bronze this time. In the 2014 Games, MC Mary Kom was the lone gold-medallist for India.
India’s latest medal tally at the Asian Games 2018: (as of on September 1)
Gold — 13
Silver — 23
Bronze — 29
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