Sheroes From The South : Medalists From The Asian Games 2023!

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In the 2023 Asian Games, India achieved its highest-ever medal count, securing the fourth position in the overall medal standings. India accumulated a total of 107 medals, including 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze. India claimed the top spot in four specific sports disciplines at this year’s Asian Games: archery, cricket, kabaddi, and hockey. Amidst all the medalists, our girls from the south made a special mark in different categories, winning medals and laurels for the country. Here is a look at who won what at the 2023 Asian Games held in Hangzhou :

Dipika Pallikal – Gold Medal in Squash Mixed Doubles

Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu won gold medals in the mixed doubles this year. The game took place on 5th October where the duo played against Malaysian duo Aida Binti Azman and Mohammad Syafiq Bin Mohn Kamal. This was India’s second gold medal in squash at the Asian Games this year.

Aditi Ashok – Silver Medal in Women’s Golf

Born in 1998, this young golfer has been playing the sport since she was 5. She played at the Asia Pacific Invitation tournament at the age of 12 and won her first professional tour at the age of 13. She also won the National Junior Championship three times in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014. This year, she won a silver medal at the Asian Games in the Women’s gold category.

Nikhat Zareen – Bronze in Boxing (Women’s 50kg )

A two-time world championship, Nikhat Zareen won a bronze medal at the Asian Games in the Women’s 50kg category. She has won numerous medals before including gold medals at the 2022 Istanbul and 2023 New Delhi IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She also won a gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Nandini Agasara – Bronze – Women’s Heptathlon

A Heptathlon is a seven-event contest covering a range of events spread over two days. The first day consists of 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m. The second day’s events consist of the long jump, javelin and 800m. The sportsperson is scored on their performance in each round and scored. This year, Nandini Agasara, a 20-year-old athlete from Telangana brought home a bronze medal in the Women’s Heptathlon.

Jyothi Yarraji- Silver- Women’s 100 m hurdles

Jyothi Yarraji is a track and field athlete who is a specialist in 100 m hurdles. She holds the Indian national record for 100 m hurdles. She surpassed Anuradha Biswal when she ran for 13.23s in May 2022 and has broken her record multiple times since then. In October 2022, she became the first Indian woman hurdler to finish in under 13 seconds. At the Asian Games this year, she won a silver in the Women’s 100m hurdles.

Ancy Sojan- Silver – Women’s Long Jump

A 22-year-old from Thrissur, Kerala, Andy Sojan is a field athlete. She won a silver medal in the women’s long jump category at the Asian Games this year. During the final, Ancy jumped a big 6.49m with her second attempt and followed it up with a 6.56m, equalling her personal best in the Federation Cup in May. In her fifth attempt, she jumped 6.63m which helped her snatch the silver medal.

Vithya Ramraj – Bronze – 400m hurdles

Vithya is a three-time national champion, she is known for her 100m and 400m hurdles and 400 m races. At the Asian games this year, she matched the record set by the legendary, PT Usha in 1984 in Los Angeles where she finished in 55.42 seconds. This helped her win the bronze medal.

Jyothi Surekha Vennam – Gold in Archery

Jyothi started with archery at the age of 11 and was participating in various Junior level Championships. At the Asian Archery Championship held in Iran in 2011, she won a bronze medal for the country. In 2013, she won 2 bronze medals at the 2013 World Archery Youth Championship. She won 3 gold medals at the Asian Games this year becoming the first Indian to win multiple gold medals in archery.


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