1986 Asian Games: Indians Finish 5th with 37 Medals

Indian Contingent could win only 5 Gold medals and finished 5th at Seoul Asian Games. While the hosts, South Korea were separated with toppers China just by 1 Gold, Indians saw the emergence of Women’s Athletics with PT Usha winning 4 Gold medals. For the first team, Hockey saw a new champion and Indians failed to enter the final winning their first Bronze in Men’s event.

Indian History at Every Asian Games: 1951, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986
Indian Medal Winners at Asian Games: 1951, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 2014
Indian Performance at Asian Games in Different Sports

Asian Games 1986 Statistics

    Nations: 27
    Sports: 25 (Handball, equestrian, rowing and golf made debut)
    Events: 296
    Competitors: 4839
    Winner: China
    India: 5th
    Indian Contingent:
    Medals: 848 medals (270 gold, 268 silver and 310 bronze)
    Countries Winning Medals: 22

Indian performance was dominated by Women as Men’s squad could just win 2 Bronze medals as Indians finished 4th with 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze. PT Usha with 4 Gold medals and 1 Silver emerged as the Sprint Queen of India.

12-member Indian squad won a Bronze medal.

12-member Indian squad finished second with 4 Silver and 9 Bronze medals as South Korea made a clean sweep winning all 12 events.

Indians win 2 Bronze medals to finish 4th.

Indian Men’s team could not enter final and had to settle for two Bronze medals as South Korea emerged as the new Asian power in both events.

Men’s Hockey
Indians finished as Group A topper drawing with South Korea 1-1 and winning against Japan (3-1), Thailand (11-0) and Hong Kong (10-0). But, lost semifinal 3-1 against Pakistan, who lost group match to Malaysia. Indians defeated Malaysia 4-1 to win Bronze.

Women’s Hockey
In the Round Robin, Indian eves won 3, lost to South Korea (3-0), drew with Silver medal winner Japan (1-1). They won against Malaysia (2-1), Thailand (7-0) and Hong Kong (7-0) to grab Bronze.

Indian Men’s team lost all three group matches at Group B. They lost against South Korea (0-3), China (1-2) and Bahrain (0-3). Indians finished 16th out of 18 teams.

Indians won 4 Bronze medals to finish 4th.

Indians won a Silver in 470 event.

Indians finished 5th with twin medals from Soma Dutta and a team Bronze.

Khajan Singh won a Silver as Indians finished 5th.

Indian Men’s team won a Bronze.
In Pool A, they won 4 and lost 1 to finish second. They defeated Hong Kong (3-0), Bahrain (3-0), Saudi Arabia (3-1) and Indonesia (3-0), but lost to South Korea (3-0).
In the Championship stage, they lost 2 of the 3 matches to win Bronze. They def Japan (3-0), but lost to South Korea (3-0) and China (3-0).
Squad: Abdul Basith, Jimmy George, Shaikh Kareemullah, Kirtesh Kumar, P. V. Ramana, Dalel Singh Ror, Sandeep Sharma, Mehar Singh, Sukhpal Singh, G. E. Sridharan, K. Udayakumar, Cyril C. Valloor

Water polo
Indian team lost all the 5 matches to finish 6th. They lost to South Korea (16-6), Kuwait (12-9), Singapore (14-9), Iran (15-4) and China (22-5).

Indians won a Bronze medal.

Indians won a Gold and 2 Bronze medals.

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