On the first day of the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, which took place on Sunday, September 24, 2023, the Indian team had a mixed performance. The day began on a positive note as India secured five consecutive medals. The inaugural medal of the 2023 Asian Games was clinched by the women's team in the 10m rifle event. Ramita, Mehuli Ghosh, and Ashi Chouksey, secured India's first medal in the competition. The Indian team secured the silver medal in the women's 10m air rifle team event, amassing a combined score of 1886. In contrast, China claimed the gold medal with an impressive score of 1896.6, while Mongolia secured the bronze with a total score of 1880.
On Sunday, September 24th, the pairing of Arjun Jat Lal and Arvind Singh clinched the silver medal in the Men's Lightweight Double Sculls Final A. On Sunday, India's rowing success story continued with the men's eight team clinching the silver medal, and in the Men's Pair event, Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram secured the bronze, adding to the nation's growing list of achievements.
At the ongoing Asian Games 2023, India's shooting prodigy, 19-year-old Ramita Jindal, displayed her talent by securing a bronze medal in the women's 10m Air Rifle event. The Indian women's cricket team secured a place in the finals of the Asian Games 2023 and guaranteed a medal for India by convincingly defeating Bangladesh with an eight-wicket victory.
Indian football experienced a day of contrasting fortunes at the Asian Games 2023. While the women's football team faced elimination, suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Thailand, the team had several missed opportunities to find the back of the net. The Indian Men's Hockey Team initiated their journey in the Asian Games 2023 with an emphatic triumph over Uzbekistan. In a one-sided encounter, the Indian team exhibited complete dominance and emerged victorious with an astonishing 16-0 scoreline.
Lalit Upadhyay and Varun Kumar were the standout performers, both registering four goals each, while Mandeep Singh also contributed significantly with a hat-trick. This commanding performance by the reigning Asian Champions Trophy winners set a strong precedent for their aspirations in the Asian Games. In an electrifying rematch reminiscent of the World Championship final, India's boxing ace Nikhat Zareen showcased her skill by securing a convincing 5-0 victory over Vietnam's Thi Tam Nguyen. This remarkable win propelled her into the pre-quarterfinals of the women's 50kg category at the Asian Games, which took place on Sunday.
Simultaneously, Preeti Pawar, another emerging talent in Indian boxing, solidified her presence in the quarterfinals of the 54kg category, adding to India's boxing achievements at the event.