India Wins Medals in Rowing at 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
The Indian contingent at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games made a remarkable start by clinching medals in rowing events. Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat secured a silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls, while Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram claimed bronze in the men’s pair final. Additionally, India’s men’s eight team displayed an impressive performance, securing a silver medal, bringing the total medal count to three in the sport and five overall for India.
Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls Silver
- Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat won silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls.
- China’s Fan Junjie and Sun Man initially took the lead, but Arvind and Arjun kept pace.
- India closed the gap to 1.80 seconds at the halfway mark.
- Despite their strong effort, the Indian duo finished 5.02 seconds behind China.
- Arvind and Arjun had set their sights on gold but faced training setbacks due to injuries.
- They expressed determination to aim for gold at the Paris Olympics and the 2026 Asian Games.
Arvind and Arjun’s Rowing Journey
- Arvind and Arjun represented India in rowing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, finishing 11th.
- They temporarily split after Arjun gained weight, but they reunited, leading to their silver medal win.
- Arvind won gold in the 2022 nationals, while Arjun and Ravi secured silver in the double sculls.
- Their partnership began at the 2018 Asian Games when they formed a strong bond while on the reserve team.
- Both come from humble backgrounds, growing up assisting their families on farms before joining the Indian army.
Men’s Pair Bronze
- Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram secured bronze in the men’s pair final.
- They maintained a consistent performance throughout the race.
- The Indian pair initially held the third position, with Hong Kong and Uzbekistan ahead.
- Hong Kong ultimately claimed gold, with India narrowly missing silver against Uzbekistan.
Men’s Eight Team Silver
- India’s men’s eight team won silver in the men’s eight race, with China taking gold and Indonesia securing bronze.
- India started in lane four and was third at the first 500m.
- They steadily closed the gap on China and Indonesia, coming within 2.20 seconds of the Chinese rowers.
- Although India made a strong push, China secured the gold with a late surge, leaving India with a well-deserved silver.
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