Indian long-distance runners Kartik Kumar and Gulveer Singh made their country proud by clinching the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the men’s 10,000m race at the prestigious Asian Games on September 30. The duo’s remarkable performance came as a surprise, as they were not initially considered favorites for podium finishes in the event.
In an exhilarating display of endurance and determination, Kartik Kumar secured the silver medal with a remarkable time of 28 minutes and 15.38 seconds. Following closely behind, Gulveer Singh clinched the bronze with a stellar time of 28 minutes and 17.21 seconds. Both athletes achieved personal bests, showcasing their exceptional abilities on the track.
The thrilling race took an unexpected turn in the final moments, as three of their competitors collided with each other, leading to their falls. Kartik and Gulveer seized this opportunity to make their final push and secure their spots on the podium.
The men’s 10,000m race unfolded during a momentous day for Indian sports at the Asian Games. In a different arena, the Indian badminton men’s team made history by defeating the Korean Republic in the semi-finals of the team event. The 3-2 victory over Korea was sealed by Kidambi Srikkanth, who emerged as the hero in the deciding match, further elevating India’s presence at the games.
Simultaneously, the Indian hockey team displayed a dominating performance by achieving a historic 10-0 victory against arch-rivals Pakistan. This resounding win marked the largest margin of victory between the two sides in the history of the sport.
India took control of the match midway through the first quarter when Mandeep Singh showcased his goal-scoring prowess, putting India ahead. The combination of Mandeep and Abhishek effectively dismantled the Pakistani defense, creating an opportunity for Mandeep to score a tap-in goal, giving India an early lead.
Captain Harmanpreet Singh added to India’s lead with a brilliantly executed penalty stroke later in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Harmanpreet continued to shine, finding the back of the net once again through a well-orchestrated penalty corner. India extended their lead throughout the match, leaving Pakistan to lament their defensive struggles.
Kartik Kumar and Gulveer Singh’s remarkable achievement in the men’s 10,000m race added to India’s success story at the Asian Games, highlighting the country’s growing prominence in athletics. Their dedication, perseverance, and stunning performances serve as a testament to the potential and talent within India’s sports community.