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Jump to navigation. A severely depleted Indian contingent is unlikely to repeat its unprecedented top-of-the-table finish in the last edition but is still expected to win a substantial number of medals when the Asian Athletics Championships begins here on Sunday. India had finished on top of the table with a record-breaking haul of 29 medals 12 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze in the Championships held in Bhubaneswar. China had finished second with 20 medals. But this time, the member Indian team is not expected to achieve that kind of success with several athletes, including star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, missing out of the continental flagship event due to various reasons, including injuries.
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By C Shyam Sundar Eds: Correcting dateline, minor editing throughout Chennai, Mar 17 PTI The legendary Vishwanathan Anand along with other top players welcomed the return of chess to the Asian Games fold for the edition in Hangzhou, stating that it will be an incentive for players to take up the sport. Five-time World Champion and the country's first Grand Master Anand said he was happy with the development adding that he looks forward to a medal from the team. I look forward to a medal from our team," Anand told PTI. Chess was a part of Asian Games programme at the edition in Doha and in Guangzhou. India won two gold medals in Doha, with Koneru Humpy capturing the top prize in the women's rapid individual event and the mixed team winning the standard event gold.
Santhi Soundarajan of India, left, is awarded a silver medal in the Women's m event during the 15th Asian Games Doha in Qatar. Santhi Soundarajan has a message for Caster Semenya, the South African track star whose gender has sparked an international athletics row : "She should not abandon the fight. Like Semenya, Soundarajan, 28, comes from extremely modest beginnings.