Tajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s ninth Asian Games gold in shot put. He also ensured India did not go without a gold medal as he won India’s seventh gold of the 18th Asian Games on the seventh day of the quadrennial Games. Leading almost from the first round, Tajinderpal, who won a silver at Asian Championships last year in Bhubaneshwar, had a best of 20.75m, which was also the Games record.
Right from his first throw, which came close to 20m at 19.96m, Tajinder led the field. He followed with 19.15m and then a foul. On his last three throws, he touched 19.96m once again before finally breaching the 20m mark with 20.75m and then exactly 20 metres.
China’s Liu Yang came second with a best throw of 19.52 on his third attempt and Ivan Ivanov of Kazakhstan finished in third with a best of 19.40.
Tajinder seemed to realize his chance when Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdul Majeed Alhebshi, the gold medallist at last three Games and Asian Record holder, failed to register a legal throw in his first three attempts and crashed out.
India’s shot put gold medallist over the years at Asian Games
Madan Lal 1951
Parduman Singh 1954
Parduman Singh 1958
Joginder Singh 1966
Joginder Singh 1970
Bahadur Singh Chouhan 1978
Bahadur Singh Chouhan 1982
Bahadur Singh Sagoo 2002