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Asian Games: Indian Equestrian Team Took Home Historic Gold in Dressage | Sailors Neha Thakur, Eabad Ali Also Shine

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Asian Games: Indian equestrian team achieved a historic milestone by securing their first-ever gold medal in Team Dressage since 1982, thus contributing another gold to India’s medal count. This remarkable achievement unfolded on the third day of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Anush Agarwalla, Hriday Chheda, Sudipti Hajela, and Divyakriti Singh formed an impressive quartet that not only brought pride to their nation but also brought the lesser-known sport of equestrian dressage into the spotlight.

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What’s intriguing is that the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) initially hesitated to send this very team to the Asiad. However, on the crucial day of competition, they showcased their exceptional talent, ultimately securing a gold medal for India.

The Indian squad, consisting of Sudipti (up on Chinski), Divyakriti (Adrenalin Firfod), Hriday (Chemxpro Emerald), and Anush (Etro), achieved a total score of 209.206 percentage points. This performance placed them in the top position, surpassing the host nation China, which secured 204.882 points. Hong Kong China earned the bronze medal, recording a score of 204.852.

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Neha, hailing from the rural Amaltaj village in the Dewas district of landlocked Madhya Pradesh, achieved a significant milestone for India at the sailing competitions, held at a coastal resort approximately 100 kilometers away from Hangzhou. On Tuesday, she secured a silver medal in the Girls’ Dinghy ILCA4 category at the Ningbo Xiangshan Sailing Centre in Ningbo.

Adding to India’s memorable day, Eabad Ali clinched the bronze medal in the Men’s Windsurfer RS:X – RS event, marking the nation’s first-ever windsurfing medal.


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