Asian Games 2014 Current Affairs - 2019

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Asiad 2014: Sania Mirza – Saketh Myneni Win Mixed-Doubles Gold

Second seeded Mirza and Myneni beat the top seeded Hsien Yin Peng and Hao Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei to win the gold in Mixed Doubles in tennis at the Asian Games in Incheon.

Three year streak

This is the third consecutive year that Sania has won in the mixed doubles category at the Asian Games. In the 2006 edition of the games, she won a gold with Leander Paes and in 2010, she won a silver paired with Vishnu Vardhan. Significantly this is Sania’s eighth Asian Games medal.

Maiden appearance

Myneni, on the other hand, made his maiden appearance at the Asian Games. Other than the gold with Sania, he also won the silver medal with Sanam Singh in the Men’s doubles category.

Asiad 2014: Seema Punia Wins Discus Gold

31 year old Seema Punia, won India its first gold in the track and field events when she defeated her two Chinese rivals to come first in discus throw. Her best throw was 61.03m in the women’s discus throw event. She had also won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games held this year at Glasgow.

The national record for discus throw in women is held by Seema Antil with 64.84m and Krishna Poonia with 64.76m. Krishna Poonia was also competing in the Asian Games but her performance was disappointing at 55.57m. She finished fourth.

Discus

Discus throw is an ancient game with origins in Greece. It is part of the track and field events, and involves the competitor throwing a discus (a heavy disc) as far as they can. Discus has always figured prominently in modern Games, with the men’s discus throw event being a part of the Summer Olympics since the first game in 1896.