Thirteen golds and top spot in Jakarta, but medals not the yardstick

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Written by Nihal Koshie
| New Delhi |
Published: February 15, 2018 1:18 am


Long-distance runner clocked L Suriya her personal best. (Source: PTI)

At the end of the four days of athletics events, India topped the medal tally with 22 —13 gold, five silver and four bronze — at the 18th Asian Games Invitational Tournament in Jakarta. India even pipped Asian powerhouse China. But to extrapolate the medal count at the Asiad in August based on success of Indian athletes this week would be unwise.

Some events had only one participant, only 10 countries fielded athletes, including hosts Indonesia. Some of them were junior and youth athletes and even the seasoned campaigners were looking to test waters at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.

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