India wins first Equestrian gold in 41 years at Asian Games


In a historic moment at the ongoing 19th Asian Games, the Indian equestrian team comprised of Anush Agarwalla, Hriday Vipul Chheda, Divyakriti Singh, and Sudipti Hajela clinched a gold medal in Team Dressage. This victory marked India’s first-ever gold in this event at the Asian Games and the country’s first gold medal in equestrian sports in 41 years.
The competition lasted nearly 10 hours, featuring talented athletes from across Asia. The Indian quartet, consisting of Agarwalla, Chheda, Divyakriti, and Hajela, demonstrated exceptional skill and teamwork, securing a remarkable combined score of 209.205.
Anush Agarwalla and his horse ETRO led the charge with a maximum score of 71.088, stealing the show. Hriday Chheda, riding Emerald, delivered a strong performance with a score of 69.941, closely followed by Divyakriti Singh on Adrenalin Firdod with a score of 68.176. Sudipti Hajela, riding Chinski, contributed significantly with a score of 66.706. Together, they left no room for competition to come close to their impressive collective score.
India’s final score of 209.205 was notably higher than second-placed China, which achieved a score of 204.882. Anush Agarwalla’s outstanding score of 71.088, combined with Hriday’s 69.941 and Divyakriti’s 68.176, ensured that the Indian team maintained a comfortable lead throughout the event.
In a stunning upset, India outperformed the favorites, China and Japan, who were expected to dominate in this competition. This victory is a testament to the relentless dedication and hard work put in by the Indian equestrian team.
This historic gold medal win not only brings pride to the nation but also serves as an inspiration for budding equestrian athletes in India. It highlights the potential and excellence of Indian riders in the global equestrian arena, emphasizing the importance of determination, teamwork, and perseverance in the world of sports.
In summary, the Indian equestrian team’s remarkable gold medal triumph in Team Dressage at the 19th Asian Games signifies a momentous achievement in the history of Indian sports. Their victory after 41 years reaffirms India’s prowess in equestrian sports and will undoubtedly inspire future generations to pursue excellence in this field.

PM Modi congratulates dressage team
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian equestrian team, including Anush Agarwalla, Hriday Vipul, Divyakriti, and Sudipti Hajela, for making history by clinching a historic gold medal in Team Dressage at the ongoing Asian Games. In a post on X, the Prime Minister said, “It is a matter of extreme pride that after several decades, our Equestrian Dressage Team has won Gold in the Asian Games! Hriday Chheda, Anush Agarwalla, Sudipti Hajela, and Divyakrit Singh have displayed unparalleled skill, teamwork, and brought honor to our nation on the international stage. I extend my heartiest congratulations to the team for this historic achievement.”