Continental multi-sport event Asian Games ended its 18th edition yesterday and UAE had their most successful campaign, ranked 20th in the medal tally.
14 medals won by UAE
Winning big on Ju-jitsu, UAE won two gold, five silver and two bronze medals, followed by one gold and one silver medal each in Jetski and one bronze medal each in Football, Judo and Shooting. In fact, UAE’s Ali Al-Lanjawi was the only Emirati to win two medals, with gold and silver medals for Jetski in the ‘Runabout Limited and ‘Endurance Runabout Open’ categories.
UAE ranked third among the Middle East
Compared to the Middle East, UAE fared well as they came third, after Bahrain and Qatar. Bahrain ranked 11th in the medal tally as they won 12 gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals, followed by Qatar ranked 15th, winning six gold, four silver and three medals. After UAE, Kuwait ranked 21st winning six medals (three gold medals) and Saudi Arabia ranked 25th win six medals (two gold medals).
Most successful campaign for UAE in Asian Games history
Doha 2006 Asian Games was a historic sporting event for the UAE, marking their first time winning a gold medal. They won the three gold medals in individual endurance, relay endurance and bodybuilding. Fun fact, the late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum was the first to win a gold medal, in individual endurance. He, along with Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Ahmed and Sheikh Majed won gold in the endurance championship and lastly, Mohammed Salim Al Zahmi won a gold in bodybuilding, adding to a total of three gold medals. Plus, they won four silver and three bronze medals.
Since then, UAE won a total of four silver and one bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games, followed by one gold and three silver medals at the 2014 Asian Games. With 14 medals, this edition has been their most triumphant campaign ever.
China won Asian Games with 289 medals
Meanwhile, China won the Asian Games with 132 gold, 92 silver and 65 bronze, totalling a whopping 289 medals. They remain unrivalled in recent Asian Games history as they’ve been leading the medal tally since 1982. Japan is ranked second with 205 medals, followed by the Republic of Korea ranked third with 177 medals and host country Indonesia ranked fourth with 98 medals.