And it only be fair to say that the Indian athletes left a long-lasting impression with the national anthem playing out in the penultimate victory ceremony - thanks to the 4x400m women's relay team led by young Hima Das.
Aggression, attitude and passion, our athletes with these qualities ensured that the boisterous Indian crowd left with smiles on their faces and the medal count warming their hearts.
With an impressive tally of 7 gold, 10 silver and 2 bronze medals from athletics at this year's Asiad, it's by far India's best-ever performance in Asian Games athletics.
As hosts, Indian athletes had won more than that way back in 1951 at the inaugural edition in New Delhi. That year, Indian athletes had clinched 10 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze.
Photos by Bhagya Ayyavoo