Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Thursday, felicitated long-distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan for his excellent showing in the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta.On Tuesday, the Indian government had felicitated the Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awards after India registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games.Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each.India returned home with 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang games. Out of the 69 medals, 15 were gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.Lakshmanan was unfortunate to have missed a medal in the 10,000 metre race. He was stripped of his bronze medal after the race as he was disqualified for lane infringement.WATCH THE FELICITATION OF ASIAN GAMES MEDALLISTSThe decision to disqualify Lakshmanan under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement), came from the referees after video footage found his foot touched the inside the track. Lakshmanan had stepped off the track momentarily, as he was hit by the spike of another athlete.Lakshmanan had finshed the race in third with an impressive time of 29:44.91 behind Chani Hassan of Bahrain, who won gold with a time 28:35.54, and Bahrain’s Cheroben Abraham, who clocked in at 29:00.29.Also read – Government felicitates Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awardsThe Indian team protested against the disqualification at two levels but their appeal was turned down.However, the Sports Ministry have rewarded Lakshmanan for his feat with Rs 10,00,000.Govindan Lakshmanan gave a medal-winning performance in Men’s 10,000 m in #AsianGames2018, but a minor technicality led to his disqualification.Regardless, he is our champ & we stand by our champions.A moment of pride for me to have met and felicitated him today. #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/VG5iEMr4HoadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 6, 2018If he had not been disqualified, Lakshmanan would have been the first Indian to have won a medal in 10,000m since Gulab Chand, who won bronze in 1998 in Bangkok Asian Games.At the Asian Gams 2018, India returned with a total of 19 medals in athletics — seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals.The seven gold medallists for India in the sport of athletics were Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Neeraj Chopra, Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson, Arpinder Singh, Swapna Barman and a women’s relay quartet of MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Hima Das and Vismaya.