The Indian contingent at the 2018 Asian Games had the best day in the tournament after they ended up winning nine medals. The list of medals included one gold, six silver and two bronze, along two historic medals in badminton. India is now on the eighth spot in the 2018 Asian Games medals table with a total of 50 medals (nine gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze).
Let us have a roundup of Indian performances on the day 10 of 2018 Asaids.
The day started off well for India with Indian archers bringing in two silver medals for the country. The men’s and women’s team both won a silver medal each in the Compound Team event.
Both the teams lost to the teams from South Korea. The Indian women’s team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan Kirar lost 228-231. However, it took a shootout for the men’s team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini to lose their gold.
With the scores tied 229 each after 24 shots, the scores were again tied to 29 all after the shot-offs. South Korea won the match as they had three more 10s shot as compared to India 17.
It was a historic day for the Indian badminton at the Asian Games. With a bronze already confirmed after Saina Nehwal’s loss in the semi-finals, PV Sindhu won a silver medal after losing the finals of women’s singles event. Sindhu lost 13–21, 16–21 against Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei. The gold medal winner had earlier defeated Nehwal in the semis.
While it was the first silver medal for India in badminton at Asian Games, with two Indians on the podium, it was a historic moment in the history of badminton for India.
India grabbed a silver and a bronze in the women’s 52 kg category. Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav lost to her Uzbekistan opponent in the semifinals, who then went on to defeat another Indian, Pincky Balhara, in the finals to win the gold.
Making its debut at the Asian Games, Kurash is a form of wrestling, which is majorly played in Central Asia.
India had yet another great day in the track and field event of athletics as Indians brought home three medals, including a gold.
In the men’s 800m finals, Manjit Singh clinched the gold medal, while Jinson Johnson grabbed the silver. The Indian duo finished just 0.20 second apart from each other, with Manjit coming in from behind to win the gold. The bronze medal went to Abdalla Abubaker of Qatar, who finished just 0.03 second behind Johnson.
4x400m Mixed Team
The Indian mixed team of Rajiv Arokia, Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and M. R. Poovamma grabbed a silver medal in the mixed team 4x400m race. It was the first time that the event had taken place in the history of Asian Games and India are thee first country to win a silver in the race.
In the women’s 200m semi-finals, Dutee Chand finished first to qualify for the finals. However, Hima Das was disqualified for a false start. Chand will participate in the finals on 29th August.
Swapna Barman and Purnima Hembram are currently placed second and third respectively in the women’s heptathlon event. The events of 100m race, high jump, shot put and 200m race was completed on 28th August, while long jump, javelin throw and the 800m race would be played on 29th August.
The women’s javelin throw final did not have a good result for India as Annu Rani managed to finished sixth in the event. Suriya Loganathan and Sanjivani Jadhav finished fifth and seventh respectively in the women’s 5000m race.
Table Tennis – India’s first medal at Asian Games
The Indian men’s table tennis team won a historic bronze medal in the men’s team event after they lost to South Korea in the semi-finals. The team of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj became the first Indian men to win a medal in the sport at the Asian Games since its introduction in 1958.
The Indian men’s hockey team continued their dominance in the Group A as they defeated Sri Lanka 20-0 in the last group match. Akashdeep Singh was the hero for India as he went on to score six goals in the match. Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Mandeep Singh each went on to score three goals each for the Indian team.
With the group matches over, India will now face Malaysia in the semi-finals on 30th August. Pakistan will be playing Japan in the other semi-final match.
India won all their matches in the men’s and women’s team event of Squash. The Indian men’s team defeated Qatar 2-1 in their third group match. India is now on top of the Pool with all the three matches won, and will face Thailand next.
In the women’s team, India defeated Thailand and Indonesia in a rather one-sided encounter. The Indian women are also on the top spot in their Pool with their next opponent being China.
India had two women boxers playing the quarterfinal matches on the day 10 of the 2018 Asian Games. However, it was not a result India had wanted.
In the women’s Featherweight (57 kg) category, Sonia Lather lost 0-5 to North Korea’s Jo Son-hwa in a unanimous decision. The Lightweight (60 kg) match between India’s Pavitra and Indonesia’s Hasanah Huswatun saw a tough contest with the later prevailing 3-2 over the Indian.
This has left Sarjubala Devi the lone Indian female boxer at the 2018 Asian Games. She will play her Flyweight (51 kg) quarterfinals match against China’s Chang Yuan.