Asian Games 2018 India – Sportwise
Indian swimmers had a disappointing day 2 at the 2018 Asian Games. Sajan Prakash finished fifth in the men’s 200m butterfly event, while Advait Page finished eighth in the men’s 800m freestyle event. In the men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay event, the Indian team finished seventh in the finals.
Srihari Nataraj and Arvind Mani failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 50m backstroke event and a similar result was received from Neel Roy in 200m individual medley. Nataraj finished seventh in the men’s 100m backstroke event.
Results from the Badminton court not not at all encouraging for the Indian contingent. India had a match each in the men’s and women’s team event on day two in Jakarta.
The Indian men’s badminton team lost their quarterfinal match to hosts Indonesia 1-3. Srikanth Kidambi lost his opening game which was followed by the loss of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in doubles. While H S Prannoy won the third match to keep India in the match, a straight sets loss for Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy ended the competition for India.
In the women’s team event, Japan defeated India 3-1 to end India’s campaign in the team events. PV Sindhu was the sole winner for India in the four matches played.
The Unified Korea team crushed the Indian women’s basketball team to hand their third straight loss in the 5×5 basketball event. India lost 54-104 and have one more match to play against Indonesia. Given the hosts’ performance in the event, India are expected to defeat them to reach the quarterfinals even after losing three games.
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The Indian men’s team started their campaign against minnow and hosts Indonesia today and registered a comfortable victory. With three goals each from Dilpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Mandeep Singh, India won their first group match 17-0. It was also India’s biggest win the Asian Games. They play Hong Kong next on 22nd August.
Gymnastics – Artistic
The Indian men’s team of Siddharth Verma, Ashish Kumar, Gaurav Kumar, Yogeshwar Singh and Rakesh Patra participated in the artistic team event. However, they finished ninth in the event.
The Indian men’s handball team their first match of the Classification round against Malaysia and won the match by a huge margin of 45-19. They are currently placed on the top of the Group III and will play arch rivals and neighbours Pakistan next on 24th August.
India had a divided outing in Kabaddi at the 2018 Asian Games day two. After registering two phenomenal wins on day one, the Indian men’s team suffered a big blow as they lost their third group match to South Korea. In a neck to neck game, India lost 23-24. They will play Thailand in the next match on 21st August.
On the other hand, the Indian women’s kabaddi team continued their winning run at the Asian Games as they defeated Thailand 33-23. They have two matches scheduled on 21st August – first against Sri Lanka and second against the hosts Indonesia.
Indian men had a good day in the Wushu events on the second day of the Asian Games Jakarta. Santhosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh, Narender Grewal and Pardeep Kumar won their respective Round of 16 matches to reach the quarterfinals of Sanda event.
In the Taolu event, the Indian men did not do well none of the athletes managed to finish in the top four. A similar result was delivered in the women’s Taolu event.
India had a rather pleasant day in Rowing at Asian Games. After positive results on Day 1 from Dattu Bhokanal and others, Dushyant made it to the finals of Lightweight single sculls. In the Lightweight double sculls, Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh reached the repechage round. The men’s Lightweight eight team also reached the repechage round.
In the men’s Quadruple sculls, the Indian team managed to finish first in the qualifications to reach the finals.
In women’s four heats, the Indian team of Sayali Shelke, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Annu and Harpreet Kaur also reached the repechage round.
The Indian men’s Sepak Takraw team had mixed results on the day two of the Asiads. After winning their first Group match of the day 2-1 against Iran, they succumbed to Indonesia in the second match. The women’s team also lost their match 1-2 against Laos.
The Indian men’s team had a great outing on their first day of the Tennis event. Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan won their respective singles matches comfortably to reach the round three of the event. In the men’s doubles, Ramkumar Ramanathan / Sumit Nagal and Rohan Bopanna / Divij Sharan also won their respective matches.
Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi registered victories in the women’s singles matches to reach the next round. However, in the women’s doubles Pranjala Yadlapalli / Rutuja Bhosale suffered a loss from the Thai pair of Peangtarn Plipuech / Nicha Lertpitaksinchai. In the other women’s doubles match, Ankita Raina / Prarthana Thombare eased passed the Pakistani pair of Ushna Suhail / Sarah Mahboob Khan.
Playing their opening match at the 2018 Asian Games, the Indian men’s volleyball team defeated Hong Kong 3-0 to register their first win. They will play Qatar in the Pool F match.
India had another fantastic day in the wrestling event as Vinesh Phogat clinched gold in the women’s freestyle 50 kg event. She thus became the first Indian women to win a gold in the wrestling event.
Indian shooters clinched two silver medals on the second day of the 2018 Asiad in Jakarta. Deepak Kumar opened India’s medal account early morning as he grabbed a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle event. The second silver came from Lakshay Sheoran who won in the men’s trap event.
Having won three medals on the second day, India’s total medal count at the 2018 Asian Games climbs to five, which include two gold, two silver and one bronze medal. They are placed on the eighth place in the medals tally.
At the end of day two, China leads the medals table with 36 medals (15 gold, 12 silver and 9 bronze). China is followed by Japan with 30 medals(8 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze).