On yet another high yielding day for India at the 2018 Asian Games 2018 Jakarta, Indian athletes grabbed their hands on four medals to take the total tally 15. Let us have a look at sportwise performance of the Indian contingent.
Indian Shooting – Asian games 2018 Jakarta
Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched a gold medal for India in the women’s 25m air pistol final. In a thrilling final, she went past Thailand’s N Yang Paiboon to win the medal after two shoot-offs. Rahi also became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the sport of shooting at the Asian Games.
Rahi was accompanied by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manu Bhaker, who finished fifth in the event.
In the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions qualifications, Anjum Moudgil failed to make it to the finals by one point. She performed well in the kneeling and prone positions, but was extremely por in the standing round.
Wushu – India win four medals
Indian Wushu players produced their best ever performance in the Asian Games as they won four bronze medals in four different categories.
After losing the semi-finals, Narender Grewal, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Santhosh Kumar won a bronze medal each in 65 kg, 60 kg and 56 kg Sanda events respectively.
Roshibina Naorem won a bronze in the women’s 60kg category of Sanda event.
The Indian women’s team finished a commendable seventh in the women’s team finals and also bettered their qualifications score.
India’s Atanu Das and Vishwas won their individual Round of 32 matches in the men’s recurve event to move into the Round of 16. Each of them will face Kazakhstan.
In the women’s individual recurve, Deepika Kumari was the sole archer to reach the round of 16. She will face Chinese Taipei.
The men’s women’s and the mixed team qualified second in the compound team event.
Hockey – Indian men better their own record
The Indian men’s hockey team recorded their biggest win in the history and bettered their own record at Asian Games as they defeated Hong Kong 26-0 in the second group match. Four gol each from Rupinder Pal Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Harmanpreet Singh and three goals from Akashdeep Singh has put India on the top of the group.
India’s biggest win in Hockey had come back in 1932 Los Angeles Olympics when they defeated USA 24-1.
The Tennis contingent at the 2018 Asian Games assured India of a minimum of two bronze medals in the women’s singles and the men’s doubles event. Ankita Raina progressed to the semi-finals in the women’s singles while the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan also moved to semis in men’s doubles event.
The mixed doubles team of Raina and Bopanna also reached the quarterfinals. They did this with a convincing over the Hong Kong pair of Chun Hun Wong-Eudice Wong Chong 6-4, 6-4.
In the men’s singles, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost his round of 16 match to Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan.
Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh have reached the finals of the men’s lightweight double sculls after finishing second in the repechage round. Along with them, the women’s four team also reached the finals after finishing fourth in the repechage.
The Indian men’s 4×100 freestyle team of Aaron DSouza, Virdhawal Khade, Sajan Prakash and Anshul Kothari showed a poor performance in the finals after they finished last. With a time of 3:25.34 seconds, they were about 12 second behind the gold medal winning team.
In the men’s 100m butterfly event, Avinash Mani and Sajan Prakash failed to qualify for the finals. Sandeep Sejwal also could not reach the finals of the men’s 100m breaststroke, as he finished 10th in the heats.
India had a disappointing day in wrestling after India’s lone medal hope in the Greco-Roman event, Harpreet Singh, lost his bronze medal match. Competing in the 87 kg category he lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev.
Gurpreet Singh (77 kg), Naveen (130 kg) and Hardeep (97 kg) had earlier failed to reach the medal rounds.
India now stands on the fifth position in the 2018 Asian Games medals table with a total of four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals. China is a long way ahead in the table with 50 gold, 33 silver and 15 bronze. They are followed by Japan, South Korea and Iran.
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