Asian Games India 2018: Athletes continue to shine on day 11

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The Indian track and field athletes brought more glory to India’s campaign on the day 11 of 2018 Asian Games. With a total of four medals coming on the day, three of them came from the athletic field. On the national sports day in India, which marks the birthday of former Hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, India won two gold, one silver and one bronze medals. Asian games India

India now stands ninth on the 2018 Asian Games medal table with a total of 54 medals. These contain 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze. India had won a total of 57 medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. Let us have a look at Indian performance on the day 11 of 2018 Asiads.

 

Athletics – 2018 Asian Games India

A gold after 48 years in men’s triple jump

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Asian Games 2018: Arpinder Singh at the medal ceremony (Twitter)

Arpinder Singh became the first Indian man to clinch a gold for the country in triple jump since 1970 Asian Games. Arpinder jumped a distance of 16.77m to win a gold medal for India. He has been medal-less in any of the multi-sport events since his bronze medal win at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. India’s last gold in men’s triple jump event came from Mohinder Singh Gill, 48 years ago in Thailand Asian Games.

Swapna Barman wins gold in Heptathlon

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Swapna Barman (Twitter)

The second gold of the day came from Swapna Barman in the women’s heptathlon event. The 21-year old became the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games. With a total 6026 points from seven events across two days, Barman clinched India’s first gold in heptathlon at the Asian Games.

Purnima Hembram, India’s other athlete in the event finished fourth behind China and Japan’s athletes who clinched silver and bronze medals respectively. She had 5837 points, 36 points less than the Japanese athlete.

Second medal for Dutee Chand

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Dutte Chand (News18 Sports)

Dutee Chand clinched her second medal at the 2018 Asian Games as she finished second in women’s 200m finals. The sprinter completed the race in 23.20 seconds to win a medal for India in the event after 16-years. Chand had earlier won a silver medal in the women’s 100m race.

Indian duo of Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson qualified for the finals of men’s 1500m race. Singh finished first in the first heat with a time of 3:50.59 minutes, while Johnson finished second in the second heat. They will race in the finals on 30th August. Singh and Johnson have earlier won a gold and silver respectively in men’s 800m race.

In the men’s 4x400m relay qualification race, the Indian team finished fourth to qualify for the finals. They will race in the finals on 30th August.

Table Tennis – Second historic medal for India

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Achanta (L) and Batra (R) – Twitter (@Ra_THORe)

India won yet another bronze medal in the Table Tennis event at the 18th Asian Games. The pair of Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal reached the semi-finals of the mixed doubles. However, they were defeated by the Chinese pair of Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha. It was second historic bronze medal for India in Table Tennis after men’s team medal.

Another Indian pair, Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar, lost in the pre-quarterfinals earlier the day.

 

Boxing

Indian boxers have guaranteed two medals for the country after Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal reached the semi-finals in their respective weight categories.

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Amit Phangal (Twitter)

In the quarter-final match of the men’s light flyweight (49 kg) category, Amit defeated Kim Jang-ryong of North Korea in a unanimous 5-0 bout. He will now face Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in the semi-final match on 31st August.

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Vikas Krishan (HTSports News)

Vikas Krishan Yadav had a tough 3-2 win over China’s Tuoheta Tanglatihan in the quarterfinals of men’s middleweight (75 kg) category. Kishan will be up against Kazakhstan’s Abilkhan Amankul in the semis.

While Vikas had won a gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Amit was a silver medal winner.

In the women’s flyweight (51 kg) category, Sarjubala Devi ended Indian women boxers campaign at the Asian Games 2018. She lost to China’s Chang Yuan 0-5 in the quarterfinal match.

 

Hockey – Women’s team reaches finals

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Indian women’s hockey team celebrating after win over China (Xinhua Sports)

The Indian women’s hockey team reached the finals of the women’s hockey event, assuring India of a minimum of a silver medal in the event. They defeated China 1-0 in the semi-finals, with the sole goal coming from Gurjit Kaur in the 52nd minute. China are the 2014 Asian Games champions and were also the favorites to win this year too.

Indian women created history after reaching the finals of women’s hockey team after 20 years.  They will now face Japan in the finals on 31st August at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta.

 

Squash – Another medal assured for India

India has been assured another medal in squash after the Indian women’s squash team won their fourth straight pool game. The team of Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayana Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna registered a 3-0 win against China in their fourth match of the group.

They have a last match to play against Hong Kong, who are also unbeaten in the event. However, the result of this match will not affect India’s semi-final berth. The final group match will be played on 30th August, with the semi-finals scheduled for 31st August.

Volleyball

Indian women’s volleyball team defeated Hong Kong 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-13) in the eleventh place game. They had earlier lost all the five matches in the group stage.

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