Indian rowers Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh (Twitter)Indian rowers and tennis players kept Indian flag high on the day six of the Asian Games. With a gold each coming from both the sports, India has now reached the eighth spot in the medals tally. Let us have a look at how the Indian athletes performed at the 2018 Asian Games on day six.
India in Asian Games 2018 : Day 6
Favorites to win a medal after winning World Cup medals, Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam lost to Iran in the mixed team compound event. They went down 153-155 against Iran.
In the recurve mixed team, Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das lost to Mongolia 4-5. In their individual events, Das and Kumari had earlier lost to their respective events.
Srikanth Kidambi and HS Prannoy lost their respective matches in the men’s singles of Badminton. Tournament favorite and currently ranked eighth in the world, Kidambi went down 21-23, 19-21 to Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong Wing Ki.
Prannoy managed to put on some fight in his match but lost 12–21, 21–15, 15–21 to Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand.
In the women’s doubles round of 16 match, Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy survived a scare to win 21–17, 16–21, 21–19 against Malaysian pair of Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean. The duo also became the first India pair since 1982 to reach the quarterfinals of women’s double in the Asian Games. They will next face China’s Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan.
On the first day of boxing at the 2018 Asian Games, India started off with a loss and a win.
In the men’s Flyweight (52 kg) category, Commonwealth Games medallist Gaurav Solanki suffered a shocking defeat in his very first match. He lost 0-5 against Japan’s Tanaka Ryomei.
However, Manoj Kumar won his bout 5-0 unanimously in the men’s Welterweight (69 kg) category. Manoj defeated Bhutan’s Sangay Wangdi and will next face Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov.
After defeating Indonesia 45–24 in the women’s team Epee event, the Indian team of Thoudam Kabita Devi, Ena Arora, Jas Seerat Singh and Jyotika Dutta lost to China 25-45.
The Indian men’s hockey team continued their stupendous performance at the 2018 Asian Games Hockey in their third group match. India defeated Japan 8-0, continuing their dominance in the group. They now face South Korea next on 25th August. Korea too has not lost a single game yet.
India’s medal hopes are still open in golf as the men’s team are placed second in the men’s team event. The team of Aadil Bedi, Kshitij Naveed Kaul, Harimohan Singh and Rayhan Thomas have scored a 420 to be placed second after Japanese team who have a score of 414. With still two rounds remaining, India could easily go past the Japan team to win a gold.
On the other hand the Indian women’s team is placed ninth after round two.
In singles, Aadil Bedi is currently placed third in the men’s event while Rayhan Thomas is placed fifth. Kshitij Naveed Kaul is on the eighth spot.
After the Indian men’s kabaddi team was dethroned by Iran in the semi-finals, a similar result was seen in the finals of the women’s event too.
Playing to defend their title and winning a straight third gold, the Indian women’s kabaddi team went down to Iranian women’s team 24-27. Favorites at the tournament settled for silver as Iran went on to win its second gold medal in Kabaddi. The Iranian men’s team defeated Korea to win the gold in men’s finals.
Good news came from the Rowing team as India won three medals on the sixth day of the 2018 Asiads. Dushyant Chauhan won a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight single sculls. However, the tiring race took a toll on him as Dushyant had to be taken into medical care after he threw up during the medal ceremony.
In the doubles event, Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh brought home another bronze medal.
The men’s team of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Baban Bhokanal,Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh sealed a gold for India in the Quadruple sculls event.
It was another good day for India at the shooting range as Heena Sindhu won a bronze medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event. A poor shot with the last three shooters standing cost her a silver medal.
Manu Bhaker finished fifth in the same event, while Harjinder Singh and Amit Kumar could only finish fourth and fifth respectively in the finals of men’s 300m Standard Rifle event.
After Ankita Raina’s bronze medal, the Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan upgraded the color of medal in the men’s doubles. The duo won a gold medal after defeating Kazakhastan’s Aleksander Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 in just 53 minutes. It was India’s sixth gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
In the men’s singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, however failed to go past his semi-final opponent Denis Istomin and had to settle for bronze.
More good news comes from the squash court as Saurav Ghosal reached the semi-finals of the men’s singles event to confirm a medal for India. He defeated his countryman Harinder Pal Sandhu 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won their respective women’s singles matches to reach the semi-finals match, assuring India of another two medals. Chinappa will face Sivasangari Subramaniam, while Pallikal will be against top seed Nicol David, both from Malaysia.
In other sports, Dipa Karmakar finished fifth in the Balance beam final with 12.500 points. Rakhi Halder had a disappointing outing in the women’s 63kg event as she failed to register even a single lift of 93 kg.
At the end of day six, India has won six gold, five silver and 14 bronze medals to be placed eighth. China still leads the table with 66 gold, 46 silver and 27 bronze medals.
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