India’s hockey team wins silver; Wrestler Simran too clinches Silver
What started off as a day of promise for India ended in anticlimax at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, as three finalists and gold medal prospects lost out their respective finals. Indian wrestler Simran had to settle for a silver, whereas Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams also had to satisfy themselves with silver medals.
India’s promising wrestling star, Simran lost out in the finals of women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition. United States’ Emily Shilson claimed the top honors. The Indian lost by a complementary margin of 6-11, as the American registered a ‘victory by points’ to clinch the gold.
Simran started poorly, conceding a 2-9 lead to Shilson in the first period and that was probably enough to seal her fate. Even though she produced a relatively better performance in the second period, that unfortunately wasn’t enough. She scored two points in this period but also conceded two more. Ultimately the bout ended at 6-11.
The contest must have evoked the memories of the 2017 World Championship when she lost out on gold due to poor decision making.
Reflecting on the same, she later said that her “tactical error” cost her the gold. “It was silly of me to give into the deception,” she later added. Nevertheless, the youngster informed her happiness with the silver.
Indian Hockey 5’s team dazzle
Even though they failed to win in their respective finals, India’s men’s and women’s hockey teams did show promise on the international stage.
India men gave away lead twice, as they ultimately went down 2-4 against Malaysia. The men in blue started brightly, scoring twice in quick succession through captain Vivek Sagar Prasad in 3rd and 6th minute. The goals were sandwiched between a sole strike of Firadus Rosdi, who scored in the 5th minute. But then their defense gave way as Malaysia’s blistering attack took them by surprise.
Akhimullah Anuar (14’ and 19’ ) and Arif Ishak (17’) led the riot, as the Malaysians came back from 2-1 down to 4-2, clinching the gold in the process.
Elsewhere, Indian women’s team faced a similar heartbreak, as they suffered a crushing 1-3 defeat at the hands Argentina.
There again, India scored the opening goal, through Mumtaz Khan within just 49 seconds. Unfortunately, that proved to be their last goal as well. The hosts scored thrice in quick succession, with Gianella Palet (7’), Sofia Ramolla (9’) and Brisa Bruggesser (12’) in the first round, to win the country’s 6th gold.
India has now won 10 medals, 3 gold, and 7 silver, although this does not take into account the medals won in the mixed events. Shuttler Lakshya Sen won a gold, whereas shooter Manu Bhaker and judoka Tababi Devi each clinched silver medals in respective mixed events.