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Asian Games 2018 Day 4 wrap: India medal tally at 15 after Rahi gold

first_imgIndia added five medals on Wednesday to take its tally to 15 at the ongoing Asian Games 2018.Shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched a historic gold medal in 25m air pistol finals, while four bronze medals came in wushu.With yellow metal in shooting, Rahi became the first Indian female shooter to do so at the Asian Games.The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a heart-stopping contest after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.Asian Games 2018, Day 4: HighlightsBoth found the target four times in the shoot-off, leading to another shoot-off where Rahi shot three and the Thai two, ensuring a historic gold for the Kohlapur-born shooter. The bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Minjung.It was a great for Manu Bhaker as she cracked under pressure to finish sixth in the finals. The 16-year-old had a remarkable morning as she had shot 593 to equal the Games qualification record. Rahi had sneaked into the finals in seventh place, shooting 580.In the women’s Rifle 3 Positions event, Anjum Moudgil and Gayathri Nithyanandam failed to qualify for the final.FOUR MEDALS IN WUSHUAll the four Indian wushu players lost their semi-final bouts to settle for bronze medals but ensured that the country produced its best-ever performance at the Games.Naorem Roshibini Devi, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Narender Grewal lost their Sanda event semifinal bouts but in the process gave the Indian team an unprecedented four medals in the Asian Games.advertisementOur Wushu champions are doing wonderfully in Jakarta.Santosh Kumars skills have ensured he wins a Bronze in the 56 kg event. Proud of him. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/2ntdcAuhrTNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2018Before this edition, India had taken part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Asian Games and this four medal haul has been the best so far. In 2014 Incheon, India had won two bronze, with Grewal clinching one in men’s Sanda 60kg.Thus for Grewal, today’s bronze is his second medal in the Asian Games.In the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games, India had won one (bronze) and two (one silver, one bronze) medals respectively.Roshibini Devi was the first to take the field in women’s Sanda 60kg semifinals and she lost to Cai Yingying of China 0-1.Next up was Santosh Kumar in men’s Sanda 56kg category but he was no match to Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam as he lost 0-2 in the semifinal bout.Any hopes of an Indian wushu player appearing in the finals tomorrow went up in smokes as Partap Singh (men’s Sanda 60kg) and Grewal (men’s Sanda 65kg) lost their semifinal bouts.Partap Singh lost to Erfan Ahangarian 0-2 while Grewal was beaten by Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan by the same margin.BIG WIN IN HOCKEYIndian men’s hockey team recorded its biggest ever win in international hockey on Wednesday by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match.FT| The Indian Men’s Hockey Team score 26 goals against Hong Kong China in their third game of the @asiangames2018 which saw 4 players claim hat-tricks and a sublime team effort to achieve the large score-line on 22nd August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvHKG pic.twitter.com/UiqYtgzbsqHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 22, 2018India bettered its 86-year-old record when it defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics.Rupinderpal Singh (3rd, 5th, 30th, 45th, 59th minutes), Harmanpreet Singh (29th, 52nd, 53rd, 54th) and Akashdeep Singh (2nd, 32nd, 35th) scored a hattrick each, while Manpreet Singh (3rd, 17th), Lalit Upadhayay (17th, 19th), Varun Kumar (23rd, 30th), SV Sunil (7th), Vivek Sagar Prasad (14th), Mandeep Sinhgh (21st), Amit Rohidas (27th), Dilpreet Singh (48th), Chinglensana Singh (51st), Simranjeet Singh (53rd) and Surender Kumar (55th) were the other goal getters for India.MEDALS ASSURED IN TENNISIn tennis, Ankita Raina and top seeds men’s doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan assured India of at least a couple of bronze medals in the tennis competition by progressing to the semi-finals.World no. 189, Raina dispatched Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four of the women’s singles competition. In all the five events, both losing semi-finalists get a bronze.Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, played a solid match against the seasoned pairing of Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua of Chinese Taipei.Prajnesh Gunneswaran got one step closer to a medal after advancing to the quarterfinals. He beat Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.The women’s doubles pairing of Raina and Prarthana Thombare exited the women’s doubles competition with a 1-6 3-6 loss against Kazakhstan’s Danilina and Ainitdinova Gozal.advertisementCongratulations to our #TOPSAthlete @ankita_champ for advancing to the semifinals of the womens #Tennis singles event following a comprehensive 6-4, 6-1 victory over Eudice Wong Chong. All the best!#IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #GoForGold @ITF_Tennis #SAI pic.twitter.com/Cl9hFKdhULSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 22, 2018The other men’s doubles pairing of Sumit Nagal and Ramanathan too crashed out of the competition.The only Indian pairing left in the mixed doubles draw is of Bopanna and Raina, who beat Wong Chun Hun and Eudice Chong of Hong Kong 6-4 6-4 to enter the quarter-finals.Ramkumar Ramathan, second seed in the men’s singles, disappointed in his round of 16 match against Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan.The world no. 134 played a serve and volley game for the majority of the match on the slow courts of Jakabaring Tennis Center and paid the price by losing 6-3 4-, 3-6 against the 428th ranked player.ROWERS REACH FINALIn rowing, Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh finished on top in men’s lightweight double sculls repechage round with a time of 7:14.23s to qualify for the final race to be held on August 24.In the women’s four repechage round, the Indian quartet of Sanjita Dung Dung, Annu, Navneet Kaur and Yamini Singh finished fourth with a time of 7:53.29s but still made it to the final to be held on August 24.The men’s lightweight eight team was the last to compete today and it also qualified for the final race by coming on top with a time of 6:15.62. The final will be held on August 24.Indian women’s teams, featuring Pranati Nayak, Pranati Das and Aruna Budda Reddy, finished 7th in the gymanstics final with a score of 138.050. They participated without Dipa Karmakar, who was forced to pull out due to an injury. China took the gold medal, while North Korea and Japan finished second and third respectively.India endured a disappointing end to their wrestling campaign at the Asian Games with Greco-Roman grappler Harpreet Singh losing his bronze medal bout on Wednesday.Harpreet, competing in a higher weight category (87kg), lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev.Harpreet was India’s lone medal hope after Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep (97) failed to reach the medal round.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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