Asian Games 2018
Swapna Barman gave India its first-ever Asiad gold in women’s heptathlon event. Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, competed in the event with her jaw taped up, as she was battling an excruciating toothache.
Indian boxer Amit Panghal beat Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov, clinching the gold in the men’s Light Fly (49kg) finals.
The Indian bridge team comprising Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar won the gold in their finals.
The Indian women’s squash team lost 0-2 against Hong Kong settling for a silver.
The Indian men’s hockey team won their bronze medal match against Pakistan.
India clinched three medals in sailing at the 18th Asian Games. Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar won the silver in the 49er FX women’s event. Harshita Tomar claimed the bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 event. Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda settled for a bronze in the 49er men’s event.
The Indian women’s hockey team lost 1-2 to Japan to settle for the silver medal.
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan had to settle for bronze after he was declared medically unfit to fight his semifinal bout in men’s 75kg event due to a cut on his left eyelid, which he sustained earlier in the event. The 26-year-old was to take on Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan in his last-four clash but was forced out due to the injury.
Arpinder Singh ended India’s 48-year wait for a gold medal in the men’s triple jump event at the Asian Games as he topped the finals with his best effort of 16.77 metres.
Jinson Johnson, with a time of 3:44:72 finished first in the men’s 1500m final on the Day 12 of the 18th Asian Games. Johnson, who had won the silver in 800m, took the gold this time, while Manjit Singh, who had won the gold in 800m, finished fourth.
The Indian women’s relay team clinched the top position in the women’s 4×400 relay finals with a timing of 3:28:72. Hima Das gave India the lead at first and the other three racers – MR Poovamma, SL Gayakwad and V Koroth- maintained it right till the end. It was the fifth consecutive gold medal for India in the event, as India has been winning gold in the women’s 4x400m relay since 2002 Asian Games.
In the men’s 4x400m relay, the Indian team comprising Kunhu Muhammed, Dharunn Ayyasamy, Mohd. Anas and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3:01.85 to settle for silver. India had finished fourth in this event in the 2014 Asian Games.
India’s 23-year-old Tajinder Pal Singh clinched the gold medal in men’s shot put with an Asian Games record at 20.75 m. It was India’s first gold in Athletics at the 2018 Asian Games and it surpasses the six-year-old national record of 20.69m set by Om Prakash Karhana.
Neeraj Chopra won the second gold in Athletics for India when he, with a throw of 88.06m broke the national record and finished first in the men’s javelin throw event. With the win, he became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asiad gold.
India’s Manjit Singh stole the limelight by finishing first in the men’s 800m final with a timing of 1.46.15. Jinson Johnson followed close behind with a timing of 1.46.35 to finish at the second place.
Neena Varakil from India, won silver in women’s long jump.
Veteran long distance runner Sudha Singh and Dharun Ayyasamy, took the silver medals for India when they finished second in women’s 3000m steeplechase and men’s 400m hurdles respectively.
Team India’s first bronze medal in athletics came through Seema Punia, who with a throw of 62.26 metres finished at the third sport in women’s discus throw finals. The other Indian in the competition, Sandeep Kumari, finished fifth.
In the women’s 1500m final, India’s P Chitra won the bronze medal after she finished the race with a time of 4:12:56.
In another first, Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982. He finished second with a score of 26.40 in the individual equestrian jumping event behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. Further, he along with his teammates Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh guided India to a second-place in the equestrian team event.
India’s first medal in Kurash came through Malaprabha Yallapa Jadav, who picked up bronze following her semi final defeat against Gulnor Sulaymanova of Uzbekistan.
This was followed by silver, which was won by Pinky Balhara in the women’s 52 kg final after she lost to Uzbekistan’s Gulnor Sulaymanova by 10-0.
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