- Arpinder Singh and Swapna Barman have bagged India two gold medals in the men’s triple jump and women’s heptathlon events.
- Dutee Chand won a silver in the 200m event.
- Boxers Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal entered the semi-finals and are now assured a medal each.
- Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal lost their semi-final and settled for bronze.
Decent Day 10 for Indians
Indian athletes had a decent day at the 2018 Asian Games on the tenth day of the competition. Manjit Singh won a gold medal in the 800m event, while Jinson Johnson bagged a silver medal in the event.
PV Sindhu settled for a silver after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in the singles final.
What to Expect from Day 11
The eleventh day of the Asian Games be action-packed with men's triple jump and women's 200m finals. Apart from that, Indian boxers will be competing in the men's quarter-finals. Amit Phnagal, Vikas Krishan and Dheeraj will be in action. Sarjubla Devi will take on China's Yuan Chang in the women’s 51kg quarter-final.
Athletics: 3 Indians Disqualified in 20km Walk
Disappointing start for Indian athletes on Day 11 of the Asian Games.
In the women’s 20km Walk event, Khushbir Kaur misses on a medal after finishing fourth. She clocked a time of 1:35:24, about a minute after bronze winner Kumiko Okada, who finished in 1:34:02. The other Indian in the event, Soumya Baby was disqualified.
Manish Singh Rawat and Irfan Kolothum Thodi, the two Indians participating in the men’s 20km Walk were also disqualified.
Cycling Track: Esow, Ranjit Qualify
Esow and Ranjit Singh have qualified for 1/16 in the Cycling Track Men’s sprint event.
Monorama Devi is currently competing in the Cycling Track event, and has finished 9th in the scratch race. Next up is the tempo race.
Athletics: Swapna, Purnima in Top 3 of Women's Heptathlon
Swapna Barman and Purnima Hembram are in the running for a medal in the women’s Heptathlon event, which started yesterday.
After the completion of the Long Jump event, Swapna stands second with a total of 4346 points while Purnima is third with 4228 points.
With 100m, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m and Long Jump done, the two events still remaining are Javelin Throw and 800m.
Athletics: Swapna on Top
Swapna finishes first in Javelin Throw in the women’s Heptathlon event after giving a best of 50.63, while Purnima is fourth with a best throw of 45.48.
In the overall standings, Swapna is leading with a total of 5218 points. Purnia has however slipped to the fourth position with 5001 points.
The 800m at 6.40 pm IST later today will be the final event before the medallists are decided.
Pencak Silat: India Finish Last in Women's Double Final
India’s Simran and Sonia finish last in the Pencak Silat women's Double final after scoring 527. The
There were a total of 7 teams of two in the fray, including the Indians.
Judo: Kalpana Crashes Out
India's Kalpana Devi crashes out of after losing to Uzbekistan's Ziyaeva Gulnoza in the women's 52 kg Elimination Round of 16.
Cycling Track: Monorama Finishes 10th in Tempo Race
Monorama Devi finishes tied 10th in the Tempo Race of the women’s Omnium. She had earlier finished 9th in the scratch race, which earned her 24 points.
India’s Manjeet Singh doesn’t make the cut for the final in men’s 4,000m individual pursuit. He finished 12th with a timing of 4:43.714.
Cycling Track: Manjeet Doesn't Make Cut
In the men's 4000m Individual Pursuit, Manjeet Singh clocks 4:43.714 to finish 12th in the qualification round, and fails to reach the final.
Table Tennis: 2 Indian Teams in Round of 16
The two Indian teams competing in the Table Tennis mixed team event have won their respective Round of 32 matches.
It was an easy win for Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal, who defeated Malaysia’s Javen Choong and Karen Dick in three straight sets of 11-2, 11-5, 11-8.
It took Madhurika Patkar and Anthony Amalraj four sets to beat Indonesia’s DP Aji and Lilis Indriani. After winning the first set 11-4, the Indian duo had a close 11-13 loss in the second one. However, they came back to win the next two sets 11-8, 11-9 and moved to the Round of 16.
The Round of 16 matches will be from 12:30 pm IST onwards.
Athletics: Hima Verdict Awaited
The Athletics Federation of India lodged a protest against Bahrain for causing obstruction to Hima Das during the 400m mixed relay, which made its debut at the Asian Games on Tuesday, 28 August.
The protest was accepted by the jury of appeals, and the result was expected to come out at 10am. However, it is yet to be announced.
Athletics: India's Protest Rejected
The Athletics Federation of India’s protest against Bahrain obstructing Hima Das in the 400m mixed relay event, has been rejected. India have reportedly appealed against the decision to the Jury of Appeal, which will be meeting today evening.
Athletics Events Today
Not much happening at the Asian Games with Indian interest right not but there are a few more medals expected from athletics this evening. Here’s a time-wise list of who all are in action:
- 4:45 PM IST
Men's Triple Jump Final: Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil, Arpinder Singh
- 5:35 PM IST
Women's 200m Final: Dutee Chand
- 6:00 PM IST
Men's 1500m Qualification: Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson
- 6:45 PM IST
Men's 4x400m Qualification
Boxing: Amit's Quarter Underway
Four Indian boxers fighting to enter the medal rounds today and first up is Amit who’s fighting Kim Jang Ryong of North Korea in the Men’s flight fly category.
The 22-year-old Indian is a silver medallist from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and is expected to finish on the podium in Indonesia as well.
While his bout is underway, here’s a list of the three other boxers in quarter-final action today.
- Men's Light Welter(64kg): Dheeraj vs Baatarsukh Chinzorig (Mongolia) (5:15 PM IST)
- Men's Middle(75kg): Vikas Krishan vs Tnaglatihan Touheta Erbieke (China) (1:45 PM IST)
- Women's Fly(51kg): Sarjubala Devi vs Chang Yuan (China) (2:15 PM IST)
Boxing: Amit Assured a Medal
An easy 5-0 unanimous decision verdict for Amit and he’s through to the final four of the men’s boxing Light Fly(49kg) category.
The 22-year-old from Haryana, making his debut at the Games, intimidated Kim Jang Ryong, using his right straights to good effect. On the other hand, the 20-year-old North Korean, despite being a southpaw and the taller of two, simply withdrew after a decent show in the opening three minutes.
Such was Amit’s dominance that he was scored 10 full points in each of the three rounds by all five judges.
The win makes Amit the first of the Indian boxers to assure himself of a medal at the 2018 Asian Games. With no bronze medal face-off, two competitors finish in third place but that’s not what Amit has his eyes on. Next up is Paalam Carlo of Philippines and a victory in the Friday bout would put him straight into the gold medal match.
It has been a brilliant year for the Indian, who won back-to-back gold medals at the inaugural India Open and the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria. He also won a silver at the Gold Coast CWG in April.
Boxing: Vikas Krishan Enters Semis
History made! Vikas Krishan has become the first Indian boxer to win medals in three straight Asian Games after he beat China’s Tnaglatihan Touheta Erbieke in the 75 kg quarter-final.
With all four semi-finallists in boxing assured a medal, it is now just the colour of the medal that Vikas will change with his upcoming bouts.
In the quarter-final, he was up against a more imposing and faster Tanglatihan and even though he got cut above his eye in the very first round, Vikas fought on and was adjudged the winner by a 3-2 result.
The Haryana-boxer, one of only four Indians with a world championships medal to his credit, launched very few attacks but managed to connect just enough straights to get the judges' nod.
Vikas is a gold medallist from the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and a bronze medallist from the 2014 edition in Incheon.
Squash: Women's Team Assured a Medal
The women's squash team assured itself of a medal after securing a semi-final berth. India dominated their Pool B match against China, chalking up a comprehensive 3-0 win.
Star Joshana Chinappa took on Li Dongjin in the first game. The team comprised star Dipika Pallikal Karthik and upcoming talents Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna.
Boxing: Sarjubala Loses Quarters
The only Indian women boxer still in competition at the 2018 Asian Games, Sarjubala Devi, has been handed a 0-5 defeat by Chang Yuan of China.
Yuan, a gold medallist from the 2014 Youth Olympics and the 2015 World Youth Championships, was all class against Devi as she was awarded perfect scores of 10 by all five judges in two out of the three rounds.
Sarjubala’s exit now means India will go without a medal in women’s boxing at this Asian Games. In 2014, MC Mary Kom had won a gold in Sarjubala’s 51 kg event while Sarita Devi and Puja Rani had won a bronze medal each.
Kurash: Megha One Step Closer to Medal
After the two medals in kurash on Tuesday, Megha Tokas is now just one win from finding her way to the podium as well. She’s entered the quarter-finals of the 63 kg category with a solid 10-0 win over Gulshat Nasyrova of Turkmenistan.
Her next bout is at 2:45pm IST against Khasani Najmushifa of Indonesia.
Kurash is making its Asian Games debut in Indonesia and is a form of folk wrestling in which the competitors use towels to hold their opponents with an aim to throw them off the feet.
Yesterday, Pincky Balhara (silver) and Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav (bronze) opened India’s account in the event at the Games.
Table Tennis: Manika and Sharath Win
Mixed results for India in the table-tennis pre-quarters.
Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal pulled off a big upset, beating Korea’s third seeds Lee Sangshu and Jeon Jihee 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4. They’re now just one win away from an assured medal.
The other Indian pair in action, Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar lost 1-3 (11-6, 7-11, 5-11, 4-11) to Hong Kong's Ho Kwan Kit and Lee Ho Ching in the pre-quarter-finals.
Kurash: No Medal For Megha
Just one win from winning India’s third medal in kurash at the 2018 Asian Games, Megha Tokas has been beaten 3-0 by Khasani Najmu Shifa of Indonesia.
This is the end of her campaign.
Table Tennis: Manika and Sharath Take it to a Fifth
Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal are up against the North Korean pair of An Ji Song and Cha Hyo Sim, seeded below them. A win here will ensure them of a medal.
After losing the first set, the Indian pair seeded 9th, won five straight points to take the second set 12-10.
With both teams winning another set each, the match has gone into fifth and final decidider.
Table Tennis: Manika/Sharath Assured a Medal
2-1 down after three sets but Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal have fought their way back into the match and cruised into the semi-finals.
This 11-4, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 8-11 win now means India are assured a second medal in table-tennis at these Games.
Earlier, the men’s team had won India its first-ever Asian Games medal in table-tennis. The team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj lost their semi-final 3-0 to South Korea and settled for bronze.
Table Tennis: Semi-final Underway
Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal’s mixed doubles semi-final is now underway and they raced to a 5-2 lead against Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha.
The Chinese however snatched back the initiative to make it 9-6 in their favour.
While India did fight back to draw level at 9-9, their opponents won the next two points to close the set 11-9.
TT: China Lead Second Game
Manika and Sharath once again take an early lead and make it 4-2 before the Chinese win five straight points and are now leading 9-5.
TT: China Win Second Game
Five games points in China’s favour as they lead 10-5 in the second game. The game is on Manika’s serve and after a few shots, her backhand falls short of the table at her end and China close the second game 11-5.
TT: India Win Third Set
India race to a 4-1 lead in the third set and then make it 9-3 before going 10-6 up with four game points.
The Chinese though find a way to fight back and make it 10-10.
India pick another game point, China equalise again.
It is only on their sixth game point that India close out this set when the Chinese hits a return long.
Note: This a best of seven match and the winning pair needs to win four sets to enter the gold medal match
TT: China Win Fourth Game
China raced to a 7-3 lead in the fourth game and soon enough closed it out at 11-4. This is a best of seven match and China now just need one more game to close out the match and enter the final.
TT: Bronze For Manika and Sharath
This is it. India will settle for bronze in the mixed doubles table-tennis event.
Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal managed to stay with the Chinese opponents’ score in the fifth game; first at 3-3 and then 6-6.
However, Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha raced ahead just near the end and closed the game at 11-8.
The final scoreline read 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.
Dutee Chand Wins Silver
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was the favourite for the gold after qualifying for the 200m final with the fastest time but she’s been beaten to the top spot by Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong.
Dutee crossed the finish line in 23.20 seconds, behind Odiong who clinched the gold in 22.96. The bronze went to China's Wei Yongli (23.27).
Interestingly, same three sprinters had finished first, second and third in the 100m event as well.
Dutee had topped the semi-final with a time of 23 seconds ahead of Bahrain’s Odiong who closed 23.01s and China’s Lingwei Kong (23.32s).
With this silver, Dutee joins an illustrious list of Indian runners like P T Usha and Sunita Rani who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games.
Boxing: Dheeraj Loses Quarter-final
India’s last and final boxer in action today, Dheeraj has lost his quarter-final bout 5-0 to Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia.
Two Indians in 1500m Final
Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh have both entered the final of the 1500m event.
First up was Manjit who won the first heat with a time of 3 minutes 50.59 seconds. Johnson came second in his run but finished with a time of 3 minutes 46.50 seconds, much faster than his compatriot.
Gold For Arpinder Singh!
Juuuust when you thought India would end the day without a gold, Arpinder Singh has managed to top the podium in the men’s triple jump event and save the day.
The 25-year-old from Amritsar recorded 16.77m in his third attempt and it was good enough to bag him his first Asian Games gold and a little piece of history as well. This is India’s first triple jump gold at the Asiad in 48 years.
The other Indian in the event, Rakesh Babu finished sixth with a best jump of 16.40.
Swapna Barman Wins Gold
For the first time in Asian Games history, India has won a gold medal in women’s heptathlon and it’s Swapna Barman who managed to pull off the big victory.
Competing with a bandaged chin due to a toothache which had been causing her pain, Swapna managed to finish on top of the podium with 6026 points.
Hockey: India 0-0 China
Half time of the women’s hockey semi-final and India are tied 0-0 with China.
Bronze medallists from the 2014 Asian Games, India have not reached the finals of the Asian Games in the last five editions. Remember, an Olympics berth is also on the line with gold medallist also bagging an automatic qualification spot.
Women's Hockey: Gurjit Kaur Scores for India
GOAL! Gurjit Kaur finds the first goal of the match. She converts the penalty corner by slotting the ball into the right top corner. India lead 1-0 with around 7 minutes to go.
Women's Hockey: India Enter Final
Indian women’s hockey team beat China 1-0, enter the final for the first time in 20 years. Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute.
The Indian women’s team played their last Asian Games final against South Korea in 1998. They lost 1-2. India won their only Asiad title in 1982 after beating South Korea in the final. It was the year when women’s hockey was inducted in the Asian Games for the first time.
The Indian women’s team finished third in the 2006 and 2014 Asian Games.