Day 9, Asian Games: Neeraj Wins Gold, Indian Men’s TT Team Win QF
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra poses with his Asian Games gold medal.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra poses with his Asian Games gold medal.(Photo: AP)

Day 9, Asian Games: Neeraj Wins Gold, Indian Men’s TT Team Win QF


  • Indian women’s hockey team beat Thailand 5-0 in their final group match, top Pool B with four wins.
  • PV Sindhu enters the final of the women’s singles, while Saina Nehwal settled for bronze after losing her semi-final match.
  • Neeraj Chopra wins gold in javelin throw with a personal best throw of 88.06m.
  • Neena Varakil wins a silver in the long jump event with a best jump of 6.51m.
  • Ayyasamy Dharun wins a silver in the 400m hurdles event with a personal best timing of 48.96 seconds.
  • Sudha Singh wins silver in women’s 3000m steeplechase event with a timing of 9.4 minutes.
(Photo: PTI)

Asian Games 2018 – Day 9

Hima Das and Muhammed Anas won a silver each in women's and men's 400m as Indian athletes continued their strong show in the Asian Games on Day 8 of the event.

For Hima, it was her second national record in two days as she clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, behind Bahrain's Salwa Naser who won the gold in a new Games record time of 50.09 seconds.

Hima had qualified for the final with a national record time of 51 seconds on Saturday, bettering the 14-year-old mark set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004.

In men's 400m final, Anas clocked 45.69 seconds to clinch the silver. The gold was won by Hassan Abdalelah of Qatar in 44.89 seconds.

Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition on Sunday.

Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan's Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70.

On Day 9 of the competition, India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be in action at 5:15 pm IST. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will compete in their respective semi-final matches at 10:30 am IST.

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Equestrian: Team India Stand 4th

Proceedings on Day 9 of the Asian Games are started off with Equestrian.

Three Indians – Chetan Reddy Nukala, Zahan Kevic Setalvad, Kaevaan Kevic Setalvad – are competing in the Jumping Individual event.

Also underway is the 1st qualification round of the Jumping Team event featuring India, who are currently in the fourth position.

Just yesterday, Fouaad Mirza made history, as he became the first Indian to win an individual silver medal in the equestrian event in Eventing since 1982. With this win, Fouaad won India's first individual medal in equestrian event in 36 years at the Asian Games. He also guided India to a silver in Equestrian in the Eventing Team event.

Also Read : Fouaad Mirza Bags Equestrian Silver at Asiad, First in 32 Years

Karate: Sharath Loses 0-1

India’s Sharath Kumar Jayendran loses 0-1 to Korea’s Muil Kim in the men’s 75kg Karate 1/16 final.

Canoeing: India Enter Repechage Round

Finishing last in Heat 2 of the Canoe TBR 1000m, the Indian men’s team enters the repechage round.

India finished with a timing of 4:54.198, 13 seconds slower than China who finished first in the heat. The other teams in the repechage round are Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong China and Malaysia.

Sepak Takraw: India Win 1st Set

In Sepak Takraw, India are playing Nepal in the Men's Regu Preliminary Group B match.

The three-member India have won the first set with a comfortable 16-point lead over their opponents.

Badminton: Saina, Sindhu Play Semis

Already assured of a medal, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are now competing in the semi-finals of the women’s singles event.

Sindhu takes on Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi whereas Nehwal will be battling it out against World no 1 and top seed, Tzuing Tai.

London bronze medallist Saina ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18, 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarter-final.

Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11, 16-21, 21-14 in the other quarter-final.

Saina is taking the court first. Her match will be followed by Sindhu’s semi-final.

Sepak Takraw: India Beat Nepal 2-0

India take the second set 21-15, and win their men’s Regu Preliminary Group B match against Nepal.

They had won the first set 21-5.

Badminton: Saina Giving Tough Fight

Saina Nehwal’s semi-final match against World no 1 Tai Tzu Ying is underway. And the Indian shuttler is giving the top seed a tough fight.

Tai Tzu had got an early lead in the game but Saina wins two straight points to make the score 4-5.

At the break, Saina is trailing 10-11.

Badminton: Saina Loses 1st Game

Saina Nehwal loses the first game 21-17 in her semi-final match against World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying.

Four straight points and Tai Tzu takes 15-10 lead after the break. But a few errors from her Chinese opponent allows Saina to close in, making the score 15-16.

Tai eventually manages to take the game in 19 minutes.

Badminton: Saina Trails 10-11 in 2nd Game

After trailing 2-6, Saina won four points on the trot to level the scores. But her Chinese opponent managed to go ahead by three points, taking a 9-6 lead.

Tai then won three straight points to lead 10-7 but Saina once against managed to come from behind to level the scores at 10-10. The Chinese top seed won the last point before the break.


Badminton: Saina Nehwal Wins Bronze

Saina goes down fighting. The Indian shuttler takes home the bronze after losing the semi-final match 17-21, 14-21 to her World No 1 opponent.

Trailing 10-11 in the second game, Saina managed to take a lead for the first time after the break. The two were moving neck-to-neck, with scores levelled at 13-13 and then 14-14.

But Tai Tzu Ying won seven straight points to finish the game in style, and move into the final of the women’s singles event.

Next up, PV Sindhu will be playing her semi-final match against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.

Also Read : Saina Nehwal Fights Hard but Loses to World Number 1, Wins Bronze

Badminton: Sindhu in the Lead

PV Sindhu’s semi-final match against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles event is underway.

It’s been a close game so far, but Sindhu has had a slight edge over her opponent. At the break, she is leading 11-8.

Badminton: Sindhu Wins First Game

A long rally, and PV Sindhu wins it to take the first game 21-17 in the women’s singles semi-final match.

After the break, Sindhu raced to a 14-9 lead over Akane Yamaguchi. The Japanese shuttler closed in on the lead through the game, but never once managed to go ahead of Olympics silver-medallist Sindhu.

Badminton: Sindhu Loses Lead

A very close game, and Sindhu is now trailing in the second game 21-16.

The scoreline was 10-6 in Sindhu’s favour, before her Japanese opponent won five straight points to take a 11-10 lead at the break.

Badminton: Sindhu 1-1 Yamaguchi

Akane Yamaguchi manages to maintain her lead after the break, and wins the second game 21-15. The match is now level, with both Sindhu and her Japanese opponent winning a game each.

After trailing 12-16, Sindhu managed to claw back and win two points. But Akane furthered her lead to 18-14, eventually taking the game.

Badminton: Sindhu Leads 3rd Game

Almost an hour into the game, and neither players are showing any signs of giving up.

PV Sindhu however is still dominating, with an 11-7 lead over her Japanese opponent in the third game of the semi-final match.

After the scores were level at 3-3, Sindhu won three straight points to take a 6-3 lead. Every point thereon seemed like a battle, with both players giving a tough fight. But Sindhu continued to maintain a lead, inching towards booking a finals spot.

Badminton: Sindhu Enters Final

With a 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, PV Sindhu has entered the final of the women’s singles event. She is the first Indian woman to reach this stage in the Asian Games.

The semi-final match started with Sindhu winning the first game. But her Japanese opponent fought back to win the second game.

In the third game, Sindhu raced to a 16-8 lead over her opponent after the break, eventually winning 21-10.

Also Read : Asiad: Sindhu Becomes 1st Indian to Enter Women’s Gold Medal Match

Squash: Men’s Team Win

An easy win for India in their opening match of the men’s team event. With singles top seed Saurav Ghosal leading the charge, India beat Indonesia 3-0 in the first of two Pool B matches today.

At 5 PM IST, they take on Singapore.

Women's Hockey: India vs Thailand Underway

The Indian women’s team’s final Pool B match is now underway and they’re playing Thailand today.

India lead Pool B with three wins in as many matches and are through to the semis already. Thailand are third in the group behind India (nine points) and South Korea (6 points).

Volleyball: Indian Women Lose to China

The Indian women’s volleyball team India lose 18-25, 19-25, 9-25 to China in their Pool B match. India ended their campaign at this Asian Games without any wins.

The Indian men’s volleyball team will play Pakistan in the quarters for 7-12 classification places tomorrow. They finished in the second spot in pool F after winning against Hong Kong and Maldives.

Table Tennis: Indian Men Beat Macau

India beat Macau 3-0 in their Group D match of the Table Tennis men’s team event. With Sathiyan G and Sharath Kamal rested, Anthony Amalraj, Harmeet Desai and Manav Thakkar comprised the Indian team.

Amalraj won the opener 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 against Chun Wang, Harmeet beat Zikang Xiao in four games, and Manav Thakkar got post Mak Tin Ian in straight games (11-5, 11-4, 11-4) to seal the match.

India play Vietnam in their next Group D match at 2.30 pm IST today.

Women's Hockey: Rani Rampal Scores!

After a goalless first half, captain Rani Rampal manages to put India in the lead against Thailand in their women’s Pool B match.

Rani scored a field goal in the 37th minute, and India are now leading 1-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Squash: Women's Team Win

Another squash win for India, with the women’s team starting their Pool B campaign with a 3-0 win over Iran.

Earlier in the day, the Indian men defeated Indonesia 3-0 in the opener.

Women's Hockey: India Top Pool B

Indian women’s hockey team beat Thailand 5-0 in their final Pool B match. They remain unbeaten in the group stage, registering four wins in as many matches.

Whatever the Indian team discussed after the first half of the match worked perfectly for them. After a goalless first half, captain Rani Rampal put India in the lead just seven minutes into the third quarter.

The Indian women finished off on a strong note, scoring four goals in the last 15 minutes of the match. Rani scored two more goals to complete a hat-trick, while Monika and Navjot scored a goal each.

Karate: Vishal Loses Quarter-final

India’s Vishal loses his 84 kg quarter-final match against Uzbekistan’s Shakhboz Akhatov 0-8.

Boxing: Vikas Krishan Enters Quarters

Vikas Krishan enters the quarters after defeating Pakistan’s Ahmed Tanveer 5-0 in his round of 16 match in the men's Middle 75kg category.

Athletics Events Coming Up Later in the Day

  • 5:10 pm - Women's Long Jump (Final): Neena Varakil, James Nayana
  • 5:15 pm - Men's Javelin Throw (Final): Neerak Chopra, Shivpal Singh
  • 5:15 pm - Women's 400m Hurdles (Final): Jauna Murmu, Anu Raghavan
  • 5:30 pm - Men's 400m Hurdles (Final): Dharun Ayyasamy, Santosh Kumar Tamilarasan
  • 5:30 pm - Men's High Jump (Final): Chethan Balasubramanya
  • 5:45 pm - Women's 3000m Steeplechase (Final): Sudha Singh, Chinta
  • 6:00 pm - Men's 3000m Steeplechase (Final): Shankar Lal Swami
  • 6:35 pm - Men's 800m Qualification: Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh

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Table Tennis: Indian Men's Team Reach Quarters

The Indian men’s team reach the quarter-final after beating Vietnam 3-0. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran took down Nguyen Anh Tu 6-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-2 in the first singles, Sharath Kamal Achanta beat Duc Tuan Nguyen 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in the second singles and then Harmeet Rajul Desai wrapped up the match with a 2-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-8 win over le Dinh Duc in the third singles.

India finished behind Chinese Taipei in Pool D with three wins and one loss.

Table Tennis: India vs Hong Kong

The Indian women’s team’s quarter-final match against Hong Kong is underway. The Hong Kong team has three players in the top 50 and the Indian team has just one player in the top 100 – Manika Batra.

Karate: India's Campaign Comes to an End

India's campaign in the Asian Games karate ended with Jayendran Sharath Kumar and Vishal losing their respective contests.

While Kumar suffered a 0-1 defeat against South Korea's Kim Muil in men's 75kg first round, Vishal was thrashed 0-8 by Uzbekistan's Akhatov Shakhboz in the 84kg quarter-final.

Kumar lost the contest after Kim scored a Yuko, while Akhatov scored an Ippon over Vishal.

In karate, Yuko, which carries one point, is awarded for Chudan (middle punch) or Jodan Tsuki (face punch), while one receives three points for Ippon, which is awarded for Jodan kicks (face kicks) and any scoring technique delivered on a thrown or fallen opponent.

India fielded only two competitors in karate and their campaign ended in just one day.

Table Tennis: Manika Batra Wins the First Game

Manika Batra puts India ahead in the quarter-final match against Hong Kong. She beat Ho Ching Lee 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6 in the first singles.

Ayhika Mukherjee takes on Doo Hoi Kem in the next singles.

Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra Leads After His First Throw

Neeraj Chopra records a remarkable throw of 83.46m in his first attempt in the javelin throw final. He is currently leading the pack.

Also Read : Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra’s Asiad Final: When & Where to Watch

400m Hurdles: Ayyasamy Dharun Clinches Silver

Ayyasamy Dharun wins a silver in the 400m hurdles event with a personal best timing of 48.96 seconds. Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba wins the gold with a timing of 47.66 seconds (Games record).

Javelin Throw: China's Qizhen Liu Currently in Second Place

China's Qizhen Liu is currently at the second place in the javelin throw final. He has recorded throws of 82.22 and 78.58 in the first and second attempt.

Javelin Throw: Qizhen Liu Finishes With a Best of 81.43m

Qizhen Liu couldn’t go past Neeraj Chopra’s throw of 83.46m in three attempts. He records a throw of 81.43m in his last attempt. Liu has a great chance to clinch a silver in this event.

Javelin Throw: Neeraj Throws Personal Best

Neeraj Chopra looks set for the gold medal after throwing a personal best distance of 88.06m, leaving behind his earlier best of 87.43m that he had thrown at the Diamond League meeting in Doha in May.

Women's 3000m Steeplechase: Sudha Singh Wins Silver

Sudha Singh wins silver in women's 3000m steeplechase event with a timing of 9.4 minutes. Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi clinches the gold with a timing of 9.36 minutes.

Javelin Throw: China's Qun Ma

China’s Qun Ma records a throw of 80.46m in his third attempt. He moves to the third place in the javelin throw final.

Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra Set to Win Gold

The only Indian to ever win a medal in javelin at the Asian Games was Gurtej Singh who won a bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.

Neeraj Chopra is in line to win a gold in the ongoing javelin throw final.

Javelin Throw: Shivpal Singh Slips to the Eighth Spot

The other Indian fray, Shivpal Singh slips to the eight position in the javelin throw final. The Indian recorded a throw of 74.11m in the first attempt. He has five more attempts remaining.

Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra Records a Throw of 83.25m

Neeraj Chopra is consistently recording throws over 80m. In his fourth attempt, Neeraj records a throw of 83.25m. This is his worst throw in the final so far. However, even this throw is higher than China’s Qizhen Liu’s best throw of 82.22m. The Chinese is currently gunning for the silver medal.

Neeraj Chopra's Fifth Throw: 86.36m

Neeraj Chopra records a throw of 86.36m in his fifth attempt at the javelin throw final.


Neeraj Chopra’s Throws:

Attempt 1: 83.46m
Attempt 2: x
Attempt 3: 88.06m
Attempt 4: 83.25m
Attempt 5: 86.36m

Women's Long Jump: Neena Varakil Wins Silver

Neena Varakil wins a silver in the long jump event with a best jump of 6.51m. She recorded her best effort in her fourth attempt.

Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra Makes History!

Neeraj Chopra becomes the first Indian to win an Asian Games gold medal in the javelin throw event. The Javelin thrower recorded his personal best throw of 88.06m in his third attempt. All of Neeraj’s throws were better than the silver medalist’s best throw.

China’s Qizhen Liu finishes second with a best throw of 82.22m and Pakistan’s Nadeem Arshad finishes third with a best throw of 80.75m.

The other Indian in the competition, Shivpal Singh finishes eighth with a best throw of 74.11m.

Table Tennis: India Trail 1-2 vs Hong Kong

Ayhika Mukherjee and Mouma Das have lost India’s lead in the women’s quarter-final match. Mukherjee loses 14-12, 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 in the second singles against Hoi Kem Doo and Mouma Das goes down 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 3-11, 5-11 in the third singles against Wai Yam Minnie Soo.

Table Tennis: Indian Women's Team Crash Out

The Indian women’s team crash out in the quarter-final after losing 1-3 to Hong Kong. Manika Batra loses 8-11, 8-11, 11-13 to Hoi Kem Doo in the fourth singles. Earlier, Ayhika Mukherjee and Mouma Das lost the second and third singles after Manika Batra got India off to a great start in the first singles.

Squash: India Beat Singapore

The Indian squash team comprising of Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Singapore in a Pool B match.

Table Tennis: Indian Men's Team Lead 1-0 in Quarters

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran beats Japan’s Jin Ueda 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 in the first singles of the quarter-final match between India and Japan.

Athletics: Jinson Johnson Records Best Timing in 800m Qualification

India’s Jinson Johnson finishes with the best timing in the 800m event with a timing of 1.47 minutes and Manjit Singh just managed to qualify for the final with a timing of 1.48 minutes. Manjit finishes with the eighth best timing in the qualification.

Boxing: Vikas, Amit and Dheeraj Through to Quarters

Commonwealth Games medal-winning duo of Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Amit Panghal (49kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games boxing competition after clinching comprehensive victories.

Vikas out-ounched Pakistan's Tanveer Ahmed in his pre-quarterfinal bout before Amit recovered from a rusty start to outwit Mongolia's Enkhmandakh Kharhuu – both the wins being unanimous verdicts.

Joining them in the last eight was was national champion Dheeraj Rangi (64kg), who defeated Mongolia's Nurlan Kobashev.

However, Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg) lost a close contest against Kyrgyzstan's Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu to bow out of the competition in the pre-quarterfinal stage. The Indian lost 2-3 and also sustained a cut on his forehead.

File photo of Vikas Krishan.
File photo of Vikas Krishan.
(Photo: Reuters)

Table Tennis: India Lead 2-1 in Men's Team Quarter-Final

India are inching close towards their first-ever table tennis medal at the Asian Games. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal Achanta won the first two singles, while Japan pulled one back through Masaki Yoshida.

Table Tennis: Indian Men's Team Assured of a Medal

The Indian men’s table tennis team is assured of a medal after beating Japan 3-1 in the quarter-finals. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Sharath Kamal Achanta got India off to a great start by winning the first two singles. Later, Sathiyan wrapped up the match by winning the fourth singles match.

India will face either North or South Korea in the semi-finals.

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