Day 3 at the Asian Games ended with India raking up their medal tally to 10. India stands 7th in the overall medal tally with 3 golds, 3 silver, and 4 bronze medals. The Indian contingent won five medals at the close of the 3rd day at Indonesia.
16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary clinched gold in the 10M Air Rifle Finals with Abhishek Verma coming in third place to take home the bronze medal. Sanjeev Rajput clinched India’s fourth bronze at the games in the men’s 50M Rifle finals. Divya Kakran won bronze in the women’s 68kg freestyle event of wrestling. The men’s sepak takraw team clinched bronze – claiming India’s first medal in the sport at the Asiad.
Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary came from behind to bag the gold in the 10M rifle event. He beat former World Champion Japanese Tomoyuki Matsuda, who had been leading in the gold medal round. Matsuda shot a 9.8 in his last round after which the Uttar Pradesh teen shot a composed 10.2 and 10.4 to seal the win with a Games record score of 240.7. In his first final in the senior category, Saurabh showed grit and maturity to finish ahead of former World Champions and Olympic medallists.
“I felt no pressure, I don’t think like that. I didn’t think of who I was shooting with, whether they were Olympic champions or world champions, I have to shoot my own game,” he was quoted by Scroll.in after the finals.
Abhishek Verma, who took up shooting as a hobby won bronze in the same event as Saurabh. The Asian Games is his first international competition representing India. The 29-year olds selection in the contingent for the Games had attracted criticisms because he had no prior experience in international competition. Before the individual event, he did not perform too well in the mixed team event which had raised eyebrows about his inclusion. But he proved the critics wrong by claiming bronze with a score of 219.3 in the finals.
Another medal was added to the tally by shooter Sanjeev Rajput by winning the silver medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. The Arjuna awardee dominated the event in the keeling and prone positions with an erratic performance in the standing position that dashed his dreams of the gold. In the prone position, he led from the start to the finish and consistently shot 10s. The 37-year-old finished with a score of 452.7 to finish just behind China’s Hui Zicheng who notched up the gold medal with a score of 453.3.
Wrestler Divya Karkan won her bout against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling in to win bronze in the 68kg freestyle wrestling category. Divya dominated her opponent completely and won the bout on technical superiority after she racked up 10 points in the first period itself.
Divya Kakran seals a bronze in the 68kg Freestyle category with an overwhelming performance against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling. She racked up 10 points in the first period itself to win by technical superiority. Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Divya was quoted in the Indian Express after the win – “This is my first Asian Games and first medal. I am glad I could I do it. The coach (Kuldeep Malik) had more confidence in me than myself”.
Indian men’s Sepak Takraw team won the first medal in the sport ever. The team lost their semi-final encounter to Thailand by 0-2 but nonetheless won the bronze medal to script history.
In sepak takraw, the objective of the game is to hit the ball over the net using the legs, torso, and head without using their hands. A combination of volleyball and football, the game consists of three players and two substitutes on both sides.
Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade missed out on the bronze medal by just 0.01 seconds in the men’s 50 m swimming finals. He finished with a time 22.47 and finished behind Japan’s Shunichi Nakao who won bronze with a time of 22.46.
The Indian women’s hockey team continued to prove their superiority by defeating Kazakhstan with a scoreline of 21 – 0. They went past the men’s team who defeated Indonesia by 14 goals to nothing.
The poster child of Indian gymnastics, Dipa Karmakar did not qualify for the vault finals in the team event – her specialty event. She finished behind Pranati Nayak and Aruna Buddha Reddy who will take part in the vault finals in the team event of the artistic gymnastics event.
Dipa also pulled out from the team event on Day 4 meaning that she will not take part in the team event for which she had qualified.
The pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan beat Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarters. India’s mixed doubles pairs, Bopanna and Ankita Raina beat a Korean pair 6-3, 2-6, 11-9, while Divij Sharan and Karman Kaur Thandi lost to Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.
Ankita Raina won her single’s quarterfinal match and advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s singles event assuring India another medal.
The Wushu contingent won their quarterfinal events guaranteeing India four more medals.