A flurry of medals was added to India’s tally on day 10 of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. India moved up to eighth place in the medal tally with 50 medals – 9 gold, 19 silver and 22 bronze. Here are all the medal-winning highlights:
Even in her loss to World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, P V Sindhu crossed another milestone. The 23-year-old became the first Indian to clinch Asiad Silver in badminton. The Indian shuttler went down 21-13, 21-16 to Ying in the 39-minute encounter. With Saina Nehwal claiming bronze on Monday, this is the first time India has won two individual badminton medals at the Asian Games.
In the 800 metre finals, India had a 1-2 finish. The favorite to win the finals, Indian Jinson Johnson finished second. Manjit Singh surprised everyone to clinch the gold medal. Manjit clocked 1:46.15 and Jinson finished just 0.35 seconds behind his compatriot with 1:46.35 seconds.
Singh ended India’s 38-year long drought of an Asiad gold in the 800 metres. The athlete from Jind, Haryana had qualified in 8th place. He did not win a single race even in the domestic circuit all year long. Sitting in the sixth place for the majority of the race, Singh overtook Johnson who was placed third and trying to cross the Bahrain and Qatari athletes. Only in the final stretches of the race, Singh overpowered the front runners coming shoulder to shoulder near the finish line. Just before crossing the finish line, Singh looked to his left, then to his right to assure he was victorius. And what a finish it turned out to be. Jinson finished right after and India had a gold-silver podium finish.
In the first-ever mixed 400 metre relay at the Games, India clinched yet another silver medal. The Indian quartet of Muhammed Anas, MR Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv clocked 3 minute and 15.71 seconds and finished behind Bahrain who took home the gold. Anas gave India a healthy lead in the first 100 m, Poovamma seemed to struggle falling behind in the second 100 metre. Hima Das’s run was marred by some controversy. The AFI has lodged a complaint against Bahrain for obstruction during the Hima Das’ handover. Rajiv made the final sprint for India and ensured a second place finish for India.
The Indian men’s and women’s compound archery team clinched silver in the team event on Day 10 in Jakarta. The Indian men’s compound archery team of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini, and Abhishek Verma narrowly missed out on the gold after a dramatic shoot-off against Korea. The scores were tied in the shoot-off, but Korea got the gold because their arrows were closest to the centre of the target.
The women’s compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar, and Madhumita Kumari also lost to Korea in the finals. They suffered a narrow loss in the finals. Korea finished at 231, whereas India closed out at 228. Both teams were neck to neck until 21 shots, but India fell behind in the last 3 shots of the game.
Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav of India won the silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 52kg category Kurash event. Kurash is a form of wrestling indigenous to central Asia.
19-year-old Pincky lost her gold medal clash 10-0 to Gulnor Sulaymanova of Uzbekistan. Malaprabha Jadhav also lost her semi-final bout against Sulaymanova 0-10 to settle for bronze.
The sport is making its debut in the Asian Games. The players use towels to hold their opponents with the aim to throw them off their feet.