The second day on the trot, India secured 5 medals raking up the tally to 15 medals in the showpiece Asian event. Shooter Rahi Sarnobat became the country’s first woman to win a gold in shooting at the Asian Games. The Wushu contingent gave their best performance ever to clinch four medals on Day 4 of the games.
With 15 medals in India’s bag, the country is placed eighth in the overall medal tally with 4 gold, 3 silver, and 8 bronze medals.
The 27-year-old shooter held her nerve in the last two shoot-offs against Thailand’s N Yangpaiboon to clinch gold in the women’s 25m air pistol final. The Kolhapur shooter’s journey from a yearlong injury to winning the Asiad gold has been phenomenal. After an elbow injury in 2015, she took a year off the range. In 2016, she was barely able to pick up a gun because of severe pain in her elbow.
So proud of you @SarnobatRahi Its been an honour to support a Champion like you @OGQ_India . Your positive attitude and self belief through very tough times is a lesson for all of us 👌 https://t.co/GrmiNDH5zo
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 22, 2018
She credited her coach Munkhbayar Dorjsujen, two-time Olympic medallist who had an accomplished 25-year long career. “She has achieved a lot so her attitude towards competition and performance is really different and that matters a lot. More than the technical things, these things matter,” she said after the finals.
Munkhbayar is credited with creating a plan that focused not only on the technical aspects but Rahi’s mental abilities. She prepared Rahi for shoot-off situations which bore fruit in the finals on Wednesday.
Four Wushu players Naorem Roshibini Devi, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Narender Grewal bagged medals for India even in their defeats. Participating in the semi-finals of the Chinese Kung Fu martial arts, the four players lost their respective bouts but received bronze medals. The Wushu players produced India’s best performance ever in the sport at the international stage.
Narender Grewal’s third-place finish secured him his second medal in the sport after his first win at Incheon Asian Games in 2014.
Other medal hopes
Women’s singles player Ankita Raina made it to the semi-finals of the singles event. She fought off Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four. She would look to emulate Sania Mirza, who is the only other Indian woman to win an Asian Games tennis medal.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won their doubles match against Chinese Taipei’s Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua. In the mixed doubles category, Raina and Bopanna are the lone Indian pair to enter the quarter-finals after they defeated Wong Chun Hun and Eudice Chong of Hong Kong 6-4, 6-4.
The Indian men’s hockey team produced another goal hitting extravaganza in their 26-0 victory over Hing Kong. In their victory, the team broke the previously set record of the highest scoreline. The previous best was 24-1 when India defeated the USA in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic games. 14 Indian players scored goals in the game where the coach of the Indian team removed the goalkeeper P R Sreejesh and replaced him with Rupinder Pal as the kicking back. Rupinder Pal scored 4 goals, followed by Harmanpreet with 4 goals, Akashdeep with 3 goals; Lalit, Manpreet, and Varun with two goals each and Sunil, Surendra, Vivek, Mandeep, Chinglensana, Amit, Simranjeet, Dilpreet with one goal each.
The team will take to the ground on Friday for their next Pool A encounter.
India’s medal tally: Gold 4, Silver 3, Bronze 8, Total 15