Shooter Rahi Sarnobat won the gold medal in the 25m pistol competition on Wednesday with a Games record score of 34 in the finals. Rahi was tied on 34 with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon after the regulation rounds and had to complete in two rounds of shoot-offs before she ultimately emerged as the winner. The other Indian in the event, Manu Bhaker, who had qualified for the final in the top spot with a Games Record score, bowed out in the sixth position.
Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win gold at the Asian Games. The 27-year-old ace shooter from Maharashtra clinched the gold in the second decider shoot-off in the Women’s 25m Air Pistol Finals. Defeating Naphaswan Yangpaiboon of Thailand, Sarnobat bagged the fourth gold medal for team India in the ongoing Asian Games 2018, taking the total haul forward in the medal tally.
Divya Kakran took just 90 seconds at her 3rd position against Chen Wenling of Chinese Taipei to secure a bronze medal for India at the 18th Asian Games. Divya who was leading 10-0 in the opening minutes of the game was awarded victory by her true determination.
SEPAK TAKRAW REGU EVENT
The Indian men’s Sepak Takraw Regu team created history on the day-3 by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Games. The men’s Regu team had to settle for bronze after they were defeated by the current world champions Thailand.
Indian shooter Sanjeev Rajput 37-year old clinched a silver medal after letting slip early domination in the men’s 50m Rifle third position in the 18th Asian Games.
16-year-old Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary created an Asian Games record on his way to the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event. The young shooter, playing his first big international tournament, qualified for the final in the top spot ahead of four-time Olympic gold medallist Jin Jong-oh. Coached by Jaspal Rana, Chaudhary began his shooting career only three years back and won the gold in the Junior World Shooting Championships this summer.
29-year-old Abhishek Verma has bagged his first Asian Games medal, a bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Final. Abhishek and Saurabh managed to knock out four-time Olympic gold medallist Jin Jong-oh and eventually competed alongside Matsuda for three medal spots. Verma scored 9.3 and 10.3 to settle for bronze, while Saurabh went onto win gold.
Vinesh Phogat created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold. Phogat won the second gold medal for India at the Asian Games 2018, by defeating Japan’s Yuki Irie by a comprehensive margin of 6-2 in the 50 kg freestyle. The gold marked India’s fifth medal in the 18th Asian Games.
19-year-old Lakshay bagged the 4th medal for India as the young shooter achieved the silver in the men’s trap event on. Lakshay scored 43 points in 50 shots and finished behind Chinese Taipei’s Kunpi Yang who equaled the world record with 48 points.
24-year-old Bajrang Puniya won all his bouts to win the gold in the 65kg. Punia outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. The final against Daichi Takatani was a close-fought encounter but Bajrang managed to hold his lead throughout and close out the win with an 11-8 scoreline.
Indian shooter Deepak Kumar bagged the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event after producing excellent scores at crucial junctures. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.
RAVI KUMAR AND APURVI CHANDELA
Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela bagged the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event. The Indians aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in the second spot for a major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.
Indian ace Ankita Raina assured India at least a Bronze medal in Tennis as she beat her Hong Kong opponent Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinal match in Palemburg, Indonesia.
Ankita was 4-1 down in the first set but she held her nerve to beat Eudice in straight sets. The first set lasted 54 minutes while Ankita comfortably won the second set in just 27 minutes. By virtue of this victory, top-ranked Ankita has become just the third Indian Tennis Player to have won a medal in the prestigious Asian Games.
FOUR BRONZE MEDALS IN WUSHU SANDA COMPETITION
India bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games. This is the best ever medal haul by India in Wushu at the Asian Games. Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kilograms), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) in their respective semi-finals. Each semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.
MEN’S QUADRUPLE SCULLS
The men’s quadruple sculls team of Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh, Sawarn Singh and Dattu Bhokanal won gold after finishing ahead of Indonesia and Thailand.
MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLE AND DOUBLE SCULLS
India also won bronzes in the men’s lightweight single and double sculls. Dushyant won bronze in the lightweight single sculls while Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh won the same medal in the lightweight doubles sculls. Dushyant finished with a time of 7:18.76 behind South Korea’s Park Hyunsu and Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun. The double sculls team finished with a time of 7:04.61 behind Japan and South Korea.
MEN’S DOUBLES TENNIS
The Indian men’s tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan outclassed Kazakhstan’s Aleksandar Bublik and Denis Yevseyv 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s doubles final to bag a gold medal in a match that lasted 52 minutes. Bopanna and Sharan added the sixth gold medal to the Indian contingent’s medal tally.
Dipika Pallikal Karthik wins bronze in squash women’s singles at Asian Games. Unfortunately losing 0-3 in the women’s singles squash semifinals against Nicol Ann David of Malaysia otherwise gold was sure for India in squash.
India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Monday won the gold medal at the Asian Games 2018. Neeraj Chopra threw 83.46 meters off his first throw and that set the mark for a medal finish. His third throw of 88.06 was one of his personal best. Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in the javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.
For the first time in Asian games, we have won a medal in women’s singles Badminton. She won bronze and first Indian to create a history in 36 years to win single Asiad medal.
Amit Panghal wins gold in men’s Light Fly (49kg) boxing event. This is India’s 14th gold medal at the Games. The 22-year-old boxer has defeated the 2016 Olympic champion.
PRANAB BARDHAN-SHIBNATH DEY SARKAR
Pranab Bardhan/Shibnath Sarkar win gold in men’s Pair Bridge event. This is India’s 15th gold at the Games.
Sarita Gaekwad, daughter of a farm laborer who was part of the women’s 4X400 relay team which won a gold at Asiad once used to run barefoot. Gaekwad hails from a remote village in the tribal-dominated Dang district of Gujarat. Vijay Rupani announced an award of Rs 1 crore for Gaekwad. She comes from a poor family and her parents work as a farm laborer. There was a time when she used to take part in the competitions and run barefoot. By bringing gold to the country her life changed and also became the brand ambassador.