Asian Games 2018: India equal best ever medal haul with 2 silver, 4 bronze on Day 13

first_imgIndia clinched six medals on Day 13 of Asian Games 2018 to take their tally to 65 and equal the best ever haul achieved in 2010.The overall tally includes 13 gold, 23 silver and 29 bronze medals.Three medals in the day came in sailing with a silver and a couple of bronze.The women’s hockey team, however, endured a heartbreak, albeit not as big as the men. They lost to Japan 1-2 in the final despite being favourites for gold.But it was still a step up from the bronze that came in the 2014 edition. The men will square off against Pakistan tomorrow for a bronze.Asian Games, Day 13: HighlightsOne bronze came in boxing and squash respectively.The highlight of the day was the sailing performance, India’s best showing.Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar claimed silver in 49er FX event while two men combined to overcome disqualification in their previous race to grab a bronze.It was a productive day for India as 3 medals in #Sailing and 1 each in #Hockey, #Boxing and #Squash brought our tally to 65 medals, our joint highest in an #AsianGames levelling the 2010 Asiad.#SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #TeamIndia #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/kf51mQjDZJSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 31, 2018Thanks to their showing, the country enjoyed its best result since 1982. In 1982, India won a gold in fireball, a silver in enterprise and a bronze in wind-glider.It’s a great feeling: Harshita Tomar after sailing bronze at AsiadFor Varsha, it was her second Asiad medal as she had won a bronze in 29er with Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan in the 2014 edition.advertisementVarsha and Sweta were not chosen by the federation to represent India and only after a court battle did they reach the Indonesian capital.At the helm of her 49erFX, 20-year-old Varsha and her crew partner Sweta, completed the 15-race event with 40 net points to finish second behind winners from Singapore, who had just 14 net points.Congratulations to #Sailing #TeamIndia #VarshaGautham and #SwetaShervegar on winning a silverin the 49er FX Women event while #HarshitaTomar on winning a bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 at #AsianGames .#IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/DgqnqMX16VDept of Sports MYAS (@IndiaSports) August 31, 2018Sailors are given points after each race, and the pair, which gets the least points, is declared the winner.”These were stressful three months. But everything has paid off. There were a lot of up and down. A lot happened. At least 10 times I thought, it’s not worth it, I can’t handle it but somehow I continued. It was certainly not a glamorous race, there was pressure,” Varsha said.Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda won bronze with a total of 53 after race 15 in the 49er men’s event.Asian Games 2018 women’s hockey final: India take silver after losing to JapanThe Indian women’s hockey team, however, failed to break its 36-year-old gold jinx. The loss will hurt the Indians badly as a gold here would have guaranteed a direct qualification in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Minami Shimizu and Motomori Kawamura scored for Japan through penalty corners in the 11th an 44th minute while Neha Goyal’s field goal in the 25th minute was the lone strike for India, who were aiming to win their first Asiad gold since 1982.Congratulations to the Indian Women’s Hockey Team for earning the Silver medal at the @asiangames2018 in Jakarta & Palembang on 31st August and a campaign that featured some great performances from the young team.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/BExIR02LdyHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 31, 2018The Indians had qualified for the final of the Asian Games after a gap of 20 years gap, having beaten China in the semifinals.Asian Games 2018: Indian women’s squash team stuns Malaysia to enter finalThere was plenty to celebrate in the squash competition. Joshna Chinappa upstaged eight-time world champion Nicol David as the Indian women’s squash team outplayed defending champions Malaysia 2-0 to enter its second successive Asian Games final.The Indian men, who also entered the mega-event as defending champions, settled for bronze after a 0-2 loss to Hong Kong in the semifinals. Saurav Ghosal, who was not fully fit, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, lost to Max Lee and Leo Au, 0-3 and 1-3 respectively.What a fantastic performance from our womens #Squash team of @DipikaPallikal, @joshnachinappa (both #TOPSAthlete),@SunaynaSara and #TanviKhanna for beating 2-time defending champions Malaysia & advancing to the finals.All the best!#GoForGold #SAI #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/1GqcZazfGPSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 31, 2018The loss came after the women’s team blanked the David-led Malaysia in the semifinals. The team, comprising Joshna, Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Sunayna Kuruvilla, is now assured of at least a silver.advertisementAsian Games 2018: Boxer Vikas Krishan settles for bronze after eye injuryIn the boxing ring, it was day of mixed results and emotions.Debutant Amit Panghal (49kg) continued his sensational run to make the final with a hard-fought win but an injured Vikas Krishan (75kg) had to settle for bronze after being declared medically unfit for his semifinal.Amit was the lone Indian boxer to make the final in the ongoing edition, beating Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in a 3-2 verdict.. @officialvkyadav bags a Bronze!Vikas, congrats on the Bronze in 75 kg Men’s Boxing at #AsianGames2018! Tough luck about the injury, which made you withdraw. May your future hold many more medals in it! #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/CVGXDfxvjDRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 31, 2018The 22-year-old Armyman, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, will be up against reigning Olympic champion and world championships silver-medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the summit clash tomorrow.Amit’s draining victory made up, to an extent, for the disappointment of Vikas being forced to withdraw from his last-four bout owing to a cut on his eyelid sustained in the pre-quarters.Asian Games 2018: Amit Panghal enters 49kg category boxing finalThe 26-year-old was to take on Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan this evening.”There is inflammation in retina as well and it is too risky to let him fight. He will have to take a break for a few weeks,” an official of the contingent told PTI.India’s sensational run in the table tennis event came to an end after Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the singles competition.World number 33 Sharath Kamal went down fighting against 14th ranked Chih-Yuan Chunag of Chinese Taipei 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 16-14, 9-11.Dutee Chand wants to rebuild her house with prize money for Asian Games medalsSathiyan, who led India to a maiden medal in 60 years with his two wins against Japan in the team event, was not to able to do an encore against Kenta Matsudaira.He lost 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 6-11, 10-12 in another round of 16 match.Rising star Manika Batra won a game against world number five Wang Manyu but it was not enough to trouble the Chinese. She lost 2-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11 in the women’s singles round of 16.There was no respite from losses in judo and volleyball.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more