Day 8, Asian Games: Dutee Chand Wins Silver in 100m, Sindhu in SF
- India has won two silver medals in equestrian events - Eventing Individual and Eventing Team.
- Saina Nehwal is through to the semis and has assured herself of a medal.
PV Sindhu has assured herself of a medal after reaching the semi-finals of the singles event.
- Women’s compound archery team has beaten Chinese Taipei and reached the gold medal match.
- Men’s compound archery team reach the final after beating Chinese Taipei.
- Hima Das wins a silver medal in the 400m event with a timing of 50.79 seconds.
- Muhammed Anas wins a silver medal in the 400m event with a timing of 45.69 seconds.
- Dutee Chand clinches silver in the 100m event with a timing of 11.32 seconds.
Athletics: Dutee Chand Wins Silver in 100m
Dutee Chand wins her first Asian Games medal! She clinches silver in the 100m event with a timing of 11.32 seconds. Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong wins gold with a timing of 11.30 seconds.
Athletics: Santhosh Kumar and Ayyasamy Dharun Qualify for 400m Hurdles Final
Ayyasamy Dharun and Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan qualify for the 400m hurdles final with timings of 49.55 seconds and 50.46 seconds.
Athletics: Lakshmanan Disqualified From 10,000m Event
Heartbreak for India! Govindan Lakshmanan, who was awarded a bronze in the 10,000m event, is disqualified from the event. He put one step off the track while running for a total timing of 29.44 minutes.
Bridge: India Settle for Bronze in Men's and Mixed Team
The Indian men’s team finished fourth in the bridge semi-finals with a score of 93.67. They were competing against Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
The Indian mixed team finished third in the semi-final with a score of 109.67. They were competing against China, Thailand and Indonesia.
Athletics: Govindan Lakshmanan Wins Bronze in 10,000m
Govindan Lakshmanan clinches a bronze in the 10,000m event with a timing of 29.44 minutes. Bahrain’s Hassan Chani wins the gold with a timing of 28.35 minutes.
Athletics: Muhammed Anas Wins Silver in 400m
Muhammed Anas wins a silver medal in the 400m event with a timing of 45.69 seconds. Arokia Rajiv finishes fourth in the event.
Athletics: Hima Das Wins Silver in 400m
Hima Das wins a silver medal in the 400m event with a timing of 50.79 seconds. Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser clinches the gold medal with a Games record timing of 50.09 seconds.
Athletics: Dutee Chand in 100m Final
Dutee Chand qualifies for the 100m final after finishing third in the semi-finals with a timing of 11.43 seconds.
Archery: Indian Men's Archery Team Reach Final
Indian compound archery men’s team book a spot in the final after beating Chinese Taipei 230-227. The Indian team comprise of Rajat Chauhan, Aman Saini and Abhishek Verma.
Rajat Chauhan and Abhishek Verma were part of the gold medal-winning team in the previous edition of the Asian Games.
Boxing: Sarjubala Wins
Former world silver-medallist Sarjuabala Devi has won her Round of 16 match.
Competing in the flyweight 51kg category, Sarjubala defeated Tajikistan's Madina Ghaforova 5-0 by unanimous decision.
She’s now in the quarter-finals.
Sindhu In Semis
That’s two assured medals in badminton for India! PV Sindhu has also booked her spot in the semi-finals alongside Saina Nehwal.
Sindhu has beaten world number 11 Jindapol Nitchaon 21-11, 16-21, 21-14.
No Indian woman had ever won a medal in badminton at the Asian Games. The last Indian to return with an individual medal from the Continental event was legendary Syed Modi, way back in 1982.
So far, India has won eight badminton medals at the Asian Games and six of them are in team events and one in men's doubles.
Next, Sindhu will play either world no 2 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi or China's Chen Yufei in the semifinals, while Saina face world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
Badminton: Sindhu Taken to Third Set
This one’s been stretched to a third. World number 11 Jindapol Nitchaon has won the second set 21-16 in 22 minutes.
She has won just one match out of the four she’s played against Sindhu and that was back in 2016. Could this be the second?
Badmninton: Sindhu's Quarterfinal
PV Sindhu also in action today in the quarters and she’s playing Thailand’s Jindapol Nitchaon, world number 11.
Ten minutes into the match, and Sindhu is leading 11-7 at the first break.
Archery Team in Gold Medal Match
Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Vennam have reached the final of the women’s compound event and that’s India’s first assured medal in archery at the Games.
It was a close match against Chinese Taipei with the final scoreline reading 225-222.
Next up is South Korea in the final.
Assured Medal for Saina!
What a win! Saina Nehwal has beaten world number four Ratchanok Intanon in straight games to reach the semis and assure herself of a medal.
She’s now also the first-ever Indian woman to win a badminton medal at the Asian Games.
Badminton: Saina Wins First Game
What a comeback! Intanon was in cruise control at the start of the match but Saina Nehwal just switched gears and has raced to a 1-0 lead in the match. She won the first game 21-18.
Badminton: Saina Trailing in Quarters
Saina Nehwal is playing Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the women’s singles quarter-final and though her fourth seeded Thai opponent had opened up a 9 point lead at one stage, Saina has closed down the gap and is trailing 11-15 in the first game.
There’s a little history she’s playing for as well. If Saina does win this match, she will ensure she becomes the first Indian woman to win an Asian Games medal in badminton.
Updates: A fightback from the Indian and the match is now tied at 17-17 in the first game.
Silver in Equestrian!
Fouaad Mirza has finished second in the Eventing Individual equestrian event.
And just as I was done writing that, India has won the team event as well.
That’s two silvers in equestrian today.
Mirza won the silver medal with a score of 26.40, while Japan's Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. China's Hua Tian Alex finished in third position to win the bronze medal, with a score of 27.10. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza claimed the silver with a score of 121.30.
Shooting: No Indians in Women's Skeet Final
Almost 6 hours after today’s qualification round started, the women’s skeet final list is ready. Unfortunately, both the Indians in the event, Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Sekhon, did not make the cut.
Ganemat finished 10th with 112 points and Rashmi finished 12th with 111 points. Only the top 6 shooters advanced to fight for the medal.
Sepaktekraw: Loss For Men's Team
Handball: Men's Team Beaten
India’s men’s handball team has lost 31-35 to Chinese Taipei and have been knocked out of medal contention.
India had started their campaign with an easy 45-19 win over Malaysia. They then edged out arch-rivals Pakistan 28-27 in a thrilling contest which saw them winning goal being scored in the dying seconds.
Incase You're Wondering...
Yep, it is a slow Sunday morning for India at the Asian Games. Mostly qualifying events taking place in the first few hours but there is a lot happening as the day goes.
There’s Saina and Sindhu playing their quarter-final matches and if either (and hopefully both) win, they can ensure India of a first individual badminton medal in 36 years. The last Indian to finish on the podium at the Asian Games in fact was Syed Modi when he won a bronze in the 1982 edition.
In fact, India has never won a silver of a gold in any badminton event at the Asian Games, just 8 bronze.
While on the topic of amazing female sportspersons, there’s also young Hima Das and Dutee Chand in action later this evening.
Hima, who became the first Indian track-and-field athlete to win a gold at a World Championship last month, will be seen in the final of the 400m final alongside Nirmala Sheoran. That race starts at 5:30PM.
Dutee Chand’s 100m semis will start at 5PM.
Compound Archery: India Enter Quarters
The star-studded recurve archery team is on its way home without a medal and it’s the turn of the compound teams to make their bid for the podium today.
And there’s been a good start. India’s beaten Qatar 227-218 in the Round of 16 to enter the quarter-finals.
Table Tennis: India Win Opener
Ayhika Mukherjee beat Aia Mohamed 11-2, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3 and then Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Maha Faramarzi 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 to complete a 3-0 win in India’s first women’s team tie.
Athletics: 2 Indians in Hurdles Final
Anu Raghavan and Jauna Murmu have both reached the final of the women’s 400m hurdles event. Raghavan finished third in Heat 2 with a time of 56.77 while Murmu just about made it to the final, qualifying in the last spot with a time of 59.20.
The final is tomorrow.
One week into the games and finally table-tennis events are underway in Indonesia. Kicking things off for India is the women’s team that’s taking on Qatar.
Mouma Das played the first singles match and it’s an easy 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 win for her over Maha Ali.
India's Event Flow
- 6:30 AM
Shooting | Skeet Women (Qualification) - Rashmi Rathore, Ganemat Sekhon
Shooting | Skeet Men (Qualification) - Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Sheeraz Sheikh
Canoe | Sprint 500m Women (Heats)
- 8:30 AM
TT | Women's Team Preliminary Round (Group A) - India vs Qatar
- 8:50 AM
Canoe | Sprint 500m Men (Heats)
- 9 AM
Women's 400m Hurdles - Juana Murmu
Archery | Compound Men's Team 1/8 Eliminations - India vs Qata
Men's 400m Hurdles - Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Dharun Ayyasamy
Handball | Men's Main Round Group 3 Round 7 Match: India vs Chinese Taipei
- 11:30 AM
Saina Nehwal vs Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
PV Sindhu vs Jindapol Nitchaon (Thailand)
Archery | Compound Women's Team Quarterfinals - India vs TBD
- 12:30 PM
TT | Women's Team Preliminary Round (Group A) - India vs China
Boxing | Round of 16
Manoj Kumar vs Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov (Kyrgyzstan)
- 2:30 PM
TT | Men's Team Preliminary Round (Group D) - India vs UAE
- 3 PM
Boxing | Round of 16
Sarjubala Devi vs Madina Ghaforova (Tajikistan)
- 4:30 PM
Hockey | Men's Pool A: India vs Korea
TT | Women's Team Preliminary Round (Group A) - India vs Iran
Women's 100m Semifinal - Dutee Chand
Men's Long Jump Final - Sreeshankar
Women's 400m Final - Hima Das, Nirmala Sheoran
Boxing | Round of 16 Men's Light (60kg)
Shiva Thapa vs Jun Shan (China)
Men's 10,000m Final - Lakshmanan Govindan
TT | Men's Team Preliminary Round (Group D) - India vs Chinese Taipei
Shooting: Skeet Qualifications Underway
The second day of qualifications in women’s skeet are on and India’s Rashmi Rathore is ranked 9th after the fourth round. Ganemat Sekhon is placed 11th.
Gold Medallist Tejinderpal Dedicates Win to Father
India’s lone gold-medallist on Saturday Tejinderpal Singh Toor dedicated his big feat to father, who is battling cancer back home in Punjab.
Not only did the 23-year-old from Moga win a gold, it came with a new Games record as he threw the iron ball to 20.75 m in his fifth attempt. It bettered a six-year old mark, set by Om Prakash Karhana (20.69m).
I had just one aim in mind. I wanted to clear 21 metre. I did not think of gold. But I am happy with this. I was trying hard to break the national record for the last 2-3 years and it happened today, that too with a Meet record. This gold medal is for my father and my family.Tejinderpal Singh Toor
Indians in Action on Day 8
The eighth day at the 18th Asian Games will see Indians in action in table tennis, archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting and hockey.
The day will start with women's skeet shooting qualifications where Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Sekhon will be in action. The finals for skeet shooting will be played at 12:30 pm. Men's skeet shooting qualifications will also take place on Sunday and the finals will be played at 2:30 pm.
Both the men’s and the women’s team will begin their campaign in table tennis event.
A lot of medals will be up fro grab for India in athletics.
Muhammed Anas Yahiya and Arokia Rajiv will be part of the men’s 400m final. Hima Das, Nirmla Sheoran will be eyeing a podium finish in the women’s 100m final. Lakshmanan Govindan will also be in the men’s 10,000m final while Sreeshankar will be competing in the men's long jump final.
The men's compound Archery team will play Qatar at 9:20 am and the Women's team will be in action at 12:10 pm.
In badminton, we will see Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in action in the women’s singles quarter-finals.
The men's hockey team will play South Korea in their Pool A match at 4:30 pm.
India End Day 7 With 29 Medals
After disappointments in doubles badminton, weightlifting and recurve archery, Indian athletes ended the seventh day of the 18th Asian Games with 29 medals in the bag.
Tejinder Singh Pal Toor, India’s shot put champion bagged a gold medal as he threw 20.75 to also claim the Games record.
Indian athletes won three bronze medals in squash, with Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal and Saurav Ghoshal all three bagging bronze.
Out of the 29 medals, seven are gold, five silver and 17 bronze.