India got its second Gold medal at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia when Vinesh Phogat defeated Japan’s Yuki Irie in the final of freestyle 50 kg category in Women’s Wrestling today. With this victory, Vinesh created history as she is the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Asian Games.
Vinesh Phogat had entered the final after beating Uzbekistan’s Yakhshimuratova Dauletbike 10-0 on technical superiority. Bajrang Punia had given India its first Gold of the Games yesterday in men’s free style 65 Kg category.
Two women wrestlers, Rio Olympics Bronze medalist Sakshi Malik and Pooja Dhanda lost their semi-final matches. Later, both wrestlers also lost their respective bronze medal matches.
Meanwhile, In 53 kilo category, Pinki lost to Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg 10-0 in the pre-quarterfinal round. In men’s Freestyle 125 kilogram category, Sumit Malik also lost to Parviz Hadibasmanj of Iran 10-NIL.
India claimed two silver medals in the Shooting today. In the Men’s Trap, Lakshay bagged silver medal with an impressive 43 from 50 shots. Chinese Taipei won gold after hitting 48 out of 50. Shooter Deepak Kumar claimed the Silver in the Men’s 10-metre Air Rifle event with a score of 247.7 points. This was India’s third medal in Shooting. China took home the Gold, while Chinese Taipei won the Bronze. The other Indian in the event, Ravi Kumar ended at the fourth spot.
In women’s 10-metre Air Rifle event, Apurvi Chandela has been eliminated in the final round after a shot of 9.8 as she finished fifth. China won the gold, Korea settled for silver while Mongolia won Bronze in the event. Ravi and Apurvi had clinched a Bronze medal in the Mixed Team category yesterday.
In Women’s Trap, Seema Tomar has been eliminated as she finished sixth with just 12 out of 25 shots. China claimed Gold, Korea bagged Silver while Lebanon took Bronze in this category.
In Badminton, the Men’s team, led by Kidambi Srikanth lost to Indonesia in the quarter-finals. Indonesia win the match 21-14, 21-18. Earlier in the day, the Indian Women’s team, spearheaded by PV Sindhu, lost to Japan in the quarterfinals 3-1.
In Men’s Handball Main Round matches, India beat Malaysia 45-19.
In women’s Basketball, Chinese Taipei secured a spot in the next stage beating India 84-61 in a Group X qualifying game.
In Tennis, Ankita Raina advanced to the next round in women’s singles. Karman Kaur will play her singles’ match later today. In Men’s category, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prabhakharan Rajesh will also play their matches later.
The Indian Men’s Hockey team in their opening Group-A match today defeated Indonesia 17-0. The Indian Women’s team had thrashed Indonesia, 8-0 in the opener.
India’s medals tally now goes up to five – two Gold, two Silver and one bronze. India is presently in the eighth position.
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