NewZNew (Asian Games) :
Bajrang Kumar lost to Iran’s Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari in 61kg freestyle wrestling to bag a silver medal.
Sanam Singh/Saketh Myneni lost 5-7 6-7 to Lim Yongkyu/Chung Hyeon of South Korea to settle for a silver medal in men’s doubles. Saketh will also be in action later today in the mixed doubles final with partner Sania Mirza where he’ll hope to go one better.
Bajrang beat Japan’s Takatsuka Noriyuki to reach final in Men’s 61kg Freestyle category. Bajrang’s gold medal bout Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran is scheduled for 15:40 IST start today.
Pawan Kumar lost to China’s Zhang Feng in the Men’s 86kg Repechage round.
Indian women beat Mongolia 68-50. They will be the 5-6th playoff against Kazakhstan on October .
Men’s doubles gold medal match has been interrupted by rain. The second set is tied 5-5 after Indian’s lost the first set 5-7.
Vikas Krishnan enters quarter-final in the Men’s 75 kg category
Indian boxer Vikas Krishan eased past Azamat Uulu Kanybek of Kyrgyzstan to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s middle weight (75kg) category of the 17th Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium. Vikas Krishan won by a unanimous decision, dominating all three rounds of the bout.
Judge A of Hungary ruled the bout 30-26 in favour of the Indian fighter. Judge B of Turkey gave the Indian 30-27 scores while Judge C of Brazil also ruled 30-26 in his favour. Fighting in the lightweight 60kg category, the Indian had won the Asiad gold medal four years ago in Guangzhou. Vikas Krishan will take on Hurshidbek Normatov of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals Tuesday.
Pawan Kumar lost to Meisam Mostafajoukar in the quarter-final of Men’s 86kg Freestyle category.
Bajrang beat his Uzbek opponent Farkhodi Usmonzoda 17-7 (technical points) to enter the semi-final of Men’s 74kg Freestyle category.
India beat Thailand 66-27 to go top of Group A in the Men’s Preliminary round.
Ajit Singh, Sunny Kumar, Golli Ramesh and Chingching Singh Arambam finished 8th in Men’s K4 1000m final
Susmita Singha Roy (below) competes in the women’s heptathlon javelin throw:
Swapna Barman (below) competes in the javelin throw of the women’s heptathlon:
Narsingh Yadav lost to Rashid Kurbanov of Uzbekistan in the 74 kg freestyle, Round of 16. The Indian is still in contention for a medal via the repechage.
Bajrang beat Tuvshintulga Tumenbileg of Mongolia in his 61kg freestyle category bout to enter the quarter-final.
09:21 IST: Ankita Das/Poulomi Ghatak beat Pakistan’s Shabnam Bilal/Rahila Kashif 11-5 11-1 11-7 in the Round of 32.
Ankita Das through to women’s singles second round
India’s Ankita Das registered a comprehensive 4-0 win over her Kuwait opponent to advance to the women’s singles second round of the table tennis at the Suwon Gymnasium here Monday. The Indian routed Alshammari Menwah of Kuwait 11-4, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9 in just 16 minutes to move into the next round. Ankita was in top form and didn’t give her opponent any time to settle down, taking the first game 11-4 in just three minutes. The Kuwaiti player put up some resistance with the Indian going for some risky shots but in the end Ankita wrapped the second game 11-9 in five minutes. The third went in the same vein as the first with Ankita calling all the shots. The game ended in just three minutes 11-3 in favour of the Indian. Alshammari tried her best to win back some pride and in some respects managed to do that after winning nine points in the fourth game but it still wasn’t enough as Ankita sealed the game and thus the match, winning 11-9 in five minutes.
Amalraj-Madhurika in mixed doubles pre-quarters
The Indian mixed doubles table tennis team of Anthony Amalraj and Madhurika Patkar reached pre-quarterfinals. Amalraj-Madhurika, who got a bye in the first round, defeated Mongolian pair of Orgil Munkh Batbayar and Enkhjin Barkhas 3-0 (12-10, 11-3, 11-6) in just 13 minutes. Sluggish to begin with, the Indian team was stretched and had to work hard before taking the first game 12-10. The Indian team played with much more discipline and confidence in the next two games. They got into a fine rhythm and wrapped up the next two games 11-3, 11-6 in three and five minutes, respectively to progress through to the next round. The Indian pair will take on Japan’s Seiya Kishikawa and Ai Fukuhara in the next round Tuesday.
Sharath Kamal-Poulomi Ghatak knocked out
The Indian team of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak Monday knocked out after losing in straight games to a Thailand team in the mixed doubles of the second round table tennis match. Sharath Kamal and Poulomi lost 0-3 (6-11, 9-11, 14-16) to Thai pair Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Suthasini Sawettabut in 22 minutes to exit the games. The Thai team took just five minutes to wrap up the first game 11-6.
The rallies got shorter in the second as both teams made unforced errors. The Indian pair came close but not close enough as they went down 9-11 in six minutes. Required to win the third game to stay in the match, the Indian team gave it their all but the Thai pair won points when it mattered the most and clinched the third games narrowly 16-14 in 11 minutes to dump the Indian team.
India beat Brunei in straight games 21-12 21-15 in the Men’s Group B encounter. While, the women lost 12-21 13-21 to Indonesia in Group A match.
India’s schedule on Day 10
Indian athletes will see in action in as many as thirteen sports on the 10th day of 17th Asian Games being held in Incheon, South Korea. There will be 32 gold medals at stake with Indian medal hopefuls competing track and field events, boxing, tennis and of course wrestling.
The day’s major attractions will be the finals in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Tennis. Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Sanam Krishan will take on South Korean team of Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung for the Men’s Double title, while Saketh Myneni and Sania Mirza will be up against Chinese Taipei pair of Hsien Yin Peng and Hao Ching Chan in Mixed Doubles gold medal match.
In Men’s Freestyle wrestling, Bajrang (61 kg), Narsingh Yadav (74 kg) and Pawan Kumar (86 kg) will have their quarter-final bouts. Besides track and field events, where the likes of Krishna Poonia, Seema Punia, Mayookha Johny and Naveen Kumar will compete; women’s hockey team will take on hosts South Korea in the semi-final.
At the close of day 9, India have garnered 35 medals, which include four gold and five silver. Following is India’s schedule on the 10th day:
06:30 IST: Women’s Heptathlon Long Jump – Swapna Barman
06:30 IST: Women’s Javelin Throw – Susmita Singha Roy
15:00 IST: Men’s High Jump Final – Nikhil Chittarasu
15:30 IST: Women’s Long Jump Final – M A Prajusha, Mayookha Johny
15:35 IST: Women’s 1500m Final – O P Jaisha, Sini Markose
16:00 IST: Women’s Discus Throw Final – Krishna Poonia, Seema Punia
16:50 IST: Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final – Naveen Kumar
10:30 IST: Women’s 5-8 classification match – India vs Mongolia
BOXING (Starts 10:30 IST)
Men’s Middleweight (75kg) Round of 16 – Vikas Krishan vs Kanybek Azamat (Kyrgyzstan)
15:30 IST: Men’s Flyweight (52kg) Quarter-final – Gaurav Bidhuri vs Zoirov Shakhobidin (Uzbekistan)
Men’s Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-final – Mandeep Jangra vs Saensit Apichet (Thailand)
Men’s Light Heavyweight (81kg) Quarter-final – Kuldeep Singh vs Rouzbahani Ehsan (Iran)
CANOE SPRINT (Starts 06:30 IST)
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men Final A – Albert Raj Selvaraj
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men Final A – Gaurav Tomar
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men Final A – Ajit Kumar and Raju Rawat
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women Final A – Ragina Kiro, Biju Anusha, Phairembam Soniya and Ahongshangbam Nanao
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men Final A – Ajit Singh, Sunny Kumar, Ramesh Golli and Arambam Chingching
Canoe Single (C1) 200m Men Final A – Oinam Jamesboy
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women Final A – Ragina Kiro and Ahongshangbam Nanao
15:30 IST: Women’s semifinals – India vs South Korea
10:30 IST: Men’s Team Preliminary Group A – India vs Thailand
SAILING (Starts 07:30 IST)
Optimist Men’s One Person Dinghy Race 11 – Chitresh Tatha
29er Women’s Two Person Dinghy Race 11 – Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan
Laser Radial Women’s One Person Dinghy Race 11 – Nethra Kumanan
Optimist Women’s One Person Dinghy Race 11 – Ramya Saravanan
J80 Open Match Racing Round Robin Matches – Ayaz Ahmed Shaikh, Nijeesh Bhaskaran, Sandip Jain, Veetil Pariyaran, Santhosh
07:30 IST: Men’s Regu Preliminary – India vs Brunei
07:30 IST: Women’s Regu Preliminary – India vs Indonesia
12:30 IST: Men’s Regu Preliminary – India vs Nepal
06:IST: Skeet Men’s Qualification Day 1 – Arozepal Sandhu, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Parampal Singh Guton
07:10 IST: Mixed Doubles Round of 32 Elimination Match
08:00 IST: Women’s Singles Round of 64 Elimination Match – Ankita Das vs Menwah Alshammari (Kuwait)
08:30 IST: Men’s Team Preliminary Round Group B – India vs South Korea
08:30 IST: Women’s Team Preliminary Round Group A – India vs China
08:30 IST: Men’s Doubles Final – India (Saketh Sai Myneni and Sanam Krishan Singh) vs South Korea (Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung)
11:00 IST: Mixed Doubles Final – India (Saketh Sai Myneni and Sania Mirza) vs Chinese Taipei (Hsien Yin Peng and Hao Ching Chan)
16:00 IST: Men’s Play-off Group E – India vs Qatar
WRESTLING (Starts 09:30 IST)
Men’s Freestyle 61 kg Quarter-final – Bajrang vs Tumenbileg Tuvshintulga (Mongolia)
Men’s Freestyle 74 kg Quarter-final – Narsingh Pancham Yadav vs Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan)
Men’s Freestyle 86 kg Quarter-final – Pawan Kumar vs Sumir Kumar Sah (Nepal)
Day 9 roundup
Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt notched up India’s fourth gold medal, while Khushbir Kaurbecame the first woman from the country to win a medal in 20km Race Walking by clinching a silver as India shot up to ninth in overall standings on the ninth day of competitions in the 17th Asian Gameshere on Sunday.
Besides, tennis players accounted for three bronze medals through Yuki Bhambri (men’s singles and men’s doubles with Divij Sharan) and Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare (women’s doubles). M R Poovamma and Rajiv Arokia won a bronze each in men’s and women’s 400m race respectively while Manju Bala added another medal of same hue in women’s hammer throw.
It was yet another joyful day for the Indian contingent after yesterday’s rich haul of 10 medals and have now broken into the top 10 for the first time since the multi-discipline extravaganza began on September 19.
With the addition of eight more medals today, India are placed ninth in the table with a collection of four gold, five silver and 26 bronze. China continued to maintain their supremacy with a tally of 216 (105-63-48), followed by South Korea (42-48-47) and Japan (34-46-46).
Medals won today aside, India can look forward to rich haul in the coming days as well with the women boxers assured of medals in all three weight categories. The men’s doubles tennis pair of Sanam Singh and Saketh Myneni as well as mixed doubles team of Myneni and Sania also assured themselves of at least a silver by advancing to the final.
Yogeshwar was star performer of the day as he better his 2006 edition bronze in style with a couple of splendid bouts. The Olympic bronze-medallist was trailing all through in his semifinal bout before coming good in the last few seconds to enter the final.
In the summit clash, Yogeshwar defeated Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan to expectedly pick the gold.
Earlier, Khushbir Kaur provided the early spark by becoming the first Indian woman to win a medal in race walking in the Asian Games as she clinched a silver in 20km event.
The 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to finish behind Lu Xiuzhi of China, who won the gold in 1:31:06, at the Marathon Course here.
The Indian, who holds the national record of 1:31:40, was consistently third till the 18km mark before going up a position in the final two kilometres, thanks largely to the slowing down of second-placed Chinese Nie Jingjing, who eventually finished fourth.
This is the biggest triumph of Khushbir’s nascent career after the bronze medal she won at this year’s Asian Walking Championships bronze in Japan. She was the first Indian woman to achieve such a feat.
In tennis, Yuki clinched India’s lone singles’ medal settling for a bronze in the men’s event after unforced errors cost him the semifinal against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka. A profligate Yuki lost 6-3 2-6 1-6 in one hour and 46 minutes.
The pair of Sania and Thombare also settled for a bronze after losing their women’s doubles semifinal to Chinese Taipei’s Chin Wei Chan and Su Wei Hsiehin. The fifth seeded Indian combo put up a brave fight before going down 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 10-4 to the Chinese Taipei duo, seeded second.
Divij Sharan and Yuki Bhambri also bagged bronze after losing the men’s doubles semifinals to Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung 6-7 (8) 7-6 (6) 9-11.
Indian track and field athletes added three more bronze later in the day after Khushbir’s silver in the morning as they put behind the disappointment of denying an additional medal in women’s 3000m steeplechase event.
Poovamma made up for a slow start and get into medal contention on the back straight as she won a bronze in 52.36, well below her personal best of 51.73 done in Lucknow during the National Inter-State Meet in June.
Poovamma’s medal was expected, but not that won by Arokia Rajiv, the army runner belonging to Madras Regiment and based in Wellington, Ooty.
The Tamil Nadu runner, who had won his semifinal heat yesterday, clocked a personal best time of 45.92 (his previous best being 46.13). Manju Bala then finished third in the women’s hammer throw with a best heave of 60.47m which she did in her opening attempt.
In boxing, it was an all-win outing for the country’s women pugilists. Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom led the charge as Indian women assured themselves of medals in each of the three weight categories.
Mary Kom (51kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) entered the semifinals of their respective weight categories with commanding victories.
Mary Kom gave a perfect start against Si Haijuan of China. Sarita, on the other hand, endured an energy-sapping slug fest against Mongolia’s Suvd Erdene Oyungerel but was a clear winner.
Pooja then rounded off an all-win day for the women by out-punching Shen Dara Flora of Chinese Taipei in her quarterfinal bout.
In tennis, Saketh Myneni got himself in line for two gold medals by reaching the finals of both men’s doubles and mixed doubles events. Saketh and Sanam Singh overcame experienced Thai twins Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 4-6 6-3 10-6 in the men’s doubles semifinals, which lasted 67 minutes.
Later in the day, the big-serving Myneni combined with seasoned doubles exponent Sania to reach the mixed doubles summit clash with a convincing 6-1 6-3 win over Chinese pair of Zie Zheng and Ze Zhang.
But the Indian recurve archers wrapped up a throughly disappointing performance after the women’s team lost a tense bronze medal match to Japan in a shoot-off here.
However, the Indians performed well in the canoeing and kayaking competitions, reaching six out of 11 finals.
The Indians entered the finals of five men’s and one women’s events, with Gaurav Tomar even winning his semifinal race in the men’s 1000m C1 event at the Hanam Misari Center and the duo of S Ajit Kumar and Rajiv Rawat taking the second place in men’s 1000m C2.
As was expected, India made a resounding start in the kabaddi competition with both the men’s and women’s teams thrashing Bangladesh in their opening preliminary round matches at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium.
Indian women’s team was the first to get across their Bangladeshi counterparts as they trounced their neighbours 29-18 in a Pool A match.
The men’s team then brushed aside the Bangladeshi men 30-15 to start their campaign on a positive note in Pool A, which also consists of Thailand and Pakistan.
However, the Indian handball teams continued with their listless show as both the men’s and women’s units lost their respective classification matches.
The Indian men finished 14th after going down 25-32 to United Arab Emirates in the 13th-14th Place Classification match at the Seonhak Handball Gymnasium here.
The women’s team lost 26-44 against Uzbekistan in 5th-8th place Classification tie. They will next play the women’s classification 7th-8th place on September 30.
The Indian men’s volleyball team put up a spirited fight against the much-fancied South Korea before losing 22-25 25-27 18-25 in a closely contested group E play-off match.
Indian women cagers failed to put up a fight against a formidable Japan and suffered a crushing 37-70 loss in the basketball quarterfinal match.
In equestrian competitions, India’s Yashaan Zubin Khambatta, riding a horse named Olgy, qualified for the Jumping Individual Final Round.
In an event that tests the ability of horse and rider to jump fences without knocking them down, Khambatta committed a total of 29 penalties to manage a 35th place finish at the Dream Park here