Asian Games 2018 Day 3 wrap: Saurabh wins historic gold, medal tally at 10

first_imgThe third day at Asian Games 2018 witnessed India’s medal tally swell up to 10, on Tuesday.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary created a new Games Record to clinch India’s first shooting gold medal of the ongoing edition. Saurabh clinched the yellow metal in men’s 10m air pistol, while Abhishek Verma bagged bronze.The third medal of day also belonged to a shooter as Sanjeev Rajput clinched a silver in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Indian men’s sepak takraw team bagged a record bronze, while Divya Kakaran won bronze in the 68kg freestyle to make it five medals for the day.Indian women’s hockey team registered a massive 21-0 win against Kazakhstan and the kabaddi teams entered semi-finals.But the star of the day was debutant teenager Saurabh, who finished on top of men’s 10m air pistol standings with a Games record score of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Asian Games 2018, Day 3: HighlightsThe bronze medal went to Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek, who recorded a score of 219.3.In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.With our shooters on a roll, bringing to you the gold medalist in mens 10m Air Pistol – Saurabh Choudhary!All of 16 & making his Asian Games debut, he has surely won many [email protected] #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #Shooting #TOPSAthlete #SAI pic.twitter.com/FmEEiFAvycSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Another shooter, Sanjeev shot 452.7 to claim the silver medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. China’s Hui Zicheng notched up the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Japan’s Matsumoto Takayuki bagged the bronze with 441.4.Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of a gold.advertisementHe recovered from 7.8 in the third series of the kneeling position to end in the top position with a score of 151.2.The maiden medal!Today our mens #SepakTakraw Regu team has created #history by winning a bronze medal at #AsianGames2018, countrys 1st ever in the sport.Seeing our flag fly high because of them is a matter of immense pride for #India. #TeamIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames #SAI pic.twitter.com/XSEccaHKloSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Rajput continued his impressive run in prone, leading from start to finish after consistently shooting 10s. He had a total score of 307.1 after 30 shots.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 3In the standing position, Rajput led after the first series with a score of 355.6 but his slide coincided with Zicheng raising the bar.India clinched a maiden Asian Games medal in sepak takraw despite its men’s regu team losing to defending champion Thailand.The Indian men’s regu team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal.Divya added a bronze to India’s wrestling tally after beating Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the third-place play-off bout for the 68kg category.Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreThe 20-year-old Asian championships silver-medallist prevailed on account of Technical Superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0.Young Divya Kakran wrestled bravely to grab a bronze medal in womens 68kg freestyle #Wrestling!You were great, @DivyaWrestler !Many congratulations!#IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia @FederationWrest #AsianGames2018 #SAI pic.twitter.com/53YcazRlR3SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Four medals were assured for India in wushu after Surya Pratap, Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar and Naorem Devi won their respective quarter-finals matches.In hockey, four Indian players scored a hat-trick each as the women’s team mauled lowly Kazakhstan 21-0 to notch up its second consecutive win.Goals rained thick and fast in the Pool B match at the GBK Hockey Field with as many as 10 Indians out of 18, who took the field, entering their names in the scoresheet.Asian Games 2018: Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingNavneet Kaur (11th, 12th, 16th, 48th, 48th) top-scored with five goals while drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had also scored a hat-trick in India’s 8-0 thrashing of Indonesia in their opening match, had four strikes (8th, 36th, 44th and 51st).Lalremsiami found the target in the ninth, 19th and 29th minutes while Vandana Katariya (28th, 37th and 52nd) was the fourth player to score a hat-trick in the lop-sided match.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s fantastic all-round show during their game against Kazakhstan at the 18th Asian Games 2018 spurs the team on to an impressive 21-0 victory at the competition on 21st August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvKAZ pic.twitter.com/zkRidWMAwqadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2018The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams secured emphatic wins against their respective opponents to qualify for the semi-finals.The men’s team, a seven-time gold-medallist, bounced back from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to beat Thailand 49-30 in its fourth and final Group A match. It had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.In the women’s competition, India played two matches and emerged victorious in both to top Group A with an all-win record and qualify for the semifinals.Asian Games 2018: India win first medal in sepak takraw. All you need to know about the sportIn the first match of the day, the Indian women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54-22 in its final group match.The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.In tennis, top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan breezed into the men’s doubles quarter-finals while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women’s singles.Bopanna and Sharan sailed past Thailand’s Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3 6-1 in another round of 16 match.Raina, ranked 189, overpowered world number 243 Eri Hozumi 6-1 6-2 in a round of 16 clash.Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts make progress at Asian Games 2018Karman Kaur Thandi, however, was disappointed after losing to lower-ranked En-Shuo Liang of Chinese Taipei. The world number 196 lost a close match against the 278th ranked Liang, going down 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (4) in the pre-quarterfinals.Thandi also lost a close mixed doubles match alongside the experienced Sharan.The Indians bounced back losing the first set before going down in the super tie-break. The eventual scoreline read 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.Ramakumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal, who both are singles specialists and were told to pair up at the eleventh hour, put up a spirited show to outlast Taipei’s fourth seeds Chen Ti and Peng Hsienyin 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2).Bopanna and Raina are the sole Indian pair left in the mixed doubles draw after the exit of Thandi and Sharan. The fourth seeds had a tough match against South Korea’s Kim Nari and Lee Jeamoon before prevailing 6-3 2-6 11-9.It wasn’t a great day for gymnast Dipa Karmakar as she failed to qualify for the vault final. However, she made the cut in the balance beam as India also booked a berth in the title round of the team competition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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