Bopanna-Bhosale’s mixed doubles pair and men’s squash team won gold

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Thanks to the gold medals of experienced tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale in the mixed doubles pair and the men’s squash team, India won two gold, two silver and one bronze medals on the seventh day of the Asian Games here on Saturday. India is in fourth position after winning a total of 38 medals including 10 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze. China holds the top position with a total of 216 medals including 114 gold, 68 silver and 38 bronze. On day seven, shooters Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS won silver medals in the 10m air pistol mixed team event while Indian long distance athletes Kartik Kumar and Gulveer Singh won silver and bronze medals respectively in the men’s 10,000m race event.

Saturday was a historic day for India in table tennis in which Surtitha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee secured a historic table tennis medal by entering the women’s doubles semi-finals. The Indian men’s badminton team kept alive its hopes of winning its first gold medal in the Asiad by defeating Korea 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final. The Indian team has reached the final for the first time in this event in the Asiad. But the campaign ended on a disappointing note for India’s top weightlifter and Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Mirabai Chanu, who injured herself in the women’s 49kg event and finished fourth.

Captain Harmanpreet Singh scored four goals as the Indian hockey team defeated arch-rival Pakistan 10-2 in a one-sided match of Pool A and secured a place in the semi-finals. Bopanna and Bhosale made a comeback after losing the first set and defeated Tsung Hao Huang and An Shuo Liang of Chinese Taipei 2. 6, 6 3, 10 Won the gold medal in the mixed doubles event by defeating 4. Now the Indian tennis team will return with at least one gold medal. This time, only two medals fell in India’s bag in tennis in the Asian Games, which includes the silver in men’s doubles of Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan. In tennis, India had won four medals in Busan in 2002, four in Doha in 2006, five in Guangzhou in 2010, five in Incheon in 2014 and three in Jakarta in 2018.

In the men’s team squash event, Abhay Singh showed amazing composure in a topsy-turvy match and achieved the biggest victory of his career by defeating Noor Zaman, thereby helping top seed India defeat arch-rival Pakistan 2-1 in a thrilling match after eight years. Won the gold medal. India had lost to Pakistan in the league stage. After Nasir Iqbal’s victory in singles, Saurav Ghoshal was successful in leveling the score at 1-1, due to which the gold medal was to be decided by the match between Abhay and Zaman. The hero of the day was Chennai’s Abhay who defeated Zaman 3-2. India had won the men’s team squash gold medal at the Incheon 2014 stage while Pakistan had last won the gold medal at Guangzhou 2010.

Sarabjot and Divya, who were celebrating their birthday, lost to the Chinese pair 14-16 in the final of the 10m air pistol mixed team event and had to be content with a silver medal. India has won 19 medals in shooting in these games, including six gold, eight silver and five bronze. Athlete Karthik won silver medal with a time of 28:15.38 seconds and Gulveer won bronze medal with a time of 28:17.21 seconds. In the final of 400 meter race, Aishwarya Mishra stood fourth in the women’s event with a timing of 53.50 seconds, while Mohammad Ajmal finished fifth in the men’s event with a timing of 45.97 seconds. In 1500m, Jinson Johnson and Ajay Kumar Saroj qualified for the finals by clocking 3:56.93 seconds and 3:51.93 seconds respectively in their heats.

Saroj finished second in his heat and Johnson finished fifth. Jeswin Aldrin Johnson and Murali Sreeshakar qualified for the finals in the men’s long jump event with jumps of 7.67m and 7.97m respectively. In the women’s 100 meter hurdles, Jyoti Yaraji qualified for the finals by clocking 13.03 seconds in her heat. But among the other Indians, Nitya Ramraj had a disappointing campaign as she finished fifth in her heat by 13.30 seconds and could not qualify for the finals. Surtitha and Ayhika pulled off an upset by defeating world champion pair of China’s Chen Meng and Yidi Wang to enter the women’s doubles semi-finals and ensure a historic table tennis medal for India.

In the quarterfinals, Surthitha and Ayhika won 11-5, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 and this victory against the world number two pair is also important because India has never won the women’s doubles event in the Asiad. Has also not won a medal. Earlier, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Manika Batra was eliminated after losing in the quarter-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event. Manika was defeated by world number four player Yidi Wang of China 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-5. With this the Indian challenge in the singles category also ended. In men’s doubles, India’s Manush Shah and Manav Thakkar had to face defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Woojin Jang and Jonghun Lim by 8-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-, 9-11.

Indian men’s badminton team entered the finals by defeating Korea 3-2 on the basis of Kidambi Srikanth’s brilliant performance in the decisive match. HS Prannoy, ranked seventh in the world, made a strong comeback after an upset in the opening game to defeat Jeon Hyeok Jin 18-21, 21-16, 21-19 and put India ahead 1-0. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 13-21 24-26 to reigning world champions Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk in the opening doubles match. After this, Lakshya Sen brought the Indian team back into the match with his dominant play. He defeated Li Yunyu 21-7 21-9 in a one-sided match and put India ahead 2-1.

The pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila was defeated by Kim Wonho and NA Sungseung 21-16, 21-11 and leveled the match at 2-2. The onus of taking the Indian team to the final was now on Srikanth but Korea’s Cho Gonyeop, ranked 163rd in the world ranking, tried to cause an upset by defeating him in the first game. However, 2021 world champion Srikanth did not make any mistakes after this and India won the match by 12-21, 21-16, 21-14. In boxing, Preeti Pawar secured the quota for Paris Olympics by entering the women’s 54 kg semi-finals and also secured a medal. Lovlina Borgohain and Narendra also secured medals by making it to the semi-finals. Preeti defeated three-time World Championship medalist and current Asian champion Zaina Shcherbekova of Kazakhstan by 4. Defeated by 1.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Lovlina got a bye in the first round. Seong Suyeon of South Korea finished 5th in the women’s 75 kg category. Defeated by 0. Narendra (92 kg) also made it to the last four stage by defeating Ramezanpour Delavar of Iran by the same margin. Lovlina and Narendra are one win away from securing Olympic quota. Sachin Siwach entered the quarterfinals of 57 kg category after getting a walkover from Turkey’s Abukuthaylah of Kuwait. But World Championship bronze medalist Nishant Dev’s journey ended with a 0-5 defeat to 2021 World Champion Sevon Okazawa. Earlier, Nikhat Zareen had also achieved Olympic quota. This is India’s biggest win in terms of goal difference against Pakistan in hockey.

Harmanpreet scored in the 11th, 17th, 33rd and 34th minutes while Varun Kumar scored two goals (41st and 54th). Mandeep Singh (8th), Sumit (30th), Shamsher Singh (46th) and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (49th), playing his 150th international match, were the other players to score goals. In a match completely dominated by India, Mohammad Khan (38th) and Abdul Rana (45th) scored goals to reduce the margin of defeat for Pakistan. Weightlifter Chanu fell on her back in her final attempt and the coaching staff had to carry her off the stage. Chanu lifted a total of 191 kg (83 kg + 108 kg) which placed her in fourth position. Bindayarani Devi also could not reach the podium and finished fifth in the women’s 55 kg event.

He lifted a total weight of 196 kg (83 kg + 113 kg). In chess, the second seeded Indian women’s team won 2.5-1.5 over Vietnam in the second round on the basis of R Vaishali’s brilliant play. The top seeded men’s team was held to a 2-2 draw by the strong team of Uzbekistan. All four matches in this event ended in a draw. Apart from India’s Neeraj Verma, men’s and women’s doubles pairs qualified for the final of the canoe sprint event. The Indian men’s team retained its second position in the bridge event and the mixed team improved by one place to fourth position but the women’s team slipped to seventh position. Jakarta Asian Games 2018 silver medalist Pinky Balhara of India was eliminated after losing in the women’s 52 kg quarter-finals in the queasy event.Pinky was defeated by Sitora Elmurodova of Uzbekistan. Rest of the players of India were eliminated after losing. Suchika Tariyal was out of the last 32 in the women’s 52 kg category. Whereas in men’s 66 kg category, Keshav was defeated by South Korea’s Jedeog Kwon by 10.0.

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