Asiad Roundup: Phogat, shooters climb podium as Indians shine in rowing, hockey, and wushu

The first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold is Vinesh Phogat. While the shooters bagged two silver medals on the second day of the competitions in Jakarta.

Vinesh defeated Japan's Yuki Irie in the 50 kg women's Freestyle final. This was India's second gold after wrestler Bajrang Punia bagged one in the men's 65 kg on August 19.

Meanwhile, Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran won silver medals in the men's 10 m Air Rifle and Trap events respectively as Indian shooters continued their impressive performance at the 18th Asian Games. With this, India took the eighth spot in the Asian Games medal tally with two gold, two silver, and one bronze.

The Indian men's hockey team began their title defence in style as they hammered 17 goals past Indonesia in their first Pool A match to register their biggest ever win at the continental competition.

Shooter Deepak Kumar handed India its third medal at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games after he clinched silver in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle category.

In rowing, India's quadruple sculls team and Dushyant entered the finals of their respective events.

In the men's quadruple sculls, India's team of Sawarn Singh, Om Prakash, Sukhmeet Singh, and Dattu Bhokanal completed the Heat 1 in the top spot with a timing of 6:15.18 to enter the final. India's women's fours team of Sanjukta Dung Dung, Annu, Navneet Kaur, and Yamini Singh was fourth in Heat 1 with a timing of 7:57.33 minutes to qualify for the repêchage round. India was seventh in the overall standings.

In wushu, India's Santosh Kumar (56 kg), Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (60 kg), and Narender Grewal (65 kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the men's sanda competition.

Narender moved into the Round-of-Eight in the men's 65 kg category as he defeated Philippines Clemente Tabugara 2-1. Meanwhile, L. Sanathombi Chanu finished eighth in the women's taijijian category with 9.63 points.

But Indians in the badminton arena were disappointed as the Indian men's badminton team lost 1-3 to hosts Indonesia in the quarter-finals.
H.S. Prannoy was the only Indian to have got a point for India, while Kidambi Srikanth and the doubles pairs of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost.

India crashed out of the women's badminton team event as well after going down 1-3 to formidable Japan in the quarter-finals.

India failed to emulate their 2014 Incheon bronze medal feat here, as only Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu managed to pull off a narrow win over world number one Akane Yamaguchi in the singles match, while her compatriot Saina Nehwal and the women's doubles pair of Sindhu and Ashwini Ponnappa, and N. Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sunil lost their respective matches.    -IANS