Asian Games | Day 1: India wins 5 medals; women's cricket team reaches final
India on Sunday (September 23) won five medals including three silvers at the Asian Games-2023 that kicked off in China’s Hangzhou on Saturday.
While the Women’s 10m rifle team won a silver, another was bagged by Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh in the rowing lightweight men’s double sculls.
Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram earned India its third medal and second in rowing – a bronze – in the men’s pair final.
Shooter Ramita Jindal also won a bronze in the women's 10m air rifle individual event.
India’s coxed-eight team is the latest to win a silver against China.
The Indian men's cricket team also defeated Bangladesh by eight runs confirming another silver medal for the kitty. The team is set to play the final with Pakistan or Sri Lanka.
The Indian women’s cricket team beat Bangladesh by eight wickets to enter the final, assuring another silver for the country.
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- 24 Sep 2023 2:00 PM GMT
The Indian men's team missed out on an Asian Games bronze medal in table tennis after a second-string South Korea blanked them 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Harmeet Desai lost the first match 0-3 to An Jaehyun. G Sathiyan tried to put up a fight, but it was not enough to get past Park Ganghyeon as India trailed 0-2 after the first two ties.
- 24 Sep 2023 1:59 PM GMT
The impressive run of star swimmer Srihari Nataraj and Indian women's team ended with sixth and seventh place finishes in the finals of men's 100m backstroke and 4x100m freestyle relay respectively.
Srihari, who had touched the pad at 54.71s to finish second in his heat and fifth overall to progress to the final, came up a timing of 54.48 seconds in the final.
He was 2.25 behind gold medallist Xu Jiayu (52.23) of China. Irie Ryosuke of Japan (53.46) and Korea's Lee Juho (53.54) won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The women's team comprising Olympian Maana Patel, Dhinidhi Desinghu, Janvi Choudhary and Shivangi Sarma clocked 3:54:66 in the final to take the seventh place. China, Japan and Hong Kong won the gold, silver and bronze respectively.
- 24 Sep 2023 1:44 PM GMT
Riding on a Sunil Chhetri strike, the Indian men's football team held Myanmar to a 1-1 draw and progressed to the round of 16.
They will play Saudi Arabia in the pre-quarters.
Chhetri scored from the spot in the 23rd minute but it was Rahim Ali who earned the penalty when he was brought down inside the box by Hein Zeyar Lin.
- 24 Sep 2023 1:41 PM GMT
Indian Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, the third highest ranked player in the field, suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan's IM Kazybek Nogerbek in the second round of the men's individual event.
In the women's event, India's top players – Koneru Humpy and D Harika – started well, securing wins in the first two rounds.
Having started with a win over Bangladesh IM Mohammed Fahad Rahman in the first round, Gujrathi faced a reverse at the hands of his Kazakh opponent.
Arjun Erigaisi, the other Indian player in the fray in the individual event being played on the rapid format, has 1.5 points after two rounds.
After beating Paulo Bersamina (the Philippines) in the opening round, the 20-year-old Erigaisi drew his second round game against Vietnam's Le Tuan Minh.
Top players, including Uzbekistan star Nodirbek Abdusattorov and China's Wei Yi, are in the fray in the men's tournament.
Abdusattorov scored wins in round 1 and two, while Wei Yi bounced back after a draw in the opening round to post a victory in the second round.
In the women's event, Humpy and Harika, the third and fourth highest ranked players in the field, had no trouble posting two victories each.
Humpy, a Grandmaster, beat Vietnam's Pham le Thao Nguyen in the second round after having put it across Alinasabalamadri Mobina (Iran) earlier.
Meanwhile, GM Harika began with a win over Alali Rouda (UAE) and then beat Singapore WGM Qianyun Gong in round two.
The two Indian women are among the five players with full points after the second round.
The team event will be held after the conclusion of the individual competition.
- 24 Sep 2023 12:34 PM GMT
The Indian women's Rugby 7s team suffered humiliating defeats in its first two matches.
India began its group stage campaign with a massive 0-38 loss to Hong Kong.
Later in the day, defending champion Japan hammered the Indians 45-0 in the Pool F match, effectively ending its chances of making it to the semi-finals.
India will next be up against Singapore on Monday and will try to register a win that could allow it to finish third in Group B and feature in the classification playoff for the fifth-sixth place.
- 24 Sep 2023 12:34 PM GMT
India narrowly missed out on a medal in Asian Games fencing when Taniksha Khatri lost to world No 2 Man Wai Vivian Kong of Hong Kong 7-15 in individual epee quarterfinal.
Khatri, who won her three pool matches to qualify for the knockout round, had seven touches but her opponent was superior and sealed the issue to make the semifinals.
A quarterfinal win would have guaranteed at least a bronze medal for the Indian who out-performed her teammate Ena Arora by just four points (15-11) in the round of 32.
- 24 Sep 2023 12:08 PM GMT
The Indian women's football team failed to qualify for the knockout stage after their 0-1 defeat to Thailand.
Indian side fought bravely but a 52nd minute goal from Thongrong Parichat helped Thailand to emerge winner in their Group B match. India had lost their Asian Games opener to Chinese Taipei 1-2.
The defeat against Thailand also ended their chances of finishing among the three second placed teams, who will enter the knockouts along with five top-ranked sides, from five groups.
- 24 Sep 2023 11:50 AM GMT
Two-time boxing world champion Nikhat Zareen stamped her authority in the women's 50kg by registering a dominant 5-0 win over Vietnam's Thi Tam Nguyen while Preeti Pawar (54kg) moved to the quarterfinals of the Asian Games.
In a rematch of March's world championship final, Zareen once again defeated two-time Asian Champion Nguyen by unanimous decision to move to the pre-quarters.
Putting up a dominating show, talented Indian boxer Preeti notched up an RSC win over Jordan's Silina Alhasanat.
- 24 Sep 2023 10:27 AM GMT
Japan pushed Indian men's volleyball team out of the medal race at the Asian Games with a fluent 3-0 win in a cross-group match.
Keihan Takahashi emerged as star performer for Japan by logging 21 points, playing a key role in his team's 25-16 25-18 25-17 victory in one hour and 11 minutes.
Erin Varghese was top scorer for India with eight points.
Japan will now face China in the semifinals whereas India will play against either Pakistan or Qatar in fifth-sixth place classification match on Tuesday.
The Indian team had topped the Group C after winning against Cambodia and South Korea.
- 24 Sep 2023 9:10 AM GMT
Indian women defeated Bangladesh while Sri Lanka knocked out Pakistan in the semi-finals. Paksitan and Bangladesh will play for bronze. It's India vs Sri Lanka final.