Asian Games 2018 Day 1 wrap: Bajrang clinches gold, Chandela-Kumar win bronze

first_imgIndian athletes clinched two medals on Day 1 of Asian Games 2018 to take the ninth position in the medal table on Sunday.The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event. But Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games.An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a rusty Sushil Kumar lost his last chance to add an Asiad yellow metal to his rich collection after losing the qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74 kg category.The hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the women’s team, which won a bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for a rousing start. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the show with a hat-trick.ASIAN GAMES DAY 1: HIGHLIGHTSBajrang, who came into the Games after winning three tournaments — the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International, prduced a dominating performance.The 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority.He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.1stfor #India!Our #TOPSAthlete @BajrangPunia is a perfect example of dedication,grit & determination.So proud to bring to you our men’s 65kg categorymedalist at #AsianGames2018! The zeal to make it big was very evident from the start!#IndiaAtAsianGames @FederationWrest pic.twitter.com/HXADcYJdkGadvertisementSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.With this stellar feat, Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won gold in the last edition. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are the other wrestlers who form India’s golden club at Asiad.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018″There are very few gold for Indian wrestlers in Asiad. So it is a big achievement for me. Only Yogeshwar and Rajinder Singh have won two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad), I am only the third to do it, so naturally, I am feeling proud of myself,” the 24-year-old said.Another name that was set to be on this list was of Sushil but the double Olympic medallist could not produce the big-event show he is famous for. However, he was graceful in defeat.”I did not expect this. The 57kg World Champion was sitting beside me, he said ‘I lost’. I told him don’t worry, I have also lost. It is part of sport and I will come back again. We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories, it won’t lead you anywhere,” said Sushil.A gold was also expected from the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang, where the Indians were in contention in two events, but the contingent had to be content with a mixed team rifle bronze.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Superb start to Day 1 of #AsianGames2018.Mixed team of @Apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar wins first medal for India in this Asian Games. They have won in 10m air rifle mixed team.Great show, team. Many congratulations to them! #IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia pic.twitter.com/9ctzZPCvCzRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 19, 2018It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle tomorrow. World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon.There were no more medals on the opening day but they were certainly some promising results.Asian Games 2018: Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaIndian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj finished creditable fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke events.In rowing, medal hopes were raised after Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh topped Heat 2 in men’s doubles sculls while Dattu Baban Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 of singles sculls.It was a lean day in tennis with most Indians getting first-round byes. There was one match in the mixed doubles and last-minute formed pairing of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan did well to clear the opening hurdle.advertisementCongratulation to our male shuttlers for advancing to the quarter finals of the Mens team event after a 3-0 win over #Maldives.They will take on hosts #Indonesia [email protected]_Media #AsianGames2018 #GoForGlory #Badminton #IndiaAtAsianGames #TeamIndia #SAI Photo:@srikidambi pic.twitter.com/IQtZ4RF2xHSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018The Indian badminton team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, made a resounding start to its campaign, thrashing minnows Maldives 3-0 in the opening match of the team competition.World No 8. Srikanth brushed aside Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki 21-4 21-5 to give India a 1-0 lead. World No. 11 H S Prannoy then outclassed Mohamed Sarim 21-8 21-6.B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open, then ended the challenge of Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed with a 21-7 21-8 demolition as India wrapped up the contest 3-0.In Kabaddi, which has been India’s ‘gold mine’ at Asian Games, both teams made a winning start. The men’s team outclassed Sri Lanka after opening its campaign with a win over Bangladesh, while the women’s team pulled off a dominating win over Japan in its opener.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more