Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta And Palembang, Day 13 Highlights: Another heartbreak for India as the women hockey team settles for silver after losing 1-2 against Japan. Earlier the Indian men’s squash team settled for bronze after losing their semifinal One silver and two bronze medals came in sailing. Boxer Amit Panghal stormed into finals of 49kg category, while gold medal contender Vikas Krishan forfeited his bout due to an injury. Table tennis stars Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra have been knocked out in their respective round of 16 matches while the Indian women’s squash team has advanced to the final. India 65 medals – 13 gold, 23 silver, 29 bronze.
India’s young pugilist Amit Panghal (49kg) continued his sensational run to make the final with a hard-fought win but an injured Vikas Krishan (75kg) had to settle for bronze after being declared medically unfit for his semifinal at the 18th Asian Games on Friday. Amit was the lone Indian boxer to make the final in the ongoing edition, beating Philippines’ Carlo Paalam in a 3-2 verdict. The 22-year-old Armyman, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, will be up against reigning Olympic champion and world championships silver-medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the summit clash tomorrow.
MAJOR HOCKEY FINAL EVENT LATER TODAY: The men’s hockey team crashed out of the competition in the semi-final after their loss against Malaysia in the penalty-shoot off, However, the women’s hockey team have a shot at winning the gold with their final later today at 6:30 pm as they take on mighty Japan. After defeating China with a narrow 1-0 victory in the semi-final match, they would be hoping to go all the way and win the gold medal.
The day so far…
3 MEDALS IN SAILING EVENT:
India clinched three medals in sailing with Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar clinching silver in the 49er FX Women’s event and Harshita Tomar claiming bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 at the 18th Asian Games.
Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda won bronze with a total of 53 after race 15 in the 49er men’s event.
The 20-year-old Varsha and 27-year-old Sweta combined to produce a total score of 40 after 15 races to finish second at the Indonesia National Sailing Centre.
INDIA’S TABLE TENNIS CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END:
India’s sensational run in the table tennis event at the 18th Asian Games came to an end after Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the singles competition on the day 13 of the Asian Games.
World number 33 Sharath Kamal went down fighting against 14th ranked Chih-Yuan Chunag of Chinese Taipei 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 16-14, 9-11.
INDIA WOMEN’S TEAM STUNS MALAYSIA IN SQUASH:
Joshna Chinappa upstaged eight-time world champion Nicol David as the Indian women’s squash team outplayed defending champions Malaysia 2-0 to enter its second successive Asian Games final on day 13 of the Asian Games.
The Indian team, comprising Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna, is assured of at least a silver now and is likely to face Hong Kong in the final.
DAY 12 Review: Indian contingent had a great outing on day 12 as they added two more golds to its kitty on Thursday to come out with its best ever Asian Games performance in close to seven decades on Day 12 of the 18th edition of the Games being held in the twin Indonesia cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
India’s medal tally at the end of Day 12 stands at 59. This is more than India’s previous highest of 57 which had come in the 1982 Asiad in New Delhi.
The seasoned Jinson Johnson and the women’s 4x400m relay team were the joint stars with their golden show on the final day of the track-and-field competition in which India signed off seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals, the country’s best haul since 1951.
Johnson, who surprisingly lost the gold to compatriot Manjit Singh in the 800m, more than made up for that blip with a brilliant rally today. Johnson clocked 3:44.72sec to claim the top honours ahead of Iran’s Amir Moradi, who turned in a timing of 3:45.62sec, his season’s best effort.
And then the 4x400m women’s relay team notched up a fifth successive gold to continue their remarkable dominance of the event. The Indian quartet of Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth clocked 3:28.72sec to claim the gold.
The defending champion men’s team could not get the top position but pulled off a creditable silver with the quartet of Kunhu Muhammed, Dharunn Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv timing 3:01.85sec to finish behind Qatar, which won gold in an Asian record of 3:00.56sec.
Adding a bronze was veteran discus thrower Seema Punia. The 35-year-old cleared a six-year-best of 62.26m for a third-place finish. Punia won a gold in the 2014 edition.
Asian champion P U Chitra also won a bronze, in the women’s 1500m race.
Chitra entered the race as Asian leader this season but had to settle for a bronze with a timing of 4:12.56 sec.
But losing the men’s hockey semifinal to Malaysia came as a massive blow for the country, which was not just aiming for a gold but also direct Olympic qualification through a top finish here.
The Malaysians handed India a heartbreaking 6-7 loss in sudden death after an exhausting shoot-off. India will play eight-time champions Pakistan in the bronze medal play-off. Pakistan lost 0-1 to Japan in the other semifinals.
Day 13 will witness the Indian boxers aiming for a place in the final in two weight categories. Sailing will also see its closure with the final race of the event in various categories. The Indian women’s hockey team will be in action for the final time at the Asian Games 2018, as a gold medal will be at stake. Roller Skaters Amitesh Mishra, Harshveer Singh Shekon will go for gold along with women’s team.