India continued to swell its overall medal tally, with the women’s hockey team taking a silver, while sailors gave a silver and bronze, even as the squash teams had opposite results in the semi-finals and boxer Amit Panghal entered the finals on 13th day of the 18th Asian Games on Friday. Also Read - Boxing: Amit Panghal, Lovlina Borgohain End With Bronze Medals at Asian Olympic Qualifiers
Among others, middle-weight (75kg) boxer Vikas Krishan settled for a bronze medal after conceding a walkout in the semi-finals against Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan due to an injury. Also Read - Asian Boxing Qualifiers: Amit Panghal Seals Maiden Olympic Berth After Entering Semifinals
The disappointments of the day were Indian singles paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika, who lost their respective singles matches. Also Read - Boxing: Amit Panghal Gets Top Billing, Mary Kom Seeded Second in Asian Olympic Qualifiers
Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta And Palembang, Day 13 Live Highlights
On 13th day, India is sitting at the eighth spot with a total of 65 medals (13 gold, 23 silver 29 bronze), equalling the highest tally of 2010 Guangzhou edition.
The hopes of a gold medal were pinned on India’s last event of the day but a 2-1 win by Japan’s women’s hockey team condemned them to take silver.
Japan took the lead through Minami Shimizu in the 11th minute but India pulled the level through Neha Goyal in the 25th minute. Motomi Kawamura regained Japan’s lead in the 44th minute. India couldn’t find their equaliser and had to settle for the silver medal.
It was India’s second silver medal in women’s hockey in Asiad history. The last time they had finished second was in the 1998 edition in which they lost to South Korea with the same scoreline.
In the sailing competition, Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar bagged a silver medal in the 49er FX women category, while Harshita Tomar settled for bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 category.
In the 49er FX category, Varsha and Sweta scored a total of 44 points and 40 net points to finish second behind Singapore’s Min Kimberly Lim and Rui Qi Cecilia Low, who got 44 total points and 14 net points.
In the Open Laser 4.7 category, Harshita scored a total of 62 points and 50 net points to finish third.
In squash, India’s women’s team of Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna entered the finals with a 2-0 victory over Malaysia. In the finals, India will take on Hong Kong, who defeated Japan 2-0.
Joshna Chinappa registered a 3-2 (10-12, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11) victory over legendary Nicol David, while Dipika crushed Low Wee Wern 3-0 (2-11, 9-11, 7-11) to give India an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Following is the schedule of the Indian contingent on the 14th day of the Asian Games for Saturday:
Men’s Light Fly (49kg): Amit vs Hasanboy Dusmatov (12:30 PM IST)
Men’s Pair Final 2 (8:30 AM IST)
Women’s Pair Fianl 2 (8:30 AM IST)
Mixed Pair Final 2 (8:30 AM IST)
Canoe Double (C2) 200m Men Final: Prakant Sharma/Oinam Jamesboy Singh (7:30 AM IST)
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women: India (10:00 AM IST)
Men’s Bronze Medal match: India vs Pakistan (4:00 PM IST)
Mixed Team Round of 16: India (7:30 AM IST)
Women’s Team Final: India vs Hong Kong (1:30 PM IST).
(With Agency Inputs)