The Indian rowers on Friday created history as they claim a historic gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls event of the 2018 Asian Games. The Indian team comprising of rowers – Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh finished at the top spot with an incredible timing of 6:17:13 to clinch the coveted gold medal. Also Read - Indian Super League: 10-Man Odisha Beat Hyderabad 3-2 For Second Win
It was a redemption of sorts for Bhokanal after yesterday’s forgettable show when he failed to complete his event leaving the coach fuming. Hosts Indonesia (6:20.58) and Thailand (6:22.41) bagged silver and bronze medals respectively in the quadruple skulls. Also Read - KBC 11 September 11 Episode Highlights: Retired Government Officer Rakesh Sharma Becomes The Roll-over Contestant
This was India’s first gold in rowing in this edition of the Asian Games and the fifth overall. This is only India’s second gold medal in rowing at the Asian Games. Bajrang Lal Takhar had won the first in the men’s singles event in 2010. Also Read - Jinson Johnson Betters Own 1500m National Record by Winning Silver in Berlin, Qualifies for World Championships
Earlier in the day, India bagged two bronze medals in the sport through Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in lightweight double sculls after Dushyant started the day with a third-place finish in lightweight single sculls. Rowers Rohit and Bhagwan clocked 7:04.61 to win bronze in their event. Japan’s Miyaura Masayuki and Takeda Masahiro won the gold with a timing of 7:01.70 while Koreans Kim Byunghoon and Lee Minhyuk (7:03.22) bagged silver.
Earlier, Dushyant won the country its first rowing medal at the ongoing Games, claiming a bronze in men’s lightweight single sculls. Korea’s Hyunsu Park with a timing of 7.12.86 and Hong Kong’s Chun Gun Chiu with a timing of 7.14.16 have won gold and silver respectively in the lightweight single sculls event at the JSC Lake. Dushyant meanwhile had a timing of 7.18.76, the Indian had to settle for a bronze.
The Indian, who began rowing in 2012 at an army training camp in Roorkee, had won a bronze in the last edition of the Games, too, in Incheon.
India are currently placed at the ninth spot in the medals tally with 21 medals (five gold, four silver and 12 bronze).
(With PTI inputs)