Asian Games 2018, Day 7, Medals Tally: China continue to rule the roost in the ongoing Asian Games 2018 as they once again top the medals tally after a stellar show at the end of day seven with 72 Gold, 51 Silver and 30 Bronze. They are followed by Japan with 34 Gold, 31 Silver and 44 Bronze, on the third position are the Republic of Korea with 25 Gold, 26 Silver and 33 Bronze. India clinch the eighth spot in Asian Games medals tally with – 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 14 Bronze taking their total tally to 29.
India’s ace Shot-putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor set aside the disappointment of not being able to attend his cancer-ridden father, shattering the Asian Games record to open India’s gold medal account even as several national records tumbled on the opening day of the athletics competition on Saturday.
Asian Games 2018: Day 7 Highlights
He threw the iron ball to 20.75m, obliterating a six-year-old national mark, set by Om Parkash Karhana (20.69). The previous Games record was 20.57, set by Sultan-Al Hebshi from Saudi Arabia at the 2010 Guangzhou Games.
India’s rising star Hima Das qualified for the 400m final with a new national record as she timed exact 51.00s breaking a 14-year-old record set by Manjit Kaur (51.05s) in Chennai in 2004. Hima ran with Bahrain’s Salwa Naser, who is favourite to win this event and won the Heat 1 with a new Games record.
Also qualifying for the 400m final was Nirmala Sheoran, who stood fourth overall with a timing of 54.09s. It was the best effort in Heat 3. In the women’s 100m, star sprinter Dutee Chand made the semifinals by winning her heats.
Asian champion Mohammed Anas also emerged as a strong gold medal contender in the men’s 400m by qualifying for the final with a timing of 45.30s. It was the fastest time in the semifinal. Arokia Rajiv also joined him in the final by clocking 46.08 in the semifinals. Chasing Anas are Mohammed Abbas (45.59), Abdalellah Hassan (45.83).
Making to the final of long jump was also India’s Sreeshankar with an effort of 7.83m, which was fourth best today behind Yuki Hashioka of Japan (8.03m), Jianan Wang (7.89) and Yaoguang Zhang (7.84) of China.
The squash players’ singles campaign ended in the semifinal stage but that was enough to yield three bronze medals, there best performance in terms of the number of medals won. Seasoned campaigners Saurav Ghosal, a silver-medallist the last time, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost their respective last-four matches.
In badminton, top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal advanced to the women’s singles quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents in straight games.
Later in the day, the women’s hockey team also continued its fine run so far and advanced to the semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over defending champions South Korea. Gurjit Kaur’s two penalty corner conversions late in the game was high point of the match for India.
Here is the complete medal tally after day seven in the Asian Games 2018:
|3||Republic of Korea||25||26||33||84|
|12||United Arab Emirates||3||4||1||8|
|14||Hong Kong, China||2||6||13||21|
|27||Kingdom of Saudi Arabia||0||1||1||2|
On Sunday, the spotlight will be on star Javelin thrower – Neeraj Chopra, sprinter Dutee Chand, Hima Das, Muhammed Anas and the poster girl of Table Tennis Manika Batra, who would look to prove more than a point on the day 8 of 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.