Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta and Palembang, Day 6 Highlights: On day six, the Indian rowers won a gold and two bronze medals to start off on an incredible note on the sixth day of competitions at the 2018 Asian Games. With a clinical performance, the Indian rowers have made up for the disappointment in the days gone by. Dushyant won the country its first rowing medal at the ongoing Games, claiming a bronze in men’s lightweight single sculls and that was followed by a first-place finish by the team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls.
Later in the day, India’s ace tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan notched up their maiden men’s doubles gold medal at the quadrennial event, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance.
Veteran shooter Heena Sidhu also claimed a bronze for India in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, while young Manu Bhaker missed out on the medal.
Day six marked a good day for the Indian squash athletes as both Joshna Chinnappa and Dipika Pallikal won their respective matches to progress into the semi-finals. Pallikal beat Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi 3-0, while Chinnappa beat Hong Kong’s Ho Ling Chan 3-1. Both the athletes are assured of bronze medals.
The men’s hockey are having a great run in the Asian games so far, they hammered Japan 8-0.
The Indian men’s kabaddi team are world champions but they hit below their weight in the Asian Games and received a bronze medal, whereas the Indian women’s kabaddi team bagged a silver.
India remains on the seventh spot in Asian Games medals tally with – 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 14 Bronze.
On day four, Teenage shooter Shardul Vihan bagged silver while tennis players took two medals even as the Indian men’s kabaddi team failed to enter the final at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday. Vihan gave the Indian campaign a superb start early in the day by finishing second in the men’s double trap final. The 15-year-old shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.
Qatar’s Al Marri Hamad Ali settled for bronze after shooting 53. Vihan has emerged as one of the leading double trap shooters in India and had clinched four gold medals at the Shotgun Nationals Championship last year.
At the tennis courts, the Indian men’s doubles team of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a hard-fought victory to enter the final. Bopanna and Sharan were made to work hard for an hour and 12 minutes by the Japanese duo of Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukuro before grinding out a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 win.
This is the fifth successive Asian Games, when an Indian pair has made it to the final of the men’s doubles.
In other matches on the day, Ankita Raina had to settle for bronze after losing in the women’s singles semi-final. Prajnesh Gunneswaran also ensured a medal from the men’s singles category by entering the semi-finals.
But what really overshadowed the day for India was the fact that the men’s kabaddi team suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Iran in the semi-finals.
In badminton, top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu registered contrasting victories in the first round of women’s singles matches while the mixed doubles team crashed out of the 18th Asian Games here on Thursday.