Tejendra Pal Singh wins gold

Asian Games: Tejendra Pal Singh wins gold in Shot Put; Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Saurabh Ghoshal win bronze medals

ANIIndia’s Asian Games athletics campaign kicked off on a positive note today as Tajinderpal Singh bagged a Gold in men’s Shot-Put event creating an Asian Games record of covering a distance of 20.75 meters. Muhammed Anas and Rajiv Arokia qualified for the men’s 400m semi-finals. Anas topped heat 1 while Rajiv finished second in heat 4. In women’s 100 meters Duti chand has qualified for semifinals. She topped the heat with 11.38 seconds. High -jumper Chethan Subramanya also qualified for the men’s high-jump final. He finished fifth in Group B.

In Badminton, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu have reached women’s singles quarter-final. Saina Nehwal beat Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani 21-6, 21-14. PV Sindhu defeated Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia 21-12, 21-15 . However, in Men’s Doubles , India lost to South Korea. In handball, India women’s team beat Korea 54-19 in 9th and 10th classification match. In Volleyball Pool F match, India beat Maldives in straight sets 25-12, 25-21, 25-17. Indian boxer Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarterfinals after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen.

However, it was not a good day for the shooters as Anish Bhanwala and Shivam Shukla failed to qualify for the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final as they finished 9th and 11th respectively. In Archery, India’s Recurve campaign ended today as both men and women’s teams lost their quarter-final matches. In Sepak Takraw also, India lost to South Korea in Men’s Regu Preliminary group B match. Vikas Thakur failed to grab a medal for India in Weightlifting and finished with a total lift of 335 kgs.

In Squash, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settled for Bronze Medals after losing in women’s singles semifinals. Saurabh Ghoshal also settled for a Bronze as he also lost in the Men’s singles semifinals. Hima Das and Nirmala Sheoran will be aiming for top podium finish in 400 metre race. In women’s hockey, a match is underway between India South Korea now.
India is currently placed 8th in the tally with 29 medals comprising 7 gold, 5 silver and 17 bronze. China continues to top the tally with 143 medals followed by Japan with a tally of 107 medals.

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