India clinched one gold, three silver and one bronze medals on the 9th day today at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. The Gold medal was bagged in Javelin Throw. Two silver medals came in Athletics and one in Steeplechase event. India also got one Bronze medal in Badminton.
Neeraj Chopra today became the first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal as he shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06 metres in men’s final. Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.
In Athletics, Neena Varakil got silver after leaping a distance of 6.51 metres in Women’s Long Jump Final. Sudha Singh bagged silver in Women’s 3,000 metres Steeplechase event. Dharun Ayyasamy got silver in 400 metres hurdles clocking 48.96 seconds. Jinson Johnson qualified for final after emerging on top in heat one.
Earlier in the day, Olympic Silver Medalist PV Sindhu assured at least a Silver medal in women’s singles Badminton. World No. 3 Sindhu stormed into the women’s singles final defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 today. Sindhu ed history as she became the first Indian to cement her spot in the final of the Women’s Singles Event at the Asian Games. She will now face World No 1 Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in a Gold rush tomorrow.
Top shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for a Bronze in the same event today. The World Number 10 Saina took home the bronze after losing her women’s singles semifinal in straight sets 17-21, 14-21 to Tai Tzu Ying.
In Men’s Boxing, India’s Vikas Krishan today reached the quarterfinals beating Pakistan’s Tanveer Ahmed 5-0 in Middle Weight Event (75 kilogram). Vikas is now just a win away from a medal.
In Women’s Hockey, India defeated Thailand 5-0 in their fourth and final group match. The Indian eves as well as the Men’s team are already through to the semi-finals.
In Sepak Takraw, India beat Nepal 21-5, 21-15 in Men’s Regu Preliminary Group B match.
In Table Tennis, India beat Vietnam 3-0 to enter quarters in Men’s Team Event.
In Squash, India beat Singapore 3-0 to post their 2nd successive win in Men’s Team Event.
India is currently 9th in the medals tally with 8 Gold, 13 Silver and 20 Bronze. China continues to maintain a substantial lead at the top, with Japan second and South Korea third.