Asian Games 2018 Day 9 wrap: Neeraj Chopra gold highlights excellent day for India

first_imgIndia added five more medals to their tally on Day 9 on Monday to take the medal count to 41.Neeraj Chopra created history by winning a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. Chopra shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06 metres in the event.He became the first Indian ever to win a gold in the javelin throw at the continental games and the first India since Gurtej Singh, who won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi Asian Games.Overall, he became the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw. Parsa Singh was the first Indian to achieve the feat when he won a silver medal at the 1951 New Delhi Asian Games.Apart from Chopra, India won three silver medals in the track and field events while a bronze in badminton.ASIAN GAMES 2018 – FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYSudha Singh (women’s 3000m steeplechase), Dharun Ayyasamy (men’s 400 metre hurdles) and Neena Varakil (women’s long jump) bagged silver medals while shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal after losing in the women’s singles semi-final.SINDHU REACHES FINAL, SAINA GETS BRONZESindhu secured her place in the final of the women’s singles badminton event after beating Japanese world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in the 2018 Asian Games.Sindhu looked in complete control of the game today and her net strokes and smashing were absolutely on point. Contrarily, Akane Yamaguchi’s movement was not at her best. She even had strappings on her arms.advertisementASIAN GAMES DAY 9 HIGHLIGHTSSindhu started off the match extremely confidently taking the attack at Yamaguchi due to which the duminitive Japanese struggled to get her rhythm going.However, Yamaguchi did mount a strong comeback but despite the late fightback from Yamaguchi, Sindhu kept her calm and stuck to her game plan to take the first game 21-17 in 22 minutes.Sindhu and Yamaguchi fought closely in the second game but Yamaguchi took the game 21-15 ultimately.But, in the final game, Sindhu came back strong and went into the break with an 11-7 lead and never let up even after that.Sindhu completely attacked Yamaguchi making her fall all over the court and romped off to the massive victory.Awaiting for he in the final will be Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, who beat India’s Saina Nehwal 21-17, 21-14 in her semi-final match.Sindhu trails 9-3 in head-to-head against Tai Tzu, but this time the Indian shuttler has a plan.Saina on the other hand struggled against Tai Tzu and failed to mount any fightback whatsoever and she slumped to her 10th consecutive loss against the world No.1.Saina fought hard throughout the match and even managed to get a few brilliant strokes to catch Tai Tzu off-guard but in the end the world No.1 was just too good.However, despite the semi-final loss, Saina bagged her maiden medal at the Asian Games.CHOPRA BAGS GOLDNeeraj Chopra continued his impressive run in 2018 as he bagged gold in men’s javelin throw at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.Chopra managed a personal best throw of 88.06 to win the top prize in javelin throw while China’s Liu Qizhen and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem came second and third with throws of 82.22 and 80.75 respectively.DHARUN BAGS SILVER IN MEN’S 400MDharun Ayyasamy bagged silver in men’s 400 metre hurdles at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.Dharun, who started way behind pulled back just in time and managed to trump Japan’s Takatoshi Abe at the last moment to finish second with a personal best timing of 48.96.Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba won gold with a games record timing of 47.66 while Takatoshi bagged bronze with a timing of 49.12.Read – I owe Asian Games silver medal to my mother: Dharun AyyasamySUDHA, NEENA WIN SILVER MEDALSSudha couldn’t run past Bahrain’s Winfred Yavi, who bagged the top prize in 3000 metre steeplechase. Sudha clocked 9.40.03 while Yavi recorded 9:36.52. Vietnam’s Thi Oanh Nguyen came third with a timing of 9:43.83.In women’s long jump, Varakil finished behind Vietnam’s Thi Thu Thao Bui, who jumped a seasonal best of 6.55 to win gold. China Xiaoling Xu finished third to bag bronze with a jump of 6.50.Nayana James finished 10th with a jump of 6.14.INDIA REACH SEMIS IN WOMEN’S HOCKEYIndia thrashed Thailand 5-0 to storm into the semi-finals of the women’s hockey competition at the 18th Asian Games.Captain Rani Rampal scored a hat-trick in the second half to help the title contenders register an easy victory.Rani scored in the 37th, 46th and 56th minutes while Monika and Navjot Kaur scored in the 52nd and 55th minutes respectively to guide India to their fourth consecutive win. India finished on top of Pool B with 12 points from four wins ahead of defending champions South Korea.advertisementAlso Read – When Neeraj Chopa is on the field, expect the very best from him: PM ModiVIKAS KRISHAN REACHES BOXING QUARTERSVikas Krishan (75kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Dheeraj Rangi (64kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the boxing competition after registering victories in the Round of 16.However, Commonwealth Games bronze-winner Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg) lost a close contest against Kyrgyzstan’s Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu to bow out of the competition.’AFTER A GRUELLING MATCH, THIS IS WHAT WE GET TO EAT’Indian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal posted a picture of his dinner after his matches at the Asian Games 2018 Village in Jakarta on a day when the men’s and women’s team began their campaign in Indonesia.Sharath Kamal and the men’s team began their Asian Games campaign in the Team event with a 3-0 win over UAE where, Sharath Kamal registered an 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 win over Abdulla Albalooshi. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai also won their respective matches.Passion is very important, says Neeraj ChopraMEN’S TABLE TENNIS TEAM ASSURED OF MEDALSathiyan Gnanasekaran won both his singles matches while Achanta Sharath Kamal also registered a victory to help India beat Japan 3-1 in the men’s table tennis quarter-finals.However, India’s campaign in women’s team even ended when they lost 3-1 to Hong Kong in the quarter-finals.WINNING STARTS FOR INDIA IN TEAM EVENTSIndia began their campaign on a winning note with both men and women squash teams recording 3-0 victories in the group stage.The men beat Indonesia 3-0 in the morning before overwhelming Singapore by the same margin. The women, who had only one match on Monday, beat Iran 3-0.last_img

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