Khabarindiaonline: India’s Asian Games athletics campaign kicked off on a positive note today as Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv qualified for the men’s 400m semi-finals. Muhammed Anas topped heat 1 while Arokia Rajiv finished second in heat 4.
High-jumper Chethan Subramanya also qualified for the men’s high jump final. He finished fifth in Group B. In Badminton, Saina Nehwal reached women’s singles quarter-final, beating Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani 21-6, 21-14.
However, in Men’s Doubles, India lost to South Korea. All eyes now will be on P.V.Sindhu in the second round of badminton women’s singles event.
In Volleyball Pool F match, India beat the Maldives in straight sets 25-12, 25-21, 25-17. India’s Vikas Thakur lifted 145 kg. in his third attempt in men’s 94 kg. snatch.
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, while India’s women’s Recurve team was knocked out in the quarter-final today after losing 2-6 to Chinese Taipei, Men’s team beat Vietnam 5-3 to reach the quarter-final. In Sepak Takraw also, India lost to South Korea in Men’s Regu Preliminary group B match.
There are plenty of events featuring Indian athletes today with the potential of bringing more medals. India is assured of three medals in Squash as Saurav Ghoshal, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa play their semi-final matches. Dutee Chand will be seen in action in women’s 100 m event.
Hima Das and Nirmala Sheoran will be aiming for the top podium finish in the 400-metre race. In women’s hockey, India will take on South Korea this evening. India is currently placed 9th in the tally with 25 medals comprising 6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze. China continues to top the tally with 143 medals followed by Japan with a tally of 107 medals. ( Source: AIRN ).