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India at the Asian Games - Day 1
December 03, 2006 19:06 IST
India's showing at the Doha Asian Games on the first day that medals were up for grabs.
It was at the shooting ranges that India opened its account in the medal tally, winning a bronze in the team events of the men's and women's 10m Air Rifle competition.
India's bronze medal-winning men's 10m Air Rifle team comprised Gagan Narang, P D Raghunath and Navnath B Faratade.
The Indian women's team comprised Avneet Kaur Sidhu, Tejaswani Sawant and Suma Shirur.
Commonwealth champions Gagan Narang, in the men's 10m Air Rifle, and Tejaswani Sawant, in the women's 10m Air Rifle, were both fifth, after making it to the six-shooter final.
However, Trap World champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu was in prime position to strike gold; he shared the lead after three rounds and 75 shots. He scored 70 out of 75 and shared the top place with Kuwaiti shooter Naser Meqlad.
India made a winning start, all the three boxers on view, including Akhil Kumar, India's gold medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, fought their way into the pre-quarter-finals.
Koneru Humpy started with a bang winning her first three matches in women's individual Rapid chess tournament. The top seeded Indian, the current world No. 2 in the women's section and No 1 in the under-20 category, scored two superb victories in the two matches she played.
In the men's section, top seed K Sasikiran was surprisingly held to three draws, while Pentala Harikrishna had one win and two draw.
Women's Rapid (Round 1): Samina Akhter lost to Koneru Humpy.
Men's Rapid (Round 2): K Sasikiran (IND) drew with Abdulla Hassan AL Hammadi (UAE); Elshan Moradiabai (IRI) drew with P Harikrishna (IND).
Women's Rapid (Round 2): Koneru Humpy (IND) beat Thi Thanh An Nguyen (VIE).
Men's Rapid (Round 3): Shinya Kojima (JPN) drew with K Sasikiran (IND); P Harikrishna (IND) drew with Enamul Hossain (BAN).
Women's Rapid: (Round 3): Olga Sabirova (UZB) lost to Koneru Humpy (IND).
Koneru humpy leads with three wins. She shares the lead with little-known Atousa Pourkashiyan, who shocked Chinese-born Zhu Chen of Qatar, a former World Cup winner.
India, defending the gold medal they won at the last four Asian Games, took a firm step in the same direction, scoring two victories.
Results: India bt Bangladesh 40-21; bt Japan 44-25.
Making its debut in the event, India lost its opening match to favourites Malaysia 0-2.
Men's 10m Air Rifle Qualification:
Team: India (Gagan Narang, PD Raghunath, Navnath B Faratade) - Bronze Medal
The Indian men's team is leading in trap, with 197. Kuwait (196) and Lebanon (195) are behind them.
Women's 10m Air Rifle Qualification:
Team: Avneet (396), Tejaswini (395), Suma (390) - BRONZE MEDAL
Men's 200m butterfly Heat 2: Arjun Muralidharan - fifth in heat, in 2 minutes 07.96s