Saina loses after putting up a fight
Saina Nehwal, India's lone hope for a medal in badminton, crashed out of the the Asian Games in Guangzhou after losing to Yin Pui Yip of Hong Kong on Thursday.
The World No 3 lost 8-21, 21-9, 19-21, on a day that saw the end of India's badminton challenge at the Games.
Earlier, Men's singles player Aravind Bhat and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju lost -- Bhat losing 19-21, 12-21 to world number six Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand and Jwala-Diju going down to Koreans Baekcheol Shin and Hyojung Lee in the mixed-doubles event.
The Indian pair lost 21-17, 13-21, 16-21 against the Korean combination in a 36-minute match
Image: Saina Nehwal returns a shot against Hong Kong's Yip during their quarterfinal tie on Thursday
Sixth-place finish for men's 4x100m relay team
A second medal eluded India in the swimming competitions as its men's 4x100m medley relay team finished a disappointing sixth in the finals at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Thursday.
The quartet of Rehan Poncha, Sandeep Sejwal, M Badrinath (who replaced Virdhawal Khade in the finals) and Aaron D'Souza clocked 3:52.97s.
Japan was elevated to gold with a time of 3 minutes, 34.10 seconds, after China was disqualified from the men's 4x100-meter medley relay after an illegal change involving the second swimmer.
India also tasted disappointment in the individual events on the day as Mandar Anandrao Divase (1500m freestyle), M Badrinath (50m backstroke) and Sandeep Sejwal (200m breaststroke) failed to make the final cut.
Image: A member of the Japanese 4x100m medley relay team (right) comes in for the handover with Chinese relay swimmer on the left on Thursday
Indians crash out of taekwondo quarters
India endured a dismal day in taekwondo competitions with as many as four players -- two men and as many women -- crashing out in the quarter-finals of their respective weight categories, in Guangzhou on Thursday.
P Anand and Sandeep Kundu too were shown the door in the last eight stage of the men's 80kg and 87kg.
P Anand lost 3-5 to Nabil Hassan of Jordan while Sundeep Kundu was spanked 4-18 by Uzbek fighter Akmal Irgashev.
South Korea's Heo Jung-nyoung won the gold in the over 87kg category.
Image: South Korea's Heo Jung-nyoung bites his gold medal after the men's taekwondo 87kg final on Thursday
Korea woman win first medal in Taekwondo
Among women, India's Latika Bhandari and Y Shantibala Devi bowed out in the women's 53kg and 57kg respectively. Both Latika and Shantibala went down tamely 0-6 and 0-13 to Sarita Phongsri of Thailand and Hou Yuzhuo of China.
Later in the day, Lee Sung-hye beat Yuzhuo in the 57kg category, to give the Korean squad their first gold medal.
Image: China's Hou Yuzhuo (blue) fights South Korea's Lee Sung-hye during their women's taekwondo under 57k
Taiwan Prez enters taekwondo dispute
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou stepped into the politically-charged dispute over a disqualified taekwondo fighter on Thursday, demanding event organisers at China's Asian Games re-examine her case and offer a better explanation.
Former Asian champion Yang Shu-chun was disqualified in sensational circumstances on Wednesday, when officials stopped her 49-kg bout against a Vietnamese competitor and disqualified her for wearing unauthorised sensors in her footwear.
"Taiwan's public cannot accept this," presidential office spokesman Lo Chih-chiang said.
"The president is asking the cabinet and the sports commission to stick up for her rights. We hope they can re-evaluate the case and offer better reasoning."
Image: Taiwan's Yang Shu-Chun is consoled by her coach while staging a sit-in protest