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India@Asiad: Recurve archers return medal-less; assured of 2 medals in bridge

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Last updated on: August 25, 2018 19:19 IST
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Deepika Kumari

IMAGE: Indian archer Deepika Kumari gets emotional after elimination. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

The Indian recurve archers' will return empty-handed from the 18th Asian Games with both the men and women sides crashing out in the quarter-finals of the team events, in Jakarta, on Saturday.


After witnessing a disappointing campaign in the individual recurve events, the onus was on the men's and women's teams to make up for the poor show but it was not to be.

The Indian women's team lost 2-6 to formidable Chinese Taipei.

The Indians, represented by Ankita Bhakat, Promila Daimary and Deepika Kumari lost 0-2, 0-2, 2-0, 0-2 against the Chinese Taipei trio of Chien-Ying Lei, Chia-Mao Peng and Yating Tan to bow out of the competition.

The Indian women had earlier defeated Mongolia 5-3 in the previous round.

It was a similar script for the men's recurve team as well as they lost 1-5 against favourites Korea in the quarterfinals.

The Indian men's team of Jagdish Choudhary, Atanu Das and Viswash started brightly to hold the Korean trio of Woojin Kim, Wooseok Lee and Jinhyek Oh 1-1 in the first set before the Koreans up their ante to pocket the next two sets with identical 2-0 margin and seal a place in the semifinals.

The Indian men had defeated Vietnam 5-3 in the previous round to set up a clash against the Koreans.

Pavitra through to quarters


IMAGE: India’s Pavitra is declared winner. Photograph: BFI/Twitter

Indian boxer Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games after out-classing Pakistan's Rukhsana Perveen in a bout that did not go beyond the opening round, in Jakarta, on Saturday.

Pavitra, who is a former National Games gold-medallist, was at her ferocious best in the contest, resulting in two knockdowns for Rukhsana in the first round.

After that, the referee didn't take long to stop the contest in the Indian's favour.

The score-sheet at that point was unanimously 10-8 in Pavitra's favour.

The 31-year-old is making her debut at the Games, having replaced former world and Asian champion L Sarita Devi in the lightweight category.

Pavitra has been an Asian Championships bronze-medallist, albeit in the 57kg category.

She had claimed a gold medal in the Asian Games test event held earlier this year in the country.

India assured of two medals in bridge

India were assured of two medals in the debut sport of bridge in the Asian Games after the men's team and mixed team reached the semi-finals.

After the qualification rounds, the men's bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.

The men's bridge team was placed fourth after playing 13 qualification rounds while the mixed team finished on top after seven qualification rounds.

The top finishing team will play the fourth team while the second and third will take on each other in the semifinals.

Both the losing semifinalists will win a bronze and India are assured of at least two bronze medals from bridge.

The supermixed team, however, failed to qualify for the semifinals.

The six-member men's team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.

The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.

The men's team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.

The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.

Women's handball team finishes 9th

The Indian women's handball team ended its campaign on a winning note by beating Malaysia to finish 9th at the 18th Asian Games.

India thrashed Malaysia 54-19 in their final match of the competition.

The Indian team lead 19-5 at the end of the first period and the gap widened in the second session as they scored 35 points as compared to Malaysia's 14.

As many as 12 Indian players registered their names on the scoring sheet with Deepa, Khila Devi and Indu Gupta scoring eight goals each. The other goal scorers were Jyoti Shukla, Banita Sharma, Sushma, Priyanka, Manjula Pathak, Nidhi Sharma, Sanjeeta, Ritu and Maninder Kaur.

For Malaysia the highest scorer was Ahmad Yusop Farah Atifah with seven goals, while Mohd Zubaidi Nur Shaidatul and Yazid Nurul Irdina scored three goals each.

India had lost to Kazakhstan, South Korea, China and North Korea


Canoers put up dismal show in TBR 200m event

The Indian canoeing contingent fared poorly in the men's and women's Traditional Boat Racing (TBR) 200m event at the Asian Games.

Both teams did not qualify for the main final and could not make an impact even in the tail race. The women's finished third in the tail race out of five teams.

The main final was won by China with silver and bronze going to China and Indonesia.

The men's team fared even worse in the tail race, finishing fifth and last. In the main race, China ruled again, followed by Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

Canoeing contingent's participation in the Asian Games was decided in the court, which ruled the matter in the petitioner's favour. The petitioner was one of the players, Abhay Singh.

Sepaktakraw: India lose 0-2 to South Korea

The Indian men's sepaktakraw regu team lost to South Korea in a group match of the 18th Asian Games in Palembang.

India lost 0-2 (6-21 7-21) to South Korea in their opening men's regu preliminary Group B match.

The Indian team plays against Malaysia tomorrow before taking on Nepal and China later in the tournament.

Earlier this week, India had won a historic Asian Games bronze medal in men's regu team competition.

Sepaktakraw is a volleyball-style sport in which players use their feet, head, knees and chest to hit the ball across the net. They are not allowed to use their hands.

Weightlifter Vikas Thakur finishes 8th

Indian weightlifters' listless campaign in the 18th Asian Games came to an end today as Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men's 94kg category competition.

Thakur lifted a total of 335kg (145kg+190kg).

After two unsuccessful attempts, Thakur managed to lift 145kg in his snatch.

In the clean and jerk, he successfully lifted 190 kg but faltered in his final two attempts of 197kg.

For the 24-year-old Indian, a total of 335 kg was a climb down from the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, where he lifted his personal best of 351 kg (159kg+192kg) to win a bronze medal.

Reigning Olympic champion Iran's Sohrab Moradi broke the world record in snatch in his total lift of 410 kg (189kg+221kg) to clinch the gold, while Elbakh Fares of Qatar won the silver with a lift of 381 kg (166kg+215kg).

The bronze went to Sumpradit Sarat of Thailand who lifted 380kg (170kg+210kg).

Yesterday, Rakhi Halder failed to register even a single lift in the women's 63kg category.

Earlier this week, Ajay Singh and Sathish Sivalingam had finished fifth and 10th respectively in the men's 77kg category.

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