Ace shuttler PV Sindhu today became the first Indian to win a Silver medal in Badminton at the Asian Games. In the Gold medal match at the 18th Asiad in Indonesia, Sindhu seeded 3rd, lost to world number one Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in straight games, 13-21, 16-21 to give India its third Silver of the day.
Earlier, India bagged two Silver medals in Archery. Both the Compound Men’s and Women’s teams lost to South Korea in their respective Finals. The Men’s Final went all the way down to the wire as the trio of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini lost in the tiebreaker. The Women’s trio of Jyoti Vennam, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan Kirar squandered its lead and ended second best.
With today’s 3 Silver medals, India now have 44 medals in its kitty – 8 Gold, 16 Silver and 20 Bronze – and they continue to be 9th in the table. China maintains its lead at the top, and Japan second.
The Indian Men’s Table Tennis team is now facing South Korea in the semi-finals. India had defeated Japan, 3-1 in the quarterfinals last night to assure the country its first-ever Table Tennis medal in the history of the Games.
In Athletics, Sprinters Hima Das and Dutee Chand have qualified to the Women’s 200 metres semi-finals. In the Qualification, while Dutee finished second with a timing of 23.37 seconds, Hima clocked 23.47 seconds to end seventh. Hima in 400 metres and Dutee in 100 metres had won a Silver each on Sunday.The semi-final race will take place in the evening.
In Men’s 800 metres Final, Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson will run for medals today, with Suriya Loganathan and Sanjivani Jadhav figuring in the Women’s 5,000 metres Final. The Indian Mixed 4 x 400 metres Relay team will vie for top honours. Javelin Thrower Annu Rani will also be in action in the Final.
In Boxing, Sonia Lather and Pavitra will play their respective quarter-final bouts.
In Men’s Hockey, India will face Sri Lanka in their final Pool A match. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match from 2:25 PM onwards. Both, Men’s and Women’s teams have already booked a place in the semi-finals.
President Ram Nath Kovind has congratulated PV Sindhu for winning a Silver medal and Saina Nehwal for bagging a Bronze in Badminton at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.
In a tweet, Mr Kovind termed Sindhu and Saina’s accomplishments as historic, saying that it will be remembered for years. He said, both the shuttlers continue to inspire millions to bring laurels to the country.NSD