Asian Games 2023: India Shines with 7 Medals, Including 3 Golds, on Day 2

India had a remarkable second day at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, securing a total of seven medals, including three golds. The current medal count for India stands at 12, with four golds, four silvers, and four bronzes.

Shooting: India’s Golden Trio Asian Games 2023

Indian shooters continued their dominance in the 10m air rifle events, bagging three gold medals. Ramita Kumari clinched the women’s individual event with a score of 251.8, narrowly defeating China’s Wang Luyao by 0.9 points. Ramita also led her team, consisting of Mehuli Ghosh and Ashi Chouksey, to victory in the women’s team event, setting a new Asian Games record with a total score of 1886.4.

In the men’s individual event, Divyansh Singh Panwar secured the gold medal with a score of 250.1, edging out Iran’s Amir Mohammad Nekounam by 0.4 points. Divyansh, along with Deepak Kumar and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, also claimed the gold in the men’s team event, setting another Asian Games record with a total score of 1880.7.

Rowing: Silver Lining Asian Games 2023

India’s rowing contingent added two more silver medals to their tally on the second day of the competition. The men’s four, consisting of Babu Lal, Lekh Ram, Jakar Khan, and Sukhmeet Singh, finished second with a time of 6:11.34 seconds, narrowly behind China’s 6:05.68.

In the women’s lightweight quadruple sculls, Kiran, Anshika Bharti, Ritu, and Usha secured silver with a time of 7:05.22, trailing Japan’s 6:58.91.

Fencing: Historic Bronze Asian Games 2023

India made history by winning their first-ever medal in fencing at the Asian Games, securing a bronze in the women’s team epee event. The team, comprising Bhavani Devi, Jyotika Dutta, Sunanda Yetirajam, and Radhika Prakash, defeated Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals but faced a strong challenge from China in the semifinals, sharing the bronze with South Korea.

Table Tennis: Mixed Results Asian Games 2023

Indian table tennis players had a day of mixed results. Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing victory. The men’s team, featuring Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, and Manav Thakkar, progressed to the quarterfinals by defeating Thailand.

However, the women’s team, including Manika Batra, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Archana Kamath, and Ayhika Mukherjee, faced a tough challenge and were defeated 3-0 by Japan in the round of 16. In the round of 32, Manika Batra and Archana Kamath faced a formidable Chinese pair and were defeated 4-0 by Chen Meng and Wang Manyu.

Swimming: Nataraj’s Sixth Place Asian Games 2023

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj secured the sixth position in the men’s 50m backstroke final, with China’s Xu Jiayu and Wang Gukailai taking gold and silver, respectively.

Wushu: Roshibina’s Bronze Assurance Asian Games 2023

Roshibina Devi Naorem guaranteed India a bronze medal in the wushu women’s 60kg quarter-finals, demonstrating her prowess in the sport. Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (men’s 60kg) and Vikrant Baliyan (men’s 65kg) were also set to compete in their pre-quarterfinal bouts.

Boxing: Choudhary’s Exit Asian Games 2023

Arundhati Choudhary, a promising Indian pugilist, faced a challenging bout and was defeated 0-5 on points by the reigning world champion boxer, Yang Liu, in the women’s 66kg round of 16. Despite her talent as a world youth champion, Arundhati couldn’t secure a spot for India in the category at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Deepak Bhoria (men’s 51kg) and Nishant Dev (men’s 71kg) were also scheduled to enter the ring later in the day.

Chess: Mixed Fortunes Asian Games 2023

In chess, Koneru Humpy suffered her first defeat in the women’s individual round 4, facing a strong challenge from Chinese Grandmaster Hou Yifan. Harika Dronavalli, who lost in round three, managed to secure a draw in the fourth round against Nilufar Yakubbaeva.

In the men’s individual chess event, Arjun Kumar Erigaisi of India displayed excellent form, winning his second consecutive game. Vidit Santosh Gujarathi settled for a draw in his game.

Tomorrow, the four Indian Grandmasters will compete in rounds 5 and 6, commencing at 12:30 PM IST.

Tennis: Bopanna-Bhosale Advance Asian Games 2023

The second-seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale advanced to round 3 with a convincing victory over Uzbekistan’s Maksim Shin and Akgul Amanmuradova. They received a first-round bye.

Earlier, Rohan Bopanna had faced defeat in his men’s doubles match. However, he and Rutuja Bhosale bounced back strongly in the mixed doubles, winning in 64 minutes and serving four aces.

Cricket: Historic Gold for Women Asian Games 2023

The Indian women’s cricket team secured a historic gold medal in their debut Asian Games appearance, triumphing over Sri Lanka by 19 runs. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues made crucial contributions with the bat, taking India to a challenging total of 116. Titas Sadhu was the star with the ball, taking three wickets at an impressive economy rate of 1.50, limiting Sri Lanka to 97/8.

The Indian men’s cricket team is set to begin their Asian Games 2023 journey on October 3 in the first quarter-final.

Chess: Koneru Humpy’s Draw Asian Games 2023

In the women’s individual chess event, Koneru Humpy, a two-time gold medalist at the Asian Games, settled for a draw against China’s Zhu Jiner in round 3. Harika Dronavalli, on the other hand, faced a tough challenge and lost her first game of the Asian Games 2023 to China’s Hou Yifan. In the men’s individual chess event, both Grandmasters Arjun Kumar Erigaisi and Vidit Santosh Gujarathi secured victories in their third-round games.

Indian chess players are gearing up for round 4, scheduled today from 2:30 PM IST.

Rugby Sevens: Indian Women’s Team Struggles Asian Games 2023

The Indian women’s rugby sevens team faced a tough outing, losing 24-7 to Kazakhstan in their Placing 7 match at the Asian Games 2023. Despite being winless in this edition, India managed to score their first points in a match at Hangzhou. Earlier, India had finished fourth in the women’s rugby sevens Pool F after losing all three matches.

Handball: Heavy Defeat for Indian Women

The Indian women’s handball team suffered a heavy 41-13 defeat against Japan in their first Group B match at the Asian Games 2023. Menika was the top scorer for India with four goals, while Priyanka Thakur netted three goals. Japan’s Sora Ishikawa emerged as the top-scorer of the match with seven goals. In previous women’s handball campaigns at the Asian Games, India had finished eighth in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and were ranked ninth in 2018.

Basketball: Men’s 3×3 Team Triumphs Asian Games 2023

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The Indian men’s 3×3 basketball team started their Asian Games 2023 campaign on a positive note, defeating Malaysia 20-16. Sahaji Pratap Singh Sekhon emerged as the top scorer for India, contributing 10 points in the opener.

In their upcoming matches, they will face Macao China on September 27 and China on September 29. The teams topping the pool will secure direct berths in the quarter-finals, while the second and third-placed teams will compete in cross-pool matches for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Shooting: Vijayveer Sidhu Narrowly Misses Medal Asian Games 2023

Indian shooter Vijayveer Sidhu finished fourth in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol final at the Asian Games 2023. He scored 21 points by the end of series 6, narrowly missing out on a medal. China’s Li Yuehong and Liu Yangpan secured the gold and silver medals, respectively, while Kazakhstan’s Nikita Chiryukin claimed the bronze.

Vijayveer Sidhu had earlier been part of India’s men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team, which won the bronze medal earlier in the day.

Basketball: Women’s 3×3 Team Suffers Defeat Asian Games 2023

The Indian women’s 3×3 basketball team faced a tough challenge in their opening group stage match, losing 19-14 to Uzbekistan. India’s Vaishnavi Yadav emerged as the top scorer in the match, contributing nine points.

India will face China in their final Pool A match on September 27. Depending on the results, the women’s 3×3 team will either qualify for the quarter-final or compete in the qualification to the quarter-final round on September 30.

Judo: Garima Choudhary’s Knockout Asian Games 2023

Judo: Garima Choudhary's Knockout

Garima Choudhary, India’s judoka, faced a defeat by ippon to Ryoko Salinas of the Philippines in the women’s -70kg round of 16 match at the Asian Games 2023. Unfortunately, the loss marked the end of her campaign at Hangzhou. India’s Avtar Singh (men’s -100kg), Indubala Devi Maibam (women’s -78kg), and Tulika Maan (women’s +78kg), Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medalist, are set to resume India’s quest in judo tomorrow, starting at 7:30 AM IST.

Shooting: Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Team Wins Bronze Asian Games 2023

Indian shooters Adarsh Singh, Anish, and Vijayveer Sidhu secured the bronze medal in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team final, scoring 1718 points at the Asian Games 2023. The team’s performance added to India’s medal tally, which now stands at 10 at Hangzhou. China clinched the gold medal with 1765 points, while the Republic of Korea secured the silver with 1734 points.

Vijayveer Sidhu also qualified for the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol individual final after finishing sixth. The 21-year-old Indian shooter showcased remarkable skills and was scheduled to compete again at 11:30 AM IST on the same day.

Artistic Gymnastics: Pranati Nayak Tops Vault Asian Games 2023

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Indian gymnast Pranati Nayak achieved an impressive score of 12.716, securing the top position in the vault apparatus following women’s subdivision 1 at the Asian Games 2023. Additionally, Pranati ranked fifth in uneven bars, seventh in balance beam, and ninth on the floor apparatus. She is currently placed seventh in the all-round rankings. Pranati Nayak’s final position will be determined after the results from subdivision 2 and subdivision 3, scheduled for the same day.

Shooting: Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar Bags Bronze Asian Games 2023

Indian shooter Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar secured the bronze medal in the men’s 10m air rifle event at the Asian Games 2023. Aishwary scored 228.8 points, edging over compatriot Rudrankksh Patil, who finished fourth with 208.7 points after a shoot-off.

Sheng Lihao of China broke Asian, Asian Games, and World records with a spectacular score of 253.3 to win the gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle final at Hangzhou 2023. Hajun Park of the Republic of Korea won the silver medal.

Swimming: Likith Selvaraj and Relay Team Advance Asian Games 2023

Indian swimmer Likith Selvaraj exhibited strong performance, clocking 1:01.98 to finish eighth overall in the men’s 100m breaststroke heats, thus advancing to the final. He finished 3.63 seconds behind China’s Qin Haiyang, who set an Asian Games record with a time of 58.35 seconds in this category. Selvaraj was scheduled to compete in the men’s 100m breaststroke final at 5:43 PM IST on the same day.

The Indian men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team also advanced to the final, ranking fourth in heat 2 and sixth overall. Kushagra Rawat and his team managed to break the national record with a time of 7:29.04. They were set to swim in the final at 6:24 PM IST on the same day.

Rugby Sevens: Indian Women’s Team Defeated in Final Group Match Asian Games 2023

The Indian women’s rugby sevens team encountered a tough challenge in their final Pool F match, losing 15-0 against Singapore. The team was scheduled to take on Kazakhstan in the placing 7 match at 1:30 PM on the same day. In their previous matches, Hong Kong China and Japan emerged victorious against India. Despite a challenging campaign, the Indian team displayed determination and marked progress by scoring their first points in a match at Hangzhou.

Rowing: Bronze for Men’s Quadruple Sculls Asian Games 2023

India secured their second bronze medal in rowing on the same day as the men’s quadruple sculls team clocked 6:08.61 to finish third at the Asian Games 2023. The team, composed of Satnam Singh, Parminder Singh, Jakar Khan, and Sukhmeet Singh, finished just 5.96 seconds behind the gold medalists from China. The Indian team began as the fourth position at the first 500m mark but managed to secure the third spot by the 1000m mark.

On the other hand, India’s women’s eight team finished fifth in the final A event, clocking 7:05.71. Although they were 32.10 seconds behind the leading team, they demonstrated their determination and commitment to the sport.

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