Day Five at the 17th Asian Games started with rower Dushyant Singh adding a bronze to India’s kitty in lightweight men’s single sculls final A in Incheon today.
Dushyant, who was at the second spot for a considerable period of time, was overtaken by China’s Lok Kwan Hoi just after the 1,000m mark to clinch the yellow metal and Korea’s Lee Hakbeom made a late surge to take silver. In Women’s Pair Final, Indian rowers Sanjukta Dung Dung and Tarunikha Pratap finished 5th. In hockey, while the men’s team will take on arch-rivals Pakistan tomorrow, the women’s team lost to China 1-2. The eves, now in second position, will have to beat Malaysia in a must-win game to reach the semi-finals. After starting the tournament with a victory against Thailand 3-0 in the first match, the Indian eves lost their second match against China.
Liang Meiyu and Zhao Yudiao scored a goal each for China, while Jaspreet Kaur scored the lone goal for India. In squash, the women stars conquered arch-rivals Pakistan 3-0 in the team event. Dipika Pallikal beat Wazir Maria in the first match of Women’s Team Group B. Joshana Chinappa beat Ashraf Moqaddas to give India a 2-0 lead. Balamurukan Aparajitha beat Khan Riffat 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 to seal the match in India’s favour.
The men were not left behind as Kush Kumar sealed the match against China beating Tianxia Yang in straight games 11-7, 11-1, 11-1 in mere 16 minutes. Earlier, in Match 1, Mahesh Mangaonkar defeated Junjie of China 11-2, 11-7, 9-11, 11-2. In the second match, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu defeated Jiaqi Shen in straight games 11-4, 11-9, 11-5. The Indians blanked China 3-0.
In boxing, promising pugilist Shiva Thapa reached the round of 16 in the 56kg men’s bantamweight category. The 20-year-old Indian received a walkover against Leonel Parada Helo of East Timor in his opening round at the Seonhak Gymnasium here.
Thapa will now take on Nadir of Pakistan in the round of 16 bout on Friday. Veteran Akhil Kumar overcame Purna Bahadur Lama of Nepal in men’s lightweight 60kg category by technical knockout. Akhil, who returned to the ring after a long lay-off, pummeled the Nepali boxer in what was a lop-sided contest.
While the Indian got two standing counts in first round, he over-powered Lama in the second. In weightlifting, Vikas Thakur finished with top ranking in Men’s 85kg Group B event at Moonlight Festival Garden Weightlifting Venue with total of 327 total points (Snatch 148 + Clean and Jerk 179).
In badminton, India’s best medal hopes Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu won their respective round of 32 encounter against Macau 2-0 in women’s singles event to advance to the next round.
Seeded sixth in the Asian Games 2014, Saina comfortably edged past U Teng Iok of Macau 21-10, 21-8 in the women’s Singles Round of 32. Saina lined up against her next opponent Iran’s Soraya Aghaeihajiagha, who dispatched Mongolia’s Khulangoo Baatar in straight games in another round of 32 women’s singles encounter.
Sindhu, seeded 8th, too had a comfortable 21-7, 21-13 first round victory in 19 minutes over Wong Kit Leng, also of Macau, to book a round of 16 clash against M Bellaetrix of Indonesia, a contest the lanky Hyderabadi described as ‘tricky’.