India assured itself of two medals in the Wushu events at the Asian Games today. Indian Wushu athletes, Thoudam Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal won their respective quarter-finals bouts to ensure a minimum bronze medal in their events. While Sanathoi Devi’s win came in Women’s Sanda -52kg, Grewal booked his place in the last four of the Men’s Sanda -60kg.
Indian medals in Wushu
This will be the fourth different sport to deliver India a medal at the 17th Asian Games held in Incheon. India’s sporting history has a proud mention of Wushu with medals for Indian Wushu athletes in 2006 and 2010 Asian Games. Shandyarani Devi had bagged a silver in women’s Sanda 60kg at the last edition in Guangzhou. And in 2006 M Bimoljit Singh had captured a bronze in men’s Sanda 60kg. He went on to emulate his feat in 2010 too.
Sanathoi Devi’s medal
At the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium in Incheon, Sanathoi Devi totally dominated Sangidorj Amgalanjargal of Mongolia and was declared the winner with a 2:0 verdict. The two-time runner-up of World Wushu Championships will fight it out with Zhang Luan of China for a place in the final.
Narender Grewal’s medal
Narender Grewal confirmed his medal by getting the better of Pakistan’s Abdullah in the Men’s Sanda -60kg Quarterfinals. He too won by a 2:0 verdict to bring India’s second medal in Wushu.
Grewal will face a tough opponent in Jean Claude Saclag of Philippines in the semifinal. Saclag has won a bronze at the World Championships.
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