Saurav Ghosal’s final appearance in the men’s singles category of Squash brought the biggest cheer to the Indian camp on Day 3 of the Asian Games. Our shooters managed to capture just a team bronze in women’s 25m pistol. Squash made more news with Dipika Pallikal’s bronze and Wushu assuring Team India of two more medals. Let’s have a look at Team India’s overall performance on Day 3 –
Shooting – The trio of Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed and Heena Sidhu gave India her sole medal in shooting on Day 3 when they clinched the bronze in 25m air pistol. Rahi was the best of the trio with a score of 580. Anisa garnered 577 while Heena managed 572 to finish with a total of 1,729 points. The gold and silver went to South Korea and China respectively.
In 10m women’s air rifle event, only Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ayonika Paul put up a promising show to enter the final. But a dismal score of 101.9 saw her end seventh. The troika of Ayonika, Apurvi Chnadela and Raj Choudhary finished a poor sixth.
Meanwhile a tweet by India’s legendary rifle marksman Abhinav Bindra created a flutter. The Indian who will be in action in the 10m men’s air rifle on 23rd September announced it will be his last professional match even though he will make an effort to be in Rio Olympics.
Squash – Dipika Pallikal who played a draining quarter-final versus her compatriot Joshna Chinappa, had to settle for bronze. It was always going to be tough to make inroads against the brilliant game of the World No. 1 Nicol David who hasn’t lost a singles match at the Asiad ever since the sport was introduced in 1998. Dipika tried her best but it was not enough.
Assurance of Medals
Squash – Saurav Ghosal made the biggest news on Day 3 with the World No. 16 and Asia No. 1 making an unprecedented appearance in the Asiad men’s singles final. Saurav put up an inspiring performance to oust the two-time Asiad gold medallist Ong Beng Hee 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 and secure India’s first ever medal other than a bronze. India had four squash bronze medals before the 2014 edition.
Wushu – Wushu became the fourth different sport to guarantee India a medal at the 17th Asian Games held in Incheon. Thoudam Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal won their quarter-final bouts in Women’s Sanda -52kg and Men’s Sanda -60kg respectively to bring hopes of at least 2 bronze medals from this sport.
The other Indian news from Incheon
Gymnastics – Dipa Karmakar, the bright young talent of Indian Gymnastics showed consistency once again as she qualified for the Individual All-Around final along with Pranati Nayak. The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist who created history at Glasgow also made it to the Vault apparatus final.
Football – There was more sorrow in football as India failed to make it to the next round with a 0-2 defeat at the hands of higher-ranked Jordan.
Women’s Hockey – India made a great start in their first group league match by defeating Thailand 3-0.
Handball – Curtains came down on India’s campaign as both the men’s and women’s put up a listless show in their last group matches. The men registered a 12-47 score in a loss to Japan while the women were beaten by China 12-39.
Judo – India’s hopes in judo came to an end after Rajwinder Kaur lost her repechage bout to Nagira Sarbashova of Kyrgyzstan in the Women’s +78kg category.
Swimming – India wasn’t expected to light up the pool and the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team comprising Aaron D’Souza, Sajan Prakash, Neil Contractor and Saurabh Sangvekar which reached the final finished a dismal sixth.
Men’s Basketball – India edged past Kazakhstan 80-61 in their last group league match and advanced to the knockout stage.
Tennis – Kazakhstan delivered a blow to India in tennis by snuffing out their chances in both the men’s and team’s team events. In the absence of Somdev Devvarman’s rich experience, Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh tried their best but lost both singles. Thus their semi-final hopes and a possible medal chance ended in a 1-2 loss. The women also lost by an identical scoreline when Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare couldn’t do much against much ranked opponents in the two crucial singles ties.
Medal Rush – 2 Bronze Medals in Shooting and Squash respectively . 2 assured medals in Wushu and a silver or gold from Saurav Ghosal in Squash.
News of the Day – Saurav Ghosal’s first ever final appearance was the biggest news as it guaranteed a squash gold or silver for India for the first time.
Comeback of the Day – Anisa Sayyed could only muster 283 in precision round during her 25m pistol event but she showed her prowess in rapid fire round by notching 294 out of 300 which brought India the bronze.