Jakarta: India claimed two medals in the equestrian event at the 18th Asian Games to open its medal account on Day 8.
India wins two silver medals in Equestrian
In Eventing Individual Equestrain event, Fouaad Mirza won the silver with a total score 26.40. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Fouaad, claimed the silver in Eventing Team Equestrian event with the total score of 121.30.
Fouaad Mirza on Sunday became the first Indian to win an Asiad individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982, besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition.
Fouaad, who started riding at five, has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy. The 26-year-old made the it to the Indian team after racing his way to victory in the first two trials at the Asian Games CCI equestrian event held in Montelibretti, Italy last year. He emerged as the spearhead for the Asian Games on the basis of his performance then.
Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh are the other members of the team apart from Fouaad who won silver in the Eventing Team in Equestrian.
Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70 in Eventing Individual Equestrian event. And in Eventing Team Equestrian event, Japan finished first with a total score of 82.40.
India wins silver in 400m finals
India added two more silver medals in athletics after Hima Das and Muhammed Anas won the silver medals in their respective 400m events.
More medals to come
It was yet another disappointing day for India in shooting as Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Sekhon failed to qualify for the women’s skeet final. Ganemat Sekhon finished 10th (112 points), while Rashmi Rathore finished 12th (111 points).
In men’s skeet, India’s Sheeraz Sheikh, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa failed to qualify for the final after finishing 13th and 14th respectively. Later in the day, the Indian Compound men’s team reached the event final by beating Chinese Taipei 230-227.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal made history by securing a women’s singles badminton medal for India for the first time. The star shuttler outclassed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-18, 21-16 in the quarters to march into the semifinals of the event and assured herself of at least a bronze medal.
Saina will face World No1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei for a place in the final.
PV Sindhu followed suit and defeated Jindapol Nitchaon of Thailand 21-10, 16-21, 21-14 to make it to the semis, assuring India of another medal.
Women archers also assured India of another medal by coming from behind to beat Chinese Taipei 227-225 in the Compound semifinal. India will take on top-ranked South Korea for the gold on Tuesday.