Asian Games 2018, Day 7: Ghosal, Pallikal & Chinappa clinch bronze in squash

Jakarta: Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa lost their respective singles squash semifinals to add three bronze medals to India’s tally.

Earlier, India’s athletics camping of the Games started on a high as Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv qualified for the men’s 400m semi-finals. Muhammed Anas topped heat 1 with a timing of 45.63 seconds, while Arokia Rajiv finished second in heat 4 with a timing of 46.82.

High-jumper Chethan Subramanya also qualified for the men’s high-jump final. He finished fifth in Group B as he cleared the mark of 2.15. However, it was not a good day at the office for the shooters as Anish Bhanwala and Shivam Shukla failed to qualify for the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol final, finishing 9th and 11th respectively. Currently, India are placed ninth in the medal tally with a total of 28 medals (6 gold, 5 silver, 17 bronze)

India added two more to their gold medal tally. First it was the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan who won and that was followed by gold in rowing.

PM Narendra Modi congratulated the Asian Game players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa on Twitter.

India’s medals on 7th day of Asian games

  1. Dipika Pallikal- Women’s single

Squash player Dipika Pallikal opened India’s medal account on Day 7 of the Asian Games 2018 by taking home a bronze medal. Dipika lost her women’s singles semi-final 0-3 to Nicol David of Malaysia.

She took up squash at age 10 and played her first Women’s Squash Association [WSA] game at age 15.In 2012 she was given the Arjuna Award by the Indian government for sporting excellence and became first squash player to receive it.

In 2014 she became the youngest recipient of the Padma Shri Award, given out by the Indian government to recognise contributions in areas such as sport.

2. Joshna Chinappa- Women’s single

Joshna Chinappa added another squash bronze to the Indian tally. The 31-year-old player lost 1-3 to 19-year-old Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia.

Her father motivated her to take up squash when she was 7. “He is my inspiration and he introduced me to the sport when I was a kid at the Madras Cricket Club. I owe taking the sport up seriously to him”, she said.

In 2013 she received the Arjuna Award from the Indian government and Asian Squash Federation’s Dato Alex Lee Award in 2018.

3. Saurav Ghosal- Men’s single

Saurav Ghosal squandered a two-game lead to settle for bronze in the men’s singles squash. He was defeated 2-3 by Chun Ming AU of Hong Kong.

He began playing squash in 1995 at the Calcutta Racket Club in India. His father used to play squash and introduced him to the game. He used to play cricket as a kid and at the age of 13, he had to decide between the two sports and chose squash as a result.

He was a multi award winner in 2005 and was awarded the Arjuna Award for sporting excellence from the Indian government in 2007.

Updates about other games on 7th day

  • In the men’s doubles category, Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their pre-quarter final match to the South Korean pair of Kang Minhyuk and Choi Solgyu 17-21, 21-19,17-21.
  • Another Indian pair Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy also lost their Round-of-16 match to China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in a tough match which lasted around 45 minutes, Attri and Reddy lost the first game without giving much fight but bounced back in the second game with a much better display of shots. In the decider, the Indian pair fought a valiant battle throughout the game but at the end failed to edge past their opponents.
  • Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles competition while the women’s duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy perished in the quarters of the 2018 Asian Games. The 28-year-old Saina registered a straight sets victory over Indonesia’s Fitriani 21-6, 21-14 while Sindhu overpowered Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12, 21-15 in the pre-quarters. Saina won the first game 21-6 before Fitriani dominated the early parts of the second game. However, the Indian fought back and sealed the affair 21-14. Sindhu, on the other hand, took 34 minutes to beat her opponent. In both the games, Sindhu seemed perfect unlike the last match where she almost lost the issue.
  • Indian boxer Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Games after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen in a bout. Pavitra, who is a former National Games gold-medallist, was at her ferocious best in the contest, resulting in two knockdowns for Rukhsana in the first round.

(With inputs from Agencies)