Asian Games 2014, Day 9: As it Happened...

Asian Games 2014, Day 9: As it Happened...

So that's it from here. Catch Live action tomorrow as Day 10 looks to be promising. Have a good evening!


18:00 IST: Table Tennis: Singapore beat Indian women and China beat Indian men in team quarter finals.

17:47 IST: Table Tennis: China leading India 2-0 in men's team qualifiers 1.

17:45 IST: Table Tennis: Singapore leading India 2-0 in women's team qualifiers 4.

Let's look at some of the day's top performers alongside Lalita Babar who had won the 3000m Steeplechase bronze medal on Saturday.

So Femi becomes Asia's fastest man. What a performance!

17:32 IST: Qatar's, Nigeria born Femi Seun Ogunode wins the men's 100m final. He breaks the all-time Asian record by clocking 9.93 seconds.

India's Reza Ghasemi finished fifth.

17:28 IST: Tennis: Sania and Saketh win in straight sets and the pair move to the mixed-doubles final.

17:14 IST: Athletics: Susmita Roy finishes third women's Heptathlon 200m - Heat 2.

17:07 IST: Athletics: Swapna Barman finished third in women's Heptathlon 200m - Heat 1.

17:01 IST: Boxing: Devendro wins by technical knock out. It took him just one punch to go for the kill.

16:51 IST: Wrestling: Babita Kumari loses to Zhong Xuechun of China in her bronze medal bout.

16:39 IST: Athletics: Siddhanth Thingalaya finishes fifth in men's 110m hurdles heat 2.

16:34 IST: Athletics: Siddhanh Thingalaya is in action in the the men's 110m hurdles event.

16:13 IST: MEDAL ALERT: Athletics: Manju Bala wins Bronze in women's hammer throw event.

16:11 IST: Tennis: Sania and Saketh take the first set versus the Chinese pair in the mixed doubles quarters.

16:08 IST: MEDAL ALERT: Another Bronze added, this time it's Rajiv Arokia who wins in 400m men's final.

16:07 IST: Wrestling: Kaidan loses to Maimad of Kazakhstan.

16:01 IST: MEDAL ALERT: Athletics: Povamma Raju wins bronze medal in women's 400m final.


Yogeshwar Dutt clinches gold

Yogeshwar Dutt ended India's 28-year-old wait for a wrestling gold medal in the Asian Games by emerging champion in the men's freestyle 65kg category at the Dowon Gymnasium here Sunday. The Indian, an Olympic bronze medallist, put on a stupendous show in winning 3-0 against Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan in the title clash


Manju Bala wins bronze in Women's hammer throw event.

manju bala

Rajiv Arokia wins bronze in Men's 400m with a personal best timing of 45.92. As does Povamma Raju in the Women's 400m final. That's two athletics bronze medals for India in quick succession.


Divij Sharan/Yuki Bhambri lost to Korean pair of Lim Yongkyu/Chung Hyeon 7-6(8) 6-7(6) [9-11] in the Men's doubles semi-final. Yuki and Divij add another bronze medal to India's tally.


Lin Dan beat World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in Men's singles semi-final.


Yogeshwar Dutt beat Katai Yeerlanbieke to reach final of Men's  Freestyle 65kg category with a pin down in the last minute. Stunning!

Yogeshwar Dutt's gold medal bout against Tajikstan's Zalimkhan Yusupov schedules for 15:40 IST


Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare wins women's doubles bronze medal

Indian women's doubles tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare settled for the bronze medal after losing the semi-final. Saina-Prarthana lost 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 4-10 in a super tie-breaker to Chinese Taipei's Wei Chin Chan and Wei Su Hsieh at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts.

Sanam Singh/Saketh Myneni  in men's doubles final

A brilliant performance by Indian pair Sanam Singh and Saketh Myneni helped them overcome top seeded Thai team of Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana to reach the men's doubles final of the 17th Asian Games at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts. The fifth seeded team beat their Thai opponents 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 in an hour and three minutes via a super tie-breaker to assure India of at least the silver medal.

The Indian pair were broken once and lost the first set 4-6 in 26 minutes. Sanam and Myneni fought back valiantly to take the second set 6-3 in 27 minutes. When it mattered most, the Indian team stood up to be counted and beat the higher ranked Thai pair 10-6 in the super tie-breaker to move into the final.

India could very well have two teams in the final.Fourth seeds Divij Sharan and Yuki Bhambri, who settled for bronze in the singles event earlier in the day, take on Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the other semi-final later in the day.

Khushbir Kaur reacts after winning the silver medal in 20km race walk:


Khushbir Kaur



Yogeshwar Dutt beat Kang Jinhyok [PRK] to reach Semi-final in Men's 65kg Freestyle category.


Mary Kom beat Chinese opponent Si Haijuan in the quarter-final of Women's 48-51 Flyweight category. Mary has assured another bronze medal for India.


Yuki Bhambri settles for men's singles bronze in tennis

Yuki Bhambri on Sunday clinched India's lone singles' medal in tennis at the ongoing Asian Games, settling for a bronze in the men's event after unforced errors cost him the semifinal clash against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka here.

A profligate Yuki lost the match 6-3 2-6 1-6 in one hour and 46 minutes.

The Indian started brilliantly and took a little over half hour to pocket the opening set but the match turned on its head in the very next set.

The Japanese raised his game, helped by the sudden surge in the number of unforced errors committed by the Indian.

In the end, it was a case of missed opportunities for Yuki, who settled for a third-place finish. In the previous edition of the Games, Somdev Devvarman had won India's maiden men's singles gold.


Babita Kumari beat Kazakhstan's Aiym Abdildina 13-10 to enter the semi-final of Women Freestyle 55kg category.


India's Gaurav Tomar and the men's team of Ajit Kumar Sha and Raju Rawat entered the finals of the canoe sprint 1,000 metre single and 1,000 metre double events of the 17th Asian Games. Tomar completed the 1,000 metre race in four minutes and 18.953 seconds to top semi-final 1 at the Hanam Misari Canoe Center.

In the canoe double event, the Indian duo claimed second position in semi-final 1 with a time of four minutes and 02.971 seconds to qualify for the final. India's Raj Albert Selvaraj also qualified for the final of the men's 1,000 metre kayak single competition as he finished third in semi-final 1 with a time of three minutes and 58.234 seconds.

Meanwhile, India's Anusha Biju failed to replicate her compatriots after finishing fifth in semi-final 1 of the women's 500m kayak single event. Anusha clocked two minutes and 11.956 seconds.

The men's 1,000m kayak double team of Sunny Kumar and A. Chingching Singh, who finished fourth in the semi-final 1 with a timing of three minutes and 37.915 seconds, also failed to qualify for the final of their event.

All finals will take place Monday.

Khushbir Kaur gets silver in 20km race walk with new national record

Khushbir Kaur became the first Indian woman to clinch a 20km Race Walk silver medal in the Asian Games by bettering her personal best and setting a new national record in the process. The 21-year-old from Amritsar clocked 1:33:07 to improve on her previous personal best of 1:33:37, which was also the national record, to finish second at the Marathon Course.

Khushbir was a little over two minutes behind behind gold-medallist Lu Xiuzhi of China, who clocked 1:31:06. The Indian was consistently third till the 18km mark before going up a position in the final two kilometres, thanks largely to the slowing down of second-placed Chinese Nie Jingjing, who eventually finished fourth.
The bronze medal went to local favourite Jeon Yeongeun, who also clocked a personal best of 1:33:18.

This is the biggest triumph of Khushbir's nascent career after the bronze medal she won at this year's Asian Walking Championships bronze in Japan. She was the first Indian woman to achieve such a feat. Khushbir burst into the scene after winning a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre walk race at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo.


Babita Kumari beat Srey Mao Dorn by a fall to reach quarter-finals in the Women's 55kg Freestyle category.


Indian women beat Bangladesh 29-18.

Irfan finishes 5th, Krishnan disqualified in 20km race walk

India's K T Irfan finished fifth, while Ganapathi Krishnan was disqualified from the men's 20km race walk of the 17th Asian Games. Irfan clocked 1:23:18, finishing more than three minutes behind gold-medallist Wang Zhen (1:19:45) of China. Irfan's timing today was not even his personal best, which stands at 1:20:21 and also happens to be a national record.

Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for Krishnan, who was disqualified for losing contact twice and bending his knees during the race.
The race rules require that the athlete's back toe should not leave the ground until the heel of the front foot has touched down. Krishnan violated this rule twice.
The other rule requires that the runner's supporting leg must straighten from the point of contact with the ground and remain in that position until the body passes directly over it. Krishnan failed to adhere to this as well resulting in his disqualification.
The silver in this event was bagged by Japan's Suzuki Yusuke (1:20:44), while the bronze went to home favourite Kim Hyunsub (1:21:37).


Yuki Bhambri's leads 3-1 in the first set of his singles semi-final against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Indian women's team finishes fourth in recurve archery

Indian women's team missed out on the bronze medal in the recurve archery event of the 17th Asian Games as they finished fourth at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field. The Indian team comprising Deepika Kumari, L. Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi suffered a narrow 4-5 loss to Japan.
The Indian trio lost the first set 53-54 but came back strongly to win the next two sets 58-55, 51-50 to lead 4-2. But the Japanese team of Ren Hayakawa, Yuki Hayashi and Kaori Kawanaka won the fourth set 58-55 to equalise and take the match to a shoot off.

The Indian girls scored nine 10's and the Japanese had six. In the shoot off, Deepika and Bombayla shot poorly, managing two 8's while the Japanese girls fired two 10's to take a four point lead.

In the final shot of the decider, Laxmirani scored a brilliant 10 and even though Japan's last competitor Kaori managed a poor 7, it was enough to give them the bronze medal.

After the highs of Saturday when the compound archery contingent earned four medals with the men's team of Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar winning gold, while Abhishek taking the individual silver and the women's trio of Trisha Deb, Purvasha Sudhir Shende, Surekha Jyothi winning bronze along with Trisha's individual bronze, the much-vaunted recurve archers have failed to live up to the expectations.

Day 8 roundup

The men's squash and archery teams secured historic gold medals as India enjoyed their most productive day in the 17th Asian Games so far with an impressive collection of 10 medals to jump to the 11th position in the overall standings on the eighth day of competitions here on Saturday.

Young archer Abhishek Verma was hero of the day as he combined with Rajat Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar to clinch the gold medal in the compound team event before picking up the individual silver medal at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field.

Abhishek's heroics was followed by men's squash team led by Saurav Ghosal which claimed the coveted gold medal in the team event while the women's team of Dipika Pallikal, Anaka Alankamony and Joshana Chinappa also excelled by clinching the silver medal.

Shooter Chain Singh (50m rifle 3 position), archer Trisha Deb (women's compound individual), grappler Vinesh Phogat (women's 48kg), Geetika Jakhar (women's 63kg) and athlete Lalita Babar (women's 3000m steeplechase), women's compound team -- comprising Trisha, Purvasha Shende and Jyothi Surekha Vennam -- were the bronze medal winners on what turned out to be India's best day at the Games.

With the addition of 10 more medals, India, overnight placed 16th, rose to the 11th position on the table with three gold, four silver and 20 bronze medals. China continued to leave their opponents behind with an impressive haul of 195 medals (96-58-41), followed by South Korea (35-42-40) and Japan (32-43-38).

India were also assured of at least five bronze medals in tennis event by reaching the semifinals.

While the archers and squash players stole the limelight with their medal-winning heroics, the Indian boxers also moved to the quarterfinals with easy victories over their opponents.

The men's hockey team also kept their medal hopes alive by advancing to the semifinals with a scrappy 2-0 win over China in their last pool B match.

Women grapplers Vinesh and Geetika bagged a bronze medal each in 48kg and 63kg freestyle events respectively as India made an impressive start in their wrestling campaign.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold winner Vinesh needed two minutes 31 seconds to beat Narangerel Erdenesukh of Mongolia in a completely one-sided bronze-medal bout. The referee stopped the bout after the Indian had taken 10-0 lead over her hapless opponent.

On the squash court, gold proved elusive but it was nonetheless a historic silver for the Indian women's squash team after it went down to Malaysia in the final.

The team lost 0-2 to Malaysia to settle for the silver after Deepika Pallikal and Anaka Alankamony lost their matches in a contest which lasted a little over an hour.

Top singles player Saurav Ghosal had added a historic silver to the medal list -- a first in the Asian Games squash. Pallikal, on the other hand, had won a bronze medal in the women's singles, also a first for Indian squash.

There was good news from the boxing ring as Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom set her campaign rolling in style by out-punching Korea's Kim Yeji to enter the quarterfinals along with two other Indian women boxers.

L Sarita Devi (60kg) and Pooja Rani (75kg) were the two others, who advanced to the last eight making it an all-win day for the Indian women pugilists.

Sarita got the better of home favourite Chungson Ri, while Pooja defeated Erdenesoyol Undram of Mongolia in her pre-quarters bout.

However, Indian women's volleyball team went down to a formidable Chinese side in straight games in the quarterfinal match.

The Indian eves lost 3-0 (25-11 25-12 25-10) against their more fancied opponents in a contest that lasted 54 minutes at Songnim Gymnasium here.

In tennis, Yuki Bhambri made it to the semifinals of the men's singles event, while India's doubles pair of Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh, Yuki and Divij Sharan, women's doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare and lone mixed doubles pair of Sania and Saketh have all entered the last four rounds in their respective events.

The Indian paddlers led by Sharath Kamal kept the country's hopes alive in table tennis as the men's and women's team won their respective preliminary round matches.

Up against Kuwait in the Suwon Gymnasium, the Indian men's team blanked the West Asian nation 3-0 in a Group B match.

The Indian women's teams also did not falter against Malaysia and Nepal in their respective group matches.  

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