Swimming: Sajan in 200m Butterfly Final
Another Indian in a swimming final but Sajan Prakash has qualified with a time that makes him a solid contender for a medal in the 200m butterfly final. 1:58.12 in Heat 3 and he’s the third fastest swimmer of the day, going into the final.
The final is at 6:27pm IST today
Swimming: Nataraj Wins Heat
Srihari Nataraj and Arvind Mani complete an Indian 1-2 in Heat 1 of the Men’s 100m Backstroke event. However, their timings are way off the lead and only Nataraj manages to book his spot in the final, qualifying in the last spot with a time of 55.86. Xiu Jiayu is the man to beat, with a top time of 53.60.
The final is at 4:55pm IST today.
Women’s Basketball: Chinese Taipei Lead India at Half Time
The 18-17 lead in the first quarter has been extended by Chinese Taipei as they played a dominant 15 minutes before half-time as well. After 30 minutes of the match, Chinese Taipei lead India 33-28.
China Win Games’ First Gold
Sun Peiyuan of China has won the first gold medal of the 18th Asian Games, in the men’s changquan wushu event. Indonesia’s Edgar Xavier finished second and Taipei’s Tsai Tsemin claimed the bronze.
There were two Indians competing in the category as well but Anjul Namdeo finished fifth and 19-year-old Suraj Singh Mayanglambam placed 10th with a score of 9.51.
Indian Team Qualify for Air Rifle Final
Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar have qualified for the final of the 10m air rifle mixed team event, in the second spot.
The Indian pair shot a cumulative score of 835.3 with Korea creating a new Games record to finish in the top spot. They shot 836.7.
The final is scheduled for later today as well and will get underway at 12pm IST.
India Win Women’s Kabaddi Opener
The day’s first win comes in kabaddi for India. Japan completely outclassed in Group A’s first fixture. India, the two time defending champions, were never really under any threat in the match as they closed out the 43-12 win.
The men’s team, also one of the favourites, start their campaign against Bangladesh later in the day followed by a match against Sri Lanka in the evening.
Shooters Get India’s Games Underway
The Women’s Trap qualifications are the first event to see Indians in competition at this 2018 Asian Games. Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar both elected to give the opening ceremony last night a miss and will be kicking things off for India.
Asian Games Officially Underway
A glittering opening ceremony in Jakarta last night and it’s the start of the competition in the host cities of Jakarta and Palembang early this Sunday morning. Incase you missed the action from the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium last night, here’s a wrap of ceremony that kicked-off the 18th Asian Games.
Carrying the flag for India was javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, leading a contingent of 568 athletes.
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