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Day 1, Asian Games 2018: Big Win in Women’s Kabaddi, Shooting

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KEY EVENT

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

KEY EVENT

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.

India’s Srihari Natarj reacts after winning Heat 1 of the men’s 100m backstroke during swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.India’s Srihari Natarj reacts after winning Heat 1 of the men’s 100m backstroke during swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.(Photo: AP)

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.

File picture of India’s Prasannan Geetha in action against Kazakhstan’s Mariya Astapenko during their women’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018File picture of India’s Prasannan Geetha in action against Kazakhstan’s Mariya Astapenko during their women’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018(Photo: AP)

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.

India’s Suraj Singh Mayanglambam performs during the Wushu men’s Changquan games at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. India’s Suraj Singh Mayanglambam performs during the Wushu men’s Changquan games at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo: AP)
KEY EVENT

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.

KEY EVENT

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.

Also Read: Asiad Opening Ceremony: Neeraj Leads India; N & S Korea Join Hands

Carrying the flag for India was javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, leading a contingent of 568 athletes.

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Updated: August 19, 2018 — 4:22 am
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