Asian Games 2018, Indian athlete clinched two medals on Day 1 to take ninth position in the medal table on Sunday. Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day he wins gold at the 18th Games. And First medal came for India when Apurvi and Ravi Kumar won the bronze in the mixed rifle event.
Bajrang Punia won his first Asian Games gold medal in the 65kg category but rusty Sushil Kumar hist last chance to add a Asiad yellow metal to his rich collection after losing the qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74kg category.
Hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the woman’s team , which won the bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for rousing start. Drag Flicker Gurjit Kaur the star of the show with a hat- trick.
Bajrang Punia’s stellar fight Japan’s Daichi Takatani for the Gold Medal ensured that India will rise in the medal’s charts at the end on the opening day of competition.
He will be remember the Asian games as a key milestone in his career in which he promises to end India’s quest for an Olympic Games gold in 2020.
It was Bajrang Punia’ second successive sold medal at the Asian Games after his triumh in Incheon 2014 in the 61kg category.
Chandela and Ravi bagged in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. The Indian pair scored 429.9 in the final round to complete on the podium.
Chinese Taipei won the gold with a score of 494.1 while China picked silver with 492.5.
Bajrang Punia wins Gold: all you need to know
Bajrang Punia raced away to ta 6-0 lead within the first couple of minutes before Daichi fought back to take four consecutive points , going to break.
In the second round saw a tough, see saw battle, Daichi equalized at 6-6 shortly after restart. Both wrestlers fought tooth and nail in the final two minutes before the Indian emerged a deserving winner.
Bajrang Punia struggled in the early stage as Khasanov opened up comfortable 3-0 lead. But the Indian staged a strong comeback by notching up six consecutive points to lead 6-3 at the break.
Punia scoring 7 points within two minutes to take 13-3 lead which saw him being adjudged the winner due to technical superioty.
Bajrang Punia thrashed Fayziev Abdulqosim of Tajikistan by Technical superiority in the quarter finals. He had opened up 9-2 lead in the first round.
B. Punia registered another technical superiority verdict , this time by 10-0 against Batmagnai Batchuluun of Mangolia in the semi finals.