Sprint queen Dutee Chand made it a memorable Asian Games debut as she won her second silver medal. After finishing second in 100m on Sunday, she returned to the track to take 200m silver
Jakarta: Arpinder Singh and Swapna Barman were the stars on the 11th day of the Asian Games as they won gold medals for India.
On Wednesday, Arpinder topped the men’s triple jump final while Swapna claimed the yellow metal in women’s heptathlon.
India won four medals on the 11th day of the Asiad. Three medals came from athletics while the other one was from table tennis. The nation’s tally stands at 54 (11 gold, 20 silver, 23 bronze).
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The 21-year-old Swapna (pictured) tallied 6,026 points in heptathlon, which includes 100m, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw and 800m.
“By winning this gold medal, I have achieved my dreams and fulfilled my coach's hopes. I was injured but I practised a lot to fulfill the hopes of my loved ones,” Swapna told ANI news agency in Jakarta.
Arpinder’s jump of 16.77 metres won him gold at GBK Stadium. Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Kurbanov took silver (16.62m) and Shuo Cao of China (16.56) completed the top-three standings in the final.
Sprint queen Dutee Chand made it a memorable Asian Games debut as she won her second silver medal. After finishing second in 100m on Sunday, she returned to the track to take 200m silver.
"I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medal for the country. There is always this fear that it might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train," Dutee said.
In table tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost the mixed doubles semi-final to China but bagged a historic bronze.
"It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams, I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got that too. I am still pinching myself," Kamal said.
The Indian pair lost its semi-final match to China's Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha 1-4 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11).
There was good news from hockey as the Indian women edged China 1-0 to book a spot in the final against Japan. This is for the first time since 1998 that the women have reached the final.
"The team surely did not play to its potential in the first half. They stepped up in the second half and I am really happy for these girls. I know how much work they put in to be here. They trained really hard for this event. Japan will be a tough challenge but the team is up for it," India’s coach Sjoerd Marijne said after the victory.
Also, in boxing, Vikas Krishan and Amit Panghal were assured of medals after reaching the semi-finals.
In squash too, India was assured of medal as the women’s team entered the last-four stage.
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Last Updated 9, Sep 2018, 10:40 AM