The day ended on a high note for India with four Indian athletes – Hima Das, Muhammed Anas, Dutee Chand and Fouaad Mirza claiming the silver medal in their respective events at the 18th Asian Games on August 26, 2018.
India’s Muhammed Anas and Hima Das bagged the silver medal in the men’s and women’s 400 metres races respectively. While Anas completed the race in 45.69 seconds to be second, Hima clocked record-breaking 50.79 seconds to take the second place in the women’s race.
Another force of reckoning was Dutee Chand, who grabbed the spotlight by winning silver in the women’s 100 m event. With this, she won the country’s first medal in 20 years in a women’s 100 events. India’s last medal in this event was a bronze, which was won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.
In another first, Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982. He finished second with a score of 26.40 in the individual equestrian jumping event behind Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki. Further, he along with his teammates Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh guided India to a second-place in the equestrian team event.