Asian Games 2018: India win four bronze medals in Wushu, Sarnobat clinches gold

The Day 4 of Asian Games 2018 has taken off for India with shooter Rahi Sarnobat winning the 4th gold in the finals of women’s 25m pistol event. With the feat, she has become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in shooting at the Asian Games. Unfortunately, India’s prime favourite – Manu Baker was eliminated after the fifth round. The 16-year-old had scored a games record total of 593 to top the qualifying list for finals. Rahi was placed 7th with a score of 580.

Besides shooting, India won four bronze medals in Wushu – Roshibina Devi in Sanda 60kg category, Santosh Kumar in Sanda 56kg category, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh in Sanda 60kg category and Narender Grewal in Sanda 65kg category. By far, this is the best performance by the Indian Wushu contingent in the Asian Games, as in Incheon games in 2014, they had secured 2 bronze medals.

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia snatched the spotlight on the Day 1 of the 18th Asian Games by opening India’s gold medal account. Punia won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category by defeating Japan’s Takatani Daichi 10-8 in an exciting final bout. The 24-year-old, with his performance, has become the only third Indian, after Yogeshwar Dutt and Rajinder Singh, to win two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad).

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who entered the quarterfinals of the women’s 50kg weight category after beating China’s Sun Yanan 8-2, brought home the second gold medal for India. Phogat earned the medal with a 6-2 win over Japan’s Irie Yuki in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling.

On Day 3 of Asian Games 2018, shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma added two more medals to India’s medal account. The 16-year-old Indian shooter, Saurabh Choudhary clinched the gold after producing an Asian Games record score of 240.7 in the 10m Air Pistol event. It was India’s third gold medal at the ongoing Games.

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