Bajrang Punia wins first gold, Apurvi-Ravi take bronze.

Sandeep Kumar, 21/08/2018
Bajrang Punia wins first gold, Apurvi-Ravi take bronze.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India's first gold award while shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar packed away a bronze decoration on the opening day of the eighteenth Asian Games here on Sunday. 

Punia secured the gold award in the men's free-form 65-kg classification crushing Daichi Takatani of Japan 11-8 in the last. It was Bajrang's second progressive gold award at the Asian Games after his triumph in Incheon 2014 in the 61-kg classification. 

Sirojiddin Khasanov of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan's Sayatbek Okassov took the bronze awards. 

Chandela and Ravi stowed bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team occasion. The Indian match scored 429.9 in the last round to complete on the platform. Chinese Taipei won the gold with a score of 494.1 while China took silver with 492.5. 

However, it was multi day to overlook for veteran star Sushil Kumar as the twofold Olympic medallist endured a stun thrashing to Adam Batirov of Bahrain in the principal challenge .. 

Batirov lost 2-8 to Japan's Yuhi Fujinami in the quarter-finals which finished Sushil's odds of entering the repechage round. 

The last of the 65-kg classification saw an intense fight as the Japanese gave a decent battle subsequent to battling in the underlying stages against Bajrang. 

Bajrang dashed away to a 6-0 lead inside the principal couple of minutes before Daichi battled back to take four continuous focuses, going into the break. 

The second round observed an extreme, see-saw fight. Daichi evened out at 6-6 soon after the restart. The two wrestlers battled like there's no tomorrow in the last two minutes previously the Indian rose a meriting victor. 

Prior, Bajrang smashed Sirojiddin on specialized prevalence in his battle opener. 

Bajrang battled in the beginning times as Khasanov opened up an agreeable 3-0 lead. Yet, the Indian arranged a solid rebound by indenting up six back to back focuses to lead 6-3 at he break. 

Bajrang totally commanded the second and last round, scoring seven indicates inside two minutes take a 13-3 lead which saw him being pronounced the victor because of specialized predominance. 

A wrestler is considered champ by specialized prevalence when he leads by at least 10 focuses. 

Bajrang whipped Fayziev Abdulqosim of Tajikistan by specialized predominance in the quarter-finals. He had opened up an imposing 9-2 lead in the first round. The Haryana grappler took three focuses in the opening 30 seconds of the second round to take a definitive 12-2 lead. 

Bajrang enrolled another specialized prevalence decision, this time by 10-0 against Batmagnai Batchuluun of Mongolia in the semi-finals. 

The other Indian wrestlers confronted disillusionment in their individual weight classifications with Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg) and Mausam Khatri (97kg) neglecting to achieve the platform. 

In the mean time, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshya completed first and fifth individually in the primary day's capability round of the men's trap shooting occasion at the eighteenth Asian Games here on Sunday. 

Veteran Manavjit scored an aggregate of 72 after three arrangement created 25, 23 and 24 to top the day's opposition. His comrade, 19-year-old Lakshay scored 22, 25, 24 for an aggregate of 71 out of a conceivable 75 to be fifth. 

Second on the rundown was Pakistan's Aamir Iqbal, who scored a 72 (24,25, 23), while Philippines' Hagen Alexander Topacio was third with 71 focuses. Thailand's Savate Sresthaporn was fourth with 71 focuses. 

There was uplifting news for India somewhere else. The rowers proceeded with their change on the worldwide stage, achieving the finals of the people's twofold sculls separated from men's sets. 

Prakash and Sawarn finished the warmth 2 with a period of 7 minutes and 10.26 seconds. In the ladies' copies sculls, Sayali and Pooja completed 6th in Heat 1 with a planning of 8:50.48 minutes. They were 6th in the general standings. 

In the men's sets occasion, Malkeet and Gurinder completed third in Heat 1 with a planning of 7:37.20 minutes. The Indian match was third in the general standings. 

Olympian Dattu Bhokanal in men's single sculls and the men's lightweight fours group will contend in the repechage rounds of their separate classifications. 

Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 with a period of 8:09.21. Dattu was fourth in the general standings. The lightweight fours group containing Bhopal Singh, Jagbir Singh, Tejash Hanamant Shinde and Pranay Ganesh Naukarkar completed second in Heat 2 with 7:19.47 minutes. 

India was fourth in the general standings in the occasion, with China and Indonesia having made it to the last by winning the two warms. 

Not surprisingly, India commanded the kabaddi rivalry with both the people's groups begun their individual crusades on a constructive note. 

In the main match of the day, Indian men out-ripped Bangladesh 50-21 and after that overwhelmed Sri Lanka 44-28 in the second match. India will now confront South Korea on Monday 

The Indian ladies, then again, likewise had an effective trip, squashing Japan 43-12 to underline their predominance in the opposition. 

It was one-route movement from the word go as the Indian ladies commanded the procedures. They will now confront Thailand. 

In another Group B tie, Iran ladies' group beat Korea 46-20 while Chinese Taipei showed signs of improvement of Bangladesh 43-28. Thailand breezed past Sri Lanka 41-15 in Group A. 

The Indian ladies' hockey group started their battle in a decided manner, flooring has Indonesia 8-0 out of a Pool A challenge. 

Drag-gleam Gurjit Kaur scored a cap trap in the seventeenth, 22nd and 57th minutes, while striker Vandana Katariya (fourteenth and 28th), Navneet Kaur (25th and 50th) and Udita (nint) scored alternate objectives for India. 

For Indonesia, it was an intense introduction in the Asian Games for their ladies' hockey group as it came up against the mainland's best positioned side which had guaranteed a bronze decoration at the 2014 Asiad. 

In swimming Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash completed fifth and seventh in the men's 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke last occasions separately. 

Beginning in path 3, Prakash checked 1:57.75 seconds in 200m butterfly last. Japan's Seto Daiya won the title with a planning of 1:54.53 seconds. 

Then, in the 100m backstroke occasion, Nataraj timed 56.19 seconds. 

Prakash had before qualified as the third quickest swimmer in the warms. 

His capability time of 55.86 was the slowest among the eight finalists. 

Prior Nataraj began in path six and checked 55.86 seconds in the warmth while comrade Arvind Mani completed second however neglected to meet all requirements to the following round. 

Prakash met all requirements for the last with a period of 1:58.12 seconds. 

Prakash was 0.06 seconds behind Nao Horomura of Japan who stood out. 

Saurabh Sangvekar, the other Indian in the shred, smashed out in the 200m free-form occasion, timing 1:54.87 seconds. 

In badminton, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth won as India smashed Maldives 3-0 to enter the quarter-finals of the men's group occasion. 

In the blended duplicates tennis rivalry, India's Divij Sharan and Karman Kaur Thandi vanquished Phillippines' Alberto Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia 6-4, 6-4 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. 

India's sepaktakraw group lost to South Korea 0-3 out of a Group A match of the ladies' Regu rivalry. 

Anjul Namdeo and M. Suraj Singh completed fifth and tenth individually in the men's changquan wushu occasion. 

Santosh Kumar progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the men's sanda 56-kg wushu rivalry, while Pardeep Kumar entered the quarterfinals in the 70-kg class. 

Yumnam Sanathoi Devi died in the pre-quarterfinals of the ladies' sanda 56-kg class. 

The Indian ladies' handball group went down to their Chinese partners in a Group A match. In their third match of the Handball starter round, the Indian ladies endured a 21-36 crush and are currently relatively out of the opposition. 

The Indians had before lost to Kazakhstan 19-36 in their first diversion before going down 18-45 to South Korea. 

Maninder Kaur (10) was the best scorer for India however it was insufficient as India were dominated 9-19 in the main time frame and afterward 12-17 in the second time frame. 

India will now confront North Korea in their last trip on August 21.

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