Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition here. Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. China’s Hua Tian Alex finished in the third position to win the bronze medal, with a score of 27.10.
The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India. Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. Fouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favorite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.
Fouaad Mirza who is 26 years old trains under former world champion Bettina Hoy in Germany. Fouaad won gold at the Eventing Emmerloord CIC2 event at the Netherlands prior to Asian games.
This youngster from NAMMA BENGALURU created history by winning India’s first individual silver in equestrian at the Asian Games in 36 years.
Mirza is from the Embassy International Riding School, ruled the fact that he could not get the gold which was in a fetching distance. Mirza, whose father Dr. Hasneyn Mirza is one of the top equine vets in the country, has been living and training in Germany for the past 15 months. Mirza attributed a greater role in the success story to his horse Seigneur Medicott.
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