Santosh Kumar an Indian Wushu player beat Phithak Paokrathok 2-1 of Thailand in a tight quarterfinal fight of the men’s sanda 56kg category to book a last-four berth. He played against Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam in the semifinals and lost the game but won a bronze medal for India.
Surya Bhanu Partap Singh was the third Indian to be assured of a medal after he beat Jean Claude Saclag of Philippines 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the men’s sanda 60kg. He took on Erfan Ahangarian of Iran in the next stage and lost the match and got a bronze medal.
The fourth Indian to bag a medal was Narender Grewal who beat Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan 2-0 in men’s sanda 65kg quarterfinal match. Sem Foroud Zafari of Iran played in the semifinals against Narender Grewal and won the match. Narender got a bronze medal.
It was a phenomenal feeling to watch all the hard work paying off. Our wushu champions are doing wonderfully in the Asian Games at Jakarta. Such a superb display of talent and grit by the players. It gives all Indians immense happiness and our best wishes for their future endeavours. We are very produce to see our athletes doing so well in the sports.