Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes shine – Asian Athletics championships 2019

Indian Athletes Shine at the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 which is being  held at Doha, Qatar between April 21 to 24.  Asian Athletics Association is the governing body of athletics in Asia.

India is currently placed fifth in the Asian Athletics Championships 2019 medal table. 

Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

The  Asian Athletics Championships 2019  is the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships. It is being held in Doha, Qatar.  During the closing ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar in India, President of Asian Athletics Association (AAA) Dahlan Al Hamad officially handed over the AAA Flag to Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary-General and Qatar Athletics Federation President Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari.

The event is held at the Khalifa International Stadium and will serve as the test event for the 2019 Athletics World Championships which are being held at the same venue.

43 nation’s are participating in the championships.

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) :

Athletics Federation of India (AFI) is the apex body for controlling, promoting and managing sport of Athletics in India and is affiliated to the IAAF, AAA, MYAS and Indian Olympic Association.

As declared in Memorandum of Association of AFI in its Constitution, AFI is responsible to select and control the Indian Athletics Contingent for the Olympics, Asian Games, Common Wealth & SAF Games and various other International competitions under the patronage of IOA, IAAF and other federations/associations.

These Athlete made India proud in Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

  1. Tejinder Pal Singh Toor  – Men’s Shot put – Gold Medal
  2. Gomathi Marimuthu – Women’s 800m Final race – Gold Medal
  3. Shivpal Singh – Men’s Javelin throw – Silver Medal
  4. Jabir Madari Palliyalil – Men’s 400m hurdles – Bronze medal
  5. Gavit Murali Kumar – Men’s 10000m – Bronze Medal
  6. Poovamma Raju Machettira – Women’s 400m Final – Bronze
  7. Avinash Mukund Sable –  3000m Men’s Steeplechase race – Silver medal
  8. Parul Chaudhary – Women’s 5000m race – Bronze medal
  9. Annu Rani – Women’s Javelin Throw – Silver medal
  10. Swapna Barman – Heptathlon – Silver Medal
  11. Muhammed Anas, M.R.Poovamma, V.K.Vismaya & Arokia Rajiv – 4X400m Mixed Relay team – Silver medal
  12. Sanjivani Jadhav – Women’s 10000m – Bronze medal
  13. Saritaben Gayakwad – 400m hurdles – Bronze medal

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor – Gold medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 :

Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, born 13 November 1994 is a shot putter who holds the outdoor national record of 20.75m.

Asian games shot put medal winner tejinder
Gold medal winner

Toor was born on 13 November 1994 in Khosa Pando village in Moga district, Punjab. Hailing from a family of farmers, he switched from cricket to shot put at the insistence of his father.

In June 2017, Toor recorded his personal best outdoor throw of 20.40m at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala,  but fell short of the World Championships qualification standard of 20.50m.  In the following month, he won the silver medal at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar with a throw of 19.77m, missing out on the gold medal by 0.03m.

The gold medal which he missed at Bhubaneshwar in the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships was won at the  Asian Athletics Championships 2019 at Doha, Qatar. His 1st round throw of 20.22m was enough to get him a gold in the Men’s Shot-put event.

Toor finished eighth in the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 19.42m.On 25 August 2018, Toor won gold at the 2018 Asian Games with a 20.75m throw, breaking the Games Record and the national record.

Gomathi Marimuthu – Gold Medal at Asian Athletics Championships 2019 : 

Gomathi Marimuthu, the 30-year-old middle distance runner from Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, created history yesterday by winning India’s first gold medal in the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

She lost her farmer father to cancer. She struggled with an injury for two years. She lost her coach at the national camp to a heart attack.    But 30 year old Gomathi Marimuthu’s journey to winning India’s first gold at the Asian Athletics Championships is really an epitome of courage and conviction. 

Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds.   A daughter of farmers, for Gomathi, who only began professionally running when she was 20, it’s been ten long years of intense struggle. 

Shivpal Singh :

This 23-year-old won a Silver medal at the Asian championships in Doha with a personal best throw of 86.23 metres. India were represented by two throwers and while Shivpal finished second, Davinder Singh Kang – bronze medallist in the previous edition – finished at the bottom.

The medal was long time coming for someone who took up the sport at an early age. Shivpal was born in a family of javelin throwers and his father was a state-level competitor. His uncle and coach Jagmohan Singh was a 10-time gold medal winner in Services.

Jabir Madari Palliyalil :

Jabir won Men’s 400m hurdles bronzemedal with a personal bet of 49.13 seconds.

Gavit Murali Kumar :

The 21-year-old runner was born in Dang district of Gujarat. He made his debut in 2015 and has been going strong ever since.  This Indian long-distance runner, continued his preparations for the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships as he clinched the bronze medal.  

The long distance runner has been competing on the track ever since 2015 and has slowly progressed over the years. From his debut in 2015 – till now – Murli Kumar has been able to reduce his time for 5000 m by over forty seconds. While for 10000 m, the runner’s exploits and rigorous training have led to a reduction of over a minute.

Murli Kumar is one of India’s better prospects for Athletics in the future, and the 21-year-old will hope that he continues to deliver such performances.

Poovamma Raju Machettira :

She won bronze medal at women’s 400m finals  and a silver in 4x400m mixed relay at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Machettira Raju Poovamma born on 5 June 1990 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance.  As a member of the Indian 4×400 m relay teams she participated in the 2016 Olympics and won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games and 2013 and 2017 Asian championships; individually she won a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014 at those competitions. She received the Arjuna Award in 2015 for her contributions to athletics.

Poovamma was born to M. G. Raju and Jaji. She completed her primary and higher education in Mangaluru  and acquired her bachelor’s degree in business management from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Business Management, Karnataka. Her brother MR Manju also competed in the 400 m events at the national level.

Avinash Mukund Sable :

Sable clocked 8 minutes 30.19 seconds to win a silver in men’s 3000m steeplechase, his first international medal in his maiden international competition.

“I just gave my everything in the last 250m. I am really happy to win my first medal for the country,” he said.

Sable’s rise has been remarkable as he shifted from cross country to steeplechase in 2017. He was with Belarusian coach Nikolai Snesarev when he created his earlier national record during the National  Open Championships. He then parted ways with Nikolai and  trained with Army coach Amrish Kumar.

Maharashtra’s Sable, who is currently a havildar in the Army, had trained earlier under Kumar. 

Parul Chaudhary :

The 24-year-old Parul gave India the second medal as she finished third in women’s 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.

Annu Rani :

Annu Rani,  born on 28 August 1992 in Meerut is  a Javelin thrower and is the current national record holder. She is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, a not-for-profit  foundation that identifies and supports Indian athletes.

Rani, with a throw of 58.83 metres (193.0 ft) at the 2014 National Inter-State Championship in Lucknow,  broke the national record previously held by Furmeet Kaur, With this throw, she qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the selection criteria being 58.46 metres. At the event, she finished eighth, with a best of 56.37 meters in the final.

In the same year, at the Asian Gamesin Incheon, South Korea.  She won the bronze medal with a throw of 59.53 meters, bettering her own national record. She Born in Jatt Farmer Family in Dabthuwa Village of Meerut.

In Bhubaneswar in Odisha  at the  2017 Asian Athletics Championships, Rani took a bronze medal with a throw of 57.32m.

The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to a best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China’s Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.

Annu’s performance was, however, more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34m during the Federation Cup at Patiala last month, which earned her a berth in the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.

Swapna Barman :

Swapna Barman won the silver in the heptathlon with 5993 points at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Swapna Barman, born on 29th October 1996 is a heptathlete. She won the gold medal at 2018 Asian Games and was placed first in the Heptathlon at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships. She is supported by the GoSports Foundation through the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Program.

Barman was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal in 1996. She is unusual in having six toes on each foot. Her mother Basana worked on a tea estate and her father, Panchanan Barman, was a rickshaw driver. and is bed-ridden after having suffered a stroke in 2013, making life tricky for his four children. She found it difficult to find the right food and her unusual feet caused her pain because she could not afford extra wide running shoes.

Swapna uses her prize money to look after her family who live in a house without a concrete wall. In 2016 she won a scholarship of 150,000 rupees in recognition of the success she had at athletics. She currently trains at the Sports Authority of India campus at Kolkata.

Sanjivani Jadhav :

Sanjivani Baburao Jadhav, born on 12th July 1996 is a long-distance athlete at 5000 m and 10,000 m. She won a bronze medal at 5000 m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships.   She won a bronze medal at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championships with a record timing of 32:44:96 seconds.

Jadhav was born in Nashik. She attended Bhonsala Militry college where she combined her ambition for sport with that of becoming a civil servant. She was identified as an outstanding athlete and supported by SportsNest who nurture sports athletes. In 2013 she won three medals at the 1st Asian School Athletics Meet. She came second in the 2016 Delhi marathon.

She is coached by Vijender Singh who trained Kavita Raut.  In 2018 she took a bronze medal in the 8 km event as part of the Asian Cross Country Championships in Guiyang.

Sanjivani received the Shivchhatrapati Award in 2018.

Saritaben Gayakwad :

Saritaben Laxmanbhai Gayakwad born  on 1st June 1994  is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m  hurdles.  She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Gujarat Govt. has selected her as a brand ambassador of Gujarat State Poshan Abhiyan.

Gayakwad was born on 1 June 1994 in a tribal family in Kharadi Amba village, Dang District, Gujarat. She represented her state in national level kho kho competitions till 2010, before making the switch to sprinting.

Gayakwad was selected in the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. She thus became the first track and field athlete from the state to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.

The quartet of Gayakwad, M.R.Poovamma, Hima Das and V.K.Vismaya clocked 3:28.72 in the final to clinch the gold medal.

She won a bronze medal with a record of 57.2 seconds at the 400m hurdles at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Mohammed Anas:

Mohammed was part of 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes championships at Doha, Qatar.

Mohammad Anas Yahiya, born 17 September 1994 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics  in the 400 m. and the 4×400 m relay and holds the national record (45.31) in the 400 meters, which he set at the 2018 Czech Athletics Championships.

At the 2018 Asian Games, Anas won three silver medals, in the individual 400 m, and men’s 4×400 m and mixed 4×400 m relays. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games he placed fourth in the 400 m, while his men’s 4×400 m failed to finish.

Anas took up athletics at the Style Sports Academy in Nilamel. He initially trained in the long jump  and changed to 400 m by chance, when his school team was looking for a last-minute replacement for a 400 m competition. His younger brother competed in the long jump at the 2017 World University Games.

C.K.Vismaya :

Vismaya was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships.

Velluva Koroth Vismaya, born 14 May 1997 is a sprinter who specializes in the 400m. She was part of the Indian Women’s 4×400 m. relay team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian games.

Arokia Rajiv :

He was part of the Indian 4x400m mixed relay team which won silver medal at the 2019 Asian Athletes Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Arokia Rajiv, born 22nd May 1991 is an Indian sprinter who specializes in the 400m distance. He won silver medals in the men’s and mixed 4×400 m relays at the 2018 Asian Games and placed third in the individual 400 m in 2014. He won medals in both the 400 m and 4×400 m events at the 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships. He competed in the relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Rajiv was born in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu in a poor family. He studied at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School  Lalgudi  and St. Joseph’s College Tiruchirappalli.

Rajiv began his career as a long jumper before taking to 400m.  At the 2014 Asian Games, he won the bronze medal, clocking 45.92 seconds in the final.[4] In the process, he bettered his previous best of 46.13 seconds, which he had achieved at the National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow in June 2014.

Men’s kabadi gets Bronze Medal at Jakarta

Men’s kabadi gets Bronze Medal at Jakarta

India’s nearly unchallenged domination of the Asian Games kabaddi competition ended on Thursday with the men’s team failing to make the final for the first time, left shell-shocked and battered by an ever-improving Iran in the semifinals in Jakarta.

For the first time in its history, India ended with a bronze medal in its indigenous sport. The 18-27 loss, which left some in the Indian camp in tears, and others stone-faced, ended a reign of domination dates back to the 1990 Asiad.  It was a nightmare that unfolded for India at Theatre Garuda where the Iranians played like champions and India seemed completely out of sorts.

The two teams were neck and neck at the end of the first half. But the Iranians sped away to a mini lead in the second half and that set the pulse racing in the Indian camp.

Thereafter, the Indians imploded as they looked desperate for points both in attack and defence. Iran made full use of India’s desperation for points and took a massive lead to take a vice-like grip on the match.

Iran scored a total of 18 points in the second half to make it through to the finals of the Asian Games for the third straight time. They had settled for the silver medal on the last two occasions after losing to India in the final.

Manjit-singh got a gold medal in the mens 800m at jakarta

Vikas Krishnan won Bronze medal in Boxing (75kg.)

Vikas Krishnan won Bronze medal in Boxing (75kg.)

Vikas Krishan Yadav (born 10 February 1992) is an Indian male boxer from Bhiwani district in Haryana, who won a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games in the Lightweight category and a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Yadav was born in Singhwa Khas village in Hisar district.  His father Krishan Kumar Yadav is an employee in the Electricity Department. In 1994 he came to Bhiwani along with his father, who was transferred to this city. In 2003, at the age of 10, Yadav joined the Bhiwani Boxing Club.   Later, he received training in the Army Sports Institute at Pune.  Presently, Yadav is DSP in Haryana Police.

Vikas Krishan was declared medically unfit to compete in the semifinal match against Kazakhstan’s Amankul Abilkhan and had to settle for Bronze medal.   Krishan was declared unfit due to a cut on his left eyelid which he suffered during one of his previous matches in the tournament. The 26-year-old was subsequently ruled out to compete due to the injury.  Krishan sustained the injury during the pre-quarterfinal match, and it was aggravated during his intense quarterfinal bout against China’s Tuoheta Erbieke Tanglatihan. During the fight, the Indian had to overcome bleeding to win the match and assure himself of a medal.

The Haryana-boxer created history by becoming the first India boxer to clinch a medal in three successive Asian Games.

Congratulations to Vilaks and wish him a speedy recovery.

Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar bags bronze at Jakarta in open laser 4.7 sailing

Harshita Tomar, a sailor from Madhya Pradesh Sports department made the State proud by winning the best sailor award in the country in 2017.

Harshita has been a consistent performer for a past couple of years.  Hailing from Hoshangabad, she has won a gold medal in the 4.7 events of an International Sailing championship in Dubai.

India’s young sailor Harshita Tomar who is 16 years old is a former swimmer. She claimed a bronze in the open laser 4.7 at the Asian games.  She totaled 62 after race 12 to finish 3rd.

Harishita said ‘it was a great feeling to win a medal for the country.  It has been a great learning experience’.

Congratulations Harshita. We are proud of you adding a medal to the Indian medal tally.

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P.U.Chitra gets bronze medal in Women’s 1000 m. at Jakarta

P.U.Chitra gets bronze medal in Women’s 1000 m. at Jakarta

Palakkeezhil Unnikrishnan Chithra (born 9 June 1995) is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. She has won numerous State, National and International school meet gold medals in middle and long distance track events.

Chitra rose to prominence after the Gold Medal wins in 1500m at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar with a time of 4.17.92 seconds to seal a World Championships place and earning the tag “Queen of Asia in the mile”.

India’s Asian champion P U Chitra won a bronze in the women’s 1500m race in the Asian Games.

Chitra entered into the race as Asian leader this season but had to settle for bronze with a timing of 4 minute and 12.56 seconds. Bahrain claimed 1-2 through Kalkidan Befkadu (4:07.88) and Tigist Belay (4:09.12).

Congratulations to Chitra.

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Seema Punia bags Bronze medal in Discus throw at Asian Games

Seema Punia bags Bronze medal in Discus throw at Asian Games

Seema Punia (born 27 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower.  She was born in Khewda village of Sonipat district in Haryana.  Her sporting career began at the age of 11 years as a hurdler and a long-jumper but later took to discus throw.   She is known for her determination and skill.

Defending champion Seema Punia settled for a bronze in the women’s discus throw. The 35-year-old managed a best distance of 62.26 m, her best in six years, but that was just enough for a bronze medal. Asian champion Chen Yang of China hurled the disc to a gold-winning distance of 65.12 in her last attempt at the spacious GBK Main stadium.

Asia number one Chen, 27, was always the top contender in this event with a personal and season-best throw of 67.03 m. She kept improving with her throws and was closely followed by compatriot Feng Bin, who grabbed the silver with 64.25 m, which also came in her last attempt.

Seema’s best throw came in her third attempt, which was better than her gold-winning effort at the 2014 Incheon Games, where she had managed 61.03 m. Chen was in the lead from her first attempt of 59.61m after Seema began with a 58.51m and looked unhappy with her effort.

Congratulations to Seema Punia.

Seema has donated her entire Asian games per diem of $700 to Kerala Flood Relief.  The amount may not be a huge sum, but for an athlete who is not in excess of funds, it is significant.  Seema Punia you are a true leader on and off the field.  We are proud of you and salute you for your good thoughts for the needed cause.

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Table Tennis Men’s team wins Bronze at Jakarta

Table Tennis Men’s team wins Bronze at Jakarta

Indian Table Tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 0-3 to South Korea in semifinals at the 18th Asian games.

The team comprising of G.Sathyyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A.Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj couldn’t fight against the mighty Koreans.  G.Sathiyan suffered an 11-9,3-11,9-11,3-11 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game.  Experienced Sharath Kamal, then entrusted the responsibility of bringing back India and he fought before going down 9-11,9-11,11-6,11-7,8-11 to young Sik Jedug.  In the 3rd game, Amalraj was beaten  5-11,7-11,11-4,7-11 by Woojin Jang of South Korea.

Congratulations to the team.

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Joshna Chinappa gets Bronze medal in Squash Singles at Jakarta

Joshna Chinappa gets Bronze medal in Squash Singles at Jakarta

Joshna Chinappa (born 15 September 1986 in Kodagu, Karnataka) is an Indian professional Squash player.  She reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 in July 2016. Joshna was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003 in the under 19 categories and was also the youngest Indian women’s national champion.  Joshna Chinappa is the first beneficiary of Mittal Champions Trust.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Chinappa along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, making it India’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport. The pair won a Silver medal at the event’s 2018 Gold Coast edition losing to team New Zealand, Joelle King, and Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Joshna Chinappa won a bronze for India after losing to Malaysias Subramaniam Sivasangari 1-3 in the semi-finals.

She is an Arjun award Winner for Squash.  Congratulations to Joshna Chinappa.

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Saina Nehwal bags Bronze Medal in Badminton

Saina Nehwal bags Bronze Medal in Badminton

Saina Nehwal   (born 17 March 1990) is an Indian professional badminton singles player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Super-series titles. Although she reached the world’s 2nd in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone  – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.

Saina Nehwal clinched bronze after losing to reigning World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games 2018 women’s singles badminton semifinal.  The Indian shuttler went down fighting against her higher-ranked opponent as the match ended 17-21, 14-21 in 36 minutes. This is the first time that an Indian woman shuttler has claimed a singles medal at the Asian Games and it was also the first singles medals in badminton after the 1982 Asiad when Syed Modi won the bronze.

Congratulations to Saina Nehwal.

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Saurav Ghoshal bags squash bronze medal in Jakarta

Saurav Ghoshal bags squash bronze medal in Jakarta

Saurav Ghoshal born 10 August 1986  in Kolkata, West Bengal is a professional squash player from India and reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 14 in February 2018. He completed his schooling at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy in Kolkata.  Saurav started playing squash in his hometown of Kolkata, at the Kolkata Racquet Club.

Saurav moved to Chennai after completing his school and was based at the ICL squash academy in Chennai and coached by Major (Rtd) Maniam and Cyrus Poncha in Chennai.

India’s top-ranked squash player had come close to winning it in the previous 3 editions of the quadrennial event but had to eventually settle for bronze at the 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou games while he won a silver at the 2014 Incheon games.

An injured Saurabh settled for a bronze when he went down 12-10, 13-11, 6-11, 5-11, 6-11 to lower seed Leo Au of Hong Kong China in the semifinals.

Congratulations to Saurav Ghoshal.

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze at Jakarta

Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze at Jakarta

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (born 12 November 1989) is an Indian Tennis player.  He has won 8 ITF titles in singles and 1 ITF title in doubles. He represented Indian Davis Cup Team in 2017 Davis Cup.

The 28-year-old from Chennai has steadily worked his way up the ranks through this year, from a Davis Cup thriller to his first Challenger title.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

Prajnesh became only the sixth Indian to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.  Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.  Denis Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.

Congratulations Prajnesh Gunneswaran on your success.

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Bronze medal for Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in Lightweight double sculls.

Bronze medal for Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in Lightweight double sculls.

Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh won the bronze  medal in the lightweight doubles sculls.  The double sculls team finished with a time of 7:04.61 to win at the JSC Lake behind Japan and South Korea who won gold and silver respectively.

Japan’s Miyaura Masayuki and Takeda Masahiro won the gold with a timing of 7:01.70 while Koreans Kim Byunghoon and Lee Minhyuk (7:03.22) bagged silver.

Dushyant wins bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.

Dushyant wins bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.

The day started with Dushyant winning a bronze medal in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls. Dushyant, who was declared the best rower in the 2013 National Championships, finished third on the podium with a timing of 7:18:76 behind South Korea’s Park Hyunsu and Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun.

The Indian, who began rowing in 2012 at an army training camp in Roorkee, had won a bronze in the last edition of the Games, too, in Incheon.

Dushyant Singh, the bronze-winning rower, was struggling with high BP, he threw up at the prize ceremony and had to be stretchered out afterward.

India has won two previous bronzes in the lightweight double sculls event in 1990 and 2006.

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Tennis player Ankita Raina bags bronze medal at Jakarta

Tennis player Ankita Raina bags bronze medal at Jakarta

Ankita Raina (born 11 January 1993) is an Indian tennis player, and the current Indian No. 1 in women’s singles.  Raina began playing tennis at age five and prefers hard and grass courts.

Anita Raina settled for a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles seminal in Palemang.  Ankita made an effort till the last but it is China’s Zhang Shuai who won the match in straight sets.   The highest-ranked Indian singles player was also struggling with illness after the first set but refused to give up and gave the Chinese world No. 32 a tough fight.   Ankita lost  4-6, 6-7 which lasted for 2 hours.

Congratulations Ankita Raina for getting the first medal for India in Tennis at the Asian games

Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Narender Grewal  gets Bronze each in Wushu

Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh and Narender Grewal gets Bronze each in Wushu

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.




Divya Kakran wins bronze in Wrestling at Jakarta

Divya Kakran wins bronze in Wrestling at Jakarta

Divya Kakran (born 1998) is a freestyle wrestler.  She lives at Gokulpur in East Delhi.  Divya Kakran belongs to a middle-class family of Sain Community of Purbaliyan Village. Divya’s whole family is involved in wrestling. Father, Suraj, sells wrestling goods at traditional tournaments. Mother, Sanyogita, stitches “langots”, traditional loincloths. Brother, Dev, wound down his own wrestling career to focus on his sister as her main sparring partner.

The Commonwealth Championship gold medalist did extremely well to win the bout against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wenling with technical superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0. Divya used her strength wisely and completely dominated her bout, ending the match in under one minute 30 seconds.   This is India’s third medal in wrestling after Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat claimed gold in their respective categories.

Congratulations Divya Kakran on your success.

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Shooting Bronze medal to Abhishek Verma at Jakarta

Shooting Bronze medal to Abhishek Verma at Jakarta

Abhishek Verma who is 29 years old (August 1, 1989) is a shooter.  The lack of experience did not deter him and the Haryana shooter is now the India No 1 in 10m air pistol, shooting 585 in qualification and then winning the gold beating Deepak Sharma, Jitu Rai and Amanpreet Singh in the Selection Trials.  What makes his success even more remarkable is the fact that this shooter started competing only three years ago.

For a hobby shooter turned professional, making his debut at an event as prestigious as the Asian Games is a fascinating story. But his journey to the India berth is even more interesting. Before picking up a pistol, Verma has tried his hand at law, Indian Administrative Service and computer science. However, he found his true calling once he moved from his native Haryana to Gurgaon.  In 2015, a shooting range opened near where he was staying at Hissar and he joined it.  He started it as a hobby, not as a career. The hobby led to Verma representing his university in the All India University Games and a fifth-place finish there made him participate in the Shooting Nationals for the first time in 2015.  But it was a long journey to participate in the Asian Games.

Now he is a star and has won a medal for India.  Congratulations Abhishek Verma on your achievement

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Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar bag bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at Jakara Asian Games 2018.

Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar bag bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at Jakara Asian Games 2018.

Apurvi Singh Chandela (born 4 January 1993) is an Indian Shooter who competes in the 10 metre air rifle event.   Chandela was born in Jaipur. Her father is Kuldeep Singh Chandela, a hotelier, and mother is Bindu Rathore.

Ravi Kumar is an Indian Sport Shooter. Kumar was born on January 1, 1990 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.   He is an alumnus from Delhi University, India. He is working in Indian Air Force.

Indian shooters came up good on Sunday as India opened their medals account on the first day of the Asian Games in Indonesia. Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar finished strongly at 429.9 score to bag the bronze medal for India in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.  The duo of Chandela-Kumar scored 429.9 in the five-team final to clinch the third spot. Chinese Taipei’s Yingshin Lin and Shaochuan Lu won gold with a score — and Games Record — of 494.1 while China’s Ruozhu Zhao and Haoran Yang finished with a silver, scoring 492.5.  This is both Chandela and Kumar’s first medal at the Asian Games.  Congratulations and best wishes for future.