India had a quite fruitful time at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. Starting from the winning fences, the enchanting Indian shutters shine on the fields of badminton at the 18th Asian Games as Saina and Sindhu won their quarter-finals clashes to enter in the Women’s singles semi-finals for India at Asian Games. However at the semi-final, Saina lost the match against Tai Tzu-Ying and settled for Bronze at the 2018 Asian Games.
While in the round of eight, The 28-year-old SainaNehwal beat the 23-year-old Ratchanok Intanon in straight games 21-18, 21-16 to enter in the round of four at the Asiad Games.
On the other hand, PV Sindhu saw a hard challenge against Thai professional badminton singles player NitchaonJindapol but managed to beat her opponent Jindapol 21-11, 16-21, 21-14. In the round of four, the Indian star beat Akane Yamaguchi form Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 at the 2018 Asian Games.
In Hockey, India outplayed South Korea 5-3 in the quarter-finals at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. It was a tough battle in the second half when Koreans started playing aggressively against the Blues. This is the first time at 2018 Asiad Games that India conceded a goal from their opponents and also managed to par 50 goals in the competition so far. Rupinder Pal Singh shines again from India after producing a spectacular performance from offense to defense for India at Asian Games.
In the lesser-known world of Equestrian, India clinched two silver medals, one in individual and another in a team event at the Asiad Games. Fouaad Mirza of India added another medal to India’s medal tally by winning a historic Silver Medal in Equestrian. Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medalist Yoshiaki Oiwa, who scored 22.70. Additionally, India also won a silver in the team event in the same competition with a combined score of 121.30. The team comprised Mirza, Jitender Singh, Akash Malik and Rakesh Kumar for India at Asian Games.
In the competition so far, Archery hasn’t produced as expected at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, however, today the brilliant performance by women’s in compound event helped India to raise another medal in their fast-growing tally as they have paved their way to the semi-finals and confirmed a medal for India at the Asiad Games. On the other hand, Indian men’s compound team beat Chinese Taipei 231-227 in the semi-finals and open their way to the ultimate finale at 2018 Asian Games.
From the world of arrows to the mother of sports, India’s star sprinter Hima Das won the silver medal after clocking 50.79 behind Bahrain’s SalwaNaser who clocked 50.09 at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. Meanwhile, in the same division, India’s Mohammed Anas Yahiya bagged a silver medal behind Qatar’s Abdallah Hassan who clinched the gold medal for India at Asian Games.
Last but not the least let’s talk about Bridge where the Indian power miners won two bronze medals in Mix team and Men’s team clashes at 2018 Asian Games. It is a perfect start in order to enrol the vessel of glory as far as this debutant sport is concerned.
All in all, it was a fantastic day for India as Shutters, Sprinters and Archers lived well to the expectations and also, in games like Equestrian at Asiad Games, Bridge where India started a stardom to follow.
Indeed, the athletes from India are doing too well at the moment. 10 to 20 years ago, winning these many matches used to sound like fantasy. However, the picture is completely different now. The 18th Asian Games in Jakarta has shown the present and future of India in the brick-and-mortar world of sports. On the surface of hockey, India are performing well and making the future better for the coming generation.
The Asiad Games is going for India’s fellow nation Nepal and Afganistan also. It is huge news of the holistic development of sports in Asia.