Asian Games, Day 11: Arpinder, Swapna bag gold; silver for Dutee

Tune in for live updates from day 11 of the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang.

India's Swapna Barman celebrates after winning the heptathlon gold.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of Day 11 of the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang.  (Here are the Indians in Action on Day 11)

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

  • ATHLETICS: Khushbir Kaur missed out on a medal as she finished fourth in women's 20km walk.

  • ATHLETICS: With just the 800m event to go, Swapna Barman is in gold medal position in women's heptathlon. She recorded a personal best of 50.63m in javelin throw. Purnima Hembram is not too far behind a bronze medal spot. She's only 18 points behind the third-placed athlete.

  • PENCAK SILAT: India finished seventh in women's doubles.

  • CYCLING: Esow Alben qualifies for the 1/8 finals in men's sprint.

  • BOXING: Amit Panghal defeats North Korea's Kim Jang Ryong 5-0 in the men's flyweight (49kg) quarterfinal and assures India's first medal in boxing this year.

  • BOXING: Vikas Krishan (75kg) wins the quarterfinal by a split decision (3-2) against China's Touheta Tanglatihan and assures another medal for India in boxing.

  • SQUASH: Indian women's team wins 3-0 against China in a Pool B match and advances to the semifinals, assuring a medal for India.

  • TABLE TENNIS: Bronze for India in the mixed doubles category as A. Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lose the semifinal to China.

  • ATHLETICS: Dutee Chand wins silver in 200m final.

  • ATHLETICS: Arpinder Singh wins gold in triple jump.

  • ATHLETICS: Swapna Barman bags gold in the women's heptathlon.

 

So, that's it for tonight. Another excellent day for India in the track and field events and the team events. We have had a pulsating day of action. We hope you enjoyed the updates as much as we did in bringing this to you. Let's hope for another exciting day tomorrow!

7.55pm: (HOCKEY): The Indian women have defeated China 1-0 in the semifinal! More information on our hockey blog.

7.45pm: (HOCKEY): India finally breaks the deadlock in the semifinal! Gurjeet Kaur converts a penalty corner. India in the lead. Catch all the LIVE updates of the match here.

7.10pm: (HOCKEY): The semifinal is interestingly poised. The deadlock is yet to be broken. Catch all the LIVE updates of the match here.

Swapna Barman wins India's 150th gold medal at the Asian Games.

6.56pm: (ATHLETICS): Swapna Barman bags a gold in the women's heptathlon! That's the second gold medal of the day. Swapna got the gold with a good 800m finish but an excellent javelin throw outing, that included a personal best, seems to have won it for Swapna. In the final race, she had to pip China and she did it in style.

6.30pm: (ATHLETICS): India finishes second in the men's 4x400m relay heats and qualifies for the final.

6.29pm: (HOCKEY): India is taking on China in the women's hockey semifinal. Catch all the LIVE updates of the match here.

6.26pm: (ATHLETICS): The men's 4x400m relay heats is underway. India is in heat 1. With Dharun Ayyasamy, Jeevan Suresh, Jithu Baby and Kunhu Muhammed forming the quatret, a medal looks possible when the final gets underway tomorrow.

6.18pm: (TRIPLE JUMP): GOLD FOR ARPINDER SINGH! He was assured of it even before he jumped the final one and the last jump scores didn't matter. His third jump of 16.77 is the best and that lands him the gold. Meanwhile, Rakesh Babu looks in pain. He collapsed after the fifth jump and clearly looks in bad shape. He wins India's first gold in 48 years in the event.
Arpinder's jump sequence - x, 16.58, 16.77, 16.08, x, x.

6.10pm: (TRIPLE JUMP): Rakesh Babu jumps 16.15 in his fourth attempt but pulls his hamstring (?) in the process. He walks away limping. Meanwhile, Arpinder Singh jumps 16.08 in his fourth attempt.

6.07pm: (ATHLETICS): The 800m silver medalist - Jinson Johnson - finishes second in the 1500m heats.

6.03pm: (ATHLETICS): Jinson Johnson is now in action in the men's 1500m heats.

5.55pm: (ATHLETICS): Keep an eye on this name - Manjit Singh. He finishes first in the men's 1500m heats. He was trailing for the most part of the heats and surged ahead in style in the final moments of the heats to come first. The 800m gold has helped in his confidence, for sure!

5.50pm: (ATHLETICS): Manjit Singh in action! He is in the heats for 1500m event.

5.35pm: (TRIPLE JUMP): Arpinder Singh jumps 16.77m in his third attempt. What a jump! He leads the table now. Rakesh Babu manages 16.36 in his third jump.
ICYMI: Arpinder was disqualified in his first jump for overstepping.

5.27pm: (BOXING): India's Dheeraj Rangi is ousted in the quarterfinals in the men's 64kg category. He loses to Mongolia's Chinzorig Baatarsukh 0-5.

5.16pm: (ATHLETICS): Dutee Chand bags silver in the 200m event. Her reaction time was good, her sprint was excellent but lost out to the Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong in the final 70-80m of the race. Edidiong with a timing of 22.96 wins gold while Dutee clocked 23.20 for the silver.

5.14pm: (ATHLETICS): We are all set for the 200m final. Dutee Chand in Lane 3.

5.10pm: (TRIPLE JUMP): Rakesh Babu records 16.40 in his second jump while Arpinder Singh jumps 16.58. That's an impressive jump!

5.04pm: (TABLE TENNIS): A feather in A. Sharath Kamal's cap. He becomes the first Indian athlete to win two medals in the sport. Going strong, at 35!

5.00pm: (TRIPLE JUMP): India's Arpinder Singh fouls in his first attempt - he oversteps. Rakesh Babu records 16.21 in his first attempt.

4.53pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra packs a punch, but it is more than required and China has a match point. Manika then finds the net as India settles for bronze after losing to China 4-1 (9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11).

4.50pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra unleashes a brutal forehand to level things at 7-7 in the fifth game.

4.45pm: (TABLE TENNIS): One more win and China will surge into the final and India will settle for bronze.

4.43pm: (TABLE TENNIS): That was quick. An uphill battle for India now as China takes the fourth game 11-4.

4.40pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra combine well to put the Chinese on the defensive before winning the point to make it 3-3 in the fourth game.

4.37pm: (TABLE TENNIS): India made hard work of the third game but manage to take it 13-11.

4.34pm: (TABLE TENNIS): India was up 8-4 but the Chinese have upped their game and made it 10-10.

4.32pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Good work by Sharath Kamal and India up 9-4 in the third game.

4.26pm: (TABLE TENNIS): That's an emphatic response from India in the third game. Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal have taken a 3-0 lead.

4.25pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal have an uphill battle as China takes the second set 11-5. China two sets away from a place in the finals.

4.23pm: (TABLE TENNIS): The Chinese are in excellent form and have raced away to a 8-3 lead in the second game.

4.18pm: (TABLE TENNIS): China takes the first game 11-9. Remember, it is a best of seven in the semifinals, not the best of five. Either side needs to take four games to progress to the finals.

4.18pm: (TABLE TENNIS): India started well but China does well to come back. 9-9 in the first game.

4.12pm: (TABLE TENNIS): The mixed doubles game has started. Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal are up against China's Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha.

3.50pm: (SOFT TENNIS): Two of India’s mixed doubles matches are over. In the first one, Rohit Dhiman and Aadhya Tiwari lost 0-5 to Chinese Taipei’s Yu Kaiwen and Cheng Chuling. In the second match, Namita Seth and Aniket Patel defeated Mongolia’s Damdin Altankhuyag and Anudari Munguntsetseg 5-0.

In the third match, Namita Seth and Aniket Chirag take on Japan's Uematsu Toshiki and Hayashida Riko.

3.45pm: (KURASH): Megha Tokas misses out on a chance of a medal as she loses 3-0 to Indonesia's Khasani Najmu in the quarterfinal.

 

3:33pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra are through to the semifinals in the mixed doubles category with a 4-11, 12-10,  6-11, 11-6, 11-8 win over North Korea's Cha Hyo Sim and An Ji Song. It is proving to be the best-ever campaign for Sharath Kamal and possibly the best-ever year for Manika Batra. India is now assured of a second medal in table tennis!  India will face China in the semifinals at 4:30 pm IST. Do watch this space for the updates.

3:32pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra comes back strongly, plays a substantial point to get India closer to a win at 10-6.

3:30pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Three successive errors from Manika and North Korea levels the fifth game 5-5. It's getting tensed here.

3:26pm (TABLE TENNIS): India leads 5-2 in the fifth game.

3:20pm (TABLE TENNIS): Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra win the fourth game 11-6. It's 2-2 after four games and a win in the fifth game will assure India of another medal in the Asian Games. The men's team has already captured a historic bronze. Will Sharath confirm a second medal?

3:18pm (TABLE TENNIS): The Indians are in roaring form in the fourth game. They have taken a 7-3 lead.

3:15pm: (TABLE TENNIS): That resurgence was short-lived. The North Korean pair prevents any further damage and pockets the game 11-6.  Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra trail 1-2 at the end of the third game.

3:13pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sharath Kamal has played some terrific forehand winners to get the duo back from 3-8 to 6-8.

3:05pm: (TABLE TENNIS): From 7-10, India's Manika and Sharath have staged a tremendous comeback to seal the second game 12-10. Manika sets it up beautifully for Sharath to score all the winners.

2:56pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika and Sharath lose the first game 11-4.

2:54pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal begin their mixed doubles quarterfinal match against North Korea's Cha Hyo Sim and An Ji Song. They trail 4-10 to the North Koreans.

2:33pm: (CYCLING): Esow Alben loses to Im Chaebin in the 1/8 finals of the men's sprint.

2:14pm: (BOXING): Sarjubala Devi loses by a unanimous decision (5-0) and Yuan Chang takes the win.

2:10pm: (BOXING): Sarjubala Devi landed quite a few clean ones in the second round. The final round begins.

 

2:03pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal are through to the mixed doubles quarterfinals, as they defeat Hong Kong's Jeon Jiheea and Lee Sangsu 3-2.

 

2:01pm: (BOXING): India's Sarjubala Devi gets geared up to face Yuan Chang from China in the women's flyweight (51kg) quarterfinals.

1:57pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal are level at 2-2 against the Koreans. In the final game, the Indians lead 4-2. 

1:44pm: (BOXING): And he wins! Vikas Krishan is into the semifinals and that's another medal assured for India in boxing. Wins by a split decision: 3-2.

 

1:43pm: (BOXING): Vikas Krishan looks convinced at the end of the bout. Have to wait for the jury.

1:39pm: (KURASH): All three Indians in action on the day are out. Kunal also loses his match 0-10 against Mongolia's Gaajadamba Bayanmunkh.

 

1:35pm: (BOXING): Vikas Krishan is in action against China's Touheta Tanglatihan in men's middleweight (75kg) quarterfinals.  Can he get India another medal in boxing?

1:30pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal win the first game 11-7 and lose the second one with the same scoreline. It's 1-1.

1:25pm: (KURASH): Manish Tokas also loses in the round-of-32. He goes down 0-10 to Uzbekistan's Muso Sobirov in a match that lasted 21 seconds.

1:21pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal begin their mixed doubles round-of-16 match against Korea's Jeon Jihee and Lee Sangsu. Sangsu had defeated India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in the men's team semifinals.

1:08pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Amalraj Anthony and Madhurika Patkar crash out in the mixed doubles round-of-16, losing 3-1 to Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching and Ho Kwan Kit.

 

12:53pm: (KURASH): Binisha Biju loses 3-0 to Iran's Azar Koolivand.

12:50pm: (KURASH): Binisha Biju is on the mat, taking on Iran's Azar Koolivand in a women's 63kg round-of-32 match.

12:48pm: (SQUASH): India is through to the women's team semifinals after defeating China 3-0 in a women's team Pool B match.

12:41pm: (KURASH): Three Indians will be seen in action in Kurash today. In women's 63kg round-of-32, Binisha Nayakattu Biju will face Iran's Azar Koolivand. In men's 81kg round-of-32, we have two represents- Kunal and Manish Tokas. The finals will also be held later in the day.

12:33pm: (BOXING): First medal assured in boxing. Amit Panghal defeats North Korea's Kim Jang Ryong 5-0 in the men's flyweight (49kg) quarterfinal and assures a medal for India.

11:07am: (SQUASH): India women's team takes on China in a Pool B fixture. First, Joshna Chinappa is up against Li Dongjin.

10:50am: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal also breeze through their round-of-32 match against Malaysia's Karen Lyne and Javen Choong, defeating them 3-0. They're into the round-of-16.

 

10:47am: (TABLE TENNIS): Amalraj Anthony and Madhurika Patkar win their round-of-32 match 3-1 and are through to the round-of-16.

 

10:39am: (TABLE TENNIS): Indians are in action in mixed doubles round-of-32. Amalraj Anthony and Madhurika Patkar are 2-1 up against the Indonesian pair of Indriani Lillis and Aji Donny. Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal are leading 2-0 against Malaysian pair Karen Lyne Dick and Javen Choong.

10:00am: (CYCLING):  Esow Alben qualifies for the 1/8 finals in men's sprint. Ranjit Singh just misses out.

09:46am: (PENCAK SILAT): India finishes seventh in Pencak Silat women's doubles. Indonesia, unsurprisingly, took the gold, followed by Thailand and Malaysia.

A little about Swapna Barman- The 21-year-old won gold at the Asian Athletics Championships held in 2017 in Bhubaneswar. This isn't her first Asian Games either. At just 17, she finished fifth at Asian Games 2014. She finished a disappointing 26th at the World Championships in London and was having troubles with a recurring back pain ever since the Incheon Asian Games. The final event of the heptathlon, the 800m, is at 7:10pm tonight. Swapna Barman is in gold medal position, with a 63-point lead.

Swapna Barman recorded a personal best of 50.63m in javelin throw in the heptathlon event at the Asian Games 2018.   -  AP

 

09:21am: (ATHLETICS): Yamasaki Yuki throws the javelin 46.48m and goes ahead of Purnima Hembram in the heptathlon standings. She's 18 points ahead of Purnima. Purnima goes into the final event, 800m, in the fourth position. Swapna Barman is strong in the gold medal position after scoring a personal best in javelin throw. It's her gold to lose.  

 

09:18am: (SEPAK TAKRAW): India loses to 0-2 to Malaysia in a women's quadrant group B match.

09:14am: (ATHLETICS): Swapna Barman threw 50.63m, a personal best for her, and is in the lead in javelin throw (heptathlon). 872 points from the event means Swapna goes into the last event, the 800m, in the gold medal position. Purnima Hembram, who threw 45.48m, gets 773 points and is in the bronze medal position.

09:04am: (KAYAK): Naocha Singh and Ching Ching Sing Arambam finish last in the men's kayak double 1000m heat.

8:59am: (PENCAK SILAT): Meanwhile, the Indonesian team is showing how it'd done. They look a cut above the rest as they engage in their native form of martial art with supreme technique, speed and fluidity.  574 they score!

8:55am: (PENCAK SILAT): The Indian team scores 527 points after its routine in the women's doubles. It was lower than the Vietnamese team that performed before it but we need to wait for the end of the round to see where India stands.

8:49am: (SEPAK TAKRAW): The women's team are currently trailing 1-0 to Malaysia in a preliminary Group B Quadrant match. The women's team has so far lost all its three matches in the Regu event and its opening Quadrant match against Japan.

8:35am: (PENCAK SILAT): Sonia and Simran are India's finalists in women's doubles. Pencak Silat is probably what you can call martial art's artistic gymnastics. This Indonesian form of martial art relies on grace, co-ordination (in doubles), technique and fluid body movements.

8:31am: (JUDO): Vijay Kumar Yadav loses 10-0 to Uzbekistan's Diyorbek Urozboev in the men's 60kg round-of-16.

8:28am: (ATHLETICS): Swapna Barman finishes second in long jump in women's heptathlon. Purnima Hembram manages the fifth-best score. After five events in the heptathlon, Swapna and Purnima find themselves in second and third on the points table.

 

8:16am: (JUDO): In men's round-of-16, Vijay Kumar Yadav will come up against Uzbekistan's Diyorbek Urozboev.

8:13am: (CYCLING): Ranjit Singh and Esow are in action in the men's sprint qualification round. They finish 15th and 17th and are into the 1/16 round.

8:08am: (CYCLING): Devi Monarama only managed a ninth-place finish in the women's omnium scratch race.

7:59am: (ATHLETICS): Swapna Barman and Purnima Hembram are in action right now in the long jump event of the women's heptathlon. After two rounds, Swapna Barman has made the second-best jump so far, reaching 6.05m and Purnima has jumped a best of 5.85m.

 

7:52am: Earlier in the day:

  • India finished sixth and last in its men's Kayak Four (K4) heat, but is in the semifinals.
  • Khushbir Kaur missed out on a medal as she finished fourth in women's 20km walk. Soumya Baby finished last.
  • In the men's 20km walk, the Indians Irfan Kolothum Thodi and Manish Singh Rawat were disqualified.

India's Manjit Singh stole the limelight on day ten when he claimed a gold medal in the men's 800m and Jinson Johnson claimed bagged silver behind him. Dutee Chand qualified for the women's 200m final, while medal hopeful Hima Das was disqualified in the heats for a false start. In the mixed relay, India won a silver, but filed an appeal stating Hima Das was obstructed. We'll hear the result of the appeal soon.

P. V. Sindhu had to settle for a silver as she went down in straight sets to world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying. But the silver guaranteed a best finish for India in badminton in Asian Games history. The men's and women's archery teams won silvers as well, both of them narrowly losing to a Korean team in the final.

Th focus today will be on the athletes and hockey. Dutee Chand is perfectly poised to win a medal, after qualifying to the final with the fastest time. The Indian women's hockey team will play its semifinal match against China.  (Here's what happened yesterday)

Here are the major highlights of day ten:

Highlights:

  • BADMINTON: India's P.V. Sindhu has to be content with a silver after being completely outplayed by World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the women's singles final.
  • ARCHERY: India settles for silver in both the men's and women's compound team finals. While the women's team lost to Korea 228-231, it was much closer battle in the men's final. After the scores were level at the end of the routine four sets, Korea pipped India for the gold in the shootout, one bull's eye shot clinching the deal for Korea.
  • KURASH: Pincky Balhara wins silver in the women's 52kg category while Malaprabha Jadhav loses in the semifinals.
  • TABLE TENNIS: The India men's team settles for bronze after losing 3-0 to South Korea in the semifinal.
  • ATHLETICS: Dutee Chand qualifies for the 200m final. Hima Das is disqualified after a false start.
  • ATHLETICS: Manjit Singh wins gold in men's 800m while Jinson Johnson wins silver.
  • ATHLETICS: India wins silver in 4x400m mixed relay.