Asian Games, Day 12: Gold for Jinson, bronze for Seema Punia and Chitra

The Indian 4x400m women’s relay team clinched its fifth consecutive Asian Games gold medal while Jinson Johnson won the men’s 1500m final race.

Jinson Johnson celebrates after winning the gold medal.   -  PTI

Key highlights from Day 12 action of the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang on Thursday.



  • Men's 1,500m: Jinson Johnson bags gold.
  • Women's 4x400m: India clinches gold. (Hima Das, Saritaben Gayakwad, Poovamma Raju and Vismaya)
  • Men's 4x400m: Silver for India. (Kunhu Muhammed, Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv and Dharun Ayyasamy)
  • Discus throw: Seema Punia wins the bronze medal.
  • Women's 1,500m: Chitra Unnikrishnan wins the bronze medal.
  • Table Tennis: Mouma Das bows out in the Round of 32 of women's singles.
  • Equestrian: Medal chances unlikely in the jumping individual final.
  • Volleyball: India finishes 12th in volleyball after losing to Myanmar 3-2.
  • Hockey: India loses to Malaysia in the men's semifinal.
  • No major wins for India in cycling, judo and canoe today.


8.40pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sathiyan needed six games to win but he wraps it up 4-2.


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8.19pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sathiyan is in red-hot form. It has just taken him 4 minutes to wrap up the fourth game 11-1. The Indian has a 3-1 lead over the Indonesian now. It is just a matter of time now before Sathiyan storms into the pre-quarterfinals.

8.15pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sathiyan is back in form. He wins the third game 14-12 for a 2-1 lead in this round-of-32 match.

8.07pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Finicky wins the second game and it is all square. Sathiyan loses 9-11.

8.06pm: (HOCKEY): With Pakistan losing to Japan in the second semifinal, India will play Pakistan for the bronze medal. Well, that wasn't the match both the teams would have loved to play!

8.00pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sathiyan is in excellent form. He has wrapped the first set 11-3 in quick time.

7.50pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Next up is Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. He's in action in the round-of-32 men's singles game against Indonesia's Santoso Finicky.

7.43pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Six minutes is all Manika Batra needed to take the fourth set 11-6 and that's a comfortable win for her.


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7.35pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Manika Batra has taken a 4-0 lead in her singles round-of-32 game.



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7.25pm: (ATHLETICS): Kunhu-Dharun-Anas and Arokia Rajiv was the order India went with. A superb third leg by Anas gave India the advantage over Japan. Arokia then did a great final run to keep India in the second position.

7.20pm: (ATHLETICS): Men's 4x400m — India wins Silver! Qatar finishes first with an Asian record and India did well to come second, just ahead of Japan.


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7.10pm: (ATHLETICS): Men's 4x400m final up next, with India's team comprising Kunhu Muhammed, Muhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv and Dharun Ayyasamy.

6.56pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's 4x400m — Gold for India! Hima Das went first and gave India a good lead, which the other three maintained till the end to clinch India's 13th gold medal at this Asian Games. Brave tactics from India by sending the best runner first but it paid off well at the end.

6.48pm: (ATHLETICS): The women's 4x400m final is up next, where India is the defending champion. Hima Das, Saritaben Gayakwad, Poovamma Raju and Vismaya will be in action.

6.24pm: (ATHLETICS): 5,000m final — No medal for India in this category as Bahrain takes the top two spots as Lakshmanan Govindan finishes fifth.

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6.24pm: (ATHLETICS): Lakshmanan Govindan will be in action soon in the men's 5,000m.

6.05pm: (ATHLETICS): Men's 1,500m — Jinson Johnson wins the gold medal. That's India's sixth gold medal in Athletics at this Asian Games. Manjit Singh finished fourth.


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6.05pm: (ATHLETICS): Men's 1,500m — Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh will be in action soon.

6.05pm: (HOCKEY): Heartbreak for India as it is ousted in the semifinal and Malaysia progresses to the final. More information on our hockey blog.

5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's 1,500m — Bronze medal for Chitra Unnikrishnan! That's the second bronze medal in the last few minutes.


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5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's discus throw — Seema Punia finishes third and bags the bronze medal! Kumari Sandeep finishes fifth.


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5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's 1,500m  has started. Chitra Unnikrishnan and Monika Chaudhary are in action.

5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's discus throw — Both Seema Punia and Kumari Sandeep have fouled in their fifth attempts but they stay third and fifth respectively.

5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's discus throw — Seema Punia's fourth attempt is 61.28m while Kumari Sandeep has fouled in her fourth attempt. Seema stays at third while Kumari is at fifth.


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5.37pm: (HOCKEY): For the second time in the match, Malaysia has equalised! Catch all the updates on our hockey blog.

5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's discus throw — Seema Punia betters her initial mark in the third attempt with 62.26m, stays in third position. Kumari Sandeep also better her mark but stays fifth with 54.61m in her third attempt.

5.23pm: (ATHLETICS): Women's discus throw — Seema Punia and Sandeep Kumari have fouled with her second attempts.

5.15pm: (ATHLETICS): Women’s discus throw — Seema Punia and Sandeep Kumari are in action and have finished their first throws. Their mark is 58.51m and 53.20m respectively.

5.11pm: (HOCKEY): End-to-end stuff in the men's semifinal. Malaysia found an equaliser in the third quarter but India retakes the lead seconds later. It has been an exciting, open game and you can catch all the LIVE updates on our hockey blog.

5.00pm: (HOCKEY): Harmanpreet Singh scores and India has made a breakthrough in its semifinal against Malaysia! More information on our LIVE blog.

4.45pm: (ATHLETICS): We have action in multiple categories starting in a few minutes. Here are the list of events:

  • Women’s Discus Throw (5:10 pm) — Kumari Sandeep, Seema Punia
  • Women’s 1500m (5:50 pm) — Chitra Unnikrishnan Palakeezh, Monika Chaudhary
  • Men’s 1500m (6:05 pm) — Jinson Johnson, Manjit Singh
  • Men’s 5000m (6:30 pm) — Lakshmanan Govindan
  • Women’s 4 x 400m Relay  (6:50 pm)
  • Men’s 4 x 400m Relay (7:10 pm)

4.31pm: (HOCKEY): India and Malaysia are tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Catch all the our LIVE Hockey updates here.

4.10pm: (SEPAKTAKRAW): India lost to Thailand 2-0 its Women’s Quadrant Preliminary group B match. India has lost all four of its group matches.


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3:45 pm: (HOCKEY): It is time for the blockbuster hockey semifinal between India and Malaysia. Catch all our LIVE hockey updates here.

3:15 pm: It has been a dull day for India at the Asian Games so far, but all that might change in the evening. India has been on a rampage in hockey and today's semifinal against Malaysia will probably be its tougest yet. Will the men's team follow the women into the final? The match begins at 4:00pm IST. Stay tuned for our live coverage. Athletics action starts soon after and India will look to add to its already impressive tally from the track and field events. Wednesday's heroes Jinson Johnson and Manjit Singh will be in action today, so will veteran Seema Punia. Keep watching this space for the updates.

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2:58 pm: (KURASH): End of India's campaign in Kurash today. Danish Sharma loses his quarterfinal match 0-10 to Kuwait's Husein Misri.

2:47 pm: (CYCLING): 18-year-old Manjeet Singh has been eliminated in the men's Omnium category.

2:22 pm: (TABLE TENNIS): Sharath Kamal wraps up a 4-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5) win over Pakistan's Muhammad Asim Qureshi to enter the Round of 16 in the men's category.

2:10 pm (TABLE TENNIS):  Sharath is cruising against the 52-year-old Pakistani! The Indian has already pocketed the first two games 11-4, 11-8.

2:05 pm (TABLE TENNIS): After tasting success with the men's team and in mixed doubles competition (bronze in both), Sharath Kamal is looking to add to his tally as he begins his singles campaign against Pakistan's Muhammad Asim Qureshi in a Round-of-32 match. 

1:45 pm (KURASH): With Divesh losing to Uzbekistan's Yakhyo Imamov 0-10, Danish Sharma (90 kg)  is the only Indian remaining in contention for a medal in Kurash today.  

1:30pm ( KURASH): India's Danish Sharma has made it to the quarterfinals with a dominating 10-0 win over Mohanad Abueida of Palestine.

1:27 pm (SQUASH): After looking unstoppable in its first four matches, the Indian women's team goes down to Hong Kong 2-1 in its last Pool B match. With the loss, India has been pushed to the second position in the table and will face Pool A topper Malaysia in the semifinals on Friday.

1:23 pm (KURASH): Amisha Tokas goes down to Vietnam's Thi Lan Nguyen 0-5 in another Round of 16 match in the women's 78 kg category.

1:04 pm (KURASH): One unstable move on the opponent and Jyoti Tokas crashes out in the Round of 16 with a 0-10 loss to Turkmenistan's Mariya Lohova in the women's 78kg category.


1:05pm (VOLLEYBALL): Indian men's team finishes 12th in volleyball after losing to Myanmar 3-2 ( 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-15, 13-15)  in the 11-12 classification match.

1:00pm (KURASH): Danish Sharma and Jyoti Tokas have progressed to the pre-quarterfinals and will shortly be in action on the mat again.  Danish Sharma defeated Indonesia's Muhammad Alfais 3-0 in the men's 90 kg category while Jyoti trumped Thailand's Prawanwit Meesri 1-0 in the women's 78kg category.

12:40 pm (VOLLEYBALL): India is hanging in there. It has won the fourth set 25-15 and the 15-point fifth-set will decide if India finishes 11th or 12th in Volleyball.

12:30 pm  It was a tough day for race-walk athletes in Jakarta. With air quality index suggesting a dangerous high of 163, stifling heat and humidity made it all the more tough for the 50-km race walkers. Indonesia's Hendro had to be carried from the finish line on a stretcher. More on that here. 

12:19 pm (VOLLEYBALL): Myanmar is making life tough for Indiaback at it again as it takes the lead by winning the third set 27-25.

11:53 am (VOLLEYBALL): India makes a comeback to claim the second set 25-18 against Myanmar.

11:30 am (VOLLEYBALL): India is playing Myanmar in the 11-12 Classification match.. and has already lost the first set 21-25.

11:27 am (SQUASH): Indian women's team will finish its Pool B assignment with the match against Hong Kong, currently underway at the GBK Sports Complex in Jakarta. India has already qualified for the semifinals with four successive wins. 

11:20 am (CYCLING): Aleena Reji's campaign was halted by Games record-breaking cyclist Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong in the pre-quarters of women's sprint.  Deborah, who finished 12th in the qualification, bowed out in the 1/8 finals with a loss to Lee Hoi Yan Jessica.

11:15 am (TABLE TENNIS): Mouma Das crashes out with a 4-0  (6-11, 5-11, 6-11, 6-11) loss to Chinese Taipei's Chen Szu-Yu.  It was a complete domination from the World No. 26.  

11:09 am (TABLE TENNIS): It is going to be difficult for Mouma Das to make a comeback. She loses the third game 6-11 and will have to win the next game to stay alive. Mouma Das held a short lead in the first game. It has been downhill run for her since then.

11:02 am (TABLE TENNIS):  A not so happy start for the Indian campaign in the singles. Chinese Taipei's Chen Szu-Yu has already run away with the first two games against Mouma Das. Chen leads 2-0 (11-6, 11-5). Just a reminder, the singles competition will always be a best-of-seven affair, unlike the doubles where the matches were a best-of-five till the quarterfinals.

10:55 am (TABLE TENNIS): Mouma Das kickstarts India's action in Table Tennis with a Round of 32 match against Chinese Taipei's Chen Szu-Yu (World No. 26).

10:46 am (TABLE TENNIS): After bronze medals in both the men's team and the mixed doubles, India's table tennis stars will start with their singles campaign today. Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das are among the paddlers who will be in action.

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10:34 am (EQUESTRIAN): The Setalvad brothers, Zahan Kevic and Kaevaan Kevic finish in the 30th and 36th position, respectively in the round 1 of the jumping individual final. Only Zahan Kevic finds a place in the top 25 and makes it to the Round 2 final.

10:06 am (CYCLING): Manjeet Singh finishes 16th in the men's omnium tempo race with zero points and is placed 17th in the overall standings with 20 points. The cyclists will now move onto the elimination race before determining the entrants for the points race.

9:47 am (KAYAK): Soniya Devi Phairembam finished eighth and in the final place with a time of 2:20:606 in the 500m women's singles race. Noacha Singh Laitonjam and Ching Singh Arambam also finished in the final place in their men's 1000m doubles race. The Indian duo finished with a time of 3:48:627.

9:42 am (CANOE): Gaurav Tomar and Sunil Singh Salam finish sixth in the Final A of the men's Double 1000m.


9:32 am (JUDO): Garima Choudhary, India's lone participant in the women's 70-kg category, loses to Uzbekistan's Gulnoza Matniyazova. The Uzbek secured a victory courtesy of an Ippon.

In case you didn't know, Ippon is the highest form of scoring in Judo which decides the winner of a contest. A successful throw or a pin is awarded with an Ippon.

9:20 am (JUDO): Harshdeep Singh Brar's run comes to an end in the Round of 16 of the men's 81-kg category. The Indian loses to South Korea's Lee Seungsu after suffering three penalties which gave his opponent an Ippon. Earlier today, Harshdeep defeated Sri Lanka's Uwarapaksha Gedara in the round of 32.

9:07 am (CYCLING): Chaoba Devi Elangbam fails to qualify for the finals of the women's 3000m individual pursuit after she finished last in the qualification round with a time of 4:05:298

8:37 am (CYCLING): Aleena Reji and Deborah have tough tasks ahead after their women's sprint qualification. Aleena will take on Hong Kong's Lee Wai Sze, who qualified in first with the Games record time of 10.583.  Deborah, who finished 12th, will race against Lee Hoi Yan Jessica in the round of 16.

8:28 am (KAYAK): More disappointment at th start of the day for the Indian contingent.  India finished last in the standings in the Kayak (K4) 500m Men's final.


8:21 am (CANOE): The Indian women's team of Anjali Bashishth and Inaocha Devi Mayanglambam finished 8th in the Canoe 500m women's double Final A race.


Earlier in the day, Sandeep Kumar was disqualified from the 50km walk after he lost contact with the ground thrice during the race. He was placed third when he received his third green card halfway into the race.

Swapna Barman's gold medal feat in the women's heptathlon was the biggest highlight of the day 11. Arpinder Singh ended a 48-year wait for a men's triple jump gold medal. Dutee Chand bagged her second silver medal of the Games in the 200m sprint.  (Here's what happened yesterday)

Here are the major highlights of day 11:


  • 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.

  • HOCKEY: Indian women's team beat China 1-0 to enter the final for the first time in 20 years.

  • 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.