India assured of four medals from wushu players

Five Indians wushu represents took the mat in different categories of the sanda competition and four won their respective events to be assured of a medal each.

Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (R) will clash against Iran's Erfan Ahangarian in the semifinal on Wednesday.   -  AFP

India was assured of at least four medals in wushu competition of the Asian Games with four out of five represents reaching the semifinals on Tuesday.

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Five Indians took the field in different categories of sanda competition and four won their respective events to be assured of at least a medal each. All the semifinals will be held on Wednesday and the losing semifinalists will be awarded a bronze each.

Naorem Roshibini Devi was the first on the day to book a semifinal berth after beating Mubashra of Pakistan 2-0 in the women’s sanda 60kg quarterfinals. She will face Cai Yingying of China in the semifinals.

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Santosh Kumar then beat Phithak Paokrathok 2-1 of Thailand in a close quarterfinal fight of the men’s sanda 56kg category to book a last-four berth and be assured of a medal. He will meet Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam in the semifinals.

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 will take on Erfan Ahangarian of Iran in the next stage.

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The fourth Indian to be assured of a medal was Narender Grewal, who beat Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan 2-0 in men’s sanda 65kg quarterfinal match. He will face Sem Foroud Zafari of Iran in the semifinals.

The only Indian to lose in the quarterfinals was Pardeep Kumar, who went down 1-2 to Puja Riyaya of Indonesia in men’s sanda 70kg quarterfinals.