Paramjeet Samota assured India of a medal after punching his way into the semifinals of super heavyweight category while Suranjoy Singh survived a tense bout to book a berth in the quarters of flyweight division in boxing at the here on Thursday.
Samota, who got a first round bye in the nine-boxer +91kg competition, won a one-sided bout as his flurry of punches proved too much for his South Korean opponent Park Sungkeun, which forced the referee to stop the contest in the second round.
Dipika, Joshna storm into quarters
India's Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal began their women's singles campaign in style, scoring comfortable wins to enter the squash quarterfinals on Thursday. Dipika defeated Jinyue Gu of China 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 in the opening round. Joshna also won in straight sets over Jemyca Aribado of Phillipines 11-6, 11-7, 11-4.
Sania breezes into second round
After missing the team event due to an ear infection, India's best tennis medal hope Sania Mirza breezed into the singles second round with a straight-set demolition of Hong Kong's Chan Wing Yau Venise. Unseeded Sania needed 50 minutes to whip Chan 6-1, 6-0 with her booming forehands and effective backhands to book a meeting with Chinese sixth seed Zhang Shuai.
Rashid tied 3rd
Indian golfer Rashid Khan brought home an improved card of four-under 68 to lie tied third after the second round on Thursday. Rashid sank as many as seven birdies against three bogeys to take his two-day total to five-under 139, three strokes behind the leader Luis Miguel.