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Hurdlers, boxer triumph, India's gold tally now at 10

other Updated: Nov 25, 2010 17:42 IST

Boxer Vikas Krishnan added one more gold to India's medal tally at the Asian Games as he won in the 60kg category. Earlier hurdlers Ashwini Chidananda and Joseph Abraham won individual gold medals in 400 metres.

The Indian men's hockey team and talented middle distance runner Tintu Luka bagged the bronze as India added four more medals to their kitty at the Asian Games on Thursday.

Mausam Khatri also had his moment of glory by winning the bronze in men's 96kg freestyle wrestling event to make amends for the otherwise disappointing show by his colleagues on the mat.

With the addition of four more medals, India's medal haul climbed to eight gold, 13 silver and 29 bronze on an eventful day which saw the men's and women's kabaddi teams keeping themselves on course for the coveted gold.

Ashwini took centre stage as she snatched the gold in the women's 400 m hurdles with a timing of 56.15 to give India their 8th gold medal in the Games.

Young Tintu Luka won the bronze medal in 800 metres event but team-mate Sinimole Paulose finished a disappointing seventh. Luka, a protegee of former sprint champion PT Usha, clocked 2:01.36 while Paulose timed 2:06.95.

Luka led the pack right from the start, but couldn't keep pace in the last 50 metres.

The Indian men's hockey team lifted itself from the disappointment of missing a final berth and clinched the bronze medal after defeating four-time champions South Korea in the third-place playoff.

India beat the 2002 and 2006 champions with a lone second half goal through Tushar Khandekar to end their campaign on a better note than four years ago in Doha where they ended up a poor fifth.

Having their dreams of winning the gold destroyed by the 3-4 defeat against Malaysia in the semifinals, the Rajpal Singh-led side outsmarted the fitter and faster Koreans.

By virtue of this bronze, India ended their eight year-long medal drought in the quadrennial event after having finished on the podium (silver) last in the 2002 Busan Games.

India's win also ended double defending champions South Korea's honeymoon in Asian Games hockey. This is the first instance since the 1986 Seoul Games that they finished without a medal.