The poor run of India's Taekwondo players continued at the Asian Games as all the three fighters in the reckoning today, Surendra Bhandari, Chandan Lakra and Srishit Singh, crashed out of their respective events.
Bhandari was first to suffer defeat when he lost his opening round 7-8 in the men's 63kg category to Kazakhstan's Darkhan Kassymkulov. Lakra then raised hopes of winning a medal in men's 68 kg category by winning his first round bout but fizzled out in the quarter-finals.
Lakra beat Malaysia's Omar Sidek Mohd Afifudin 6-2 but then lost to Mongolia's Naranchimeg Erdenebaatar 7-19 in the last-eight stage.
A lot was expected from Srishti Singh in the women's Under 62kg category as a win in quarter-finals would have assured her a bronze but she lost 5-7 to Jordan's Shaden Thweib.
Yesterday also four Indian Taekwondo players had failed to reach medal rounds after good starts. Latika Bhandari (53kg) and Y Shantibala Devi (57kg) had bowed out in women's quarterfinals while P Anand (80kg) and Sandeep Kundu (87kg) crashed out of men's singles, yesterday.
Now India's hopes are on Sunil Kumar in the men's 54 kg and Kamineni Srilakshmi in the women's over 73 kg category.
Sunil will open his campaign against Bhutan's Sherpa Lakpa Tashi while Srilakshmi will clash with Korea's Oh Jungah.