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Asian Games 2018, Day 9 as it happened: PV Sindhu, Neeraj Chopra bag top honours on eventful day for India

Day 9 of Asian Games 2018, as it happened: Neeraj Chopra was at his absolute best as he bagged gold in javelin throw. Also, athletes Sudha Singh, Dharun Ayyasamy, and Neena Varakil added 3 silver medals.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 27, 2018 23:44 IST

Neeraj Chopra was at his absolute best as he bagged gold in javelin throw. Also, athletes Sudha Singh, Dharun Ayyasamy, and Neena Varakil added 3 silver medals.

PV Sindhu entered the finals of the women’s singles badminton event on Day 9 of the Asian Games 2018 even as Saina Nehwal got a bronze medal after losing in straight games to Tai Tzu Ying. Hockey has been a delight to watch at the games and Indian women beat Thailand in their last Pool B game to enter the semi-finals.

Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018 was a good one for India Hima Das, Muhammed Anas and Dutee Chand all won silver in their respective events. Neeraj Chopra, India’s flag bearer for the event will be in action in Javelin and so will be Shivpal Singh later today. India won three bronze in squash and the team will look to emulate success in the team event; both men and women are in action on Day 9 of the event. (Medal Tally) (India at the Games)

21:15 hrs IST

Indeed an upset in table tennis

Sathiyan G (#33) v Jin Ueda (#28) 11-9, 11-9, 11-7

Sharath Kamal (#39) v Kenta Matsudaira (#19) 11-8, 12-10, 11-8

Harmeet Desai (#99) v Masaki Yoshida (#57) 11-9, 12-14, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11

Sathiyan G (#33) v Kenta Matsudaira (#19) 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4

21:06 hrs IST

This is HUGE! India beat Japan in table tennis, assured of a medal.

History created, India have never won a medal in table tennis at the Asiad

20:59 hrs IST

Drama in table tennis

India are leading 2-1 against Japan in the quarterfinals. Sathiyan steps in to battle world no 19 Kenta Matsudaira

20:35 IST

Japan fight back against India

Japan have halved India’s lead to make it 2-1 in Table Tennis quarter-finals. Masaki Yoshida beats Harmeet Desai 9-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 in the third match of the tie.

19:58 hrs IST

Huge huge update from table tennis

Sharath Kamal has beaten world No 19 Kenta Matsudaira and India have a 2-0 lead against Japan. They are one win away from ensuring a medal.

And, this is historic as they have never got a medal in Asian games.

19:49 hrs IST

Sudha Singh wins, Sudha Singh then hits out

19:26 hrs IST

Boxers doing India proud

Dheeraj Rangi through to QF (64kg) with 3-0 win

19:21 hrs IST

Day gets better in Athletes

Manjit Singh makes a late surge to qualify for Final of 800m as he finished 2nd in Heats clocking 1:48.64

he will join compatriot Jinson Johnson in Final.

19:14 hrs IST

Table tennis - It is getting really close

India trail 1-2 against Hong Kong after Mouma Das loses a tough match against Wai Yam Minnie. Can Manika Batra keep them in the tie?

18:59 hrs IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates

18:57 hrs IST


18:38 hrs IST

GOLD MEDAL ALERT! Neeraj Chopra bags Gold

This has been some show by the 20-year old. Consistent, powerful, and now a champion. He hit a personal best, a national record and now walks away with the Gold.

The only Indian to ever win a medal in javelin at the Asian Games was Gurtej Singh who won a bronze at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.

18:32 hrs IST

MEDAL ALERT! Neena Varakil wins SILVER

Amazing performance by the Indian athlete, consistent all the way through, never tapered off. Proud holder of the silver medal.

18: 28 hrs IST

Not very positive news from the men’s steeplechase

Shankar Lal Swami finishes 8th Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final clocking 8:43.43

18:08 hrs IST

Serious Medal hope - Women’s Long Jump

Neena Varakil at 2nd spot now (6.50m)

18:00 hrs IST


Another athlete, another stunning run. India bag another medal.

17:58 hrs IST

Chopra, you beauty

He runs in and hurls 88.06, this is his personal best

17:50 hrs IST

Women’s 3000m steeplechase final begins

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final about to start folks featuring Sudha Singh & Chinta Yadav

17:43 hrs IST

Boxing alert - India on the charge

Amit Panghal beat Mongolia’s Kharkhuu 5-0 to move to the quarter-finals of the 49kg category.

17:35 hrs IST

MEDAL ALERT! Dharun Ayyasamy wins SILVER in 400m hurdles

Stunning run by the Indian as he completes his run in 48.96 seconds

17:29 hrs IST

Women’s Long Jump update after 1st attempt:

Neena Varakil at 3rd spot (6.41m)

Nayana james at 10th spot (6.08m)

17:22 hrs IST

Javelin update: Neeraj Chopra notches up 83.46 with the first throw

Superb start by the young man, he takes the lead right at the outset.

17:19 hrs IST

Disappointment for India in 400m hurdles

India’s Jauna Murmu & Anu Raghavan both miss out on a medal

17:12 hrs IST

Final - Women’s long jump begins

India’s Neena Varakil and Nayana James in action

17:09 hrs IST

No room for complacency

Chopra’s toughest competition will come from Chinese Taipei’s Chao Tsun-Cheng who holds the Asian record of 91.36m.

16:53 hrs IST

Neeraj Chopra - A serious medal hope

The young man is only 20, but has done enough to pin his name right up there with the best.

He was the first Indian to win a gold medal at the World Championships when he won 2016 gold at the World Youth Championships.

He has been in steady form this year and has consistently thrown the javelin beyond the 85m mark and also has set a new national record of 87.43 at the Doha Diamond League in May.

How can we not be excited?

16:49 hrs IST

For Dutee Chand, winning the medal was more than a position on the podium

“When I lose, they’ll say, Dutee has grown old. Her age is against her. When I win a medal, they think it’s hyperandrogenism”

Read about her journey here.

16:40 hrs IST

Saurav Ghoshal reacts after his feat

16:12 hrs IST

Table Tennis victory

India beat Vietnam 3-0 in men’s Team Group D Table Tennis for their third win. India’s only loss in the group stage was against Chinese Taipei.

15:57 hrs IST

Vikas Krishan through in boxing

Chasing a third successive Asian Games medal, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) made a strong start, out-punching Pakistan’s Tanveer Ahmed in his pre-quarterfinal bout. Vikas, who won a gold in 2010 and a bronze in 2014, prevailed 5-0 after a dominating performance in which his right hooks stood out.

15:49 hrs IST

Sindhu’s strategy

PV Sindhu will have a tough challenge in the women’s singles badminton final as she will take on World No. 1 Tai Tzu Yin of Chinese Taipei. However, the 23-year old has a plan to beat her opponent. “I have a strategy in place for her. It should be a good match,” said Sindhu, who has not beaten Tzu Ying in their last five meetings.

15:42 hrs IST

Impressive achievement

Behdad Salimikordasiabi became only the third weightlifter in history to complete a hat-trick of Asian Games golds after vanquishing doping cheat Saeid Alihosseini in a battle of the Iranian giants.

15:37 hrs IST

PM Modi wishes Saina

Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated former world number one Saina Nehwal for clinching the first ever medal for India in Women’s Singles Badminton category.

15:27 hrs IST

India end on winning note

Already out of reckoning, Indian men ended their campaign on a positive note, beating Nepal 2-0 in the last group B regu match of Sepak Takraw competition.

15:21 hrs IST

India start well in Table Tennis

India’s G Sathiyan wins the first match 6-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-4, 11-2 against Vietnam’s An Tu Nguyen.

15:16 hrs IST

More trouble for Japan baseball team

Japan’s turbulent Asian Games basketball tournament, which saw four players sent home in disgrace, came to an end on Monday when they were beaten 93-67 by Iran in the quarter-finals.

15:08 hrs IST

Vikas Krishan wins

Vikas Krishan has defeated Pakistan’s Tanveer Ahmed by unanimous decision!

15:05 hrs IST

India dominate in table tennis

The Indian men’s table tennis team blanked Macau 3-0 in their Pool D encounter.

Manav Thakkar defeated Ian Tin Mak 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 to steer India to a 3-0 victory.

Earlier, the seasoned Anthony Amalraj gave India a 1-0 lead courtesy his 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 facile triumph over Chun Wang.

Harmeet Desai next got the better of Zikang Xiao 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3 to extend India’s lead to 2-0.

15:00 hrs IST

Sindhu creates history

PV Sindhu on Monday scripted history as she became the first Indian to cement her spot in the final of the Women’s Singles Event. Read the full story here.

14:57 hrs IST

Prize for Dutee Chand

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore for sprinter Dutee Chand for winning the silver medal in the 100 meter event.

14:53 hrs IST

Boxing up next

It’s India vs Pakistan as Vikas Krishan takes on Tanveer Ahmed in the 75kg boxing.

14:40 hrs IST

No luck in Sailing and Cycling

The Indian men’s team has finished a disappointing 10th in the men’s Team Pursuit Cycling Track event. They finished at the bottom of the pile and have failed to qualify for the next round.

India hasn’t fared well in sailing as well with the team finishing in the 8th spot in Mixed RS One Race 10.

14:34 hrs IST

Eyes on Sudha Singh in 3000m steeplechase

Another Indian athlete who could bring in a medal later today is Sudha Singh. Singh shot to limelight by winning the gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, but finished a disappointing 4th in Inheon in 2014. She will be looking to get back on to the medal podium this time around. At 32, many consider her to be past her prime but Singh is quietly confident of proving the detractors wrong.

14:28 hrs IST

India’s big javelin hope - Neeraj Chopra

The men’s javelin throw final is slated to take place later in the evening on Monday and wonderboy Neeraj Chopra is the big Indian hope in the event. Neeraj has a personal best of 87.43 metres and that puts him in the second spot, interms of personal bests, among all the athletes who will be competing in the final. Neeraj has already bagged the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and will be looking to add another gold to his kitty. The other Indian in the fray is Shivpal Singh, who has a personal best of 82.28 metres. In athletics, it often comes down to the performance of the athlete on the day of the final and India would hope that these two fine young talents can produce their best today.

14:08 hrs IST

Disappointment in Karate

India’s Vishal has lost his men’s 84 kg quarter-final bout against Uzbekistan’s Akhatov Shakhboz 0-8. It was a thorough professional performance from the Uzbek athlete, who didn’t give any chance to the Indian.

14:00 hrs IST

Sindhu adds another feather to her cap

PV Sindhu has already made history by becoming the first ever Indian player to reach the finals of a badminton singles event but the girl from Hyderabad will be eager to go a step further and win the gold medal. She will have a tough fight at her hands as she will be up against the top seeded Tai Tzu Ying but this is Sindhu’s chance to make up for so many heartbreaks. She has lost in the final of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and has gone down in the summit clash of the World Championships twice. This is her chance to make amends and start a new chapter in her career. Here is a look at Sindhu’s top achievements.

PV Sindhu reaches Asian Games 2018 final – A look at her greatest achievements

13:51 hrs IST

India win in women’s hockey

India beat Thailand 5-0 in their final Pool match and are through to the semi-finals. They have scored an amazing 38 goals in the Pool stage thus far!

13:38 hrs IST

Hockey update

India are leading Thailand 2-0 in their final Pool game with 10 minutes left in the final quarter.

13:30 hrs IST

Squash update

India beat Iran comfortably in a women’s team event Pool B match.

13:20 hrs IST

Karate update

India’s Vishal lost to Uzbekistan’s Shakhboz Akhatov 8-0 in the men’s 84kg quarter-final

13:05 hrs IST

Table tennis update

The Indian men’s table tennis team beat Macau 3-0 in first group game.

12:55 hrs IST

Wishes pour in for Sindhu

12:50 hrs IST

Hockey update

India 0-0 Thailand after the first quarter in the women’s Pool B match.

12:45 hrs IST

Squash update

India beat Indonesia 3-0 in men’s team Pool B match

12:40 hrs IST

Sindhu makes history

That’s it! Sindhu wins the deciding game 21-10 and has become the first Indian to enter the finals of singles badminton in the Asian Games, either male or female.

12:35 hrs IST

Volleyball update

India lose18-25, 19-25, 9-25 to China in a Women’s Pool B match.

12:32 hrs IST

Sindhu ahead at the break

Sindhu leads 11-7 at the break. She’s just 10 points away from making history!

12:19 hrs IST

Yamaguchi levels match

Well we have quite the game on our hands here. Yamaguchi looked down and out at 10-6 down but fought back hard and clinched the game 21-15. Quite the turnaround.

12:09 hrs IST

Yamaguchi leads in the break

Well that was a shocker. Sindhu was 10-6 ahead at one point but due to unforced errors and some good play from Yamaguchi, the Japanese is ahead at the break.

11:53 hrs IST

Sindhu takes first game

Sindhu wobbled ever so slightly but she sealed the first game 21-17. One game away from pulling off a a historic feat of being the first Indian to make the badminton singles finals at the Asian Games.

11:43 hrs IST

Sindhu leads at the break

PV Sindhu is ahead 11-8 at the break of the first game. So far so good from the Indian.

11:30 hrs IST

PV Sindhu’s semi underway

Sindhu is up against old adversary Akane Yamaguchi. Can she ensure at least a silver medal for India in badminton? We will find out shortly.

11:25 hrs IST

Saina Nehwal’s woeful run against Tai Tzu Ying goes on

This is the 10th straight defeat Saina has tasted at the hands of Ying. The last time she beat the Chinese Taipei player? 2013. Read our report here.

11:17 hrs IST

Table tennis update

India are playing Macau in a men’s team event and are leading 2-0.

11:09 hrs IST

Saina gets bronze

It wasn’t to be for the Indian. She played well but Ying was on top for large portions of the game and she stayed there; she is almost unstoppable in such form and so it proved. Saina will settle for a bronze medal.

11:01 hrs IST

Saina behind at the break again

Saina is again behind at the break 11-10. Can she somehow mount a fightback and take the match to a deciding game?

10:50 hrs IST

Tai Tzu Ying wins first game

Saina fought back hard in the early parts of the game but Ying found another level after the break and clinched the first game 21-17. Uphill task for Saina now.

10:42 hrs IST

Saina trails at the break

Saina is behind at the break but only just at 11-10. This has been an evenly contested match thus far, very little between the two stars.

10:30 hrs IST

Saina’s match underway

The excitement is palpable here. Saina’s match against Tai Tzu Ying has begun!

10:10 hrs IST

India make canoeing semis

India finished second in the repechage of the men’s TBR 1000m event, and will now take part in the semi-final.

10:05 hrs IST

India win in sepaktakraw

India comfortably won the second set 21-15 to register a win over Nepal.

10:00 hrs IST

Saina Nehwal in action shortly.

India’s Saina Nehwal will face off against Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s singles badminton semi-final soon. Even a loss ensures Saina a bronze but she will be keen to make the final.

09:45 hrs IST

India lead 1-0 in sepaktakraw

India beat Nepal 21-5 and lead the match.

09:40 hrs IST

Sepaktakraw update

India are currently leading Nepal 16-5 in the first set.

09:20 hrs IST

Canoeing update

In the men’s TBR 1000m event, India finished in the fifth position in heat 2, but will be a part of the repechage.

08:50 hrs IST

Karate update

India’s Sharath Kumar Jayendran loses 0-1 To Korea’s Muil Kim in men’s -75kg 1/16 final.

08:15 hrs IST

Sindhu, Saina lead medal hopes

PV Sindhu will play Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles badminton semi-final while Saina Nehwal will play Tai Tzu Ying in her semis bout. All competitors are assured of medals.

07:30 hrs IST

Day 8 recap

India didn’t add any more gold medals to their tally on Day 8 of the Asian Games, but did assure themselves of a few more medals while also winning some, notably in Equestrian and track-and-field events. Read a full recap of yesterday’s action here. For Day 8 highlights, click here. To see the best of Day 8 in pictures, click here.

07:10 hrs IST

More Equestrian medals on the way?

Indian riders are currently taking part in the qualification for two Equestrian events - jumping team and jumping individual. Remember, India won two silver medals in the sport yesterday; can we expect one or two more today? More updates on that as they become available.

07:00 hrs IST

Welcome to Day 9

Hello everyone, and welcome to the 9th day (phew!) of the Asian Games 2018. The past few days have been eventful to say the least and one can only hope things continue to be the same for the remainder of the Games.