Bajrang Punia wins gold.(HT Photo)
Bajrang Punia wins gold.(HT Photo)

Asian Games 2018, Day 1 highlights: Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold, Chandela-Kumar win bronze - as it happened

Bajrag Punia gave India the first Gold as he won the men’s freestyle 65kg final, by defeating Japan’s Takatani Daichi. Pawan Kumar faced Uitumen Orgodol for the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86 kg category but was unsuccessful. Sushil Kumar suffered a shock defeat in his first bout against Bahrain’s Adam Batirov as there was no swiftness in the veteran’s movement and now, his fortunes hinge on the progress of Batirov. India got off the mark on the first day of the Asian Games 2018 as the shooters - Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar - bagged bronze in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. (FULL ASIAN GAMES 2018 COVERAGE)

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Manish K Pathak & Shayne Dias
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 06:27 PM IST
21:04 hrs IST

Close of Day 1

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20:46 hrs IST

Pawan loses hard-fought match

Pawan fought hard but he could not outdo Orgodol, who triumphed 8-1.

20:37 hrs IST

Pawan Kumar in action

Pawan Kumar is facing Uitumen Orgodol for the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86 kg category. Can he go the distance?

20:33 hrs IST

Stat attack

Bajrang Punia has become the fourth Indian wrestler to win a gold in the city of Jakarta. The previous three came in 1962, two in Freestyle and one in Greco-Roman. The winners? Maruti Mane, Malwa Singh and Ganpat Andhalkar.

20:11 hrs IST

India start hockey campaign with win

The Indian women’s hockey team has registered a thumping 8-0 win against Indonesia in their first match at the Asian Games. What a performance that was!

20:00 hrs IST

Punia delivers on promise

Before the Asian Games 2018, Punia had spoken to HT and this is what we had to say: “Last time we had medals in Asian Games, this time our aim is to bring more medals. It would be good if we get two to three gold in wrestling, last time there was only one.”

19:55 hrs IST

Sehwag lauds Punia

19:49 hrs IST

Bajrang Punia strikes gold

In case you missed it, Bajrang Punia won India’s first gold of the Asian Games 2018. You can read all about that in some detail here.

19:40 hrs IST

Day not done

Punia has won gold, and soon Pawan Kumar will have a chance to earn a bronze medal.

19:32 hrs IST

Punia wins gold in hard-fought final!

Punia took an early lead but Takatani fought back. However, Punia rallied and defended well and India’s first gold medal has been won! Punia beats Takatani 11-8 in the final.

19:25 hrs IST

Punia vs Takatani underway

The gold medal bout has begun! Punia is already 4-0 up.

19:19 hrs IST

Punia’s bout next

In just a few short minutes, Bajrang Punia’s gold medal bout vs Daichi Takatani in the men’s freestyle 65 kg wrestling will be underway.

19:13 hrs IST

Indian women lead 6-0 at half-time

India lead 6-0 - you read that right - against Indonesia in their women’s hockey encounter. In other news, Bajrang Punia’s 65 kg men’s freestyle bout will begin shortly.

19:05 hrs IST

India dominate Indonesia

Lalremsiami makes it 5-0 to India in the women’s hockey game. In an interview with HT before the tournament, skipper Rani exuded confidence when asked about her team’s chances. You can see that video here.

19:00 hrs IST

Gurjit Kaur strikes again, India lead 4-0

Another penalty corner, another goal for Gurjit. India are on their way to register a big win here.

18:52 hrs IST

India dominating Indonesia

India score a third courtesy of Gurjit Kaur right in the beginning of the second quarter.

18:49 hrs IST

India lead Indonesia 2-0 after first quarter

Vandana Katariya doubles the lead of the Indian women towards the end of the first quarter. They are in a good position to win this match.

18:40 hrs IST

Indian women draw first blood

India are currently leading Indonesia 1-0 with 8 minutes of the first quarter played. Udita scored the goal to put India ahead.

18:32 hrs IST

India vs Indonesia in women’s hockey

The Indian women’s hockey team’s match against Indonesia is underway. Starting with a win would be ideal for Sjoerd Marijne’s charges.

18:24 hrs IST

Prakash finishes creditable fifth

Sajan Prakash did well but could only finished fifth with a timing of 1:57.75. The gold was won by Japan’s Daiya Seto, while compatriot Nao Horomura came second. China’s Li Zhuhao finished third.

18:12 hrs IST

Sajan Prakash eyes elusive swimming glory

Right then. Srihari Nataraj couldn’t get a medal in the men’s 100m backstroke, but Sajan Prakash will hope he can win a medal in the men’s 200m butterfly event.

18:10 hrs IST

Wushu alert

In wushu news, India’s Santhaoi Devi Yumnam comes up short against Elaheh Mansoryan Samiroumi, losing 2-0 in the Women’s Sanda 52kg round of 16 match.

18:08 hrs IST

Indian men notch second kabaddi win

After beating Bangladesh 50-21 earlier today, India have now beaten Sri Lanka 44-28 to get their second win of the preliminary stage.

17:59 hrs IST

India dominating Sri Lanka

Meanwhile, India have a 40-24 lead against Sri Lanka in the men’s kabaddi match. Another dominant showing thus far by the men who are among the favourites to win gold.

17:51 hrs IST

Srihari Nataraj bows out

Srihari Nataraj of India put in a gallant show in the final of the men’s 100m backstroke event, finishing seventh out of eight swimmers with a timing of 56.19 seconds. The gold was won by Xu Jiayu of China with an Asian Games record timing of 52.34 seconds.

17:41 hrs IST

Swimming medal hopes

Srihari Nataraj will compete for the gold medal in the men’s 100m backstroke event shortly. Sajan Prakash will later partake in the final of the 200m butterfly event.

17:35 hrs IST

Kabaddi dominance

India have pulled away from Sri Lanka in their kabaddi encounter and are now comfortably ahead. Another win looks very likely at this point.

17:28 hrs IST

India take on Sri Lanka in men’s kabaddi

The Indian men’s hockey team, who beat Bangladesh 50-21 earlier today, are currently level 8-8 with Sri Lanka.

17:18 hrs IST

Kumar, Punia in medal matches

It’s confirmed then. Pawan Kumar beat Fahriansyah in the repechage round 2 and will face Uitumen Orgodol for the bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86 kg category. Bajrang Punia will go for gold vs. Daichi Takatani in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category.

17:04 hrs IST

Pawan Kumar gets medal lifeline

Hassan Yazdani has reached the final of the men’s freestyle 86 kg bout, meaning Pawan Kumar will play in the repechage round and could still win a bronze.

16:40 hrs IST

Punia’s opponent decided

Japan’s Daichi Takatani will face Bajrang Punia in the final of men’s 65kg freestyle after beating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov.

16:33 hrs IST

Can Punia go for gold?

Bajrang Punia won gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year and also won a silver in the previous editions of the Asian Games. A gold on a day when Sushil Kumar suffered an early loss would certainly cement Punia as India’s next big wrestling medal hope for the foreseeable future.

16:27 hrs IST

Bajrang Punia ensures medal

Punia beats Mongolia’s Batmagnai Batchuluun 10-0 to ensure India’s second medal! Let’s hope it is a gold medal.

16:16 hrs IST

India women lose in handball

The Indian women’s handball team lost 21-36 to China in a Group A handball match. India did well in the third period but were completely outplayed in the first two, leading to the loss.

16:02 hrs IST

Pawan Kumar bites the dust

Pawan Kumar loses in the quarter-final of the 86 kg category of men’s freestyle wrestling. He went down tamely to Iran’s Hassan Yazdanicharati 11-0. The repechage bronze is still a possibility though. But that makes one thing certain, Bajrang Punia is India’s only men’s wrestler who can still win a gold medal.

15:46 hrs IST

Sushil eliminated

Sushil Kumar crashes out of Asian Games 2018 as Adam Batirov lost in the quarterfinals. Not a good news for Indian wrestling fans.

15:42 hrs IST

Khatri defeated

No such good news for India as Mausam Khatri is defeated 8-0 in the quarterfinal clash.

15:34 hrs IST

Time for Mausam Khatri

Mausam Khatri take on Magomed Ibragimov in the 97kg quarterfinals. Can he become the second Indian wrestler to reach the semifinals of the tournament.

15:22 hrs IST

Swimming heroes

Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash advanced to the finals of the 100m men’s backstroke and 200m butterfly events respectively at the Asian Games 2018. Not a bad day for Indian swimmers!

15:14 hrs IST

United Korea

The united Korea team, composed of athletes from both North and South Korea, made their first appearance in this year’s Games in the men’s lightweight four rowing event but had a poor start as they finished last in their heat.

15:05 hrs IST

Wrestling medal

The biggest hope for India in wrestling remains Bajrang Punia who entered the semifinals without much difficulty. Pawan Kumar also advanced in the 86kg category while Mausam Khatri got a bye and will face Magomed Ibragimov in the 97kg quarterfinals.

14:52 hrs IST

Punia enters semis

Another emphatic performance from the star grappler, he has now cruised into the semis.

14:52 hrs IST

Update: India win inTennis Mixed Doubles

Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan defeat Alberto Jr Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia 6-4, 6-4.

14:50 hrs IST

Update: Calm Bajrang grapples away

He is a huge medal hope and his performances show why.

Such calmness on the mat!

14:44 hrs IST

Update: Pawaan Kumar wins

The Indian beats Vuthy Heng 8-0 in Men’s Freestyle 86 kg 1/8 Finals

14:38 hrs IST

Update: Sandeep loses

Unfortunately for India, Sandeep Tomar has to bow out.

14:36 hrs IST

Major problem for Sandeep

He trails 13-6 and looks desperate. Well, the Iranian has been dominant in the second half.

14:31 hrs IST

Update: Wrestling

Great comeback by Sandeep here, he trailed 6-0 and now draws level.

14:27 hrs IST

Sandeep Tomar steps in

After winning the round of 16, there is a lot of expectations from Sandeep.

14:11 hrs IST

Update: Medal tally

China tops with one gold and one silver each

Chinese Taipei and Indonesia are on the second, third spot respectively

India rank fourth with one bronze

13:56 hrs IST

Update: Regu

Indian women’s team go down 3-0 to Korea in the Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group A

13:53 hrs IST

Update: Tennis mixed doubles

Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan bag the first set 6-4 in 38 minutes against the pair of Alberto Jr Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia from Philippines .

13:51 hrs IST

Update: Badminton

Indian men’s badminton team win their match against Maldives 3-0.

On expected lines.

13:26 hrs IST

Update: Bajrang bulldozes ahead

He screamed ahead to 13 points and wins the bout on technical superiority.

He looked sharp and hostile, positive signs for the Indian contingent.

13:22 hrs IST

Update: India Chants reverberating around the stadium

This is a bout and a half and the Indian has hit his stride. He is running away with the game, dominance on the mat.

13:19 hrs IST

Update Wrestling: Bajrang makes a comeback

What a bout, insane comeback by the Indian, he rolls over and gets four in one grapple.

13:18 hrs IST

Update: Bajrang Punia trails

After Sushil’s shock, Bajrang Punia needs to step up and be counted. He is under pressure, and he gets off them mark.

13:08 hrs IST

Update Kabaddi: India screaming ahead and clinch the match

Well, it has been dominating from the Indians, the raiders are sauntering in, annihilating Bangladesh and then walking off.

This is some statement. India walk all over Bangladesh. 50-21 is the final scoreline, doesn’t really matter!

12:58 hrs IST

India in the lead in kabaddi

India are dominating Bangladesh in the ongoing Kabaddi match.

They lead 23-14 and look very strong.

Well, who is surprised?

12:56 hrs IST

Tomar wins

Sandeep Tomar looks far swifter than Sushil, he is looking to make all the moves and he clinches the match. He progresses.

India yelps YES!

12:42 hrs IST

Sushil shocked

India get a huge jolt as Sushil Kumar has lost out to the Bahrain wrestler.

12:41 hrs IST

Sushil struggling

It is not looking too bright for the Indian. Sushil was shoved away to the passive zone and he trails 5-2.

13:38 hrs IST

Defensive play from Sushil

He wants to reserve the energy for the final few rounds and appears to be cautious.

12:35 hrs IST

Sushil enters the ring

Here comes the Indian champion. And is at it right from the outset. There is ankle grap, a signature Sushil Kumar move.

12:33 hrs IST

Update: Men Trap - Shooting

Manavjit Singh Sandhu has moved ahead to the number one spot with 72 points in three shots.

12:29 hrs IST

Update: Women Trap - Shooting

Shreyasi Singh currently at the number two position with 71 points.

Seema Tomar is at the fourth place with 71 points.

12:24 hrs IST

Focus now shifts to Wrestling

After the Bronze medal in shooting, all attention will now shift to wrestling. Expectations running high as a rich haul of medals is expected. Marquee names like Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Sandeep Tomar, Pawan Kumar, Mausam Khatri will be in action.

12:13 hrs IST

Medal presentation

There is the Indian duo standing proudly as they accept the Bronze medal. The Indian tricolour is lofted.

It all boils down this moment for all these athletes.

11:57 hrs IST

Chinese Taipei bag GOLD

They started off in a flash and never looked back and quite fittingly, Chinese Taipei get the GOLD. China have to be content with a SILVER.

11:55 hrs IST

India clinch BRONZE

Good consistent performance by Chandela and Ravi. India off the mark.

11:50 hrs IST

India hold tight

Brilliant shooting from Apurvi and Ravi Kumar, clutch play. India confirmed a medal.

11:45 hrs IST

Standings after stage 1

India stand second after stage 1 with 308.5. Chinese Taipei lead with 310.2

11:45 hrs IST

This is getting tense

A lot of focus is needed and it requires a strong temperament. Apurvi looks rather calm. Bodes well for India.

11:36 hrs IST

Not very bright from India

After a jittery start, India finally get a good shot. They are currently at the second spot.

11:34 hrs IST

This is tight

China have raced ahead, Mongolia sprinting ahead. India have to up their game as of now

11:32 hrs IST

Big medal hopes for India

Two shots of 10.6 to begin with. This is promising

11:20 hrs IST

Indian badminton team looks all set

11:13 hrs IST

Update: Shooting – Women’s trap qualification

Shreyasi Singh is peaking at the right time as she shoots a perfect score of 25 in the third round. She has scored 71 out of 75. Seema Tomar, on the other hand, has scored 24 in the third round to also reach a total of 71. She is fourth as of now.

10:56 hrs IST

Update: Men’s Lightweight Four – Rowing

Bhopal Singh, Jagvir Singh, Tejas Shinde and Pranay Naukarkar finish second in their heat. They now will depend on repechage results for qualification.

10:35 hrs IST

Update: Shooting

Seema Tomar is on the fourth place with 69 points.

Shreyasi Singh has moved up to fifth place with 64 points.

Manavjit Singh Sindhu is currently on the third spot with the average of 0.960. He has a total of 48 points.

10:26 hrs IST

Big blow for India

Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma fail to qualify for the medal round in the 10m air pistol mixed team category.

They finished 6th in the qualification round with a score of 759. Kazakhstan also finish with the same score but they go through as they did better in the inner 10s.

10:02 hrs IST

Update: India go down in Basketball

After threatening to cause an upset in the first half, India wilted in the second half as Chinese Taipei walked away with a relatively easy win. They win 84-61.

9:55 hrs IST

Update: Women’s Basketball 5x5

India have disintegrated after a bright start. Chinese Taipei are storming all over the place and India are getting a hiding.

9:50 hrs IST

Update: Shooting

Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma currently at the 13th place with 262 points. They are serious medal contenders.

9:47 hrs IST

Update: Shooting Trap Men

Manavjit Singh Sindhu has been consistent as he tops the Day 1 qualification with an average of 0.976. He is on 41 points

9:45 hrs IST

Update: Women’s Basketball 5x5

Chinese Taipei have run away with the game. It has been a one-sided affair so far in the third quarter, India have been on the mat. India trail 45-64 to Chinese Taipei

9:43 hrs IST

Update: Rowing, Men and Women

India’s Malkeet Singh and Gurinder Singh, who recorded a time of 7:37.20 have qualified for the finals. The Indian women’s pair of Sanjukta Dung Dung and Harpreet Kaur, will have to depend on the repechage as there are two heats.

9:38 hrs IST

Update: Women’s Double Sculls

Sayali Rajendra Shekale/Pooja qualifies for the Women’s Double Sculls final.

9:32 hrs IST

Update: Men’s 200m Butterfly

India’s Sajan Prakash is through to the final. it was a terrific swim by Prakash who exploded in the final 50m and ended with a timing of 1:58.12.

9:27 hrs IST

Update: Women’s Trap qualifiers, Round 2, Day 1

Seema Tomar is on 5th place with a score of 47/50 while Shreyasi Singh has entered the Top 10 is on the 9th place with a score of 46/50.

8:59 hrs IST

Update: Women’s Basketball 5x5

It has been an inspired performance from the Indian eves so far. Chinese Taipei have not been able to press on at any stage of the game. Is there an upset on the cards?

8:57 hrs IST

Rowing men’s double sculls update

Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh have clocked 7:10:26 to top Heat 2.

8:46 hrs IST

Swimming update

Srihari Nataraj, Arvind Mani finish first and second, respectively in Men’s 100m Backstroke Heat 1. Srihari qualifies, Arvind does not

8:45 hrs IST

Women’s basketball event update

India trail Chinese Taipei by three points and it has been an impressive performance so far by the Indian eves.

8:40 hrs IST

Men’s Changquan Final - Wushu

Anjul Namdeo finishes fifth in the final with 9.66. Chinese Taipei’s Tsemin Tsai clinched bronze with a score of 9.70. India’s Suraj Singh Mayanglabam finishes 10th with 9.51.

8:35 hrs IST

Update: Women’s basketball

India take on Chinese Taipei and are currently trailing 5-4

8:29 hrs IST

Update from Rowing

Dattu Baban Bhokanal has finished second in Heat 1. He now enters the repechage round

8:28 hrs IST

Impressive from the shooters

Apurvi Chandela/ Ravi Kumar are through to Final of 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. They scored a total of 835.3 in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event

8:21 hrs IST

Swimming Update

Saurabh Sangvekar clocks 1:54:87 in 200m Freestyle Heat. He was second in his batch. He has failed to qualify.

8:19 hrs IST

Update from Air Rifle Mixed Team

Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score 208.6, 208.7, 206.7

8:15 hrs IST

India win

It was a rampant Indian side as Japan were never really in the game. One-sided affair to say the least an emphatic win from the favourites.

India 43-12 Japan

8:09 hrs IST

Good day so far for India

India are running all over Japan in Kabaddi. And, then Manavjit Sandhu has got off the blocks perfectly. He has shot 25 out of 25 in the opening round.

8:02 hrs IST

Shooting update

Seema Tomar is second with an average of 0.96. 24 out of 25 targets.

Shreyasi Singh has scored 22 and sits on 8th place

7:57 hrs IST

Running away with the game

India now lead Japan by 17 points and are not easing any pressure at all. The Japanese team look hapless at the moment, no letting up from India.

7:48 hrs IST

Taking control

After few jitters, the Indian team has wrested control and are now dominating the Japanese. They look prepared, fit, and ready.

India 19-8 Japan at the end of first half

7:40 hrs IST

Japan resilient

The Japanese defence has been punching above their weight and have posed several questions to the Indian raiders. India have to fight here, they lead 8-6.

7:33 hrs IST

Flying start

3 raid points and then defence steps up. Japan have been forced to go in a huddle right at the outset. Dominant, and a benchmark has been set.

7:28 hrs IST

Kabaddi action starts

India take on Japan in the women’s Kabaddi match. 30 minutes of pulsating action, India are the overwhelming favourites.

7:08 hrs IST

The action begins

Indian shooters Seema Tomar and Shreyasi Singh are currently in action in Trap Women Qualification

7:04 hrs IST

PM wishes good luck

6:49 hrs IST

Marquee events

Wrestling: Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will be in action in 74kg freestyle event .

Shooting: CWG gold medallist Manu Bhaker will pair up with in 10m air pistol mixed team event

Hockey: Indian women’s hockey team will be up against Indonesia in their opening Pool B match

6:41 hrs IST

What a start

Indonesia were glorious in the opening ceremony, the Volcano erupted and the Asian Games are on. It promises to be a grand spectacle.

Let the games begin!

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