Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand starred for India in their respective track events on Day 8 of the Asian Games on Sunday. India finished the day at the ninth sport with 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.
500-1000m runner Govindan Lakshmanan had to suffer a heartbreak as crossed the finishing line at third in the men's 10,000m race but was later disqualified for violating IAAF 163.3b rule on lane infringement.
Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition.
Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan's Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70.
The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India.
India were also assured of at least two silver medals from archery after the men's and women's compound teams advanced to the final by prevailing over Chinese Tapiei in both the semi-finals.
The Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in the semis.
Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan were slow to get off the blocks before getting their act together to prevail 57-57, 56-57, 55-58, 59-58 in the four-set encounter.
Earlier in the day, the Indian women's compound team bettered its previous edition's performance by entering the summit clash, where it will also face South Korea.
Jyothi Surekha, Madhumita Kumari and Muskan Kira, edged out Chinese Taipei 225-222 in a similar encounter to the men’s
India's defending champion men's hockey team continued its unbeaten run and beat South Korea 5-3 in a Pool A match to storm into the semi-finals.
Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal headed for a gold medal showdown after their quarter-final victories ensured India's first-ever women's singles medals at the continental event.
However, the golfers finished seventh at the men's team event. India, who were second and in contention for a medal at the halfway stage of the tournament, came a cropper on the third day when none of the four players could register a sub-par round.
Indian shooters Sheeraz Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa finished 13th and 14th respectively on day two of the qualification, failing to make the finals with scores of 120 and 119.
In boxing Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarterfinals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa went out after pre-quarterfinal losses.
Indian women beat Iran in the Women's Table Tennis team event by 3-1 to finsish econd in the group behind China. India's ace Manika Batra won both her games while Mouma Das won the third tie . Ayika Mukherjee lost her match.
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