Day 5 of the 2023 Asian Games witnessed India securing three more medals, boosting their overall tally to an impressive 25, including six golds. This remarkable performance has propelled India to the fifth position on the medals table.
The day commenced with an outstanding silver medal achievement in wushu, as Roshibina Devi Naorem showcased her prowess, although she narrowly missed the gold, finishing second to China’s Wu Xiaowei. Nevertheless, her remarkable effort marked her as the sole medalist from India in wushu.
India’s shooters once again demonstrated their mettle by clinching a gold medal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol Team event. The trio comprising Sarabjot Singh, Arjun Singh Cheema, and Shiva Narwal combined their skills to secure victory with a total score of 1734, outperforming China and Vietnam and adding India’s sixth gold to the tally.
In equestrian, Anush Agarwalla, who was previously part of the gold-winning dressage team, secured a bronze medal in the individual dressage event.
Here are the highlights from various events of the day:
Artistic Gymnastics: Pranati Nayak, India’s sole gymnast at the Hangzhou Asian Games, had a challenging outing, finishing eighth in the final of the women’s vault.
Badminton: The Indian women’s team cruised to the quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mongolia.
Boxing: India had a mixed day in boxing, with Jaismine Lamboria advancing to the quarter-finals in the women’s 57-60kg category. However, Deepak, a recent bronze medalist at the World Championships, faced defeat in the men’s 46-51kg category. Nishant Dev secured a spot in the men’s 63.5-71kg quarter-finals with a knockout win over Vietnam’s Bui Phouc Tung.
Bridge: The Indian men’s team currently stands in second place after eight rounds, while the mixed and women’s teams occupy the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.
Football: The Indian men’s football team concluded their campaign with a 0-2 loss to Saudi Arabia in the Round of 16.
Hockey: The Indian men’s hockey team secured their third consecutive win by defeating Japan, the 2018 gold medalists, with a score of 4-2. Abhishek scored twice, while Amit Rohidas and Mandeep Singh contributed the other goals.
Squash: It was a mixed day for the Indian squash contingent, with the women’s team suffering a 0-3 defeat to Malaysia, while the men’s team achieved a comfortable 3-0 victory against Nepal.
Swimming: Aryan Nehra and Kushagra Rawat reached the final round of the men’s 800m freestyle, finishing in the seventh and eighth positions, respectively. The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team secured sixth place, while the women’s 4x200m team finished eighth.
Table Tennis: The day began disappointingly for the table tennis contingent, as both mixed doubles pairs, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran-Manika Batra and Harmeet Desai-Sreeja Akula, were defeated in the Round of 16. Manika advanced to the Round of 16 in women’s singles. In men’s singles, both Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran progressed to the Round of 16. In doubles, Manush Shah and Manav Thakkar reached the Round of 16 in men’s, while Sreeja Akula-Diya Chitale and Ayhika Mukherjee-Sutirtha Mukherjee did the same in women’s.
Tennis: Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan advanced to the final of men’s doubles, while Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale reached the final of mixed doubles.
India’s exceptional performance on Day 5 continues to boost their medal count and reflects their determination and skill on the international stage.