Day 2 of the Asian Games had its ups and downs for the Indian sports teams. The day was packed with sporting action, and India did walk off with some medals with a highlight of the day coming from the men’s hockey team.
The Indian shooting team has won a bronze medal in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol event. South Korea took the gold, and while India and China both ended on the same score, China had managed just one more bullseye than India, taking the team to third place.
The Indian men’s tennis team has had some wins and will be advancing to the quarterfinals. Sanam Singh won in the match against Nepal’s Abhishek Bastola, and Yuki Bhambri beat Jeetendra Pariyar, also from Nepal. In the doubles match, Sai Myneni-Sharan Divij beat Santosh Khatri-Dawa Sonam from Nepal.
India played well in squash with Saurav Ghosal beating Pakistan’s Iqbal Nasir. In the women’s singles quarters, Dipika Palikal beat Joshana Chinappa. Both men’s and women’s squash players have ensured at least a bronze medal each for India.
The Indian rowing team has qualified to reach the final round, after they managed to finish in second place in the heats. In the equestrian event, India’s Nadia Haridass, and Shruti Vora have qualified for the final round in the dressage event. In the women’s Group A preliminary round, India and Thailand are currently tied. India’s swimmers did not manage to qualify for the finals in any of the events that took place on Day 2.
The Indian men’s hockey team played an excellent game with India beating Sri Lanka 8 – 0 in the first match of the opening group stage match. This is the first time that the game is being played in its new format, with 60 minutes instead of 70 minutes, and the game divided into four quarters rather than only two halves.