Asian Games 2018: Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in Equestrian

first_imgIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday. His valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event.Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medallist Yoshiaka Oiwa, who scored 22.70. China’s Alex Tian Hua finished third with 27.10 points.In the team event, India, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh and Mirza, finished with 121.30 behind Japan’s 82.40 to get a silver. Thailand finished third with 126.70 points.Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event in 36 years. Raghubir Singh, Ghulam Mohammed Khan and Prahlad Singh had won the gold, silver and bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSFouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, is the first Indian to win in Europe.The 26-year-old made the Indian team after racing his way to victory in the first two trials at the Asian Games CCI equestrian event held in Montelibretti, Italy last year. He emerged as the spearhead for the Asian Games on the basis of his performance then.After his impressive showing in Italy, he competed in France before displaying his skills in a couple of championships in Germany.Fouaad’s feat came days after the Indian equestrian team’s nightmarish journey to the Indonesian capital as it got accreditation only a day before it was scheduled to leave for the Asian Games.advertisementInfighting among office-bearers in the Equestrian Federation of India, which saw the EFI declare the selection null and void, only made it worse for the athletes.In the event, the horses, along with the riders, are timed from a start and a finish line, and a final score is obtained by combining the number of jumping faults (4 points for every jump knocked down), number of refusals (a refusal is when the horse refuses to jump), and time faults (if the rider takes more time than the stipulated limit).Two refusals in the event lead to elimination.India had previously won 10 medals in the sport, including three gold.The last individual medal in eventing came in 1982 when Raghubir Singh finished on the podium in the Indian capital.INDIA’S ASIAN GAMES 2018 GOLD MEDALLISTS SO FARBajrang Punia, wrestling:Wrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.Vinesh Phogat, wrestling:Vinesh created history after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shooting:Saurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.Rahi Sarnobat, shooting:Rahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.Indian rowing team:The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennis:Bopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Tajinderpal Singh Toor, shot put:Tajinderpal Singh Toor won the gold in the men’s shot put at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday. Tajinderpal broke the Games Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75, which is also the National Record.advertisementThe 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt after which he threw 20.75 and 20.00 in his last two attempts to own the gold.last_img

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