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Hangzhou Asian Games- Day 4 turns out to be a golden day for Indian Shooting


India bagged two gold, three silver and three bronze with shooters at the fore on Day 4 of Hangzhou Asian Games.

India on Day 4

It was the Shooting day for India at the Hangzhou Asian Games. They won a total of seven medals with two gold, three silver and two bronze.

Sift Kaur Samra shattered the world record to clinch the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women’s Individual gold. She created a new world record of 469.6 in the final to defeat Chinese markswoman Zhang Qiongyuewho won the silver. Ashi Chouksey settled for bronze at the same event with 451.9 points.

Led by Manu Bhaker, the Women’s 25m Pistol team also won gold. Bhaker along with Esha Singh and Rhythm Sangwan shoot the gold medal with a score of 1759. Esha Singh bagged the silver in the individual category of the same event. She scored a total of 34 to secure the second position.

Indian shooter Anant Jeet Singh Naruka won silver in Men’s Skeet event with a score of 58 out of 60. Anant Jeet along with Gurjoat Singh Khangura and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa won the bronze in the team event with a total of 355.

The only other sport in which India claimed a medal on day 4 other than Shooting is Sailing. With Vishnu Saravanan’s bronze in the Men’s Dinghy ICLA7 event, India put up a formidable show in Sailing accumulating a total of three medals.

Highlights of Day 4

China secured 23 gold medals on day 4 of the Hangzhou Asian Games, bringing their gold medal count to 76.

Wei Yi and Zhu Jiner of China emerged as the winners in the Men’s and Women’s Chess Individual events respectively. Both the events were a 9-round Swiss tournaments with rapid time control. In the Men’s event, the Chinese GM reeled off four straight victories to clinch the gold with a score of 7.5/9. In the Women’s event, Zhu Jiner, scored 7/9 and took gold.

In Women’s Beach Volleyball, Xue Chen and Xia Xinyi defeated Miki Ishii and Sayaka Mizoe of Japan 2-0, securing China’s sixth consecutive title. China has won the Women’s Beach Volleyball gold since Busan Asian Games in 2002. For Xue Chen, this was her third Asian Games gold after her medals at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010.

In the Men’s and Women’s All-around event, China’s Zhang Boheng and Zuo Tong won the gold medal respectively.

In Judo, Japan won back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in the mixed team event by defeating Uzbekistan 4-0. Japan also excelled in Cycling as they won all all three gold medals on offer for the day.

The Republic of Korea successfully defended their Men’s Foil Team title with a comeback win over China, and their women fencers narrowly secured the Epee Team gold.

Kuwait’s 60-year-old shooter Abdullah Alrashidi regained the Asian Games Men’s Skeet title. Alrashidi hit all 60 targets, equaling the world record. It is his third individual Asian Games gold medal after Incheon 2014 and Guangzhou 2010. 

Islamic Republic of Iran won two gold medals in the Men’s Wushu Final. Mohammadseifi Mohsen beat Marbun Samuel of Indonesia in the Men’s 65kg final and Sabriabibegloo Yousef beat Cai Feilong of Macao in the Men’s 75kg final.

Iran beat host China 3-1 to win the Asian Games Men’s Volleyball title for a third consecutive time. Iran lost the opening set but came back strongly from the second set; thus, sweeping the final three sets 25-14, 25-22, 26-24 to claim the gold. 

Medal Table as on September 27

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 People’s Republic of China 76 43 21 140
2 Republic of Korea 19 18 33 70
3 Japan 15 27 24 66
4 Uzbekistan 6 10 12 28
5 Thailand 6 3 8 17
6 Hong Kong, China 5 8 14 27
7 India 5 7 10 22
8 Indonesia 3 2 7 12
9 Singapore 2 3 4 9
9 Chinese Taipei 2 3 4 9
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