Firstpost Spodcast Episode 29: Neeraj Chopra's gold, Dharun Ayyasamy and Neena Varakil's exploits and more on our daily podcast

Welcome to Spodcast, the sports update on Firstpost. Yesterday was another good day at the Asian Games for India.

India won their first gold medal in the men’s javelin event at the Asian Games. Neeraj Chopra cleared a distance of 88.06m to win the gold. The only other medal India won in javelin throw at the Games was in 1982 when Gurtej Singh won a bronze.

The silver went to Liu Qizhen of China who had a best throw of 82.22m. Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with an 80.75m throw.

Veteran long-distance runner Sudha Singh finished in second place in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. Sudha won the silver after finishing the race in 9 minutes and 40.03 seconds. This is her second Asian Games medal. She had won a gold in 2010 in the same event.

Dharun Ayyasamy, won the silver in the men’s 400m hurdles event and set a new national record in the process. Dharun completed the race in 48.96 seconds, finishing behind Qatar's Abderrahman Samba who came first. Ayyasamy beat his own national record of 49.45 seconds. The 21-year-old from Tamil Nadu was in fourth place until around the 300m mark, but went past two competitors in the final 100m stretch.

India scored another medal in athletics when Neena Varakil finished second in the women's long jump event. Varakil's best jump of 6.51m, her fourth attempt, won her the silver medal. Bùi Thị Thu Thảo of Vietnam won the gold with jump of 6.55m. China took the bronze with Xiaoling Xu’s 6.50m jump.

Both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal had made it to the semi-finals in the singles competition, sparking hopes of an all-Indian final. That was not to be. Saina Nehwal lost to Tai Tzu Ying in her semi-final match. The World No 1 from Chinese Taipei beat Saina 21-17 21-14 in 36 minutes.

Tzu Ying will meet World No 3 PV Sindhu in the final. Sindhu beat World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17 15-21 21-10 in a tense semi-final that went on for 65 minutes.

The men's team stunned Japan 3-1 in the table tennis team event quarter-finals, assuring a medal for India in table tennis at the Asian Games for the first time.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran recorded a straight-games victory over World No 28 Jin Ueda, beating him 11-9, 11-9, 11-7. Sharath Kamal, ranked 33 in the world, beat World No 19 Kenta Matsudaira 11-8, 12-10, 11-8. Japan pulled one back as Masaki Yoshida defeated Harmeet Desai in five-sets, 9-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4. Sathiyan then recorded his second win, overcoming Matsudaira in four sets, 12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-4.

In the women’s team event, India lost to Hong Kong 1-3 in the quarter-finals. While Manika Batra beat Lee Ho Ching in four games, Ayhika Mukherji and Mouma Das lost their matches. Mouma Das pushed the match into the fifth game but eventually lost 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 3-11, 5-11. Batra then lost to World No 13 Doo Hoi Kem in straight games 11-8, 11-8, 13-11.


Updated Date: Aug 28, 2018 14:49 PM

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