Highlights, Asian Games, Day 11: Jinson Johnson bags men's 1500 metres gold; women's team wins 4x400 relay

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Highlights, Asian Games, Day 11: Jinson Johnson bags men's 1500 metres gold; women's team wins 4x400 relay
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    India's medal tally at the end of Day 12


    Athletics Fact-sheet

    • India’s gold medal haul of seven is its second best, equaling the seven gold medals won in 1978 and 2002. The highest number of gold medals won by India is 10, which was at the first Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi.
    • India’s total haul of seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze (19) medals is the best athletics total in an Asian Games held outside India.
    • The two best totals by Indian athletics squad are 31 medals (10 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze) in 1951, 20 medals (4 gold, 8 silver and eight bronze) in 1982. Both those editions of the Games were held in New Delhi.
    • This was the fifth time in a row the Indian women’s 4x400m relay team has won gold. They won gold in 2002 (Busan), 2006 (Doha), 2010 (Guangzhou) and 2014 (Incheon). The common runner in the 2014 and 2018 teams was MR Poovamma.
    • Jinson Johnson’s 1,500m win was the first by an Indian since 1962, when Mohinder Singh (not to be confused with triple jumpers Mohinder Singh and Mohinder Singh Gill) won the gold. The last Indian to win a 1,500m medal was Bahadur Prasad in 1998, Bangkok.
    • Seema Punia’s bronze medal in women’s discus was the sixth successive medal in the event for India at Asian Games. Seema won the gold in 2014; Krishna Poonia won bronze in 2010 and 2006 and Neelam Jaswant Singh won gold in 2002 and bronze in 1998.
    • Indian men’s 4x400m relay silver was their first medal in the event since 2006, when they won silver in Doha. India has now won the 4x400m relay silver eight times in Asian Games.
    • India’s only gold medals in 4x400m relay were in the 1951 Games and in 1962 when the Games were last held in Jakarta and had Milkha Singh, Makhan Singh,  Jagdish Singh and Daljit Singh.

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    Tough matches! 

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    Sathiyan into Round of 16!

    He beats Santoso Ficky Supit of Indonesia 4-2. The Indian started off well with a dominating 11-3 win but then lost the second 9-11. He then edged Santoso 14-12 before taking the fourth game 11-1. Santoso fought back in the fifth game 9-11 to make it 2-3. However Sathiyan held his nerve in another hard fought game to seal the round of 16 spot with a 11-7 win in the sixth game.

  • 20:32 (IST)

    Sathiyan slips up yet again!

    Sathiyan has shown periods of complete dominance during this match, but the Indonesian Santoso has rallied yet again to win the game 11-9 and pile the pressure onto the Indian. A longer, more exhausting match is not doing either athlete a favour, with a string of matches yet to come over the next few days.

  • 20:19 (IST)


    Sathiyan has this wrapped up!

    The Indian turned up the heat to win 11-1 in the fourth game. He is now just one game away from winning, with the match almost wrapped up. All he needs to do is put the bow on it. 

  • 20:17 (IST)

    Sathiyan looks up for the fight!

    The third game has been an intense battle, as both paddlers rapidly shuffle through several variations of their shots to catch the other off guard. Sathiyan win the closely contested game 14-12. 

  • 20:05 (IST)

    Santoso wins the second game!

    The Indonesian appears to have a reading of Sathiyan, winning the second game 11-9. 

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Manika Batra faces a much tougher test in the next round

  • 19:57 (IST)


    Sathiyan wins the first game 11-3!

    The topspin being generated by the Indian's deft and powerful shots has been too much to handle for Santoso, who has not looked like he can pose a serious threat to Sathiyan so far.  

  • 19:50 (IST)


    Coming your way shortly, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran of India is in action against Ficky Supit Santoso of Indonesia!

  • 19:46 (IST)

    And Manika Batra wins it!

    Manika Batra breezes past Nanthana Komwong of Thailand, winning the third and fourth sets by a scoreline of 11-3 and 11-6 respectively. The Indian moves on to the Round of 16, finishing with a score of 11-3, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6. 

  • 19:33 (IST)


    Manika Batra wins her second game!

    The Indian does well to stifle her opponent's attempt to make a comeback and wins the second game 11-7. 

  • 19:27 (IST)


    Manika Batra wins the first game!

    Manika Batra is off to a great start in her Round of 32 match against Nanthana Komwong of Thailand, winning the first game 11-3!

  • 19:25 (IST)

    India win silver in the Men's 4x400 relay!

    An incredible run from Muhammed Anas Yahiya helped India finish in second place with a time of 3:01.85!

  • 19:01 (IST)

    What an incredible race!

    India wins the 4x400 metres women's relay! A terrific start from Hima Das put India in pole position to win, with Poovamma Machettira, Saritaben Gaykwad and Vismaya Koroth putting in some amazing performances to finish with a huge lead!

  • 18:53 (IST)

    Coming up next, India is in action in the Women's 4x400 metres relay

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Jinson Johnson wins gold!

    The Indian runner showed a great late burst of speed to win gold in the men's 1500 metres with a time of 3:44.72! Indian Manjit Singh came close to winning a bronze, finishing fourth with a time of 3:46.57.

  • 18:09 (IST)

    Seema Punia wins bronze in Women's Discus Throw!

    The Indian throws 62.26 to finish in third place!


    Shock defeat for India.

    India resigned to playing for bronze medal. Desolate India sitting on the turf. They never imagined losing this game. It will be difficult for India to rethink their priorities. Malaysia are into the final.



    Malaysia through to the finals!

    SV Sunil now. Can’t score. Malaysia is through to the final. They have won 7-6 in the shootout. This is an amazing victory.


    Shootout: India 6-7 Malaysia

    Tengku now. Sreejesh needs to save. Tengku scores to make it 7-6.


    Shootout: India 6-6 Malaysia

    Dilpreet Singh now...It’s 6-6. The Malaysian keeper claims obstruction. The goal stands!


    Shootout: India 5-6 Malaysia

    Faizal Saari scores. It’s 6-5.


    Shootout: India 5-5 Malaysia

    Manpreet now. Scores. 5-5 now.


    Shootout: India 4-5 Malaysia

    Sreejesh back in position. Hasan slots in. It’s 5-4.


    Shootout: India 4-4 Malaysia

    Akashdeep goes in. He scores with a tomahawk. It’s 4-4.


    Shootout: India 3-4 Malaysia

    Fitri Saari scores. It’s 4-3. 


    Shootout: India 3-3 Malaysia

    Harmanpreet flicks in. It’s 3-3.


    Shootout: India 2-3 Malaysia
    Ashari flick hits the post and comes back. But he slots it back. It’s 3-2.


    Shootout: India 2-2 Malaysia

    It’s back to 2-2. Now it’s sudden death.



    Shootout: India 2-1 Malaysia

    Harmanpreet Singh now. It’s 1-1. India lead 2-1. Sreejesh only needs to save the last stroke. 


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    Hasan shoots out. The goalkeepers are the real stars so far!


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    It’s Sunil but the hooter goes. It’s still 1-1. Getting edgy now.


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    Faizal now for Malaysia. Brilliant Sreejesh save. It’s still 1-1.


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    Dilpreet now. But Malaysia GK Kumar saves.


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    Sreejesh has to save to bring back the strokes on equal. And Sree saves. Tengku saves.


    Shootout: India 1-1 Malaysia

    Akashdeep Singh now. It’s a goal. 1-1.


    Shootout: India 0-1 Malaysia

    Malaysia's Firhan Ashari. Sreejesh saves. But Firhan slots in with 0.1 seconds remaining. One more referral. Malaysia lead 1-0


    Shootout: India 0-0 Malaysia

    And now it’s down to Sreejesh in goal, with Akashdeep, Manpreet, Harmanpreet, Dilpreet and Sunil in the shootout, but not in that order. India going first with Manpreet Singh.

    Umpire blows for obstruction. Manpreet wants a referral. Agonising.

    The decision goes against Manpreet. 


    End of regulation time: India 2-2 Malaysia

    And that is the end of the match. India vs Malaysia has gone to a shoot-out. Regulation time score-line is 2-2.


    Fourth quarter: India 2-2 Malaysia

    Malaysia earn their 6th PC with one minute 47 seconds left. GOAL!! Malaysia have the equaliser with the ball going in off Sreejesh's pads.
    It’s 2-2. Seconds left in the match.


    Fourth quarter: India 2-1 Malaysia

    India is back to eleven on the field. Four minutes left in the match. India leading 2-1.

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    Fourth quarter: India 2-1 Malaysia

    Another yellow card for India. Surender gets it. India now down to nine. India need to sit deep and wait it out while they're two men down.

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Fourth quarter: India 2-1 Malaysia

    Malaysia has their 5th penalty corner. India under pressure. The Indian defence time and again get into a mix. Sreejesh saves a high ball. India counters but the ball runs wide. It’s 2-1 to India.


    End of Third quarter: India 2-1 Malaysia

    Two minutes left in the 3rd quarter. India pushing themselves, trying to get a third goal to put some distance between themselves and their opponents. Sardar gets a yellow card which means India will start the 4th quarter with ten men. And that is the end of the 3rd Q. India lead 2-1.


    Third quarter: India 2-1 Malaysia!

    India earn their 8th penalty corner of the match and it results in an excellent goal! Varun Kumar and Harmanpreet combine in lethal fashion, as Harman sold a dummy. Varun latched on to the ball, and with ice water in his veins, the Indian slotted it in. It's 2-1 to India.


    Third quarter: India 1-1 Malaysia

    India are slowing down the frenetic pace at which this game has been played, with an emphasis on denying Malaysia space in the midfield. Malaysia desperately trying to forge through the middle.

    Malaysia go off on a counter, with Faizal Saari right in front of the Indian goalkeeper and the deflection goes in. It’s 1-1. Great counter-attacking goal from Malaysia.


    Third quarter: India 1-0 Malaysia!

    India have their 6th penalty corner in the third minute of the third quarter. AND IT'S A GOAL!! Harmanpreet flicks it in to give India a 1-0 lead.

Latest update: Jinson Johnson wins gold! The Indian runner showed a great late burst of speed to win gold in the men's 1500 metres with a time of 3:44.72! Indian Manjit Singh came close to winning a bronze, finishing fourth with a time of 3:46.57.

Report Day 11: Heptathlete Swapna Barman added a dash of heroism to her historic gold medal, triple jumper Arpinder Singh personified the predictability that comes with a favourite tag, while sprinter Dutee Chand continued to rediscover herself as track-and-field remained India's happy hunting ground at the 18th Asian Games here.

The surprise story of the day was table tennis where old warhorse A Sharath Kamal and new sensation Manika Batra broke new grounds, giving India a first ever mixed doubles medal at the Asiad – a bronze.

As a result of these path-breaking performances, the country remained on course to better its previous edition's haul and tallied 54 medals – 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze.

Competing with a plastered face owing to a teeth injury, described as a a case of infection, the battle-hardened Swapna topped the overall standings to garb her maiden Asiad gold.

The daughter of a rickshaw puller who has been bed-ridden by stroke since 2013, Swapna logged 6026 points from the seven events competed over two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).

Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. But the tremendous overall effort was enough to make her the first heptathlete to notch up a gold at the continental showpiece.

Another history-maker was Arpinder, becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch a gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970).

The athlete from Punjab bossed the finals, making the gold-winning jump of 16.77m in just his third attempt and was never really threatened by the rest of the field.

Then there was Dutee, continuing to enjoy her return to top flight athletics, by adding a 200m silver to the one she clinched in the 100m event.

Dutee was not allowed to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as she was embroiled in a hyperandrogenism case, which eventually went in her favour at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

On Wednesday, she crossed the line in 23.20 which was 0.149 slower than the gold medal winner from Bharain, Edidiong Odiong (22.96).

"I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medal for the country. There is always this fear that it might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train," the diminutive runner said after finding her silver lining.

The Indian table tennis contingent's dream run also got better when Kamal and Batra, both Commonwealth Games gold-winners, exceeded their own expectations to win a historic mixed doubles bronze.

It was only Wednesday that the Kamal-led men's team had secured a bronze, ending India's 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games.

On Wedneaday, Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable.

In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China's Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.

"It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams, I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got that too. I am still pinching myself," said Kamal, who will also compete in the men's doubles and singles competiton.

The women's hockey team provided the perfect end to the day, by making the finals with a 1-0 win over China. The team is now assured of a better medal than the bronze it won the last time around.

Also on a roll were the squash players. In their best ever show at the Games, they were assured of two more medals after the men's and women's teams advanced to the semifinals.

The men's defeated Thailand, while the women sailed past China, both winning by by an identical 3-0 margin. The squash players had claimed three bronze medals in the singles competition and with two medals assured in team events, they have exceeded their 2014 performance in terms of number of medals won.

There were mixed results in the boxing ring.

Star boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) overcame a bleeding left eye to be assured of an unprecedented third consecutive Asian Games medal, while Amit Panghal (49kg) produced a power-packed performance in his quarterfinal bout to guarantee himself a maiden podium finish.

However, it was curtains for world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) after she lost her quarterfinal bout 0-5 to China's Chang Yuan. Her loss means that Indian women boxers would be returning without a medal from the Asiad for the first time since the event was added to the Games in 2010.

The overall haul from boxing is going to be just two this time, a massive drop from a gold and four bronze medals achieved in 2014.

There was no end to disappointments in judo, and sepaktakraw, where Indians failed to register any result of significance. After delivering a surprise silver and bronze yesterday, the Kurash contingent endured a disappointing day, failing to win.

Already out of reckoning, the Indian men's handball team ended its campaign on a positive note, defeating Indonesia in a group 3 main round match.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Aug 30, 2018 21:33:49 IST

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