Asian Games 2018: Indian Women's Hockey Team wins silver, 3 medals in sailing; Boxer Amit Panghal in Final

Asian Games 2018: Indian Women

The highlight of the day was the performance in sailing, the best show in India.

Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar won the silver medal in the 49er special effects event, while two men combined to overcome the disqualification in their previous career to obtain a bronze medal. Thanks to its performance, the country obtained its best result since 1982. In 1982, India won a gold in fireballs, a silver in the company and a bronze in the wind wing. For Varsha, it was his second Asiad medal since he had won a bronze in 29er with Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan in the 2014 edition. Varsha and Sweta were not chosen by the federation to represent India and only after a judicial battle did they arrive in the capital Indonesia.

Leading his 49erFX, Varsha, 20, and his teammate, Sweta, completed the 15-race event with 40 net points to finish second behind the Singapore winners, who only added 14 net points.

Sailors receive points after each race, and the pair, which gets the lowest score, is declared the winner.

"It was stressful for three months, but it was all worth it, there were lots of ups and downs, a lot of things happened, at least 10 times I thought: it's not worth it, I can not handle it, but somehow I continued, it certainly was not a glamorous race , there was pressure, "said Varsha.

Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda won bronze with a total of 53 after race 15 in the 49er men event. However, the women's hockey team from India failed to break their 36-year-old gold curse. The defeat will hurt the Indians, since a gold here would have guaranteed a direct qualification in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

Minami Shimizu and Motomori Kawamura scored for Japan by a penalty corner in the 11th minute to 44, while Neha Goyal's field goal in the 25th minute was the only blow for India, which was looking to win its first Asiad gold since 1982. Indians had qualified for the Asian Games final after a gap of 20 years apart, after beating China in the semifinals.

There was a lot to celebrate in the squash competition. Joshna Chinappa overtook eight-time world champion Nicol David, as the Indian women's squash team defeated defending champion, Malaysia, 2-0, to enter their second consecutive Asian Games final.

The Indian men, who also participated in the mega event as defending champions, decided on bronze after a 2-0 loss to Hong Kong in the semifinals. Saurav Ghosal, who was not in top form, and Harinder Pal Sandhu, lost to Max Lee and Leo Au, 0-3 and 1-3, respectively.

The loss came after the women's team blanked the Malaysian led by David in the semifinals. The team, consisting of Joshna, Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Sunayna Kuruvilla, is now guaranteed at least one silver.

In the boxing ring, it was a day of mixed emotions and results.

The victor Amit Panghal (49kg) continued his sensational race to reach the final with a hard-fought victory, but an injured Vikas Krishan (75kg) had to settle for the bronze after being declared medically unfit for his semifinal. Amit was the only Indian boxer to reach the final in the current edition, beating Filipino Carlo Paalam in a 3-2 verdict. The 22-year-old, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, will face current Olympic gold medalist and world silver medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the summit clash.

The drastic victory of Amit compensated, to a certain extent, the disappointment that Vikas was forced to withdraw from his fight of the last four due to a cut in his eyelid held in the quarterfinals.

The 26-year-old had to face Kazakhstan's Amankul Abilkhan this afternoon. "There is also inflammation in the retina and it is too risky to allow him to fight, he will have to take a break for a few weeks," a contingent official told PTI.

India's sensational run in the table tennis event came to an end after Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan and Manika Batra lost in the quarterfinals of the singles competition.

The world number 33, Sharath Kamal, fell fighting Chih-Yuan Chunag, ranked 14th in Chinese Taipei, 7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 16-14, 9-11. S

Athiyan, who took India to a maiden's medal in 60 years with her two victories against Japan in the team event, could not make an encore against Kenta Matsudaira. He lost 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 6-11, 10-12 in another round of 16 games. The rising star Manika Batra won a game against world number five, Wang Manyu, but it was not enough to upset the Chinese. She lost 2-11, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11 in the female singles round of 16.

There was no respite from losses in judo and volleyball.