India got off to a fantastic start on the second day of the Asian Games 2023, securing their first gold medal. The shooting team comprising Rudrankksh Patil, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, and Divyansh Singh Panwar shattered the world record in the men’s 10m air rifle team final. This remarkable feat set the tone for India’s performance on the day.
Historic Women’s Cricket Gold
Following the shooting triumph, the Indian women’s cricket team etched their name in history by clinching the gold medal, marking their first-ever gold at the Asian Games. Led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the team put up a strong performance to secure the coveted title.
Mixed Results in Shooting and Rowing
While the shooting team achieved gold, individual performances in shooting varied. Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar secured a bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle individual event, showcasing his exceptional skill. In contrast, Vijayveer Sidhu missed out on an individual medal in the men’s 25m rapid-fire pistol final.
Rowing added to India’s medal tally with two bronze medals. The men’s four and men’s quadruple sculls teams both displayed their prowess to secure third place in their respective events.
In the world of martial arts, Roshibina Devi Naorem ensured at least a bronze medal by winning her women’s 60kg quarter-final bout in Wushu. Her performance added to India’s medal hopes in this discipline.
Swimming and Tennis Action
Swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Likith Selvaraj, along with the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team, made it to their respective finals but couldn’t secure podium finishes.
In tennis, Rohan Bopanna and Yuki Bhambri faced an upset in the men’s doubles, but other Indian players advanced in various categories.
Boxing Triumphs and Defeats
Indian boxers Nishant Dev and Deepak Bhoria won their pre-quarterfinal bouts, showing their mettle in the ring. However, Arundhati Choudhary faced a setback as she was knocked out in her bout.
Tennis, Rugby Sevens, Chess, and Sailing
Tennis saw mixed results, with Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale winning their mixed doubles match, while other players advanced in different categories.
The Indian women’s rugby sevens team had their first points on the board but ultimately lost to Singapore.
In chess, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli had varied outcomes in their matches.
Sailing results showcased the performance of Indian athletes in various categories, with some maintaining their positions while others faced changes in rankings.
India’s medal tally continued to grow, with gold and bronze medals highlighting their diverse sporting achievements. With strong performances across various disciplines, Indian athletes showcased their determination and skill on the second day of the Asian Games 2023.