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A Jobless Manjit Singh Upstages Pre-Race Favourite Jinson Johnson To Win Gold As India Scores 1-2 in 800 Metres Race

New Delhi: A jobless and unheralded Manjit Singh scorched the track and upstaged pre-race favourite Jinson Johnson to win gold as India achieved a rare one-two in men’s 800m at the Asian Games.

Never considered a medal contender, Manjit surprised one and all by piping more fancied Johnson to clinch the gold with a timing of 1:46.15s, which was .20s faster than the Asian Championship medalist from Kerala, who bagged the silver.

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Asian Games: Medals In Javelin Throw, Badminton And Assurance In Table Tennis Make The Day Successful

New Delhi: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold medal, along with three silver medals in athletics, continued success stories of P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal and the men’s table tennis team’s first-ever medal assurance marked a successful day for India at the Asian Games.

India continued to shine in athletics for the second straight day, with Neeraj creating a new national record on his way to the title, while Dharun Ayyasamy (400m hurdles), Sudha Singh (3,000 metres steeplechase) and Neena Varakil (women’s long jump) clinched the silver medals.

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Jaspal Rana Says India Could Have Won More Medals Had Abhinav Bindra ‘Done His Bit’

New Delhi: Pistol king Jaspal Rana feels India could have won many more medals had another Indian shooting great, Abhinav Bindra, “done his bit” when he was the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) Athletes’ Committee chairman for four years, from 2014 till 2018. India has won nine medals at the Palembang Complex shooting ranges so far.

“We were the people who elected him. I mean the Indian shooters, coaches and officials, who were part of the contingent for the ISSF World Championships in Granada, Spain, in September 2014 voted for Bindra because he was a fellow shooter.

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Three Medals Assured In Squash With Saurav, Joshna And Dipika Advancing To Semifinals In Asian Games

New Delhi:  Now squash team rocks at Asian games when India were on Friday assured of three medals in squash competition of the 18th Asian Games with Saurav Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik advancing to the semifinals of their respective singles events.

As expected in terms of seeding, top seed Saurav beat compatriot Harinder Pal Sandhu in four games 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 in the men’s singles quarterfinal before Dipika recorded an easy 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 win over Japanese Kobayashi Misaki in women’s singles.

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Discontent In The 28-Member Indian Shooting Contingent Over The Absence Of A Physiotherapist

New Delhi: According to players and coaches of the shooting team, there is a basic requirement, especially since India is now bringing medals by the bagful from the Asian Games. There is a strong undercurrent of discontent in the 28-member Indian shooting contingent over the absence of a physiotherapist.

The contingent has four Indian coaches --- Jaspal Rana, Ronak Pandit, Suma Shirur and Mansher. Four foreign coaches --- Marcelo Dradi, Mikhailov Oleg, Falco Ennio and Smirnov Pavel --- too have travelled. The presence of eight coaches has not left any slot for a physiotherapist or manager as only eight accreditations were given by the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INAGSOC) for support staff.