India had an encouraging start to the day in rowing, which was capped off with a memorable triumph by the men's volleyball team against three-time Asian Games gold medallists, South Korea. Catch day's highlights
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The Asian Games 2023 will have its official opening ceremony on September 23 but some games have already started from September 19. With the games being held in Hangzhou, China, all eyes will be on the Indian contingent that consists of 655 athletes who will take part in different competitions.
India had an encouraging start to the day in rowing, with a bunch of teams advancing to the final races. But the icing on the cake came in the evening as the Indian men's volleyball team scripted a remarkable triumph against the highly fancied South Korea side to emerge victors 25-27, 29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15 and enter the crossover round of 12, which is a knockout round and will be played on Friday. (India Schedule | More Sports News)
The Indian men's volleyball team have scripted a remarkable victory against the much-higher ranked (World No. 27) and three-time Asiad gold medallists South Korea to storm into the crossover round.
They have clinched the final set 17-15 to emerge victors 25-27, 29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15.
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There's a twist in the tale. Korea come roaring back to win the fourth set 25-20 and force a deciding fifth set.
The Indian team have fought back to win the third set as well by a 25-22 margin, and are now leading the contest 2-1 against Korea. They need to win one more set to seal the match in their favour and qualify for the knockout round.
The Indian men's volleyball team take the second set 29-27 to bring the match to parity against South Korea.
Korea take the first set 27-25 against the Indian men's volleyball team. India need to win this match to ensure their passage to the crossover round of 12.
The Indian men's volleyball team will take on South Korea in their second Pool C match at 4:30pm. The Indian side had opened its account with a comfortable 3-0 win against Cambodia on Tuesday, and if they win today, will qualify for the crossover round where 12 teams will compete.
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India's men’s quadruples sculls team comprising Satnam Singh, Parminder Singh, Sukhmeet Singh, Jakhar Khan has ended up in the second place in heats. They will now have to fight for a place in the final by competing in repechage.
Continuing the good show in rowing on the opening day, India's men's four coxless team are through the final race. The team comprising Jawinder Singh, Bheen Singh, Punit Kumar and Ashish finished first in heats and qualified directly to the final.
The women's coxed eight team comprising Aswathi PB, Mrunamayee Salgaonkar, Priya Devi Thangjam, Rukmani, Sonali Swain, Ritu Kaudi, Varsha KB, Tendenthoi Devi and G Geetanjali finish fourth in their preliminary race and have qualified for the final.
India's Balraj Panwar finishes third in the first heat of the men's singles sculls and qualifies for the semifinals. He clocked 7:11.01s to finish the race.
The Indian men's badminton team is seeded fourth, while the women are unseeded and will hence play the elimination rounds.
The men will contest the quarterfinals on September 29, while the women will play an elimination round on September 28.
The Indian rowing team got off to an excellent start at the Asian Games 2023 in China on Wednesday as the men's and women's teams secured a determined finish after showing a great fight. Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh, competing in Lightweight Men's Double Sculls secured the second position with a time of 6:27.45.
Meanwhile, compatriots Satnam Singh and Parminder Singh also finished in their respective heat with a time of 6:27.01.
The women's Rowing team also opened their account at Asiad on a positive note as Kiran and Anshika Bharti, the Indian Lightweight Women's Double Sculls duo, secured the spot in their Heat by clocking a time of 7:27.57.
Rowing (Round 1): Men’s double sculls – Parminder Singh, Satnam Singh (6:30am), Men’s Lightweight double sculls – Arjun Lal Jat, Arvind Singh (6:30am), Women’s Lightweight double sculls – Anshika Bharti, Kiran (6:30am), Pair without cox – Babu Ram, Lekh Ram (6:30am), Men’s eight with coxwain (6:30am), Women’s four without cox (6:30am), Men’s single sculls – Balraj Panwar (12:30pm), Men’s quadruples sculls (12:30pm), Women’s eight with coxwain (12:30pm), Men’s four without cox (12:30pm)
Sailing (Day 1): Chitresh Tatha, Adhvait Menon, Vishnu Saravanan, Jerome Kumar, K. C. Ganapathy, and Varun Thakkar, Ishwariya Ganesh, Neha Thakur, Nethra Kumanan, Harshita Tomar, and Shital Verma, Preethi Kongara, Sudhanshu Shekhar, Siddheshwar Doiphode, and Ramya Saravanan (9am)
Modern Pentathlon (Fencing): Mayank Chaphekar (12pm)
Men’s Volleyball: India Vs Korea (4:30pm)