India was assured of another medal in the ongoing Asian Games on Monday, as Naorem Roshibina Devi qualified for the semi-finals in the Women's 60 kg Wushu (Sanda), thus assuring herself a bronze.(Medal Tally | Schedule | Full Coverage | Day 2 Streaming)
She outplayed her opening opponent in the quarterfinal, Aiman Karshyga of Kazakhstan, convincingly through points difference.
An incredible achievement by @Roshibina Naorem Devi in #Wushu at #AsianGames2022— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) September 25, 2023
She's dashed her way into the semifinals & a🏅is assured for her tomorrow 🥳
Her dedication and prowess in the sport are truly commendable.
India is proud of her outstanding performance 🥳… pic.twitter.com/19RqeIOuqY
Roshibina Devi had won the bronze medal at the last Asian Games in the same category.
Notably, she was a gold medallist in the same category at the 2019 South Asian Games.
In the men's section, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh reached quarterfinals after winning his pre-quarters bout against Islombek Khaydarov of Uzbekistan in the 60kg category in Sanda.
His bout lasted three rounds as the Indian prevailed 2-1.
Partap, also a bronze medallist from the previous edition of the Asian Games, has won a couple of medals of the same colour in the World Wushu Championships.
He also won the gold medal in the 2016 South Asian Games.
In the final men's bout of the day in the 65 kg category, Vikrant Baliyan was knocked out in the pre-quarters by Samuel Marbun of Indonesia by a 1-2 margin.
Although the bout was closely contested, the Indian struggled to match his opponent's agility and speed.
Baliyan is a bronze medallist of the 2019 World Wushu Championships, besides winning the gold medal during the 2019 South Asian Games.