Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023

India At Asian Games 2023, Day 8: Avinash Sable Win Gold; Men's Badminton Team Win Silver - As It Happened

India At Asian Games 2023, Day 8: Avinash Sable Win Gold; Men's Badminton Team Win Silver - As It Happened

Asian Games 2023 October 1 Highlights: What a day for India as they clinched three golds, four silver and three bronze medals

India's Avinash Mukund Sable celebrates after winning the men's 3000m steeplechase final.
India's Avinash Mukund Sable celebrates after winning the men's 3000m steeplechase final. AP

India's Avinash Sable clinched gold in the men's 3000m steeplechase whereas Indian badminton team are also locked in a gold medal match against China. Nikhat Zareen won bronze in the Women's 50kg category. Tajinder Pal Singh Toor defended his Asian Games gold medal in Men's Shot Put. Earlier, Kynan Darius Chenai clinched a bronze medal for India in the men's 50m trap event. Golfer Aditi Ashok also won India's first medal on Sunday, a silver in the women's individual round. Also, the women's team won a silver medal in the 25m trap event. Follow live scores and updates from Day 8 of the 2023 Asian Games here. (Medal Tally | Schedule | Full Coverage | Sports News

7:48 pm: Signing Off
With this, we are signing off the day. But not before finding out what's in store for tomorrow. Check here

7:45 pm: Phew, can we take a BREATHER!
Some day! Controversy, medals, more medals, it just had everything a Sunday could offer

7:42 pm: Badminton - Men's Gold medal match - India vs China
India have won silver as China claim gold as they win the tie 3-2

7:20 pm: Athletics - Jyothi Yarraji's much deserved silver
-Wu Yanni of China was stopped for a false start during the 100m hurdles finals at the Asian Games 2023. She had even repeated this at the Asian Athletics Championship 2023 in Thailand. In that race, Yarraji had clinched gold. The duo went head-to-head again at the World University Games this year, with the India claiming bronze and the Wu taking silver.

India's Jyothi Yarraji
India's Jyothi Yarraji X/afiindia

7:14 pm: Jyothi Yarraji has won Silver!
According to the official Hangzhou Asian Games website, Wu Yanni is DQ and Yarraji is upgraded to silver. That was some drama.

7:09 pm: Athletics - Women's 100m hurdles
More on Jyothi Yarraji's 'false start' follows

6:56 pm: Athletics - Women's 100m hurdles
India's Jyothi Yarraji wins bronze (result pending) in the controversial women's 100m hurdles in the Asian Games.

6:48 pm: Athletics - Women's 100m hurdles
Jyothi Yarraji and Wu are pulled up for a false start. Officials have called up both the ladies.

6:36 pm: Athletics - Women's Discus Throw
Seema Punia throws 58.62 to win bronze and another medal to India's tally.

6:28 pm: Athletics - Women's 800m Heptathlon
Nandini Agasara clinches bronze in the women's 800m Heptathlon.

6:21 pm: Athletics - Men's Long Jump Final
India's Murali Sreeshankar wins Silver as he jumped 8.00 in his last attempt.

6:11 pm: Athletics
Ajay Kumar Saroj wins silver, while Jinson Johnson bronze in men's 1500m.

6:04 pm: Athletics - Men’s Long Jump Final 
India's Murali Sreeshankar has some words with the officials regarding his jump

5:57 pm: Athletics - Women's 1500m
India's Harmilan Bains win silver in the Women's 1500m race.

5:56 pm: Badminton - Men's Gold match
China's Li Shi Feng beats India's Kidambi Srikanth in the third game as the tie is now: India 2 - 1 China.

5:38 pm: A familiar face in the building

5:32 pm: Men's Shot Put - Gold Medal Alert
Tajinder Pal Singh Toor defends his Asian Games gold medal and India grab their 13th Gold medal at the Games.

5:00 pm: Men's Badminton - Gold medal match - IND vs CHN
India are now 2 - 0 China in the gold medal match in the men's badminton.

4:53 pm: Athletics - Men's 3000m Steeplechase
India's Avinash Sable takes gold. What a race for the Indian.

4:46 pm: Boxing - Women's 50kg
Nikhat Zareen win bronze, as she loses to Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat.

4:42 pm: Boxing - Women's 50kg
Nikhat Zareen takes on Chuthamat Raksat in women’s 50kg semifinal

4:01 pm: India have taken the Lead against China
Lakshya has beaten his Chinese opponent, Shi 22-20, 14-21, 21-19 to give India 1-0 lead.

3:28 pm: Men's Badminton - Gold medal match - India vs China
Lakshya Sen loses the second game 14-21. All to play for in the third.

3:07 pm: Men's Badminton - Gold medal match - India vs China
Lakshya Sen takes game 1 22-20. What a game it's turning out to be.

3:01 pm: Women's Hockey - India vs Korea (1-1)
The Indian women's hockey team was held to a 1-1 draw by South Korea but the Savita Punia-led unbeaten side still continued to lead its pool in the Asian Games here on Sunday. Navneet Kaur (44th min) scored the equaliser for the higher-ranked India after Cho Hyejin (12th) had put South Korea ahead at the Gongshu Canal Sports Park Stadium. Thanks to the draw, the Indian team, currently ranked sixth in the world, held onto the top spot in Pool A by goal difference over 12-ranked Korea. The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the semi-finals. 

2:40 pm: Men's Badminton - Gold medal match
India's gold medal match against China has began.

2:38 pm: Women's Hockey - Indian Women equalise!
India have equalised. Deep Grace Ikka’s drag flick gives Savita Punia's side a much-needed goal in 3rd quarter. 

2:11 pm: Updates: Women's hockey - Halftime
India is behind 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a penalty stroke goal by South Korea in the first quarter!

India 0-1 South Korea  (Half-Time)

2:08 pm: Shooting - Medal Secured!
KD Chenai of India is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in the men's trap final. Mohammed Al-Rumaihi of Qatar has been eliminated.

1:52 pm: Women's Hockey South Korea lead!
South Korea is awarded a penalty stroke following a stick block by Udita inside the circle. Hyejin converts it effortlessly! India is officially on the path!

South Korea 0-1 India (12')

1:45 pm: Shooting Update
After 10 shots, Chenai is fourth and Zoravar is fifth in the men's Trap final. Both struck the target eight times.

12: 45 pm: Women's Boxing 60kg - Jasmine is out!
She unanimously won the first round against her North Korean opponent. However, in round 2, Won battled back and began to assault Jasmine with jabs and blows! Jasmine lost control and became exhausted. The referee interrupted the match when she began to grip the opponent. She is defeated by RSC.

12:32 pm: Update for Archery
Pravin Deotale is third with 237 points after 24 of 72 arrows in the men's compound individual qualification round. Meanwhile, Abhishek Verma is ranked 15th, while Prathamesh Jawkar is ranked 16th. In the meanwhile, India is third in the men's team qualifying event.

Ankita Bhakat is 16th after 24 of 72 arrows in the women's recurve individual qualifying, Simranjeet Kaur is 27th, Bhaan Kaur is 32nd, and Prachi Singh is 40th. Meanwhile, India is ranked seventh in team qualifying.

11:55 am: Parveen through to 57kg semis!
Parveen won her 57kg quarterfinal against Uzbek Sitora after the judges decided in her favour in round 3. She hung on in the final round and secured a decisive victory. She has advanced to the 57kg semi-finals!

11:53 am: Parveen gets Round 1!
Parveen hits her opponent with several solid jabs. But Sitora is equal to her and lands a few hits on the Indian as well. Parveen is a touch too quick, and she appears to have done enough to win the opening round of this women's 57kg quarterfinal! The judges unanimously ruled in favour of Parveen.

11:00 am: Men's golf has had a poor showing!
India's men's golf performance has been dismal, in striking contrast to Aditi Ashok's exploits in the women's tournament. Anirban Lahiri is now ranked 12th, Khalin Joshi is ranked 27th, SSP Chowrasia is ranked 29th, and Shubhankar Sharma is ranked 32nd. Indian men are fifth in the team event.

10:20 am: Update for Shooting
Prithviraj Tondaiman, Kynan Chenai and Zoravar Singh Sandhu claim the men's trap shooting gold medal.

10:15 am: Update for Golf
Aditi Ashok slipped up on the final day, carding a topsy-turvy 73 to settle with a silver medal. Despite the disappointment, she did give India a first medal in women's golf at the Asian Games. She started with a commanding seven-stroke lead, but her advantage evaporated thanks to four bogeys and a double bogey, then subsequently finished behind Thailand's Arpichaya Yubol. South Korea's Hyunjo Yoo took the bronze.

9:55 am: India claims silver in women's trap team
Indian trap shooters have won silver in the women's trap team event. The trio of Rajeshwari Kumari, Keer Manisha, and Preeti Rajak earned 337 points, finishing ahead of Kazakhstan (334) and behind China (355).

9:30 am: Shooting: India in medal-winning position!
This is fascinating! Prithviraj Tondaiman's 24/25 has propelled India to the gold medal position in the men's Trap team event. However, the difference between the first and second (Kuwait) is only one point. This is going to come down to the wire.

9:14 am: Golf Updates
In terms of the Indian men's golf team's performance, they are now in seventh position, 12 strokes behind Hong Kong, who are third. Meanwhile, in the individual rankings, Anirban Lahiri is ranked T13, followed by SSP Chawrasia at T25, KH Joshi at T28, and Shubhankar Sharma, who is ranked 32nd.

9:10 am: Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Singh came out on top
In their mixed doubles squash Pool A match, India's Dipika Pallikal and Harinder Pal Singh defeated South Korea's Hwayeong Eum and Jaejin Yoo 2-0. The Indians won the first game 11-2 and the second game 11-5.

9:00 am: Aditi Ashok's advantage is shrinking!
Aditi's advantage has shrunk to one stroke with three holes left. The gold medal she had her heart set on seemed to be slipping away. Aditi missed a regulation putt that she had been smoothly putting away the day before, with the ball stopping just centimetres shy from the cup, highlighting the tight margins in golf. She makes a painful bogey on the 15th hole. There are only three more holes to go.

India has also dropped out of the top three women's teams.

8:55 am: Setback for Aditi Ashok
Aditi Ashok had a setback on the 14th hole when she missed a pretty straightforward putt from approximately 10 yards away, eventually salvaging a par with a tap-in. With only four holes remaining, Aditi must keep her concentration. Aditi showed tenacity on the fifteenth hole, producing a fantastic recovery from a bunker with a smart loft, setting herself for a chance at par. Xiyu Lin of China, on the other hand, hit a superbly measured putt for a birdie on the fifteenth hole, narrowing the deficit to just two strokes behind Aditi. Meanwhile, Arpichaya, who was also aiming for a birdie, misses her chance and settles for a par.

8:15 am: Amlan Borgohain qualifies for men's 200m final
Amlan Borgohain advances to the men's 200m final after coming third in his heat with a time of 21.08. The Indian ran well and was in a close battle with Japan's Shoto Uno, who finished second in his heat. Uno recorded 20.87 and managed to keep up with Amlan, who was initially second, but the Indian ran out of steam there.

7:45 am: Shooting Update
In the fourth round of the men's trap event, India's Zoravar Singh Sandhu achieves a magnificent 25. He is presently ranked third on the standings. Prithviraj Tondaiman, who also scored 25, is ranked 11th. India is presently in second place in the team event.

7:45 am: Jyothi misses!
Jyothi Yarraji did not qualify for the women's 200m final. Her time of 23.78 placed her third in her heat. According to the qualification regulations, the first two in each heat qualify, and the next two quickest also progress to the final! Huang Guifen (23.54) of China and Thi Nhi Yen Tran (23.75) of Vietnam fill their spots!

7:39 am: Nandini improves on her first jump
Nandini improved on her first leap by landing 5.94 metres on her third try, keeping her second place. Swapna, on the other hand, stumbled in her second leap, covering only 3.36 metres. She regained her footing in the third try, but only achieved 5.71 metres. Nandini is presently ranked third in the Heptathlon standings, with a total of 831 points, while Swapna is ranked seventh. Now it's time for the javelin.

7:18 am: Jyothi Yarraji needs to wait
Jyothi Yarraji went off quickly as the whistle blew, but lost steam in the final stages of the race. She comes third in the women's 200m Heat with a time of 23.78, after China's Lu Yuting (23.67) and Kazakh athlete Olga Safronova (23.71). According to the qualification regulations, the first two in each heat qualify, and the next two quickest also progress to the final! As a result, Yarraji will have to wait.

7:15 am: Archery
Jyothi Vennam of India got off to a terrific start on the opening day of the competition, leaping to the top place in compound qualification. Vennan finished with a score of 236 after shooting 24 arrows. Aditi Swami is ranked seventh, and Parneet Kaur is ranked fifteenth. Avneet Kaur ranks 25th with 225 points.

7:04 am: Megha Pradeep into canoe sprint semis
Megha Pradeep qualified for the canoe sprint 200m women's semifinals after coming fifth in her heats with a time of 56.705 seconds.

6:57 am: Women's Heptathlon - Long Jump (after first attempt)
Nandini Asagara of India got her season's best result in the women's heptathlon long jump event, leaping 5.91 metres on her first try. This puts her in second place, with just Ekaterina Veronina of Uzbekistan ahead of her. Nandini achieved a distance of 5.77 metres on her second attempt. Swapna Barman, an Indian participant, accomplished a first jump of 5.63 metres.

6:44 am: Women's Heptathlon - Long Jump
Nandini Agasara finished second in the round with a 5.91 on her first long jump attempt. Meanwhile, Swapna Barman's time has not yet arrived.

Asian Games 2023 Day 8: Today's Schedule


Tushar Shelke, Atanu Das, Mirnal Chauhan and Dhiraj Bommadevara - Recurve men's individual (Qualification)

Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Parneet Kaur, Avneet Kaur and Aditi Swami - Compound women's individual (Qualification)

Prathamesh Jawkar, Ojas Pravin Deotale, Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan - Compound men's individual (Qualification)

Prachi Singh, Simranjeet Kaur, Bhajan Kaur and Ankita Bhakat - Recurve women's individual (Qualification)


Tajinderpal Singh Toor and Sahib Singh - Men's shot put (Final) at 4:30 pm

Jeswin Aldrin and Sreeshankar Murali - Men's long jump (Final) at 4:40 pm

Avinash Sable - Men's 3000m steeplechase (Final) at 4:45 pm

Seema Punia - Women's discus throw (Final) at 5:35 pm

Harmilan Bains and Deeksha - Women's 1,500m (Final) at 5:50 pm

Jinson Johnson and Ajay Saroj - Men's 1,500m (Final) at 6:00 pm

Jyothi Yarraji and Nithya Ramraj - Women's 100m hurdles (Final) at 6:45 pm

Megha Pradeep - Women's canoe single 200m (Heat 1)

Jyothi Yarraji - Women's 200m (Round 1 - Heat 1) at 7:10 am

Soniya Devi - Women's kayak single 500m (Heat 2)

Amlan Borgohain - Men's 200m (Round 1 - Heat 4) at 7:45 am

Swapna Barman and Nandini Agasara - Women's Heptathlon Long Jump at 6:30 am onwards

Swapna Barman and Nandini Agasara - Women's Heptathlon Javelin Throw at 6:30 am onwards


India vs China - Men's team (Final) at 2:30 pm


India vs China - Women's (Group stage) at 5:30 pm


Nikhat Zareen vs Raksat Chuthamat - Women's 50kg (semi-final) at 4:30 pm

Jasmine Lamboria vs Ungyong Won - Women’s 60kg (Quarterfinal) at 12:30 pm

Parveen Hooda vs Sitora Turdibekova - Women’s 57kg (Quarterfinal) at 11:45 am


Men's, women's and mixed team (Round Robin 2)


Men's and women's teams (Round 3)


Vikas Kumar-Noreway Harry, Apurva Dabhade-Valtho Des Peulpliers and Ashish Limaye-Willy Be Dun - Eventing cross-country team and individual events


Anirban Lahiri, SSP Chawrasia, Hitesh Joshi and Shubhankar Sharma - Men's individual and team (Round 4) at 4:00 am

Aditi Ashok, Pranavi Urs and Avani Prashanth - Women's individual and team (Round 4) at 4:00 am


India vs South Korea - Women's (Group stage) at 1:30 pm


Aditya Dhopaokar vs Hassan Rasooli - Men's 81kg (Pre-quarters and semis) 7:00 am onwards

Roller skating:

Vikram Ingale and Aryanpal Singh Ghuman - Men’s Speed Skating 1,000m (Heats, semis and final)

Sanjana Bathula and Karthika Jagadeeshwaran - Women’s Speed Skating 1,000m (Heats, semis and final)


India vs Japan - Men's Quadrant (Group match) at 11:30 AM

India vs China - Women's Quadrant (Group match)

India vs Lao - Women’s Quadrant (Group match)


Megha Pradeep: 200m women canoe heats at 7:00 AM

Soniya Devi: 500m women's kayak single at 7:26 AM


Prithviraj Tondaiman, Darius Chenai and Zoravar Sandhu - Men's trap individual and team (Qualification - Phase 2 and team final) at 6:30 am onwards

Manisha Keer, Preeti Rajak, Rajeshwari Kumari - Women's trap individual (Qualification - Phase 2 and team final) at 6:30 am onwards

Men's and women's trap (Final)

Squash: 8:30 am onwards

India vs Philippines - Mixed doubles (Pool D match)

India vs Pakistan - Mixed doubles (Pool A match)

India vs Pakistan - Mixed doubles (Pool D match)

India vs South Korea - Mixed Doubles (Pool A match)

Mahesh Mangaonkar vs Jonathan Reyes - Men's singles (Round of 32)


India vs China - Women’s (Pool match) at 4:30 pm