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Asian Games: India bags 69 medals; Lovlina Borgohain and Neeraj Chopra to play for gold

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At the Hangzhou Asian Games in China, India clinched two gold, two silver and five bronze medals yesterday, taking country’s overall medal tally to 69. It comprises, 15 gold, 26 silver and 28 bronze. India currently holds fourth position in the overall medal table behind China, Japan and Republic of Korea. The two gold medals came in Athletics yesterday.

While, Annu Rani got the place at the centre of the podium in women’s javelin throw, Parul Chaudhary left every one behind in the women’s 5000 metre race. In Canoeing, the duo of Arjun Singh and Sunil Singh Salam won a momentous bronze in the men’s 1000m event. This was the second canoe medal of the country in Asian Games history after 1994.

Today, India’s Neeraj Chopra will step out to defend his men’s javelin throw crown. Olympic medal winner pugilist Lovlina Borgohain will also be punching for gold in the women’s 75kg category against China’s Li Qian. In other athletics events of the day, the Indian men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams will also be in the medal hunt. Avinash Sable will run the 5000m.

The Indian men’s hockey team will be playing the semi-finals against the Republic of Korea. Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Bridge, Chess, Diving, Hockey and Equestrian would be the other events where India would have high hopes for the medal today.

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