The 18th Asian Games have begun in Jakarta and Palembang and India is performing excellent on Day 1. India has got its first medal on first day of the event. Shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar have won Bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. India had maintained 2nd position with the scores: Apurvi Chandela + Ravi Kumar - 205.5 + 10.2 +10.2+ 10.3+ 10.5+ 9.7+ 10.7+ 10.3+10.3+10.5+10.3+ =308.5.
Indians were eyeing for gold, however, the shooters slipped to thiirs position with the final scores: Apurvi Chandela + Ravi Kumar - 9.7 + 10.6 + 9.7 +9.7 = 420.2
China won Silver and Chinese Taipei won Gold.
Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma scored a total of 759 point in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification with scores of 189 187 192 191. They did not make it to the finals.
Manu Bhaker was in limelight when she won gold in 10m air pistol respectively at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.However, the competition at CWG is much easier than Asian Games.
Talking about the Wrestling, Sushil Kumar has lost with 3-5 in his opener to Bahrain's Adam Batirov. However, there is still a hope that he might win Bronze only if Batirov makes it to the finals.
Well, with the bronze on 10 m Rifle on Day 1, India can expect more victories in Asian Games. India is participating in 34 sports out of the total 40. About 312 men and 258 women athletes from India are participating in the event.
At the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, India won 57 medals which included 37 bronze, 9 silver, and 11 gold medals.
We congratulate Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela for their win and wish good luck to other athletes who are representing India.