Asian Games 2018: Old warhorse Sharath Kamal, new sensation Manika break new grounds

Asian Games 2018: Old warhorse Sharath Kamal, new sensation Manika break new grounds

Jakarta: On Day 11, Arpinder Singh and Swapna Barman added golden hue to India Asian Games 2018 medal tally. Arpinder claimed the men’s triple jump gold medal with a jump of 16.77 metres while Swapna Barman recorded over 6000 points to claim the heptathlon gold.

Dutee Chand won a silver in the women’s 200 metres, while the table tennis mixed doubles pair of Manika Batra and Achanta Sharath Kamal registered a bronze medal.

Swapna Barman held a slender 63-point lead over her Chinese rival Wang Qingling after the end of six events on Tuesday. All she had to do in the 800 metres, the last event, was to stay within 4 seconds of Wang’s time. But Swapna beat Wang to the tape and sealed off the gold medal.

As a result of these path-breaking performances, the country remained on course to better its previous edition’s haul and tallied 54 medals — 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze.

August 30, 2018

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