India ends Asian Games campaign with 69 medals
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India ends Asian Games campaign with 69 medals

Jakarta: Indian boxer Amit Panghal opened India’s medal tally on Day 14 of the Asian Games 2018 by winning a gold in men’s Light Fly (49kg) event.

Amit beat 2016 Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan via a 3-2 split verdict. By virtue of this win, Amit also gave India their first gold in boxing at the 2018 Asiad.

Adding to India’s medal tally, the Indian pair of Pranab Bardhan/Shibnath Sarkar won gold medal in Bridge men’s pair event. The 60-year-old Pranab and 56-year-old Shibhnath finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals. India’s 2018 Asian Games gold medal tally now stands at 15.

Meanwhile, India clinched the silver medal after going down 0-2 to Hong Kong in women’s team squash final. The Indian women’s team comprising of Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna were blanked by Hong Kong.

Later in the day, the Indian men’s hockey team clinched a bronze medal at the Asian Games 2018. India defeated Pakistan 2-1 by a slender margin in the bronze medal play-off match.

For India, Akashdeep Singh (3rd minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (50th) were on target where as for Pakistan Atiq Muhammad (52nd) scored the lone goal. India are now in eighth spot with a total of 69 medals (15 gold, 24 silver 30 bronze), surpassing their highest Asian Games tally of 65 medals at the 2010 Guangzhou edition.

Rani Rampal named India’s flag-bearer for closing ceremony: Women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal has been named India’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games 2018.

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Rani Rampal led India to a successful Asian Games campaign as they came agonizingly close to winning an Asiad hockey gold after 36 years. However, India, who made their first final in 20 years, failed to go past Japan, losing the final 1-2 to clinch the silver medal. In the tournament, Rani scored three goals.

On Sept.2, the pan-Asian Games will officially close for the next four years. Hangzhou, China will host the Games in 2022.

September 2, 2018

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