8.12 pm: And that is it for India’s medal events on the day.


Shardul Vihan


Ankita Raina
Kabaddi team

Overall: 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 10 Bronze

7.39 pm: Joshna Chinappa wins her first round match as well to make it a perfect day for the squash contingent in Indonesia. She won 11-2, 11-8, 11-10 to reach the quarterfinals.

7.30 pm: Tennis

Rohan Bopanna and Ankita Raina miss out on a chance to win two medals each at the Games, go down in the semis 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.

7.05 pm: Medal Tally

China are comfortably at the top of the medal table – with 55 gold medals. India are in 10th position with 4 golds, 4 silvers and 10 bronze medals.

7.01 pm: Swimming

A South Korean swimmer was assaulted by a Chinese athlete following an altercation at the Asian Games, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

The incident happened after Kim Hye-jin accidentally struck the Chinese swimmer’s face while training at Jakarta’s Aquatic Center, Yonhap said, citing the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC).

The Chinese swimmer, who was not named, kicked Kim and the pair had to be separated by athletes and coaches, the report said.

“Two swimmers had a quarrel after they had physical contact,” a KSOC official was quoted as saying. “Kim apologised first, but apparently the Chinese athlete couldn’t understand what she said and assaulted her.”

Chinese staff apologised to their South Korean counterparts for the incident at the scene and again later in the athletes’ village, according to the KSOC. (AFP)

6.53 pm: Women’s basketball

Hosts Indonesia beat India 69-66 to progress to the quarter-final, where they will face China.

The Indian side played their hearts but missed out by a whisker. India mounted a brilliant comeback in the second half but eventually lost out by a heartbreaking three points in a thrilling finish.

6.41 pm: Squash

Dipika Pallikal is through to the quarterfinal with a straight games win over Indonesia’s Siti Rehman.

6.31 pm: Kabaddi

Gorgan, a city with a population of 3.3 lakh, is the birthplace of the sport in Iran. Jaideep Vaidya had spoken to two of the biggest stars in the Iran national team, Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mohajer Mighani, to understand how the game has grown in the West Asian country.

Read the FULL PIECE here.

6.25 pm: Golf

In the men’s individual golf event, India’s Aadil Bedi is tied for second place after round one. He kept things very steady for most part and managed to get birdies on the 11th, 17th and 18th holes. Wonderful stuff. He is just one shot off the leader – Keita Nakajima of Japan leads with a score of -4.

6.20 pm: Kabaddi

Haunting images after India’s defeat. The 7-time champions will have to be content with a bronze medal. #Correction: We had earlier mentioned that they will play Pakistan in the bronze medal match. But both teams get a bronze medal.

5.40 pm: Swimming

India’s Srihari Nataraj finishes sixth in the 200m butterfly final with a time of 2:02.83. China’s Xu Jiayu wins the gold with 1:53.99.

5.32 pm: The look on the India captain Ajay Thakur’s face tells the story...this is a huge upset!

5.29 pm: Kabaddi

It’s happened. The unthinkable has happened! India have been knocked out of the kabaddi tournament at the Asian Games, in the semi-finals by Iran. The Iranians were magnificent in their defence and just did not allow India’s star raiders to score points. Iran won the match 27-18 and move on to the final, where they will take on South Korea.

Since 1990, when kabaddi was introduced in the Asian Games, India have always won gold. Not this time.

5.22 pm: Kabaddi

UPSET ALERT! Iran lead India 25-14 with just three minutes to go. India have never failed to win gold at the Asian Games before.

5.02 pm: Badminton

India’s second mixed doubles pair Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra have also lost their first-round match, to Malaysia’s PS Chan/LY Goh 15-21, 21-13.

5 pm: Kabaddi

At half-time in the men’s semi-final, India and Iran are tied at 9-9. It’s been an exciting match so far. Iran were trailing in the beginning but some superb defence led by Abozer Meghani pulled Iran back into the match. This is not going to be easy for India. Far from it.

4.39 pm: Badminton

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa have lost in straight games to Thailand’s Dechapol Puvaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the first round. After a tight first game, which the Indians lost 25-27, Satwik and Ashwini lost the second 16-21.

4.37 pm: Swimming

Virdhawal Khade finishes a disappointing eighth and last in the 50m butterfly final with a timing of 24.48 seconds. His timing in the heats was 24.09 seconds, which would have placed him sixth in the final. Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling wins the gold with 23.61 sec.

4.30 pm: Swimming

The men’s 50m butterfly final is about to begin, with Virdhawal Khade in the mix! Stay tuned...

4.28 pm: Tennis

A confirmed medal for Prajnesh G as he converts his sixth match point to finally win the tiebreaker against South Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(8). He’s through to the semi-finals.

4.15 pm: Badminton

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa have lost a thrilling first game 25-27 against Thailand’s Dechapol Puvaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai. The Indians were trailing 8-16 at one stage before fighting back.

3.58 pm: Tennis

Prajnesh G squanders four match points against a visibly injured Sonwoo Kwon in the third set tiebreak, before weather forces a brief interval. The score is 6-7, 6-4, 6-6.

3.45 pm: Bowling

There were two Indian teams in the men’s trios and they end up 21st and 27th. Japan (gold), Malaysia (silver), and Singapore (bronze) win the medals.

3.40 pm: Women’s vault final – Gymnastics

Korea’s Yeo Seojeong wins the gold with an average score of 14.387, while Uzbekistan’s 43-year-old gymnast Oksana Chusovitina gets the silver with 14.287. Aruna Budda Reddy and Pranati Nayak come seventh and eighth respectively.

3.35 pm: Women’s vault final – Gymnastics

Pranati Nayak goes for a high difficulty vault of 5.60 but fails miserably, falling on her back. The judges gave her 7.425 for execution, making it a total of 12.725. Her second vault, with a difficulty level of 4.40, was a little better as she landed on her feet but was not stable. The second vault was given 8.175 for execution, taking her total to 12.575. Her average score is 12.650.

3.27 pm: Women’s vault final – Gymnastics

Aruna Budda Reddy lands on her knee in her first vault, which had a low difficulty level of 4.600. Her second vault, with a higher difficulty of 4.800, was a lot better, as she ended up with a total of 13.425.

2.56 pm: Congratulatory messages are pouring in for Shardul Vihan.

2.48 pm: Canoeing

India’s Champa Mourya finishes seventh in the women’s singles with a score of 161.63. The gap between her and the gold winner, China’s Chen Shi, is 51.31 points.

2.44 pm: Weightlifting

Ajay Singh ends up in fifth place in the men’s 77 kg category with a total lift of 327 kg. He missed the bronze medal by 14 kg.

2.40 pm: Archery

India’s Atanu Das loses a tight quarter-final match against Indonesia’s Riau Ega Agata Salsabilla 7-3. The two archers shared the first three sets, before the Indonesian won the next two. An 8 in the fifth set cost the Indian.

2.30 pm: Men’s double trap final

It’s a silver for the 15-year-old Shardul Vihan as he ends up one point behind Shin Hyunwoo, who gets the gold! In the first of the two gold-medal rounds of 10, Vihan missed two targets, taking his score to 64/70, while Shin shot all his targets to open up a two-point gap at the top. In the second round, Shardul missed one target and Shin missed two, but the Korean still had a one-point lead to bag the gold.

2.24 pm: Men’s double trap final

Shardul Vihan has a perfect sixth series to take his score to 55/60. Shin H misses one target, as the gap between him and the Indian narrows down to one point. Qatar’s Al Marri gets the bronze with 53/60. Can Shardul win the gold?

2.20 pm: Men’s double trap final

Shardul Vihan misses two shots in his fifth series to drop to joint second along with Qatar’s Hamad Ali Al Marri, both scoring 45/50. Korea’s Shin H is going strong at 47/50.

2.13 pm: Men’s double trap final

Shardul Vihan continues to lead after 30 shots with a score of 28. We are now into the elimination rounds.

2.11 pm: Kabaddi

The Indian women’s team cruises into the final after beating Chinese Taipei 27-14 in the semi-finals.

2.09 pm: Men’s double trap final

Shardul Vihan continues to lead after 20 shots despite missing one shot, but Korea’s Hyunwoo Shin has caught up with him with 19/20.

2.05 pm: Men’s double trap final

India’s Shardul Vihan has a perfect score of 10/10 after the first 10 shots. Korea’s Hyunwoo Shin is second with 9/10.

1.59 pm: Weightlifting

Some disturbing news coming from the weightlifting arena as Sathish Sivalingam seems to have injured himself after a failed attempt of 178 kg in clean and jerk. Sathish had failed his second attempt of 175 kg but still went for 178 kg in his final attempt in desperation. Turned out to be a bad move.

Meanwhile, Ajay Singh has successfully lifted 177 kg in his second attempt.

1.50 pm: Weightlifting

The clean and jerk section has started, where India’s Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh have both successfully lifted 170 kg in their first attempts.

1.48 pm: Badminton

Saina Nehwal wastes no time in dispatching Iran’s Soraya Aghaeihajiagha 21-7, 21-9 in the first round. In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy have also won their opening match 21-10, 21-8 against TA Mohamed and MA Rasheed.

1.45 pm: Tennis

Prajnesh G, the last Indian remaining in men’s singles, drops the first set against Korea’s Sonwoo Kwon 6-7(2) in the quarter-finals.

1.40 pm: Weightlifting

Ajay Singh attempts a lift of 148 kg in his third snatch attempt but fails, which means he will end this round with a best lift of 145 kg.

1.38 pm: Badminton

India’s second women’s doubles pair Arathi Sara Sunil and Rutaparna Panda have lost their first-round match against Chayanit Chaladchalam and Phataimas Muenwong 11-21, 6-21.

1.34 pm: Golf

All three Indian women have finished their first rounds. Diksha Dagar shot a 71 and is at 1-under, tied-8th; Sifat Sagoo is at 3-over, tied for 24th, while Ridhima Dilawari is +5, tied-28th.

1.33 pm: Pencak Silat

Winning start for the Indian contingent as N Boynao Singh beats Kyrgystan’s Sulaimankul 5-0 in the Men’s Class B : 50kg to 55kg Round of 16 match.

1.30 pm: Badminton

Sindhu survives a scare! The world No 3 squandered two match points against world No 52 Vu Thi Trang before winning the decider 23-21. Sindhu wins the first-round match 21-10, 12-21, 23-21. She will take on world junior champion Gregoria Tunjung in the second round.

1.11 pm: Women’s double trap – shooting

India’s Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman come sixth and seventh in the final, thereby missing out on a medal. Singh scored 121, while Varman got 120. China’s Li Qingnian got the gold medal with 136.

1.04 pm: Weightlifting

Sathish Kumar Sivalingam fails his second snatch attempt, of 144 kg, but manages it in his third. He is unlikely to win a medal. Ajay Singh, meanwhile, lifts a clean second attempt of 145 kg.

12.56 pm: Badminton

Over on the badminton courts, PV Sindhu has been taken into a third game by world No 52 Vu Thi Trang in the first round. Sindhu won the first game comfortably 21-10, but one too many errors in the second resulted in the Vietnamese winning it 21-12. Is this a huge upset in the making?

12.52 pm: Weightlifting

India’s Sathish Kumar Sivalingam and Ajay Singh have both lifted 140 kg in their first snatch attempts in the men’s 77 kg.

12.45 pm: Men’s double trap final – Shooting

India’s Shardul Vihar, just 15 years old, has qualified for the final after shooting 28, 28, 29, 27, and 29 in five rounds for a total of 141. He tops the qualification charts. However, his compatriot Ankur Mittal, with 134, is unlikely to make the cut.

12.20 pm: Badminton

Satwik and Chirag beat Hong Kong’s Chung/Tam 21-12, 21-14 to enter the second round. They were barely troubled in the match.

12.15 pm: Tennis

Ankita Raina puts up a brave fight against world No 34 Shuai Zhang of China in the women’s singles semi-finals but loses 4-6, 6-7. Ankita will get the bronze.

12.11 pm: Tennis

Men’s doubles top seed Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan were given a scare by unheralded Japanese pair Kaito Uesugi/Sho Shimabukuro before coming through 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the semi-finals. They are through to the gold-medal round.

12.04 pm: Badminton

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have won the first game against Hong Kong’s Chung/Tam 21-12. Easy going so far for the two Indians.

11.58 am: Tennis

It’s one set all in the men’s doubles semi-final. Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan fight back to take the second set 6-3 after losing the first 4-6 to Japanese pair of Sho Shimabukuro and Kaito Uesugi.

11.55 am: Kabaddi

The semi-final line-ups are in – the Indian men’s team will take on the formidable Iran, while the women will face Chinese Taipei.

11.40 am: Sports Climbing

India’s Chingkheinganba Maibam secures the 16th and final qualifying spot for the final in the men’s speed category, with a score of 7.53. China’s Zhong Qixin tops the chart with 5.82.

11.25 am: Archery

Atanu Das progresses to the quarter-finals, winning 7-3 against Denis Gankin. Deepika Kumari, however, has lost 3-7 against Taipei’s Lei Chien Ying. Vishwas also loses 1-7 to Abdullin Ilfat.

11.15 am: Tennis

The men’s doubles semi-final has begun with top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan taking on a Japanese pair in a bid to reach the final.

11.08 am: Badminton

Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy win their first-round match against Ng/Yeung of Hong Kong 21-16, 21-15.

11.05 am: We’ve just learnt that Virdhawal Khade’s swim of 24.09 seconds in the 50m butterfly heats is also a national record.

10.54 am: Badminton

Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy win the first game of their first-round match against Hong Kong’s Ng/Yeung 21-16. The Indians were comfortably leading 11-6 at the interval but allowed the Hong Kong pair to claw back to 15-15. A few errors by the Hong Kong pair towards the end ensured Ashwini and Sikki took the lead in the match. They will have to be more consistent though.

10.40 am: Shooting

The women’s double trap final is underway – there was no qualification. India have two contenders in Varsha Verman and Shreyasi Singh. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.

The men’s double trap qualification is also underway. Both Shardul Vihan and Ankur Mittal are in the top six after first two rounds.

10.30 am: Archery

In men’s recurve, Vishwas progresses to the round of 16 with a 6-2 win over Mongolia’s Purevsuren. Atanu Das is pushed to five sets by Pak Yong Won but makes it a perfect start for the men’s recurve archers, winning 7-3.

10.15 am: Archery

Promila Daimary has lost to Mongolia’s Bishandee Urantungalag 2-6 in the round of 32, while Deepika Kumari beat North Korea’s Ri Ji Hyang by a similar scoreline.

10.08 am: Volleyball

The Indian women’s team has lost to Kazakhstan in straight sets – 8-25, 19-25, 23-25. India have lost all three of their group matches so far.

10.05 am: Archery

All four of India’s archers who are scheduled to play today are currently in action. Stay tuned for updates...

9.55 am: Rowing

India’s men’s lightweight four team (Bhopal Singh, Jagvir Singh, Tejas Shinde and Pranay Naukarkar) also finish fourth in the A-final, thereby missing out on a medal. Their time recorded was 6:43.20, which was almost five seconds slower than the Uzbekistan team, which finished third.

9.45 am: Squash

Harinder Sandhu has won his round of 32 match against South Korea’s Ko Youngjo in straight games. Unfortunately, there is no livestream of squash and the Asian Games website also does not have the set scores, so we can’t provide you further details.

9.35 am: ICYMI, here’s Virdhawal Khade’s swim in the 50m butterfly heats, which secured him a spot in the final.

9.25 am: Rowing

Another medal missed in rowing for India as Malkeet Singh and Gurinder Singh come fourth in the men’s pair A-final after finishing 0.33 seconds behind the bronze medallists.

9.11 am: Srihari Nataraj’s timing of 2:02.97 in the 200m backstroke is his new personal best and also a new national record.

9.09 am: Rowing

India’s Poja and Sayali Shelke finish sixth and last in the A-final of the women’s doubles sculls with a timing of 8:21.76. China’s Jiang Yan and Li Jingjing won the race with 7:33.55.

9 am: Squash

India’s squash contingent get their campaign underway and men’s singles top seed Saurav Ghosal eases to a straight-games win in the round of 32.

8.55 am: Rowing

India’s Om Prakash and Swarn Singh miss out on a medal after finishing fourth in the men’s doubles sculls A-final. They were leading the pack after 1,500m of the 2,000m race but then fell behind in the last 500m. They missed out on the bronze by just over a second.

8.53 am: Swimming

Srihari Nataraj manages to sneak into the men’s 200m backstroke final after recording the seventh fastest time across three heats. The final will take place after 4.30 pm IST.

8.46 am: Rowing

India’s Sanjukta Dung Dung and Harpreet Kaur finish on top in the B-final of the women’s pair event, but that does not make them eligible for any medal.

8.44 am: Swimming

Advait Page finishes fifth in his 200m backstroke heat with 2:06.85 and is almost certain to not make the cut for the final.

8.39 am: Swimming

Srihari Nataraj finishes third in his heat of the men’s 200m backstroke with a timing of 2:02.97 but that is unlikely to be good enough to make the final.

8.33 am: Canoeing

Correction: Champa Mourya finishes seventh out of 10 semi-finalists. All 10 semi-finalists have made it to the final.

8.30 am: Canoeing

India’s Champa Mourya finishes fifth in the women’s single semi-finals with a score of 176.14. The top eight out of 10 semi-finalists make it to the final. Japan’s Ren Mishima tops the chart with a score of 122.62.

8.20 am: Rowing

India’s Dattu Bhonakal has finished last among six rowers in the men’s single sculls A-final with a timing of 8:28.56. He was in third position at the halfway mark of 1,000m but seems to have lost steam towards the end. China’s Zhang Liang wins the race with 7:25.36. Bhonakal is the only rower who took more than eight minutes to finish the race.

8.12 am: Swimming

Virdhawal Khade has a horrible 100m freestyle heat, recording a poor 59.11 seconds. The swimmer who finished above him in the heat in seventh position had 50.93 seconds. Khade’s qualification time for this event was 50.66 so something definitely seems to have gone wrong. Was he tired after his 50m butterfly heat, which ended less than half an hour ago? It could be the case.

8 am: Swimming

India’s Aaron Dsouza tops his heat in the 100m freestyle with a timing of 51.50 seconds but that is unlikely to be good enough to make the cut for the final.

7.46 am: Swimming

Virdhawal Khade has the fifth-best timing across six heats, which means he has made the cut for the final of the 50m butterfly. Joseph Schooling tops the chart with 23.84 seconds. The final will be around 4 pm IST.

7.36 am: Swimming

Virdhawal Khade expectedly tops his heat with a timing of 24.09 seconds but he has to wait for four more heats to end before he finds out whether he has qualified for the final.

7.33 am: Swimming

Anshul Kothari tops the unseeded heat, which had three swimmers, with a timing of 25.45 seconds, but that’s hardly going to be enough to qualify for the final.

7.30 am: Swimming

It’s time for the men’s 50m butterfly heats with India’s Anshul Kothari and Virdhawal Khade in the mix.

7.20 am: Golf

India’s Diksha Dagar is through with eight holes in the women’s individual round 1 and is currently leading with a -2, but a lot of the other golfers have just started so it will be a while before we get a clear picture.

Good morning and welcome to The Field’s live blog for Day 5 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

After disappointing exits from the team events, India’s badminton contingent kick off their campaigns in the individual events as the 18th Asian Games enters day five on Thursday. With relatively easier draws, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are expected to lead India’s charge for medals. Squash players get into action on Thursday as well.

Medal events of the day include men’s weightlifting (77kg) where Commonwealth Games champion Satish Sivalingam will be in action. Shooting features two finals as well while rowers are in action in various finals. With Dipa Karmakar missing out on qualification, Pranati Nayak and Aruna Budda Reddy could bring home a surprise medal in the women’s vault final.