08:45 pm: That’s a wrap for the day as far as India’s events are concerned. A sluggish start to the day and some disappointment from the squash courts in the afternoon but the Track and Field contingent and women’s hockey team lit up India’s evening. India’s tally now stands at 29 medals. Join us for more action on Sunday!

08:35 pm: GOLF

In case you missed it, the golfers had a disappointing outing overall in round 3. Details here.

08:33 pm: VOLLEYBALL

The men’s team, who finished second in their pool behind Qatar, have been drawn to face Japan, who topped pool B, in the 1-12 classification round.

Earlier, the women’s volleyball team missed out on a chance to clinch their first win in Pool B, losing a thriller against Taipei.

08:24 pm: Meanwhile, the hockey match ended 4-1 in India’s favour as the women’s team put in a fine display. India win three out of three and stay on top of Pool B. After being 1-1 in the first three quarters, the Indians managed to score thrice in the decisive final quarter.

Goalscorers for India: Navneet 15’, Gurjit 53’, 54’, Vandana 55’

Goalscorers for Korea: Yurim Lee 20’

08:22 pm: Just to clarify, there is some confusion over the correct spelling of India’s latest gold medal winner. Indian athletics websites and others previously used Tejinderpal. Official games site and AFI Twitter handle are using Tajinderpal now.

08:15 pm: Athletics

In the women’s 10000m final India finished outside medal positions.

08:07 pm:

08:05 pm: ATHLETICS

Muhammad Anas and Arokia Rajiv have both qualified for the 400m final. Anas finished with the best timing overall.

07:53 pm: HOCKEY

The women in blue have raced to a 4-1 lead at the fag end of the match against Korea. Three goals in three minutes!

Updates on the Live blog here.

07:47 pm: ATHLETICS

Hima Das and Nirmala Sheoran are through to the women’s 400m final. Nirmala finished first in her heat.


Hima Das time of 51.00s is a new NR. Her stunning rise continues! Manjeet Kaur’s mark of 51.05s is broken.


Tejinder Pal, with a new ASIAN GAMES RECORD, has confirmed his gold medal. STUNNING! Was comfortably ahead of the pack throughout. Celebrations are underway! Chants of Bharat Mata ki Jai from his contingent. Brilliant stuff.

07:32 pm: ATHLETICS

While Tejinder was going about setting a new Asiad record and celebrating it, Hima Das ran her 400m heat and qualified for the semifinal.

07:29 pm: ATHLETICS

What an effort. He really enjoyed that one, the big man. A NEW NATIONAL RECORD! He was in joy! Has one more attempt but doesn’t look he will need it.

07:25 pm: ATHLETICS


07:23 pm: ATHLETICS

Tejinder equals his mark of 19.96m from the first attempt. Wasn’t particularly pleased with his effort. The Indian seems to indicate that he fell back during the throw but it equals his best attempt.

07:18 pm: HOCKEY

It’s 1-1 at half-time. Praveen Sudevan says India’s looked a little hurried after conceding the equaliser. And, missed a chance to go 2-1 up. Two interesting quarters await us.

Q3 begins, you can follow updates on the live blog here.

07:16 pm: ATHLETICS

Shot Put action resumes. A gold coming India’s way soon?


India on Saturday were assured of two medals in the debut sport of bridge in the Asian Games after the men’s team and mixed team reached the semi-finals at Jakarta. After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the second spot.

More on that report here...

07:10 pm: Athletics

Confirmation that Tejinder is in the lead after the first 3 throws. After finishing 8th at CWG, can he finish with the gold here? All signs point to that...

Sanjeevani and Suriya, meanwhile, have fallen out of the frontrunners group in the 10000m final.

07:00 pm: BADMINTON

The badminton quarter-final is set in women’s singles. Some cracking contests lined up!

06:54 pm: ATHLETICS

Tejinder with another 19-plus throw on his 2nd attempt but does not improve. It’s a 19.15-metre throw this time for the 23-year-old. He’s looking good for gold as things stand though.

06:52 pm: HOCKEY

Indian women have take the lead against Korea! Live blog here.

06:51 pm: SQUASH

Word is that Saurav Ghosal had a strain in his leg during the semi-final. Could explain why he lost after taking a 2-0 lead in the semis. Hope it’s not serious to keep him out of the team event.

06:48 pm: WOMEN’S HOCKEY

End of first quarter. The search for the first goal continues. India 0-0 Korea

Details for that match in the live blog here.

06:45 pm: ATHLETICS

Tejinder Singh Pal Toor with a huge throw first up. The Indian almost touches 20 metres, with a throw of 19.96. He is currently 1st and now holds the top 2 throws in Asia this year.

06:38 pm: ATHLETICS

It’s time for the women’s 10000 metres. Sanjivani Jadhav and Suriya Loganathan will be India’s competitors in this event. This is a final. The race hasn’t started yet, seemingly due to some confusion over the entry list.

06:31 pm: BADMINTON

A non-India update but this is massive news from the men’s singles event. Indonesia have really been impressive across events so far and after Jonathan Christie packed off Shi Yuqi, Anthony Ginting now defeats Kento Momota in straight games. That’s a big, big win.

See what it meant for the fans.

Winning moments! Indonesia's Ginting beats world no. 1 Momota and Jakarta loved it.. #asiangames2018

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06:26 pm: VOLLEYBALL

After the men’s team win against Maldives earlier in the day, the Indian women, who are yet to win a match Pool B, are in action. They have won the first set against Taipei, trailing 19-23 in the second.

06:12 pm: ATHLETICS

Easy does it for Dutee Chand, she is through to the semi-finals of women’s 100m by winning her heat with a timing of 11.38s. Made a brilliant start and then captialised on it.

06:07 pm: ATHLETICS

It’s Dutee Chand time. Women’s 100m heat underway and Dutee is in lane 4.

06:05 pm: HOCKEY

Rani Rampal and Co face first real test against world No 10 Korea. Can they continue their unbeaten run?

Praveen Sudevan will have all the details for that match in his live blog here.

06:02 pm: Athletics

NO MEDAL FROM WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW FOR INDIA: Sarita finishes with a best of 62.03m, after a foul in her 6th attempt as well. Bronze eventually goes to Japan, with a 62.90 m. Her PB would have fetched Sarita a bronze here but it’s a creditable 5th place finish. The first and second place goes to China, with a massive lead over the rest of the pack.

05:54 pm: Athletics

Sarita fouls her fifth throw. She has one throw left to ensure a medal, currently lying in 4th. Watanabe has finished all her attempts. Sarita needs to better 62.45m.

05:50 pm: BADMINTON

So India’s hopes of a badminton medal now lie with Saina and Sindhu. It ever was thus. Reminder that India have never won a singles medal at the Asian Games before! Both Sindhu and Saina are one win away from changing that. Sindhu will face Jindapol in the quarterfinal while Saina will face the winner of Ratchanok Intanon vs Sung Ji Hyun (match in progress)


Sarita Singh manages a 60.57 metres in her 4th attempt. Not her best, she has two more efforts left to try and clinch a medal. Her Personal Best is 65.25.

05:40 pm: ATHLETICS

Arka Bhattacharya chips in with this tidbit on Sreeshankar, who looked impressive in his first jump of 7.83m (Personal Best: 7.99m)

“It’s an important competition for Sreeshankar. Has the capability to join the triumvirate of Neeraj, Tejaswin, Hima but needs to be managed well. Still, his 1st major senior competition, previous experience being the world juniors. Keep an eye out for this guy!”

05:37 pm: SQUASH

The coverage of squash from the Asian Games perspective has been a travesty, really. Without telecast and the site not showing scores, we only now have confirmation of all the results involving India.

David Nicol Ann [1] - Dipika Pallikal [3/4] 11-7 11-9 11-6, 32 mins
Sivasangari Subramaniam [5/8]- Joshna Chinappa [3/4] 12-10 11-6 9-11 11-7, 41 mins
Au Chun Ming [3/4] - Saurav Ghosal [1] 10-12 11-13 11-6 11-5 11-6, 1 hrs 16 mins

05:30 pm: ATHLETICS

Hammer Throw: Getting closer and closer to the bronze here, Sarita Singh. Her 3rd attempt is her best, managing a 62.03 metres throw. Akane Watanabe is 3rd with 62.45 m.

LONG JUMP: Brilliant first jump by India’s Sreeshankr! He qualifies for the finals of Men’s Long Jump with a clean jump of 7.83m. One attempt and done for the day.

05:26 pm: SQUASH

The singles event is now over for India.

Asian Games, 2014: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Asian Games, 2018: 3 Bronze Team events up next...

05:19: Athletics

Sarita Singh manages a 59.26 metres on her second attempt and fails to improve on her 1st. She slips down to 6th after the second round of throws.

05:12 pm: SQUASH

With Saurav Ghosal’s defeat, India’s campaign in the singles squash ends. Three bronze medals feels underwhelming. Ghosal, the top seed, had won silver in Incheon. He lost to the World no 21 Au Chun Ming Leo from Hong Kong.

05:09 pm: ATHLETICS

The evening session of athletics is now underway. Sarita Romit Singh is in action in the Women’s Hammer Throw. She manages a 59.90 m throw in her 1st attempt. We’ll keep you posted.


Oh dear. Saurav Ghosal has lost in the men’s singles semifinal after having the early lead. He was the top seed at the Games. And this is a definite upset. Of course, we couldn’t know what went wrong without any telecast from the squash courts.


All the stats from that heartbreaking defeat for Manu and Sumeeth. 3 match points! A win here would have seen them have a great chance of ensuring a doubles medal as they would have faced a lower-ranked pair from Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal.

4.44 pm: Badminton

So close!!! Manu and Sumeeth had three match points against the world No 2 pair from China, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, but squander them to lose 13-21, 21-17, 23-25. The Indians were leading 20-18 in the decider! So unfortunate that this match was not on any of the two TV courts and no one outside the arena could watch it!

4.28 pm: Squash

Saurav Ghosal leads Au Chun Ming by two sets to love in their semi-final.

4.25 pm: Badminton

Manu and Sumeeth win the second game 21-17 against the world No 2 pair from China and it’s 9-9 in the decider! Can they pull off an upset?

4.08 pm: Badminton

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lose the first game 13-21 against world No 2 pair Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.

3.40 pm: Weightlifting

Iran’s Sohrab Moradi broke weightlifting’s longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men’s 94kg category. Moradi lifted 189 kg in snatch to better the 188-kg record set in 1999 by Greece’s Akakios Kakiasvilis.

Moradi now has a complete set of world records. He already owned the records for the clean and jerk (233 kg) and total weight (417 kg) in the men’s light heavyweight division. Full report here.

3.35 pm: A Unified Korea team featuring athletes from North and South Korea won the bronze in dragon boat for their first medal at the Asian Games, reported AFP. The highly symbolic all-Korean team, competing together after a rapid improvement in cross-border relations, came in behind China and Indonesia in Palembang.

3.30 pm: Squash

There were two Indian semi-finalists in the women’s singles but none of them manage to make it to the summit clash as Joshna Chinappa also loses her match to Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam. The Malaysian won by three sets to one. Nonetheless, it’s a bronze for Joshna.

2.49 pm: Badminton

Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy have lost their quarter-final against world No 3 pair of Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan 21-11, 24-22.

2.42 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas Thakur ends up eighth out of 10 lifters in the men’s 94 kg category with a total lift of 335 kg. Iran’s Sohrab Moradi wins the gold with 410 kg.

2.39 pm: Kidambi Srikanth has a message for his fans after his early exit from the Asian Games.

2.38 pm: Boxing

India’s Pavitra wins her women’s 60 kg category round of 16 bout against Pakistan’s Perveen Rukhsana after hammering her opponent in the first round. The referee stopped the contest in the first round itself to award the match to the Indian. She moves on to the quarters.

2.33 pm: Golf

India stand ninth in the women’s team classification after three rounds, with a score of four-over. China tops the table with 19-under.

2.30 pm: Canoe

The Indian women’s TBR team ends up 9th with a time of 1:00.116 in the tail race final, which is not a medal race. China gets the gold with 56.161 in the grand final.

The Indian men’s team ends up a disappointing 11th and last with a time of 57.397 in the tail race.

2.25 pm: Handball

The Indian women’s team beats Malaysia 54-19 in the 9th-10th-place classification match.

2.20 pm: Squash

It’s a bronze medal for Dipika Pallikal Karthik as she loses to top seed Nicol David in straight sets in the semi-finals of the women’s singles.

2.15 pm: Badminton

An easy win for Sindhu in the end, against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Sindhu wins 21-12, 21-15 to move into the quarter-finals.

2.10 pm: Golf

Round 3 of the women’s individual event is over. Here are the positions of the Indians:

Ridhima Dilawari – T20th with a score of +5

Sifat Sagoo – T23rd with a score of +6

Diksha Dagar – 26th with a score of +7

2.07 pm: Sepaktakraw

India lose their group match against South Korea 0-2.

2 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas Thakur can’t lift 197 kg again in this third and final clean and jerk attempt, which means he ends up with a total score of 335, which is the fourth best so far. But a lot of the other lifters are still to come so expect that placement to fall. No medal for India.

1.58 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas Thakur attempts to lift 197 kg directly after 190 kg but fails to do so. It’s all but certain that India won’t be winning any medal here.

1.55 pm: Badminton

World junior champ Gregoria Mariska Tunjung looks completely off-colour in her round of 16 match against PV Sindhu. The world No 3 has comfortably won the first game 21-12.

1.50 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas Thakur successfully lifts 190 kg in his first clean and jerk attempt.

1.42 pm: Archery

Atanu Das starts off the third set with a 10 but Viswash follows that up with a 6. Viswash makes up for it with a 10 on his second shot, while Jagdish also scores a 10 to take India’s score to 54. However, the Koreans score 56 to seal the match 5-1. This means the Indians are out of the men’s recurve team event.

1.37 pm: Archery

India lose the second set 54-56 after despite shooting two 10s. One shot of 7 cost the Indians. Korea lead 3-1 going into the third set.

1.32 pm: Archery

It’s a set that is split 1-1 but India would rue that. Needed a 9 from Atanu to win the set, he shot an 8! That was a golden chance to take the lead against the top seeds.

1.30 pm: Archery

Indian men’s team are in action in the recurve quarter-final against Korea.

1.18 pm: Badminton

The upsets continue to roll from the badminton courts and this time it’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty who go down to a makeshift Korean pair of Choi/Kang. The Koreans win the round of 16 match 21-17, 19-21, 21-17 to move into the quarter-finals.

1.05 pm: Badminton

Satwik and Chirag have edged the second game 21-19 and are leading 9-7 in the third against a makeshift Korean pair. Can they pull through?

1.01 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas misses his first two attempts of lifting 145 kg but manages it in the final snatch attempt to (just about) stay alive in this event. Don’t expect anything from here though, as his planned first attempts are way below some of the other contestants.

12.55 pm: If you are just joining us, here are the main results so far for India:

12.50 pm: Weightlifting

Vikas Thakur, India’s final contestant in weightlifting at this Asiad, is in action in the 94kg event now.

12.38 pm: Badminton

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have lost the first game of the round of 16 match to a makeshift Korean pair of Choi Solgyu and Kang M 17-21. Is this another upset on the cards?

12.34 pm: Women’s skeet qualification – Shooting

Day 1 of the qualification is done. Both Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Sheeraz Sheikh have scored 72 out of a possible 75 but the others have hardly missed, which means they are placed 13th and 10th respectively.

12.27 pm: Women’s recurve team – Archery

Promila Daimari shoots a 7 and a 6 in the fourth set and that means India end up with just 47. Chinese Taipei score 57 to take the fourth set and the match. Chinese Taipei win 6-2 to progress to the semi-finals. India are out.

12.22 pm: Archery

India get one back, taking the third set 54-52 as Chinese Taipei shoot two eights in six shots. Chinese Taipei’s lead has been reduced to 4-2. Can India draw level in the fourth set?

12.17 pm: Archery

The Indian women’s recurve team lose the second set to Chinese Taipei as well, this time 51-56, with as many as four 8s in six shots. Chinese Taipei lead by four set points to India’s zero.

12.12 pm: Archery

The Indian women’s recurve team drops the first set of their quarter-final by just one point as Chinese Taipei score 56 to India’s 55. Ankita Bhakat hit an 8 in the second series, which turned out to be decisive.

12.07 pm: Badminton

Saina Nehwal needs just over 30 minutes to get past Fitriani 21-6, 21-14 and enter the quarter-finals.

12.06 pm: Sailing

India’s Varun Ashok Thakkar and Ganapathy Kelapanda are second in the overall fleet after three races of the 49er men, while Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar are third after three races of the 49er FX women.

Nethra Kumanan is on top after three races of the laser redial for women, while Harshita Tomar is third in the open laser 4.7.

11.59 am: Badminton

Fitriani starts off the second game well, even taking a 7-3 lead. However, Saina is in no mood to relent as she steps it up and takes a 11-9 lead into the interval.

11.49 am: Women’s skeet qualification – Shooting

Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Sekhon are level on 68 points, currently occupying the 9th and 10th spots after the first three rounds of the women’s skeet qualifications.

11.47 am: Badminton

Saina Nehwal completely dominates Fitriani in the first game, winning it 21-6 in less than 15 minutes. The Indonesian crowd, which was quite loud at the beginning of the match, has quietened down a bit.

11.43 am: Badminton

Saina Nehwal leads 11-5 at the break of the first game. Fitriani committed three back-to-back service errors at the start and that seems to have affected her game as she looks quite zoned out right now. Saina not looking to waste any time.

11.35 am: Badminton

Saina Nehwal’s round of 16 match against Indonesia’s Fitriani has started...

10.56 am: Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol – Shooting

Both Indians have failed to qualify for the six-shooter final. Anish Bhanwala finished 9th with 576 points while Shivam Shukla was 11th with 569.

10.20 am: Men’s high jump

Chethan Balasubramanya is through to the final after successfully clearing 2.15m in his second attempt. He came fifth in his group but that was good enough for him to make the cut.

10.15 am: Men’s 400m

India’s Arokia Rajiv comes second in his heat with a timing of 46.82, which is good enough to take him to the semi-finals. This means both of India’s runners – Anas and Arokia – have made it to the semis.

10.04 am: Men’s high jump

Chethan Balasubramanya goes for 2.15m in his third jump but fails it, falling behind in Group B.

9.48 am: Men’s high jump

Chethan Balasubramanya goes for 2.10m in his second jump and completes it successfully. He is currently on top of Group B.

9.46 am: Volleyball

The Indian men’s team defeat Maldives 3-0 to register their second win in Pool F and finish second in the group behind Qatar.

9.45 am: Men’s 400m

Muhammed Anas Yahiya tops his heat with a time of 45.63 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals. Superb run.

9.40 am: Canoe

The Indian women’s TBR200 team has qualified for the semi-finals with a time of 1:00.238 in the repechage round.

9.36 am: Archery

The Indian men’s recurve team, comprising Jagdish Choudhary, Atanu Das, and Viswash, has beaten Vietnam 5-3 to progress to the quarter-finals.

9.28 am: Men’s high jump

Chethan Balasubramanya goes for 2.05m in his first attempt and manages it successfully. He needs to jump 2.20m to automatically qualify for the final.

9.15 am: Women’s skeet qualification

After the second round of women’s skeet qualification, both Rashmi Rathore and Ganemat Sekhon are on 46 out of 50 points.

9.10 am: The men’s high jump has started, with India’s Chethan Balasubramanya in the fray.

8.52 am: Archery

The Indian women’s recurve team, comprising Deepika Kumari, Promila Daimari and Ankita Bhakat, has beaten Mongolia 5-3 in the round of 16.

8.50 am: The men’s decathlon has started in Jakarta, but India unfortunately has no competitors. The last time the Asian Games were held in Jakarta, an Indian had won the gold in decathlon. Here’s the story of Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, who was also declared the best Asian athlete at the 1962 Games.


8.43 am: Men’s marathon

Japan’s Hiroto Inoue, who won the men’s marathon, was accused of pushing his rival in a controversial sprint finish on Saturday, reported AFP. Bahrain’s Elhassan Elabbassi, who ended up second, lodged a complaint with race officials.

Inoue and Elabbassi entered the stadium in Jakarta neck and neck, before the Japanese athlete opened up a small lead. In the final 100 metres, Elabbassi attempted to overtake Inoue on the inside but fell back after apparent contact. “The number one [leader] pushed me,” said Elabbassi. “I would have won.”

8.17 am: Men’s skeet qualification – Shooting

India’s Sheeraz Shaikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa have both shot 24/25 in their first series.

8 am: Shooting

Stand-up comedy and a boxer’s body language helped Heena Sindhu win a bittersweet bronze medal on Friday. Confused? Read Zenia D’Cunha’s piece to find out more.

7.42 am: Women’s skeet qualification – Shooting

India’s Sekhon Ganemat can only score a 22 in the first series, which currently puts her in 10th position. Rashmi Rathore is in fifth position with a 24.

7.39 am: Badminton

You must have already heard about K Srikanth and HS Prannoy’s early exits on Friday. Sorry for reminding you. But those were not the only upsets on the badminton courts. Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie stunned the top seed Shi Yuq in front of a raucous home crowd, winning 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 after over an hour.

7.30 am: Swimming

ICYMI, Japan’s Rikako Ikee on Friday won a record sixth Asian Games swimming title, by winning the women’s 50m freestyle by a fingertip from China’s Liu Xiang. Ikee’s timing of 24.53 seconds was good enough to make her the first woman in any sport to bag six gold medals at a single Games, reported AFP. She had earlier won the gold in the 50m fly, 100m fly, 100m free, 4x100m free and the 4x100m medley.

Meanwhile’s China’s swimming star Sun Yang won the men’s 1,500m event to finish with four individual freestyle titles in Jakarta. Japan and China both have won as many as 19 swimming gold medals each in Jakarta. Phenomenal.

7.15 am: Women’s skeet – Shooting

The qualification round has begun and India’s Rashmi Rathore currently stands fourth after the first series, in which she shot 24 targets out of 25. Three shooters got a perfect score above her. However, three other shooters have not yet had their first shot, including India’s Sekhon Ganemat.

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

Athletics kicks off on Saturday and under-20 world champion Hima Das will be competing in the 400 metres alongside Nirmala Sheoran. Quarter-miler Muhammad Anas and long jumper Sreeshankar Murali will be in contention as well.

Sourav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshna Chinappa will be aiming to make it to the finals of the squash competition. The three have already assured themselves of a bronze medal by making it to the semis, but will want to progress further.

Teenage sensation Anish Bhanwala will also be in action in the 25 metre rapid fire pistol shooting event. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will return to the badminton courts for their second round matches.

If you missed the action on Friday, here is a round-up.