8.40 pm: So with that, we come to the end of the penultimate day of action for India at the Asian Games. Highlight was the qualification of the women’s squash team and boxer Amit Panghal to their respective finals. Women’s hockey team brought home the silver medal after two decades. There were three medals from sailing too, while Vikas Krishan added bronze after having to pull out his middleweight bout. The men’s squash team also finished with a bronze.

Overall, a good day – would have been better had the hockey team brought home the gold, but oh well. Such is sports.

Join us on Saturday for the final day where we will look back at what has been a action-packed fortnight while bringing you updates through the day.

We’ll leave you with the medal tally.

8.38 pm: Diving

Men’s 3m Springboard final just finished and Ramananda Sharma finishes 12th.

8.26 pm: Here’s something to read on this Friday night.

Meet PV Ramana: Jack of all sports, master of volleyball. Read here.

8.22 pm: No gold medal from hockey then, but congratulations to the women’s team on winning the Asiad silver after two decades! Match report here.

7.59 pm: Hockey

India with double the number of shots, but Japan with the more incisive chances and far more clinical. India did not earn enough penalty corners, just the one.


7.55 pm: Hockey

Japan took the lead through Shimizu from a penalty corner, but Neha Goyal drew India level in the 2nd quarter. Another PC from Japan resulted in Kawamura’s winning goal.

7.52 pm: HOCKEY

That’s that then! Indian women couldn’t win the final (And couldn’t confirm their Olympic berth) after a rather tame defeat to Japan in the final.

7.47 pm: Hockey

Seconds remaining, India are trailing.

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

7.37 pm : Some athletics reading...

Bahrain finished joint-top of the Asian Games athletics table with 12 golds – but not everyone is rushing to congratulate them.

That is because not a single track win at Asia’s regional Olympics would have been achieved without “naturalised” athletes who were born in Africa.

Bahrain’s policy of scouting and offering nationality to talented foreign athletes – which is entirely legal – has stoked controversy for years, but the results have been particularly stark at this Games in Indonesia.

All 10 individual athletics gold won by Bahrain were earned by runners born on the African continent – Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.

Of the two gold-winning relays teams, all but two athletes were also of African origin.

Read more here.

Event  Indian silver medallist  Winner  Country 
Women's 100m Dutee Chand Edidiong Odiong    Bahrain 
Women's 200m Dutee Chand Edidiong Odiong    Bahrain 
Women's 400m Hima Das Salwa Naser      Bahrain 
Women's steeplechase Sudha Singh  Winfred Yavi     Bahrain 
Men's 400m Muhammed Anas Yahiya Abdalelah Hassan  Qatar
Men's 400m hurdles Dharun Ayyasamy Abderrahman Samba  Qatar
Men's 4x400m relay          Team India Team Qatar Qatar
Mixed 4x400m relay          Team India  Team Bahrain  Bahrain 

7.33 pm: Hockey

India are trailing going at the beginning of the final quarter! This is looking increasingly tough for the Indian women. Can they find something in their reserve?

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

Meanwhile on social media, spot Hima Das in this picture....

7.27 pm: Boxing

ICYMI: Amit Panghal is the only Indian in a boxing final at the Asian Games. He will face the Olympic gold medallist, Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final. They will face off in the final at 12.30 PM IST, September 1. Here’s the final scorecard and there was hardly anything to choose between these two pugilists. Only 1 judge awarded either of the boxers the full 30.

7.15 pm: Hockey

Third quarter underway with the scoreline 1-1.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it earlier, a look at the debacle surrounding men’s hockey after Thursday’s defeat.

6.57 pm: Hockey

GOAL INDIA! Neha Goyal brings India back into the match in the second quarter. Game on!

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

6.55 pm: Squash

Joshna Chinappa upstaged eight-time world champion Nicol David as the Indian women’s squash team outplayed defending champions Malaysia 2-0 to enter its second successive Asian Games final in Indonesia on Friday.

The women’s team created the biggest upset in the draw, blanking the David-led Malaysia in the semifinals. The team, comprising Joshna, Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Sunayna Kuruvilla, will face Hong Kong in their quest to improve on silver from 2014.

Joshna, World No.16, had a point to prove after a crushing loss against familiar foe Annie Au in the final pool match against Hong Kong. India lost the tie 1-2 and finished behind Hong Kong, resulting in a tougher opponent in Malaysia, the most dominant team in the Games’ history.

“I was very upset yesterday as you must have seen. I did not play the way I was supposed to play. Spoke to my parents and coach and that helped. Today, I just wanted to be myself. Nicol is such a champion. She always plays a fair game and today was no different. Really happy to have come through,” said Joshna after a 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9 victory.

Read the full report here.

6.46 pm: Hockey

End of the first quarter: India are trailing 0-1! Not the greatest of starts for Rani Rampal’s team.

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

6.30 pm: Hockey

India vs Japan. The women’s hockey final is now on.

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

6.08 pm: Hockey

Meanwhile, in the bronze medal match, China have beaten Korea 2-1 with a dramatic last-minute winner off a Penalty Corner.

5.47 pm: ‘Things will be different at the Asian Games’

“Defending is discipline and discipline is good. It was well organised. You see the big countries – the ones that are winning the medals, men or women, have good defence and good PC conversion. And, if you have good defence, you can create more chances. For me, it doesn’t work the other way around, wherein you create a lot of opportunities but no good defence. I was happy with that and the next step is to create more – which we will do at the Asian Games.”

Coach Sjoerd Marijne had spoken to Scroll just after the World Championships. The result: India have scored 39 goals and conceded just one.

Read the FULL interview here.

5.39 pm: The importance of Gurjit Kaur

“There comes a moment during a game, like it did on Wednesday against China in the Asian Games women’s hockey semi-final, when Gurjit compels your attention. It is now up to her to save her team or to make it win.”

Read Praveen Sudevan’s piece HERE

5.33 pm: Hockey


bt Indonesia 8-0
bt Kazakhstan 21-0
bt Korea 4-1
bt Thailand 5-0
bt China 1-0

bt Chinese Taipei 11-0
bt Hong Kong China 6-0
bt China 4-2
bt Malaysia 3-1
bt Korea 2-0

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

5.29 pm: Paragliding

Paragliding’s regional chief insisted the sport was safe on Friday after its Asian Games debut – adding that riding a motorbike in Jakarta was more dangerous.

Three crashes marred the competition at the regional Olympics in Indonesia, with at least two athletes helicoptered to hospital after plunging to the ground.

Paragliding’s safety has been in focus since the death of a Hong Kong flier in July. But Sanjay Thapar, secretary general of Air Sport Federation of Asia (ASFA), brushed off any concerns.

Paragliding is safer than riding a motorbike in Jakarta,” Thapar told journalists, referring to the Indonesian capital’s notoriously heavy traffic.

China’s Wang Jianwei suffered a broken leg, and Afghan competitor Lida Hozoori sustained spinal injuries after falling 15 metres (50 feet), according to emergency services. A Japanese athlete was also hurt in a fall.

ASFA officials, who hope the sport will be contested at the next Asian Games and even at the Olympics, said all three fliers have recovered from their injuries. (AFP)

5.10 pm: Hockey

In about 90 minutes, the big final involving India and Japan will begin. India, after 36 years, have a chance to win their second Asian Games gold medal. Can the girls do it in Jakarta?

Check out our detailed live blog HERE.

5.02 pm: Here’s how the judges scores the bout. So tight!

5 pm: Boxing

A pretty scrappy bout comes to an end and it’s pretty tight. The judges think so too as they reach a split decision – 3:2 in favour of Amit Panghal. This means Amit is through to the final of the men’s light fly (49 kg) final.

4.52 pm: Boxing

Amit takes a beating early in the second round but does well to come back. The Philippines boxer looks to be slightly ahead going into the final round.

4.48 pm: Boxing

A pretty even first round comes to an end. Not much to separate Amit and Carlo so far...

4.44 pm: Boxing

Amit Panghal’s semi-final bout against Carlo Paalam is underway...

4.33 pm: Sailing

The official results are in. India add three more medals to its tally...

Open Laser 4.7:

49er FX Women:

49er Men:

4.22 pm: Squash

It’s a bronze for India in men’s team squash as Harinder Pal Sandhu goes down in four games.

4.05 pm: Athletics

Bahrain finished joint-top of the Asian Games athletics table with 12 golds, but not everyone is rushing to congratulate them, reported AFP. That is because not a single track win at the Asiad would have been achieved without athletes who were born in Africa. All 10 individual athletics gold medals won by Bahrain were earned by runners born on the African continent – Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, according to the report.

4 pm: Kurash

The 19-year-old Pincky Balhara won India’s highest Asian Games medal – a silver – in kurash just three months after the death of three family members, including her father. Read here.

3.43 pm: Squash

Hong Kong have beaten India in the first match of the men’s team semi-final to take a 1-0 lead.

3.35 pm: Sailing

It’s not official yet, but Harshita Tomar has come second in Open Laser 4.7 event after 12 races, while Govind Bairagi came fourth. Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar also stand second in the 49er FX Women after 15 races. Varun Thakkar and Ganapathy Kelapanda are third in the 49er Men. Nethra Kumanan came fourth in the Laser Redial.

3 pm: Canoe

Some good news from canoe as India’s Prakant Sharma and Jamesboy Singh Oinam top the semi-finals to make it to the A-final, where they will compete for medals.

2.58 pm: Kayak

Naocha Singh finishes seventh in the men’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m semi-finals, so he is also out of medal contention.

2.48 pm: Kayak

India’s Ragina Kiro finishes fourth out of five competitors in the semi-finals of the women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m, which means she fails to qualify for the medal round.

2.32 pm: Roller skating

India’s Aarathy Kasturi Raj and Varsha Puranik finish seventh and eighth in a tight women’s 20 km road race. Puranik, who came in eighth, was less than three seconds slower than the winner, Chinese Taipei’s Li Mengchu.

2.07 pm: Diving

Ramananda Sharma finishes ninth in the men’s 3m springboard preliminary round, which is good enough to qualify him for the final.

1.55 pm: Roller skating

India’s Amitesh Mishra finishes eighth in the men’s 20km road race with a timing of 34:00.957 minutes. The winner, Chinese Taipei’s Chao Tsucheng, had a time of 33:51.418. India’s Harshveer Singh Sekhon did not finish.

1.37 pm: Athletics

Jinson Johnson was disappointed after finishing second in the 800m, but he got his “sweet revenge” in the 1,500m race on Thursday. Read Arka Bhattacharya’s piece here.

1.15 pm: It’s official. Vikas Krishan has pulled out...

1.10 pm: Bridge

After two medals in the team events, there could be a few more for India. Three men’s pairs, one women’s pair and two mixed pairs are through to the final rounds.

1 pm: India’s table tennis contingent won two medals at the 2018 Asiad – the men’s team bronze and the mixed doubles bronze (Manika Batra and Sharath Kamal).

12.58 pm: Table tennis

It’s all over for Sathiyan as he loses a tight fifth game 10-12 to go down in five games to Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira. This also brings to an end India’s table tennis campaign at the Asian Games.

12.50 pm: Table tennis

Sathiyan and Kenta go neck-and-neck ti . 6-6 in the fourth game but the Japanese pulls away after that, winning five straight points to take the third game 11-6. Sathiyan is trailing 1-3 and is up against it now.

12.40 pm: Table tennis

Matsudaira takes a 10-4 lead in the third game before Sathiyan saves five game points to make it 9-10. However, the Japanese converts the sixth and takes the third game 11-9. Sathiyan trails 1-2 in this tie now.

12.28 pm: Table tennis

Sathiyan wins the first game 11-9 against the Japanese, but loses the second 4-11.

12.19 pm: Table tennis

Sathiyan G’s round of 16 match against Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira has just begun...

12 pm: Hockey

The Indian women’s hockey team will take on Japan in the final later today. ICYMI, the Indian men’s team failed to defend their Asiad gold after going down to Malaysia in a thrilling shootout. India will now need to take a long, winding road to the Tokyo Olympics. Read Praveen Sudevan’s piece here.

Image: AFP

11.45 am: Table tennis

Sathiyan G’s round of 16 match against Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira has been delayed but should begin soon...

11.26 am: Squash

The Indian women’s team is through to the gold-medal match! India upset top seeds Malaysia 2-0 to move on to the final. ICYMI, Joshna Chinappa beat the legendary Nicol David in five sets to help India’s cause.

11.15 am: Boxing

Some potentially bad news coming for Indian boxing fans: Vikas Krishan has reportedly pulled out of his semi-final bout later today after receiving a nasty cut above his left eye during the quarters. The news is still not confirmed, though. A bronze medal is already confirmed for Vikas after reaching the semis.

Vikas received the cut after accidentally clashing heads with China’s Erbieke Tanglatihan on Wednesday in their quarter-final bout. Vikas won the bout by a split decision after being forced to box at distance to protect the wound, reported AFP. His eye was swelling badly at the end of the bout.

11.08 am: Table tennis

Wang Manyu wins the fifth game quite easily, 11-4, to wrap up the match. Manika Batra tried her best but wasn’t really much of a match for the world No 5. Wang wins the round of 16 match 11-2, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-4.

11.02 am: Table tennis

And Manika Batra isn’t going away so easily. Despite trailing 0-3 in the match, she puts up a good fight in the fourth game against Wang Manyu and wins it 11-6 to delay the Chinese’s victory march. How long can Manika last?

10.59 am: Squash

We’ve just learnt that Joshna Chinappa has defeated five-time Asiad singles champion (and long-time nemesis) Nicol David 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9 in the women’s team semi-final! This is big!

10.57 am: Table tennis

Sharath Kamal loses the sixth game to Chuang, who wins the match 4-2. The Asian Games website is not showing the score of the sixth game, so we unfortunately can’t tell you that right now. But Sharath has been knocked out of the men’s singles in the round of 16.

10.55 am: Table tennis

Manika Batra loses the third game to Wang Manyu as well, this time 8-11. Wang needs to win one more game to seal the match.

10.47 am: Table tennis

Manika Batra does a lot better in the second game, even taking an 8-6 lead against Wang Manyu with some good use of the back side of her racket. However, the Chinese fights back to win five points on the trot and take the second game 11-8. Wang leads 2-0 in the match.

10.43 am: Table tennis

The fifth game between Sharath Kamal and Chuang is again tight as the two paddlers go neck-and-neck till 8-8, before the Taiwanese pulls away and wins it 11-9. Chuang leads 3-2 in the match now.

10.37 am: Table tennis

Manika Batra is no match for Wang Manyu in the first game, losing it 2-11 in just five minutes.

10.34 am: Table tennis

Sharath Kamal wins a thrilling fourth game 16-14 to draw level with Chuang 2-2 in the best-of-seven match. Chuang had four game points again at 10-8 but Sharath managed to save all of them and eventually win the game.

10.30 am: Table tennis

Manika Batra’s round of 16 match against world No 5 Wang Manyu of China is about to begin...

10.20 am: Table tennis

Sharath Kamal saves two game points against Chuang but cannot stop the Taiwanese from winning it 12-10. Chuang leads 2-1 in the match.

10.11 am: Table tennis

Sharath Kamal loses the first game against Chuang Chihyuan 7-11 in six minutes but fights back to take the second one 11-9. Sharath had six game points in the second game, but the Taiwanese paddler did not give up so easily.

9.55 am: Table tennis

There are three Indians in the singles round-of-16 action on Friday and all three are tough fixtures. India’s paddlers have been in good form in Jakarta, but can they continue to pull of surprises?

First up, Sharath Kamal vs Chuang Chihyuan, the world No 14. The match has been slightly delayed.

9.36 am: Squash

The team semi-finals should begin shortly and both India’s men and women are facing the respective top seeds – Hong Kong and Malaysia – after losing their final group matches. Can they progress to the finals?

9.35 am: Javelin throw gold medallist Neeraj Chopra was in action last night halfway across the world from Jakarta, in the Zurich Diamond League.

9.29 am: Judo

India’s Rajwinder Kaur loses her repechage round bout to Chinese Taipei’s Jiawen Tsai after the latter felled the Indian on her back and pinned her down to score an ippon point, which ended the contest. No medal for Rajwinder.

9.13 am: Volleyball

India go down 0-3 to Chinese Taipei in their women’s 9th-10th position classification match. This brings an end to their campaign at the Asian Games.

9.10 am: Cycling Track

Ranjit Singh finishes sixth out of seven riders in his repechage heat of the men’s keirin. However, this was after the race had to be restarted after Ranjit seemingly made an error at the start. He was not disqualified and was allowed to participate in the re-start.

This means that no Indian rider is in the second round of the men’s keirin. India’s track cycling for the day is over.

9 am: Cycling Track

Esow Alban finishes last in his repechage heat, which means he has been knocked out. Esow made his move in the penultimate lap and was up in second for a while but when the other riders made their moves, he fell behind.

8.55 am: Cycling Track

The first repechage heat of the men’s keirin event is about to begin. India’s Esow Alban is among six cyclists.

8.41 am: All the canoe/kayak semi-finals begin at 2.30 pm IST.

8.37 am: Canoe/Kayak

India’s Naocha Singh Laitonjam finishes seventh out of eight participants in his Kayak Single (K1) 200m heat, which sends him into the semi-finals. There are two heats and the top three in each head directly into the medal round, while the rest go to the semis.

In the Canoe Double (C2) 200m, India’s Prakant Sharma and Jamesboy Singh Oinam finish fifth and last in their heat, which means they too head to the semis.

8.30 am: Judo

Both of India’s judokas playing today have lost. After Avtar Singh earlier, Rajwinder Kaur also loses her women’s +78 kg quarter-final against Japan’s Akira Sone. The Japanese won the match after scoring an ippon, or one full point.

8.28 am: Volleyball

Correction: Chinese Taipei won the second game 25-16, and not 25-21 like stated earlier.

8.26 am: Volleyball

Chinese Taipei have won the second game as well against India – 25-21 – in the women’s 9th-10th position classification match. One more game win and the match is theirs.

8.14 am: Judo

India’s Avtar Singh loses his Men’s -100 kg round of 16 match against UAE’s Ivan Remarenco after the latter scored an ippon, or one full point. Scoring an ippon ends the bout.

8.11 am: Kayak

India’s Ragina Kiro finishes sixth and last in her women’s Kayak Single (K1) 200m heat, which means she heads into the semi-finals. The top three from two heats head directly into the A-final, which is the medal round.

8.08 am: Canoe

India’s Meera Das did not finish her women’s Canoe Single (C1) 200m heat, which means she is out of competition.

8.06 am: Volleyball

Chinese Taipei have won the first set against India 25-21 in the women’s 9th-10th position classification match.

8.04 am: Cycling track

The repechage round of the men’s keirin will begin at 8.50 am IST, when India’s Esow Alban and Ranjit Singh will look to secure a spot in the second round.

8 am: Cycling track

India’s Esow Alban finishes fourth in his heat, which means he too heads into the repechage round. However, there is some drama at the end of the race as the heat winner, China’s Xu Chao, taps Esow on the shoulder in what seemed like a congratulatory move, and then has contact with the Indian’s cycle and takes a tumble. The Chinese was on the floor for a few minutes but seemed conscious and should be able to race in the second round.

7.53 am: Cycling track

Ranjit Singh finishes last in his heat, which means he heads into the repechage round. Ranjit was in second position in the first sprint lap but then the other riders overtook him over the last two laps.

7.48 am: Cycling track

The first round of the men’s keirin event is about to begin, with India’s Ranjit Singh and Esow Alban in separate heats.

The keirin is an eight-lap race where riders cycle behind a derny, which is a motorcycle, for the first three laps. The derny slowly brings them up to speed, about 50 kph, before releasing them for the final three laps. The first rider to cross the finish line wins. Read more here.

7.35 am: Volleyball

The 9th-10th position classification for the women’s team event has begun, with India taking on Chinese Taipei.

7.30 am: India’s day begins shortly with some volleyball, soft tennis, canoe/kayaking, track cycling and judo.

Good morning and welcome to The Field’s live blog for day 13 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

It’s the penultimate day for India’s contingent, which has so far won 59 medals (13 gold, 21 silver and 25 bronze). India have a great chance of adding another gold to its tally via the women’s hockey team, which takes on Japan in the final this evening.

Boxers Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan, and the women’s and men’s squash teams will also look to secure spots in gold-medal rounds in their respective semi-finals, while the table tennis singles players will look to progress to the quarter-finals.

If you missed the action on day 12, when India went past its 2014 Asiad medal tally, here is a round-up.