Even as India collected gold medals in athletics and shooting to take its tally to five and jump to the eighth spot in the medals table, it was happy to keep counting the bronze medals as well, with two coming in Greco-Roman wrestling, apart from one in women's archery.
Ravinder Singh lost the semifinals of the 60 kg Greco-Roman bout against Jihyun Jung of Korea, but went on to beat Muhamad Aliansyah of Indonesia in the repechage to clinch the bronze medal.
“I am delighted to win the bronze. It is 30 years since India had won a medal in the 60 kg class in Greco-Roman,” said Ravinder Singh, who attributed his success to his coach Hargobind Singh.
Ravinder had beaten Nurbakyt Tengizbayev of Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals.
The other bronze medal in wrestling came through Sunil Kumar Rana in the 66 kg section of Greco-Roman. Rana had lost to Saeid Abovali of Iran in the semifinals but won the repechage against Sutep Oomchomoo of Thailand.
In women's archery team competition, India lost a thriller against the eventual gold medallist Korea, 26-29 in the tie-break after the two had tied at 221-221 in the semifinals.
The Indian team of Rumil Buriuly, Dola Banerjee and Deepika Kumari, defeated Chinese Taipei 21-8, 21-7 in the bronze medal play-off. India had earlier accounted for DPR Korea (214-202 and Vietnam 225-152).
“I hope we can win three more medals in individual events for both the men and the women,” said the women's team coach Purima Mahato.
In boxing Vikas Krishan made the semifinals of the 60 kg section with a 4-2 victory over Choil Song Kim of Korea. He will face Hurshid Tojibaev of Uzbekistan in the semifinals on November 24. With Manpreet Singh also making the 91 kg semifinals with a 6-4 victory over Maimaiti Zaifula of China, India assured itself of six medals.
In the women's 60 kg section, Preeti Beniwal won 8-2 against Suvd Erdene Oyungerel of Mongolia to reach the quarterfinals against Tassamalee Thongjan of Thailand.
In men's volleyball quarterfinals, India lost a close battle against Thailand 20-25, 23-25, 22-25. In the women's league, India lost 18-25, 9-25, 10-25 to Kazakhstan.
India beats Qatar
In the men's squash competition, India beat Qatar 3-0 in group ‘B'. It will have further matches against Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Keywords: Asian Games 2010