India slips further

BUSAN Oct. 5. India, failing to make any addition to its overnight tally of one gold, two silvers and two bronzes, slipped further to the 14th position in the overall medals at the end of the seventh day of competitions in the 14th Asian Games on Saturday.

However, there was a lot to cheer for the Indian camp today as golfer Shiv Kapur moved one step closer to an individual medal and the sailors, Nitin Mongia, his brother Ashim Mongia and crew R. Mahesh and Rajesh Choudhary stayed in contention for a medal as the 11-race series going past the half-way stage.

The happy mood was, however, somewhat spoiled when confirmation came that the Indian football team had been denied a place in the quarterfinals.

The Indians who had finished second to China in Group C was hoping to take one of the two spots reserved for the best runner-up but was stopped from doing so by North Korea and Bahrain.

At the Asiad Country Club, the Delhi-based Shiv Kapur, was indeed the centre of attractin as he returned the best card of the day -- a scintillating three-under par 69 — in the third round of the competition. Kapur, who was in the joint lead at the end of the first day, had slipped to the fourth spot yesterday. But today he took chances and played some splendid golf all the way before joining Sri Lanka's Anura Rohana in the lead with an overall tally of 214. Rohana, today, had a one-over par 73 and the joint-leaders are now trailed by Taipei's H.W. Chang (216) and Cheng Chen Liang (217).

In the team event, India now trails Taiwan (650), Japan (654), Sri Lanka (664) and South Korea (666) with a total card of 676 as Manav Das (232), Keshav Mishra (236) and Harendra Prasad (240) continued with their poor form.

In boxing at the Masan gymnasium, Jitender Kumar began his campaign in style as he outclassed Ismael Faiala of Palestine on points in the middleweight category. Aggressive, right from the word go, the Indian jabbing and punching well was up by 8-2 at the end of the first round itself.

The second round was comparatively slower as the Palestinian moved out of Jitender's reach but into the third round, the Indian having worked out his rival's strategy virtually turned the heat on the Palestinian even knocking him down once. Ismael was knocked down once again by Jitender in the last round.

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