Asian Games Invitational Tournament, Day 2: India extend tally to 15 medals
India extended their tally to 15 medals including 7 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the opening two days of the ongoing Asian Games Invitational tournament taking place in Indonesia. The tournament that commenced on 11th February is a trial for the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex which will host the Asian Games happening in September this year.
Davinder Singh Kang clinched the gold in his first competition of the season. He had reached the final of the World Championships last year and also won a bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Championships.
His effort of 75.87m was matched by none as Sri Lanka's Ranasinghe Denagamage had a second-best effort of 75.39m. The 18-year-old Sachin Silwal won a bronze with a best effort of 68.12m.
Sonia Baishya, won a gold in the 400m women as she ran the quarter-mile in her personal best time of 53.53 seconds. Nithiya Shree Anandha settled for the silver in the same event as she finished in 54.34 seconds. Sarita Gaykwad added a gold to the Indian contingent's tally as she completed the women's 400m hurdles in 59.09 seconds.
In men's hurdles 400m, Jabir Madari won a gold as he recorded a time of 50.23 seconds and fellow Indian, Santosh Kumar finished on 50.38 seconds and had to settle for the silver. Ajay Kumar Saroj clinched a gold in men's 1500m and PU Chitra won a gold in women's 1500m.
Neena V won a silver medal in women's long jump with a best effort of 6.42m and compatriot, Nayana James settled for a bronze with a best effort of 6.16m. Elakkiya Dasan won a bronze in 100m men and Baby Jithu bagged a silver in 400m.
The Indian men's basketball team bagged a silver in the 5x5 basketball event that took place in the Istora Sanayan Hall. The team started the tournament on a low as they lost to Thailand by a scoreline of 72-79. Then, they bounced back and finished second in the tournament as they lost 68-78 in the final to the hosts, Indonesia.
Kashish Malik also won the gold medal in the 57kg of Taekwondo beating Roslan Ali in the final of the test event.