India win historic gold in dressage team event at Asian games

Wednesday 27th September 2023 06:25 EDT

India won its first gold medal on the day in Equestrian, with the dressage team securing a historic top-podium finish, beating the likes of China and Hong Kong in Asian games. The quartet of Sudipti Hajela, Divyakriti Singh, Hriday Vipul Chheda, and Anush Agarwalla scored a total of 209.205 to win gold.
 Earlier in the day, Neha Thakur opened India's medal account with a silver in sailing while Eabad Ali added another medal – bronze – in the sport. The Indian men's hockey team continued on its goal scoring exploits with a brilliant 16-1 win over Singapore. In other events, India cruised past Pakistan in the women's squash team event, while the 4x100m medley team also qualified for final in swimming, creating a new Indian record for best timings at the event. Later in the day, Sachin Siwach also made a winning start, beating Asir Udin of Indonesia comprehensively to enter round-of-16. India finished the third day with 14 medals.
On the second day India won two gold and six bronze medals. Shooters Rudrankksh Patil, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Divyansh Singh Panwar won India’s first gold medal and shattered the world record in the men’s 10m air rifle team final. The women’s cricket team soon followed, winning a first-ever gold medal at the continental meet.
Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, meanwhile, also settled for bronze in the men’s 10m air rifle individual event. Vijayveer Sidhu, Adarsh Singh and Anish Bhanwala, too, bagged bronze in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team event. Rowing added two more bronze medals - men’s four and men’s quadruple - to finish their stint at Hangzhou with five medals. In Wushu, Roshibina Devi Naorem assured at least a bronze medal after winning her women's 60kg quarter-final bout.

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