The success of Indian sports persons in Asian Games 2018 continued as 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary won Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event. He posted a record score of 240.7, which is the highest ever in this event. The youngster defeated Japan's Tomoyuki Matsuda, who had a score of 239.7. Further, Saurabh's national mate Abhishek Verma won Bronze medal after finishing third with a score of 219.3.
For most part of the event, Matsuda was leading, and looked set to clinch Gold. But the Japanese hit a 8.9 in his penultimate shot, allowing Saurabh to take the lead, who scored a 10.2. India now have seven medals in Asian Games 2018, with three Gold, two Silver and two Bronze.
Soon after his win, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for Saurabh for winning Gold medal.
On Monday, India's Vinesh Phogat clinched gold at the Asian Games after defeating Japan's Yuki Eri in the final of the 50kg freestyle event. Phoghat also becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the history of the Asian Games, and earned their second Gold in the 2018 edition.
After settling for bronze in the previous edition of the Asian Games, Phoghat performed brilliantly en route to the finals as he was determined to change the color of the metal. The wrestler got the better of her Japanese opponent 6-2 to add to India's gold medal tally of two at the Asian Games.
Vinesh Phoghat, started on a cautious note, but slowly grew as the game progressed. Her tactic paid off brilliantly as she took an early 4-0 lead in the first round. In the second round, Vineesh looked to her defend her lead as Yuki Eri could only manage to scrape one point.
The Day One for the Indian contingent proved to be fairly successful, with Apurvi Chandela And Ravi Kumar winning Bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final event, thus opening India's medal-tally account. It soon became much better, with wrestler Bajrang Punia winning Gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category.
Though, there was disappointment in other results. The most notable of those was the defeat of Sushil Kumar in the 75kg category in the hands of Bahrain's Adam Batirov in the first round.