Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran attacs Arvind kejriwal government for not support before asiad


खास बातें

  1. एशियाड की पदक विजेता दिव्या काकरन का दिल्ली सरकार पर हमला
  2. बोलीं-जरूरत के वक्त कोई नहीं करता मदद
  3. पहले मदद मिलती तो जीत सकती थी गोल्ड

खिलाड़ियों को जब प्रतियोगिता से पहले तैयारियों के दौरान मदद की जरूरत होती है तो कोई सामने नहीं आता. मगर ,जब खिलाड़ी विपरीत हालात से लड़ते हुए अपने संघर्षों के दम पर पदक जीतने पर कामयाब होते हैं तब सरकारें इनाम की बारिश करतीं हैं. अगर समय से मदद मिल जाए तो खिलाड़ी और बेहतर प्रदर्शन कर सकते हैं. कुछ यही दर्द  एशियाड की कांस्य पदक विजेता पहलवान दिव्या काकरन का दिल्ली सरकार के कार्यक्रम में छलक आया. उन्होंने मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल को खरी-खरी सुनाते हुए कहा कि आश्वासन के बाद भी मदद के लिए कोई सामने नहीं आया. यहां तक कि किसी जिम्मेदार ने उनका फोन भी नहीं उठाया.

 पहलवान दिव्या काकरन ने दिल्ली सरकार को आड़े हाथ लेते हुए आरोप लगाया है कि इन खेलों से पहले उन्हें सरकार की तरफ से कोई मदद नहीं मिली और यदि जरूरत के समय उन्हें मदद मिली होती, तो वह स्वर्ण पदक भी जीत सकती थी. दिल्ली सरकार की ओर से यहां बुधवार को आयोजित सम्मान समारोह में काकरन ने कहा, “जरूरत के समय कोई भी हमारी मदद नहीं करता है.अगर मुझे मदद मिली होती तो मैं स्वर्ण पदक भी जीत सकती थी.”  

 


काकरन ने एशियाई खेलों में महिलाओं के 68 किलोग्राम फ्रीस्टाइल वर्ग में ताइपे की चेन वेनलिंग को हराया. दिल्ली सचिवालय में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल से बातचीत में काकरन ने कहा कि राष्ट्रीय राजधानी की सरकार ने पदक जीतने के बाद उन्हें मदद की पेशकश की, लेकिन ‘जरूरत के समय’ उन्हें मदद नहीं मिली.काकरन ने कहा, “मैंने राष्ट्रमंडल खेलों में पदक हासिल किया. इसके बाद आपने मुझे मदद का आश्वासन दिया.जब मैंने एशियाई खेलों की तैयारी के लिए मदद मांगी तो मुझे नहीं मिली.मैंने लिखित तौर पर भी दिया लेकिन किसी ने मेरा फोन तक नहीं उठाया.”


 

दिव्या काकरन ने मुख्यमंत्री से गरीब बच्चों की मदद की अपील की. केजरीवाल ने धैर्य के साथ उनकी बातों को सुना और कहा कि वह उनसे सहमत हैं लेकिन उनकी सरकार कई अवरोधों का सामना कर रही थी. अरविंद केजरीवाल ने कहा कि पहले की खेल नीति में गड़बड़ियां थी, उसे दुरुस्त कर खिलाड़ियों की मदद करने को सरकार तत्पर है.(इनपुट-भाषा)

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Young And Old Make Hay In Fitting Finale To India’s Asiad Campaign


Starting the day at 13 gold, Armyman Amit was up against quite a few odds as he took on reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov, the man he narrowly lost to in the world championships quarterfinal almost a year ago.

The day ended with the men’s hockey team redeeming itself to an extent by beating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 to walk away with a consolation bronze medal.

But the gutsy 22-year-old, the only Indian to make the boxing finals, prevailed 3-2 as India ended its boxing campaign at the Games with a gold and a bronze, which was won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category.

Amit showed immense tactical brilliance, especially in defence to outmanoeuvre the Uzbek, who has an iconic status in international boxing.

“I had lost to him before, so I had to take revenge. Coach Santiago (Nieva) and other coaches had prepared me well. In the semifinal, I did not play the first round well, here I did not repeat that mistake,” Amit said after the bout.

Today’s win marks the highest point of Amit’s meteoric rise to the top, starting with an Asian Championships bronze last year.

Then came two men, who would be nearing retirement in any contemporary job, but made their Asian Games debut in a debut sport.

Two old friends — Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar — quietly added a gold to India’s tally as the focus remained on traditional sports.

Bardhan, at the age of 60, became the oldest man in Indian contingent to win a medal at the Games as he and his 56-year old partner finished the men’s pair event with a score of 384.

They edged out China’s Lixin Yang and Gang Chen, who finished with 378 points after five rounds of the competition. “I could not sleep last night and ate only fruit in breakfast. It’s tough, the blood circulation shoots up with tension, we beat China and Singapore, it’s great result for us,” said an elated Sarkar, who taught bride to students at Jadavpur University, said.

Bardhan, who had a construction business, said, “Bridge is more challenging chess. It’s the most competitive indoor game.” India finished third overall with one gold and two bronze medals.

India had won a bronze each in men’s team and the mixed team events.

The squash players, who had shocked powerhouse Malaysia in semifinals, though were stopped in their tracks by Hong Kong in the women’s team final and they had to settle for a silver.

Sunayna Kuruvilla and India number one Joshna Chinappa lost their respective singles as the team suffered its second defeat against Hong Kong in a space of three days.

A silver was a creditable performance nonetheless, having surprised defending champions Malaysia in the semifinals on Friday.

With a runners-up finish, India equalled their best ever performance at the Games. They had also reached the final at Incheon four years ago.

The Indian contingent ended with five medals overall including the women’s team silver, the men’s team bronze and three bronze medals in the individual event.

The Indian men’s hockey team maintained its recent domination over arch-rivals Pakistan with a 2-1 win, ensuring a consolatory bronze medal after a below-par performance in the tournament.

Akashdeep Singh scored a brilliant field goal in the third minute while Harmanpreet extended India’s advantage in the 50th minute off a penalty corner before Muhammad Atiq increased the heart rate of the fans with a strike in the 52nd minute.

In the end, India managed to hold on to the lead. World number five India, who came into the tournament as defending champions, lost to Malaysia in the semifinals.

They go back home with a bronze, having beaten 13th ranked Pakistan for the second time in the last three months.

India had beaten Pakistan 4-0 in the Champions Trophy in June.



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India Beat Pakistan 2-1, Take Home Asiad Hockey Bronze


Asian Games 2018: India Beat Pakistan 2-1, Take Home Asiad Hockey Bronze


Harmanpreet Singh scored in the 50th minute to double India’s lead. © PTI


The Indian men’s hockey team signed off with a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games, after beating Pakistan 2-1 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday. Akashdeep Singh scored in the third minute and gave India a 1-0 lead in the first quarter itself. Riding on their early lead, India did not let Pakistan score in the second quarter although they were trying to exert a lot of pressure. After a goalless third quarter, Harmanpreet Singh scored in the 50th minute to double the lead for the 2014 edition champions India. Pakistan scored through Muhammad Atiq in the 52nd minute but ran out of time as India won the match 2-1.






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Joshna Chinappa Stuns 8-Time World Champion Nicol David, Takes India Into Asiad Final


Joshna Chinappa defeated eight-time world champion Nicol David as the Indian women’s squash team outplayed defending champions Malaysia 2-0 to enter its second successive Asian Games final on Friday. The Indian team, comprising of Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Tanvi Khanna, is now assured of at least a silver. Joshna, World No.16, had a point to prove after a crushing loss against familiar foe Annie Au in the final pool match against Hong Kong. India lost the tie 1-2 and finished behind Hong Kong, resulting in a tougher opponent in Malaysia, the most dominant team in the Games’ history. The match went down to the wire and was full of long gruelling rallies. Joshna had a match ball on 10-9 in the fourth game but Nicol David fought back to take the next three points, levelling the opening singles at 2-2.

The crowd support was heavily in favour of Malaysia but not enough to distract the gritty Indian. This time she converted the match ball on 10-9 to complete the biggest win of her Asian Games career.

“I was very upset yesterday as you must have seen. I did not play the way I was supposed to play. Spoke to my parents and coach and that helped. Today, I just wanted to be myself. Nicol is such a champion. She always plays a fair game and today was no different. Really happy to have come through,” said Joshna after a 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 10-12, 11-9 victory.

Nicol David was gracious in her defeat.

“Joshna played really. It was a very good match and I could not play my A game,” said Nicol David after the loss.

World No.19 Dipika Pallikal Karthik too did not play to her potential against Joey Chan yesterday. But today in the second singles, she came out firing on all cylinders against former World No.5 Low Wee Wern.

The Indian’s brute power was too much to handle for Wee Wern, who is on a comeback trail after a 20-month injury lay-off. The scoreline may not suggest but it was a tricky match for Pallikal, who eventually pulled through 11-2, 11-9, 11-7.

“The plan was definitely to rattler her with my power. Wee Wern has been a top player and has already won three tournaments after her comeback. Also, I had to do it for Joshna. She played such a great match to get us on the brink of a win,” said Dipika Pallikal.

“Hong Kong are as tough to beat as Malaysia. They have a very solid team. But our confidence has got a major boost after today,” she added.

With the win, India have equalled their best performance at the Games, having won a silver four years ago.



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India Eye 1st Women’s Hockey Asiad Gold In 36 Years


A buoyant India women’s hockey team will be aiming to win the gold medal after a long wait of 36 years when they take on Japan in the final at the Asian Games on Friday. India won the gold medal in 1982, the year women’s hockey was first included in the Asian Games programme. They reached the final for the second time in 1998 when they lost 1-2 to South Korea. They bagged bronze medals in 2006 and 2014. The impressive Indian team has remained undefeated throughout the tournament, registering huge victories against Indonesia (8-0), Kazakhstan (21-0), South Korea (4-1) and Thailand (5-0) in the pool stages and securing a hard-fought 1-0 win against a resilient Chinese team in the semi-final. India’s form in the competition has been inspired by their resolute defending in all their five matches which has seen them concede only once in 300 minutes of hockey, which was through a penalty stroke against South Korea. 

Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra and youngster Reena Khokhar have all played a major role in defence. But chief coach Sjoerd Marijne believes that the credit for the strong defence goes to the team’s collective performance. “We have been good in defence throughout the tournament and have been excellent with the tackling. The only goal we conceded was against a strong team like South Korea, and that gives me and the girls a huge confidence going into the final against Japan,” Marijne said.

“We have defended well as a unit with everyone executing their duties and it gives us a solid foundation in all the matches,” he added.

The World No. 9 India became the highest ranked Asian team in the world after their quarter-final finish at the recent FIH Women’s World Cup 2018, and captain Rani Rampal is determined to become the champions of the Asian Games as well. 

“The final against Japan will be exciting for sure but we are determined to give everything on the pitch to win the match. The team knows that they came here to only achieve one thing, and that is the qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Therefore, we will make sure that we play like the best team in Asia and work hard to achieve our goal,” Rani said.

The team’s forward-line, led by the experience of Vandana Katariya and skipper Rani, has also been in prime form throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 39 goals. This includes 38 in four Pool B matches and one in the semi-final in the five matches that they have played. 

The Indian team will expect their forwards Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami to deliver again as they look to win only their second gold medal at the Asian Games after having won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals in their nine previous appearances.

Friday’s decider will also be India’s second gold medal match at the Asian Games, with the team having lost their 1998 final match 1-2 to South Korea, and chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is wary of the threat that the Japanese team poses but believes that his team is oozing confidence ahead of the summit clash. 

“We have played Japan in the past and we know that they are a strong side. They have played well in this tournament and deserve to be in the final,” he said.

“But I believe we have the quality and confidence to beat any team in the world. Therefore, it is important that we stick to our game-plan and concentrate on producing the kind of performance which is worthy of being the Champions,” he added.

(With IANS Inputs)



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Jalpaiguri Celebrates As Swapna Barman, Daughter Of Rickshaw-Puller, Scripts Asiad History


Jalpaiguri town in North Bengal is ecstatic over its resident Swapna Barman, daughter of a van rickshaw puller, becoming the first Indian woman to achieve a top podium finish in the gruelling heptathlon event at the Asian Games. Soon after Swapna scripted history by clinching the gold medal at the 18th edition of the continental meet in Jakarta, people rushed outdoor, sweets were distributed, and many thronged her non-descript residence at Ghoshpara. Her mother Basana could barely speak after getting the good news.

Praying since afternoon for the success of her daughter, an animated Basona had stayed away from all the action, locking herself in the Kali temple built for her by Swapna Barman.

“I did not watch her perform. I was praying since 2 in the afternoon. This temple is made by her only for me. I believe in Goddess Kali a lot. When I got the news, I could not control my emotions,” Basona told IANS from Jalpaiguri.

Swapna’s father, Panchanan Barman was a van rickshaw puller but has been bedridden for the last few years due to his old age.

“It was not easy for her. We could not meet her expectations all the time. She would never complain,” added Basona.

Swapna often had a tough time finding the right competition shoes that would fit her as she was born with six toes in both feet.

The extra width of her feet makes landing painful and shoes wear out quickly.

She found it difficult to meet the expenses of her equipment, said childhood coach Sukanta Sinha.

“I was her coach from 2006-2013. She comes from a very poor family and could barely meet the expenses of training. I saw a spark in her when she was in the fourth standard. I started training her,” said Sukanta who could not get past the state level himself, his best being a third place finish in triple jump in a inter district meet in Bengal in the 1980s.

“She was extremely stubborn and that worked in her favour. We at Raikot Para Sporting Association club supported her with all the equipment and shoes. Today I cannot express in words how happy I am,” he added.

Swapna had finished fifth with a total of 5,178 points on debut at the Asian Games four years ago in Incheon as a teenager.

She sparkled at the Asian Athletics championships last year, where she bagged the gold.

The heptathlon is a seven-event contest which covers a range of track and field events and is spread over two days.

The first day comprises 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m, while day two has long jump, javelin and 800m.



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Swapna Barman, Arpinder Singh Create Asiad History


In men’s triple jump, Arpinder won gold with an effort of 16.77 metres. He pipped Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Kurbanov, who took the silver medal with a personal best jump of 16.62 metres. The bronze medal went to China’s Cao Shuo, who jumped 16.56 metres.

Before the 25-year-old Arpinder, the previous Indian champion at the Asiad was Mohinder Singh Gill in 1970 with an effort of 16.11m. AV Rakesh Babu, the other Indian in the fray, was sixth with a best attempt of 16.40 metres. Arpinder flopped in his first attempt. After the invalid jump, he came back strong with a jump of 16.58 metres in the second attempt which made him the leader after the first two attempts.

Babu, in his second attempt of 16.40, was second behind his compatriot, even as Ruslan till then had his best of 16.28. Arpinder gained further ascendancy when he came out with a jump of 16.77m. Ruslan too made his best attempt of 16.62 metres. The Uzbek athlete, however, could not topple Arpinder as the former made attempts of 15.99, 16.43, 16.41 in his final three chances respectively.

Arpinder jumped 16.08 in his fourth attempt before fouling the last two attempts.

China’s Cao delivered his best in his sixth and last attempt with a jump of 16.56 to push Japanese Kohei Yamashita to the fourth spot.

Yamashita had fouled his last three attempts. His best of 16.46 came in his third attempt.

In the women’s 200m, Dutee clocked 23.20 seconds to finish behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong, who claimed the gold medal with 22.96 seconds. Wei Yongli of China got the bronze medal with a time of 23.27 seconds at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Stadium. Dutee, who also took silver in the 100m, grabbed her second silver of the Games. The Odisha athlete had topped the standings in the semi-finals on Tuesday with a time of 23.00 seconds — her personal best — while Odiong was second in 23.01 seconds.

In the final, the 22-year-old Dutee was 0.20 seconds slower than her Tuesday’s performance. Running in the third lane, Dutee started strong and in the first 3040 metres, she was in the third position. 

But she peaked and gave a tough fight to 21-year-old Odiong, who seemed the favourite from the start. After the 7-metre mark, it was nearly obvious that the top two positions would be taken by Odiong and Dutee respectively.  Odiong, with a long stride, never looked beatable by Dutee. The latter then just had to held off Yongli, who was pushing to the limit. Asian Championships bronze medallist Olga Safronova, who had finished a spot ahead of Dutee in the Bhubaneswar meet in 2017, claimed the fourth spot. The Kazakh sprinter finished with a timing of 23.32.

The two medals for Dutee at this Games meant that her career had taken a completely different turn after she was barred in 2014 for high androgen levels.

Earlier in the morning session, Khushbir Kaur finished fourth in the women’s 20km race walk. Khushbhir, who had bagged silver medal at the 2014 edition, clocked one hour, 35 minutes and 24 seconds to finish one minute and 22 seconds behind bronze medallist Kumiko Okada of Japan.

China’s Jiayu Yang and Shijie Qieyang claimed the top two positions respectively. Both clocked a Games record timing of one hour, 29 minutes and 15 seconds but Jiayu was declared the winner in a photo finish.

Another Indian in the women’s category, Soumya Baby and men’s 20km race walkers KT Irfan and Manish Singh Rawat were disqualified.

In the men’s race, China’s Wang Kaihua won the gold medal with a timing of one hour, 22 minutes and 04 seconds. He was 0.06 seconds faster than Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi.

The bronze medal went to Jin Xiangqian, who posted a time of one hour, 27 minutes and 58 seconds.



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PV Sindhu Eyes History At Asiad


Live updates of Asian Games 2018 badminton final of PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying, straight from Jakarta, Indonesia

12:33 IST: Brilliant smash from Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu fails to collect it. The Indian trails 13-20 in the opening game.

12:32 IST: Point for Sindhu but she still trails 12-17 in the opening game.

12:30 IST: Back-to-back points for Tai Tzu Ying.

12:29 IST: Sindhu gets a point just after the mid-break. She trains 9-11. Two point deficit. Can she make a comeback?

12:28 IST: At mid-break of the opening game, World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying leads 11-7 against PV Sindhu.

12:27 IST: Another point for Sindhu. The Indian makes it 7-10.

12:26 IST: Forced error from Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu gets a point. She still trails 6-10 in the opening game.

12:25 IST: Tai Tzu Ying is cruising right now. She leads 9-5.

12:24 IST: Smash from Tai Tzu Ying. She takes 7-4 lead against Sindhu.

12:23 IST: Brilliant drop shot from Sindhu. She still trails 4-6 in the opening game.

12:22 IST: Loud cheer as Singhu gets first point of the final clash.

12:21 IST: Brilliant start from Tai Tzu Ying. She takes 5-0 lead in the opening game.

12:20 IST: Back-to-back points for Tai Tzu Ying. The World No. 1 leads 2-0 in the opening game.

12:19 IST: Tai Tzu Ying wins first point of the match.

12:18 IST: Both players are ready. Tai Tzu Ying will serve.

12:16 IST: Both players – PV Sindhu and Tai Tzu Ying – are warming up.

12:15 IST: A loud cheer for Sindhu as she enters the GBK-Istora badminton arena.

12:13 IST: The wait is over! India’s badminton star PV Sindhu has arrived.

11:13 IST: Sindhu will have a great chance to add a Gold medal in her cabinet.

11:12 IST: Sindhu’s most recent loss was against Carolina Marin in the final of the BWF World Championship

11:11 IST: Sindhu lost a close 2018 Commonwealth Games final at Gold Coast, Australia to compatriot Saina Nehwal and brought home a silver medal.

11:10 IST: Sindhu is yet to win a singles title this year, although she made it to four finals – India Open, Commonwealth Games, Thailand Open and BWF World Championships.

11:09 IST: Sindhu will be playing her fifth final this year.

11:08 IST: Sindhu has not beaten Tai Tzu in their last five meetings and the Chinese Taipei player enjoys an overall 9-3 dominance over the Indian shuttler. However, silver-medallist Sindhu managed to defeat Tai Tzu at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

11:07 IST: Sindhu, who has a long-standing rivalry with Tai Tzu, insisted that she has a plan in place to outsmart the best player in the world when they meet in the summit clash . READ: “I have a strategy in place for her.”

11:01 IST: Sindhu defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals and now will face World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the gold medal match.

11:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Asian Games 2018 badminton final between PV Sindhu and Tai Tzu Ying.

Sindhu was sluggish at the start, making unforced errors but recovered quickly to be in control. Yamaguchi played an attacking game but the tall Sindhu had strokes to counter her rival. Sindhu dominated the rallies and created an 11-8 lead at first break. The Indian remained solid at the net, using a variety of stroke to force the Japanese world number 2 to make errors.

A long rally ensued at 20-17 but Yamaguchi sent a smash wide to put the Indian ahead. In the second game too Sindhu remained the dominant player but unforced errors crept in and she lost the lead.

Yamaguchi pulled off a stunning point, leading at 14-12 after forcing an error from Sindhu, who kept retrieving the shuttler, using one smash after another. Sindhu struggled to contain errors from there and lost the game by hitting a forehand wide. The Indian reeled off four points in a row to shoot to 7-3 in the deciding game, before taking the break with a 11-7 lead. She also won a sensational 50-shot rally to pull away 16-8. With such a big lead at hand, Sindhu finished the match in her favour with a superb smash.

World number 10 and Olympic medallist Saina played with good intensity but lost 17-21 14-21 to a superior Tzu Ying, who stood out with her court coverage and retrieving in the 32-minute contest. Coming into this match, Saina had lost last nine matches against Tzu Ying, including three in the 2018 season.



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Son Heung-Min Dares To Dream After Penalty Sends Koreans Into Asiad Semis


Tottenham forward Son Heung-min helped South Korea reach the Asian Games semi-finals as the defending champions beat Uzbekistan 4-3 in an extra-time cliffhanger on Monday. The World Cup star, who is in Indonesia chasing a gold medal that would spare him a career-threatening spell of military service, produced a pair of smart assists for hat-trick hero Hwang Ui-jo before a late Hwang Hee-chan penalty sent the Koreans through. While Spurs prepared to visit Manchester United in the Premier League some 7,000 miles away, Son was the driving force as the Koreans squeezed through to face either Syria or Vietnam in the last four.

The Korea captain revealed that he was supposed to take the penalty kick but that substitute Hwang Hee-chan had demanded to take it — and Son couldn’t bear to watch.

“Hee-chan said he wanted it and was confident,” he told reporters. “I told him to take the kick. I didn’t see where he put the penalty but I’m proud of him.”

The 26-year-old Son provided a superb assist after just five minutes in Bekasi, near Jakarta.

It was the tournament’s top scorer Hwang Ui-jo who hit the opener, tucking away his sixth goal of the Games after a brilliant run from Son.

But Jaloliddin Masharipov pounced on South Korea’s defensive hesitation to equalise with a sharp finish after 17 minutes.

Japan-based Hwang smashed in his seventh of the competition with a dipping shot from long distance to restore his side’s advantage 10 minutes before the break.

‘We needed to end the match’ 

However, Korean hopes of advancing to the semi-finals almost evaporated in the space of two calamitous second-half minutes.

Ikromjon Alibaev fired Uzbekistan level in the 53rd minute after finding himself unmarked at the back post.

Moments later, the midfielder tried his luck from range and got a huge slice of luck as the ball took a wicked deflection off Hwang Hyun-soo and trickled into the net.

Hwang Ui-jo — like Son hoping for exemption from military service — struck back, latching on to a Son through-ball to complete his hat-trick with aplomb after 75 minutes.

Son then let fly with a ferocious left-foot shot that whistled past the post as the Koreans went in search of a winner in normal time.

Already booked, Alibaev was sent off for a shove early in the first period of extra time before hat-trick man Hwang missed a sitter from point-blank range.

Both teams looked out on their feet after going toe-to-toe in sapping humidity but as a penalty shootout loomed, Hwang Hee-chan triggered ecstatic scenes from the Koreans as he stepped up to blast home from the spot after a foul on Hwang Ui-jo.

“When we got to extra time, I told Son Heung-min we needed to end the match before it went to penalties,” said Hwang. “I’m happy that we did.



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Saina, Sindhu In Focus; Neeraj Chopra Eyes Asiad Glory


On Day 8, Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name, Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force and Dutee Chand won another battle of relevance on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games. Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual equestrian medal since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition. The 9th day will start with equestrian for India as Kevic Setalvad and Chetan Reddy will be competing in the 1st qualification round of men’s individual jumping event. Later in the day, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who have already been assured of medal at the Asian Games after winning the quarter-finals, will look to set up an all-Indian final at the 18th Asian Games. Sindhu takes on Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, while Nehwal will battle it out against the world number one Tzuing Tai. (MEDAL TALLY)

Live updates of Asian Games 2018, Day 9 straight from Jakarta, Indonesia

07:30 IST: India’s Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu will be in focus today as they take on Tai Tzu Ying and Akane Yamaguchi respectively in women’s singles badminton semi-finals. Javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, will be looking to repeat his Commonwealth Games show in the men’s javelin throw final.

07:25 IST: RECAP | Fouaad Mirza Gives India Individual Equestrian Silver In Asiad After 36 Years. Read here.

07:20 IST: In Equestrian, India are currently fourth in Equestrian Jumping team 1st qualification. However, in Equestrian Jumping individual 1st Qualification, India’s Kevic Kaevaan Setalvad is currenlty 20th while Chetan Reddy Nukala is 37th, and Kevic Zahan Setalvad is 55th.

07:10 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day 8 of Asian Games 2018.

The Indian women’s hockey team will play their group match against Thailand. The Indian team has scored 33 goals in their last three matches and have conceded only one in return. There are four boxing matches scheduled on Monday with Vikas Krishan going up against Pakistan’s Tanveer Ahmed in the 75kg middleweight category. The men will be competing in four separate weight categories. India’s flag-bearer Neeraj Chopra will be looking to repeat his Commonwealth Games show in the men’s javelin throw final. Alongside Neeraj Chopra, Nayana James and Neena Varakil will compete in the women’s long jump finals. Juana Murmu and Anu Raghavan will be competing in their 400m hurdles final. Men and women’s 3000m steeplechase final will see the participation of Shankar Lal Swami (men’s), Sudha Singh and Chinta Yadav.



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