All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace Bags German Car Of The Year Award


The Jaguar I-Pace has won the German Car Of The Year award, bagging the most votes from a panel of 12 expert journalists who drove 59 cars in a series of comparison tests.




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Ralf Speth, JLR CEO and Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director receiving the award for the Jaguar I-Pace

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV has recently received the 2019 German Car Of The Year award. The first-ever production pure electric vehicle from the British carmaker, the Jaguar I-Pace won the prestigious title, competing against 58 other vehicles, earning the maximum votes from a panel of 12 expert journalists, after a series of comparison tests. The jury evaluated the cars based on design, performance, ride & handling, future viability and general relevance of each model on the road and at the Bilster Berg circuit.


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Receiving the award, Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said, “We are extremely proud to receive this honour from the German media for our first fully electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace. To get such an award in the homeland of premium brands is very precious.”

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Jaguar I-Pace is an SUV and is underpinned by an all-new aluminium platform

The Jaguar I-Pace is an SUV and is underpinned by an all-new aluminium platform along with two electric motors and Jaguar’s own battery technology. The SUV is powered by a 90kWh battery pack, made up from 432 lithium-ion cells and mounted in a frame that’s an integral structural component in the car’s floor. The battery itself can be charged up to 80 per cent in 40 minutes, and every 15 minutes of charge gives it an additional 100 kilometres of range. Maximum range is 480 kilometres.

Visually, the Jaguar I-Pace Jaguar has also incorporated design elements from the C-X75, while taking some amount of inspiration from the E-Pace, F-Pace and even the F-Type for that matter. The all-electric car comes with a sloping bonnet, sleek LED headlamps, honeycomb pattern grille and a wide central airdam. The car also comes with a set of sporty alloys, and turn-light-integrated ORVMs, while the F-Type-inspired rear section comes with sleek wraparound LED taillamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, and plastic-cladding bumper.

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Talking about the car, Jens Meiners, German Car Of The Year Award jury member and the spokesperson said, “The Jaguar I-PACE is not only the first premium electric vehicle from an established manufacturer, but it also makes uncompromising use of the advantages of an electrified vehicle architecture. Its performance is impressive, and its design and practicality stand out, which is why the I-Pace ultimately was the winner against strong competition.”

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The I-Pace has also been shortlisted for the Women’s World Car of the Year Award, along with the E-Pace compact SUV. The winner will be announced on 12 November.

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IIT Mandi-Incubated AI Startup Bags 3rd Place In Schneider Electric’s Asia Pacific Level Startup Pitch Contest


The Solar Labs was incubated at IIT Mandi Catalyst and NASSCOM 10k Startups.

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An Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi-incubated startup has won the third place in Schneider Electric’s Asia Pacific level startup pitch contest held in Singapore recently. The Solar Labs, the award winning startup, helps solar companies analyze sites remotely using site video and design an optimized solar PV system that generates the maximum solar energy for that site. With the help of this startup, according to a statement from the technological institute, companies can cut down on their design time and increase top line revenue.

The Solar Labs was incubated at IIT Mandi Catalyst and NASSCOM 10k Startups.

IIT Mandi Catalyst is the first Technology Business Incubator or TBI in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Companies doing OPEX installations can get a higher ROI or Return on Investment on their installed systems due to better designed systems, said the statement.

“The award contributes to market validation for The Solar Labs Team at an international level. We wish the team best in forging international collaborations and partnerships that would benefit them,” said Dr. Puran Singh, Faculty In-charge, IIT Mandi Catalyst.

The Solar Labs Startup was founded by IIT Mandi students who rejected high paying jobs and started the company together. The company started off based on multiple internships done by Mr. Siddharth in the solar industry. He assessed how industries functioned with overly manual processes and very little use of technology apart from solar panels and inverters itself besides complex software.

Speaking about Solar Labs, its Founder and CEO, Mr. SiddharthGangal said, “At IITs, we learn about the latest technology and implementations. I saw how the latest research in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence could be applied to ease processes in the solar industry, which are overly manual and un-optimized.”

Using Artificial Intelligence, the statement from IIT Mandi said, the Solar Labs software can find out for any roof what was the best way to place solar system on the roof. The startup plans to scale up their business, particularly focusing on sales abroad.

More than 3,200 world-leading entrepreneurs, executives, and industry leaders gathered together at Innovation Summit Singapore 2018 to explore, discuss and create opportunities for powering and digitizing the economy.

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Ashok Leyland Bags An Order For 200 Buses From Bangladesh


Ashok Leyland has announced the winning of another order from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) for the supply of 200 Ashok Leyland buses.




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The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU)

Ashok Leyland today announced bagging a new order to supply 200 buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). The home-grown commercial and heavy vehicle manufacturer has received an order for Single Decker AC buses which includes Intercity AC buses as well as City AC buses. The buses will be manufactured in India and exported to Bangladesh as completely built-up (CBU) units and BRTC will be procuring these new single decker AC buses against a tender under Indian Line of Credit.

Announcing the order win, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said, “We continue to serve the Bangladesh market and this repeat order, after the double-decker bus order, is a testament of the trust they have in our brand. Bangladesh continues to be one of our most important export markets. And it will continue to play a key role in our strategy of increasing our export share in total revenue.”

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Early last year, Ashok Leyland has announced opening a new assembly plant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The company entered into a partnership with Bangladesh’s IFAD Autos Limited, and the plant was supposed to be built over a period of 15 months. Ashok Leyland is looking to consolidate its presence globally and this is just one step in that direction. The plant will have a capacity to roll out 600-800 vehicles each month and will be equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and assembly lines.

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Teenage Shooter Vijayveer Sidhu Bags Gold In Junior Category, Gurpreet Singh Wins Senior Silver At ISSF World Championships


India were placed third in the medals tally with 11 gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 27, making this their best performance in the showpiece.

Sidhu, who finished fourth in the 25m pistol Thursday, had an individual score of 572 to finish ahead of Korean Lee Gunheyok (570) and China’s Haojie Zhu 565).

In the team competition, Sidhu, Sandhu (564) and Adarsh Singh (559) totalled 1695 to fetch the top honours with Korea (1693) and Czech Republic (1674) settling for the silver and the bronze medals respectively.

Adarsh Singh managed a fourth-place finish in the individual competition. In the senior competition, Gurpreet Singh ensured that the contingent signed off on a positive note with his silver.

The former Commonwealth Games gold medallist fired a score of 579 to finish second behind Ukraine’s Pavlo Korostylov, who shot a score of 581.

The bronze medal went to Koreas Kim Junhong, who shot the same score as the Indian but had lesser inner-10s to his credit.

India ended fourth in the team event with Gurpreet, Amanpreet Singh (560) and London Olympics silver-medallist Vijay Kumar (560) combining for a score of 1699.

India’s junior women’s skeet team finished a creditable fourth with the trio of Simranpreet Kaur, Parinaaz Dhaliwal and Areeba Khan totalling 318.

None of them managed to qualify for the individual finals. However, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured quota places for the 2020 Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event.

Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games.

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Romelu Lukaku Bags Double As Belgium Sweep Iceland Aside


Romelu Lukaku Bags Double As Belgium Sweep Iceland Aside


Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as Belgium register a comfortable 3-0 win against Iceland. © AFP


Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semi-finalists Belgium began their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland on Tuesday. Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester United striker netting a quick-fire second before adding a third in the closing stages.

Lukaku, also on the mark in Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Scotland, was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Sverrir Ingason and Hazard rolled the resulting spot-kick to the left of Hannes Halldorsson.

He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson.

Thomas Meunier struck the outside of the post on the hour, although Belgium ultimately transformed their dominance into a third with nine minutes to play as Lukaku slotted away a fizzing cross from Dries Mertens.

Roberto Martinez’s side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.






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Manjit Singh Clinches Gold, Jinson Johnson Bags Silver In Men’s 800M


Highlights of Asian Games 2018, Day 10 straight from Jakarta, Indonesia

19:55 IST: Thank you for joining us on all the live action. Join us tomorrow again on all the live action from Day 11. 

19:55 IST: Diving: Indian team of Ramananda Kongbrailatpam and Siddharth Pardeshi finishes sixth with a total of 322.14 in Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard

19:22 IST: SILVER MEDAL FOR INDIA! India team bags second spot in mixed 4 x 400m Relay. The team comprising Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Poovamma Machettira, Hima Das and Arokiarajiv clocked at 3:15.71

18:53 IST: Women’s Javelin Throw: India’s Annu Rani finishes sixth with a mark of 53.93

18:44 IST: Women’s 5000m Final: India’s Suriya Loganathan finishes fifth. Sanjivani Jadhav finishes seventh

18:24 IST: SILVER MEDAL FOR INDIA! Pincky Balhara loses to Uzbekistan’s Gulnor Sulaymanova 0-10 in women’s 52 kg Kurash event

18:20 IST: BRONZE MEDAL FOR INDIA! Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav loses 0-10 to Uzbekistan’s Gulnor Sulaymanova in women’s 52 kg Kurash event

18:14 IST: ONE GOLD and ONE SILVER MEDAL from Men’s 800m: India’s Manjit Singh clocks 1:46.15 to take top podium spot while Jinsjon Johnson clocks 1:46.35 to bag the second spot

18:09 IST: Men’s 800m Final: India’s Manjit Singh and Jinsjon Johnson will be in action shortly

18:04 IST: Women’s Javelin Throw Final: India’s Annu Rani throws 51.30m in her first attempt. She is currently placed on the fifth spot

17:58 IST: Kurash: India’s Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav lost 0-10 against Uzbekistan’s Gulnor Sulaymanova 0-10 in the Women 52 kg semi-finals.

17:55 IST: India’s Pincky Balhara is through to the final. She defeated Uzbekistan’s Oysuluv Abdumajidova 3-0 in the Women 52 kg semi-finals

17:50 IST: Women’s Heptathlon: India’s Swapna Barman is placed on the second spot while Purnima Hembram is fourth after Shot Put event

17:43 IST: Women’s Heptathlon: India’s Purnima Hembram throws 12.24 m in her third shot put attempt. She has now taken the fourth spot with 677 points

17:28 IST: Hima Das disqualified from the Women’s 200m semifinals. She received a red card for false start

17:24 IST: Women’s Heptathlon: India’s Swapna Barman throws 12.69 m to collect 707 points in her first shot put attempt 

17:22 IST: Dutee Chand clocks 23.00 to top Women’s 200m semifinals. She qualifies for the final. 

17:19 IST: Dutee Chand in action is Women’s 200m semifinals

17:16 IST: Women’s Heptathlon: India’s Purnima Hembram throws 11.25 m to collect 612 points in her first shot put attempt

16:50 IST: KURASH: India’s Pincky Balhara defeats Indonesia’s Susanti Terry RR 3-0 in the Women 52 kg Quarterfinals match. She has qualified for the semifinals. 

16:30 IST: SAILING: Indian pair of Varun Ashok Thakkar and Ganapathy Kelapanda earned 21 net points to be placed third in Race 9

16:25 IST: SQUASH: India beat Qatar 2-1 in Men’s Team Pool B match

16:14 IST: HOCKEY: India crush Sri Lanka 20-0 in men’s Pool A match

16:11 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Mandeep Singh scores as India take 20-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

16:03 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Rupinder Pal Singh makes it 16-0 for India against Sri Lanka.

16:00 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Rupinder Pal Singh scores his second goal of the match, India take 15-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

15:48 IST: HOCKEY: End of third quarter – INDIA 14-0 SRI LANKA

15:42 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Amit Rohidas scores. India 12-0 Sri Lanka.

15:34 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Mandeep Singh scores from penalty corner as India take 11-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

15:32 IST: KURASH: India’s Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav beats Turkmenistan’s 3-0 Zarina Saparova in Women’s -52kg Round of 16 match.

15:26 IST: KURASH: India’s Jatin loses 0-3 to Chinese Taipei’s Haocheng Chan in men’s 66kg Round of 16 match

15:15 IST: Saina Nehwal posts picture with the Asian Game bronze medal.

15:14 IST: HALF-TIME: End of 2nd quarter, INDIA 7-0 SRI LANKA.

15:00 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Akashdeep Singh scores his fourth goal as India take 7-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

14:59 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Hat-trick for Akashdeep. India take 5-0 lead vs Sri Lanka.

14:54 IST: HOCKEY: End of Quarter 1: INDIA 4-0 SRI LANKA.

14:47 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Akashdeep scores again as India take 4-0 lead vs Sri Lanka.

14:46 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Akashdeep Singh’s 10th minute goal gives India 3-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

14:39 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Another goal for India. Harmanpreet Singh scores. INDIA 2-0 SRI LANKA.

14:36 IST: HOCKEY: GOAL! Rupinder Pal Singh scores as India take 1-0 lead against Sri Lanka.

14:30 IST: HOCKEY: Indian men’s team faces Sri Lanka in their Pool A match.

14:04 IST: BOXING: India’s Pavitra loses 2-3 to Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah in women’s Light (60kg) quarter-final bout.

14:01 IST: BOXING: India’s Pavitra is in action against Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah in women’s Light (60kg) quarter-final bout.

13:50 IST: BOXING: India’s Sonia Lather loses 0-5 to DPR Korea’s Hwa Son Jo in women’s feather (57kg) quarter-finals.

13:25 IST: MEDAL ALERT: India take home bronze after losing to South Korea in men’s team table tennis semifinal.

12:55 IST: MEDAL ALERT: PV Sindhu loses 13-21, 16-21 in the final, wins Silver.

12:37 IST: MEDAL ALERT: India win silver in Men’s Compound Team Archery

11:42 IST: MEDAL ALERT: India Win Silver In Women’s Compound Team Archery. India lost 228-231 to Korea in the summit clash at GBK Archery Field.

11:23 IST: ARCHERY: India lose second set 56-58 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match

11:23 IST: ARCHERY: India win first set 59-57 against Korea in Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match

11:21 IST: The Compound Women’s Team Gold Medal Match between India and Korea is underway.

11:15 IST: TABLE TENNIS: India’s men’s team takes on Korea in Table Tennis semifinal

10:47 IST: HEPTATHLON: Swapna and Purnima will be in action in Shot Put in some time.

10:45 IST: HEPTATHLON: Swapna Barman ends up with 1003 points in high jump. She finishes on top in the event. Purnima Hembram, the other Indian in the fray, finishes 5th with 891 points.

10:30 IST: HEPTATHLON: India’s Swapna Barman fails in all her three attempts in 1.85 in High Jump. She is still on top of the chart. 

10:10 IST: HEPTATHLON: India’s Swapna Barman is on top of the chart after a successful 1.82 attempt in High Jump.

09:57 IST: CYCLING: India’s Deborah and Sonali Chanu fail to qualify for the next round in Women’s Keirin repechage. Deborah finishes 4th in Heat 1 (1.112 seconds). Chanu finishes 4th (1.286 seconds)

09:53 IST: SQUASH: India beat Thailand 3-0 in their women’s team pool match. They will play Indonesia later in the day.

09:30 IST: SQUASH: India take 2-0 lead against Thailand in their women’s team Qualification match.

09:10 IST: SQUASH: The women’s team pool match against Thailand is underway. India are leading 1-0.

08:45 IST: ATHLETICS: India’s Hima Das also qualifies for women’s 200m semi-final. She finished fourth in heat but qualified by time.

08:40 IST: ATHLETICS: India’s Dutee Chand qualifies for women’s 200m semifinal. She clocked 23.37 in Heat 4.

08:39 IST: ATHLETICS: Women’s 200m Qualification featuring India’s Dutee Chand is underway.

08:25 IST: ATHLETICS: India’s Hima Das fails to qualify for Women’s 200m semi-finals. She finished fourth, clocking 23.47.

08:19 IST: ATHLETICS: Women’s 200m Qualification featuring India’s Hima Das is underway.

08:15 IST: HEPTATHLON: Women’s Heptathlon featuring India’s Purnima Hembram and Swapna Barman is underway.

08:12 IST: EQUESTRIAN: Indian team (Kevic Kaevaan Setalvad, Chetan Reddy Nukala and Zahan Kaevaan Setalvad) are in action in Qualifier 1 of Jumping Team event.

08:10 IST: CYCLING: India’s Deborah finishes fourth Heat 1 of Round 1 of Women’s Keirin. She was 1.798 seconds behind the leader, Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong. The Indian has moved to the repechage round.

07:50 IST: CYCLING: Heat 3 of Women’s Keirin Round 1 featuring India’s Sonali Chanu is underway.

07:45 IST: EQUESTRIAN: Jumping individual Qualifier 1 featuring India’s Kevic Kaevaan Setalvad, Chetan Reddy Nukala at Jakarta International Equestrian Park is underway.

07:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from Day 10 of the Asian Games 2018.

In Archery, both the men and the women compound teams will fight for the gold medal. In both events, India will be up against Republic of Korea.

There are two boxing matches scheduled on Tuesday with Sonia Lather take on DPR Korea’s Jo Son Hwa in the quarterfinals of Women’s Feather 57kg category. Pavitra will be up against Indonesia’s Hasanah Huswatun in the Women’s Light (60 KG) Quarterfinals.

In the afternoon, the Indian men’s hockey team will play their final group match against Sri Lanka. The Indian team has been phenomenal in the tournament, scoring a total of 56 goals in the four matches played so far.

In the evening, there will be four medal events in athletics. While Annu Rani will feature in the women’s javelin throw final start list, Manjit Singh and Jinson Johnson will be in fray for a medal in men’s 800m final.

With Suriya Loganathan and Baburao Sanjivani in the women’s 5000m final start list, India will also expect a medal in the mixed 4 x 400m relay final.





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Eicher Trucks And Buses Bags Order For 350 Heavy Duty Trucks From Bangladesh


The Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics.

Eicher Trucks & Buses, part of VE Commercial Vehicles, has bagged an order for 350 heavy duty trucks from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). BRTC has bought 350 units of Eicher 20.16, which is a 16 tonnes GVW haulage truck. According to the company, the Eicher 20.16 has been designed to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior uptime with modern ergonomics. Moreover, the company says that this development will further drive VECV’s vision of modernizing the commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh. The delivery of the order is expected to take place within 8 months.

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SS Gill, Senior Vice President and Head, International Business, VECV said, “The commercial vehicle industry in Bangladesh has been growing rapidly in the past few years. This market is a key export region for us and there is a growing demand for fuel efficient, reliable trucks to fulfil customer requirements.”

Also Read: Eicher Trucks And Buses Receives ICAT Certification For BS-VI Compliant CNG Engine

He added, “Eicher Trucks & Buses has led the introduction of modern technology in Bangladesh with best-in-class fuel efficiency, superior reliability and a host of features to enhance the comfort and safety of drivers and profitability for transporters. This order further strengthens our position in Bangladesh, where we have been growing by over 37 per cent CAGR for the last 5 years.”

Also Read: Eicher Pro 6049 And Pro 6041 Tractor Trailors Launched In India

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VECV also announced that the company will look to strengthen the aftersales networks and parts distribution in Bangladesh. Currently, the company has 29 touchpoints where trucks and buses can be serviced and over 220 retail points where parts are available across Bangladesh.

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Dutee Chand Bags Silver In 100M Dash


Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in women’s 100m dash at the 18th Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event in Indonesia on Sunday. Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds. Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish. The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in his first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it.    

Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career. India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games. 

Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.

Earlier, Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name and Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games.    

It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men today. Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.    

The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final.    



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Dutee Chand Bags Silver In 100M Dash


Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in women’s 100m dash at the 18th Asian Games to win the country’s first medal in 20 years in this event in Indonesia on Sunday. Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds. Odiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish. The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in his first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it.    

Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy which gave her liberty to pursue her career. India’s last medal in this event was the bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games. 

Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.

Earlier, Hima Das shone the brightest with a brand new record to her name and Muhammed Anas did enough to hold on to his status of a regional force on a jinx-breaking day for India at the Asian Games.    

It was a day when India counted the silvers, a total of five, even though there was no gold in the tally. The country took the ninth spot in the overall standings with 36 to its credit, including seven gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The 18-year-old Hima shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for her silver while Anas grabbed the second place in the same event for men today. Dutee, for long haunted by the gender dispute case that she eventually won, dug her heels for a silver in the women’s 100m in a remarkable photo-finish.    

The silver medals from Hima and Anas were on expected lines as the gold winners in their respective events were outright pre-race favourites. Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, while Asian champion Anas clocked 45.69 seconds in his 400m final.    



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Saurabh Chaudhary Wins Gold, Abhishek Verma Bags Bronze In 10m Air Pistol


Another Indian making his international debut, 29-year-old Abhishek Verma, shot 219.3 to secure bronze.

Tomoyuki Matsuda of Japan secured the silver with 239.7.

In second position for most of the final, Saurabh Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held his nerves to stay ahead.

Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to claim a gold in Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals in Indonesia.

The youngster, competing in his first senior event, showed maturity and calmness well beyond his age to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate shot in the 24-shot final.

Expectations were high from Saurabh Chaudhary, son of a farmer based in Kalina Village in Meerut, as he had broken the world record on way to winning a gold in the Junior World Cup in Germany a couple of months ago.

But not many thought that he would emulate the golden feat achieved by the likes of Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi at such a young.

“I did not feel any pressure,” said Chaudhary, who picked up the sport only three years ago when asked about the competition that included Matsuda and Jin Jingoh from South Korea, the multiple-time Olympic and world champion.

He did not show any signs of nerves even in the qualification held earlier in the day, topping the charts with a score of 586.

Jongoh was second in the qualification while Verma finished sixth.

Chaudhary, a student of class XI, will be off to the World Championships after the Games. He learnt the tricks of the trade at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, 53 kilometers from Meerut. Whenever he is home, he helps his father in the farming business.

“I like farming. We don’t get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my Village (Kalina) and help my father,” said Chaudhary.

Like Chaudhary, Rohtak-based Verma also picked up the sport three years ago. The 29-year-old lawyer-cum-shooter did begin well but saved his best for the last to win bronze.

In the fifth series, he shot a couple of 10.7s to get himself into medal contention. He consolidated from there, producing a solid finish.

He and another teen sensation Manu Bhaker had disappointed in the mixed team event, failing to qualify for the final.

(With PTI Inputs)



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