India's wrestler Bajrang Punia won the gold medal in the 65kg category defeating Japanese Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final of the 18th Asian Games on Sunday. It was Bajrang's second successive gold medal in the Asian Games after his triumph in Incheon 2014 in the 61kg category. The first medal for India came after Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagged the bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team at the 18th Asian Games earlier during the day. The Indian pair scored 429.9 in the final round to finish on the podium. Chinese Taipei won the gold with a score of 494.1 while China took silver with 492.5. The biggest blow though came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost tamely. Sushil, winner of a bronze at the 2006 Doha edition, was competing at the Games after skipping the last two editions. The Indian led 2-1 after the first period with a takedown but the Bahraini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans.(MEDALS TALLY)
Highlights of Asian Games 2018, Day 1 straight from Jakarta, Indonesia
20:50 IST: Thank you for staying with us for the live commentary of the Indians in action on day one at the 2018 Asian Games.
20:46 IST: Wrestler Pawan Kumar loses men's freestyle 86 kg category bronze medal match to Mongolia's Uitumen Orgodol.
20:42 IST: Indian wrestler Pawan Kumar trails 0-5 against Mongolia's Uitumen Orgodol in Men's Freestyle 86 kg bronze medal match
20:15 IST: FULL-TIME! India thrash Indoenesia 8-0 in the women's tournament Pool B clash.
20:03 IST: GOAL! Gurjit Kaur scores India's 8th goal. India 8-0 Indonesia
19:54 IST: GOAL! Navneet Kaur scores in the fourth period to make it seven for India in the women's Tournament Pool B Hockey match. India 7-0 Indonesia
19:34 IST: GOLD! India's Bajrang Punia beats Japan's Daichi Takatani; wins gold in 65Kg freestyle wrestling finals.
19:30 IST: Bajrang Punia leads 6-4 against Takatani Daichi of Japan after first period.
19:27 IST: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia is in action against Japan's Takatani Daichi in Men's Freestyle 65 kg final.
19:11 IST: Vandana Katariya makes it six for India. India 6-0 Indonesia
19:04 IST: GOAL! Gurjit Kaur scores again from a penalty corner in the second period. Lalremsiami makes it five soon after five minutes. India 5-0 Indonesia
18:55 IST: GOAL! Gurjit Kaur scores from a penalty corner in the second period. India women 3-0 Indonesia
18:47 IST: GOAL! Vandana Katariya doubles India lead in the 13th minute of the first period. India 2-0 Indonesia
18:41 IST: GOAL! Udita puts India in front with a fine finish in the 6th minute of the first period in the women's Pool B hockey match.
18:30 IST: Women's Tournament Pool B Hockey match
India vs Indonesia begins.
18:23 IST: Men's 200m Butterfly Final
India's Sajan Prakash finishes 5th in Men's 200m Butterfly final with a time of 1:57.75
18:10 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team Group A - Game 3
India beat Sri Lanka 44-28
17:59 IST: Wrestler Pawan Kumar to face Mongolia's Uitumen Orgodol in Men's Freestyle 86 kg Bronze Medal.
17:57 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team Group A - Game 3
India lead Sri Lanka 37-24
17:54 IST: Men's 100m Backstroke Final
India's Srihari Nataraj finishes 7th in men's 100m backstroke with a time of 56.19 seconds. China's Xu Jiayu bags gold. Japan's Irie Ryosuke winssilver while Korea's Lee Juho takes home the bronze.
17:49 IST; Men's 100m Backstroke Final featuring Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj is underway.
17:32 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team Group A - Game 3
India now lead Sri Lanka 15-12
17:25 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team Group A - Game 3
India trail Sri Lanka 6-7 so far
17:10 IST: Wrestler Pawan Kumar stays in contention for bronze as he beats Indonesia's Fahriansayah 11-0 in his first repechage bout.
17:02 IST: Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash will be going for gold in men’s 100m backstroke & 200m butterfly event.
Our swimmers & #TOPSAthlete-@srihari3529 & @swim_sajan will be going for gold in men's 100m backstroke & 200m butterfly events at 5:25PM & 5:57PM respectively!— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 19, 2018
Join us as we cheer for them & wish them all the best!#GoForGlory #IndiaAtAsianGames #Swimming #AsianGames2018pic.twitter.com/FdNLc3Bwfd
16:56 IST: Wrestler Mausam Khatri is out of repechage contention in men's Freestyle 97kg category
16:50 IST: Wrestler Bajrang Punia will face Japan's Takatani Daichi in Men's Freestyle 65 kg final.
16:28 IST: Men's Freestyle 65 kg Semifinals
India's Bajrang Punia storms into the final. Assured of atleast a silver medal after a thumping 10-0 win over Batmagnai Batchuluun.
16:21 IST: India's Bajrang Punia is up against Mongolia's Batmagnai Batchuluun. In the first period, Bajrang is already 8-0 up against his Mongolian opponent.
16:10 IST: Volleyball Women's Tournament update
India lose 0-3 to South Korea
15:55 IST: Women's Handball event update
India lose 21-36 to China in the Group A match
15:50 IST: Men's Freestyle 86 kg Quarterfinals update
Pawan Kumar loses 0-11 to Hassan Yazdanicharati via technical superiority
15:41 IST: Men's Freestyle 97 kg Quarterfinals update
Mausam Khatri loses 0-8 to Ibragimov Magomed from Uzbekistan
15:39 IST: JUST IN: Indian wrestling star Sushil Kumar eliminated after Adam Batirov, the opponent who beat him in the opening round, loses in the quarterfinals
15:37 IST: Men's Freestyle 97 kg Quarterfinals update
Mausam Khatri trails 0-2 to Ibragimov Magomed from Uzbekistan in the first period
15:24 IST: Women's Handball event update
India trail 11-23 in the second period of the Group A match
14:57 IST: Women's Handball event update
India trail 8-18 to China in the first period of the Group A tie
14:55 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 65 kg quarterfinals update
Bajrang Punia goes into attack right from the onset of the second period. He wins 12-2 against Fayziev Abdulqosim via technical superiority to enter the semi-finals
14:53 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 65 kg quarterfinals update
Bajrang Punia leads 9-2 against Fayziev Abdulqosim at the end of first period
14:51 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 65 kg quarterfinals update
Bajrang Punia dominating. He takes a 9-0 lead against Fayziev Abdulqosim from Tajakistan in the first period.
14:47 IST: Women's Handball event update
India trail 4-9 to China in the first period
14:45 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 86 kg update
Pawan Kumar defeats Heng Vuthy from Cambodia 8-0 in the 1/8 Finals
14:38 IST: Men's Freestyle 57 kg Quarterfinals update
Sandeep Tomar loses 9-15 to Reza Atrinagharchi
14:36 IST: Men's Freestyle 57 kg Quarterfinals update
Sandeep Tomar pulls one point back. He trails 7-13 to Reza Atrinagharchi
14:34 IST: Men's Freestyle 57 kg Quarterfinals update
Good defensive work from Sandeep Tomar as Reza Atrinagharchi grabs his leg to add four points
Tomar trails 6-11
14:32 IST: Men's Freestyle 57 kg Quarterfinals update
Sandeep Tomar comes from behind to make it 6-6 at the end of first round
14:30 IST: Men's Freestyle 57 kg Quarterfinals update
Sandeep Tomar trails 0-6 against Reza Atrinagharchi from Iran
14:07 IST: Tennis Mixed Doubles update
Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan defeat Alberto Jr Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia 6-4, 6-4 in 81 minutes in the Round of 32
14:03 IST: Medal standings so far
India rank fourth with one bronze
China tops with one gold and one silver each
Chinese Taipei and Indonesia are on the second, third spot respectively
13:52 IST: Badminton Men's Team event update
India defeat Maldives 3-0 in the Round of 16 to reach quarterfinals
13:50 IST: Tennis Mixed Doubles event update
Indian pair of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan clinch the first set 6-4 in 38 minutes against the pair of Alberto Jr Lim and Marian Jade Capadocia from Philippines
13:31 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 65 kg update
Bajrang Punia defeats Khasanov Sirojiddin from Uzbekistan 13-3 in the 1/8 Finals. He enters the quarter-finals.
13:23 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team event update
India outclass Bangladesh 50-21 in the Group A match
13:22 IST: Badminton Men's Team event update
India leads 2-0 against Maldives in the Round of 16 tie
13:14 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team event update
India have taken a mammoth 50-20 lead against Bangladesh
13:07 IST: Sepaktakraw Women's Team Regu update
India lose 0-3 to South Korea in the Preliminary Group A round
13:02 IST: Badminton Men's Team event update
India leads 1-0 against Maldives in the Round of 16 tie
12:58 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team event update
India lead 25-14 against Bangladesh in the second half
12:56 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 57 kg update
Sandeep Tomar adds two more points. He has defended the slender lead well.
Sandeep Tomar wins the bout 12-8 against Rustem Nazarov from Turkmenistan
12:54 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 57 kg update
Rustem Nazarov comes from behind to make it 8-8. But Sandeep grapples Nazarov to take two points and take a 10-8 lead
60 seconds left
12:52 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 57 kg update
Sandeep Tomar in a commanding position. He adds four more points after performing a body hold against Rustem Nazarov
Sandeep leads 6-4 after second period
12:48 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 57 kg update
Sandeep Tomar goes for all-out attack from the onset, gets two points against Rustem Nazarov from Turkmenistan
12:43 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 74 kg update
Sushil Kumar loses 3-5 to Adam Batirov in the qualifications
12:40 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 74 kg Update
Adam Batirov goes for the leg hold Sushil Kumar has given away two points. He now trails 2-3 in the second period
12:38 IST: Wrestling Men's Freestyle 74 kg Update
Sushil Kumar leads 2-1 against Adam Batirov from Bahrain
12:34 IST: Kabaddi Men's Team event update
India has taken an early 4-0 lead against Bangladesh
Superb start to Day 1 of #AsianGames2018.— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 19, 2018
Mixed team of @Apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar wins first medal for India in this Asian Games. They have won in 10m air rifle mixed team.
Great show, team. Many congratulations to them! #IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia pic.twitter.com/9ctzZPCvCz
12:28 IST: Men Trap Shooting qualification day 1 update
Manavjit Singh Sindhu takes top spot with 72 points
Lakshay remains on the fifth spot with 71 points
12:25 IST: Women Trap Shooting qualification day 1 update
Shreyasi Singh remains second on the opening day with 71 points
Seema Tomar has taken the fourth place with 71 points
11:55 IST: Bronze medal for India!
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar have scored 429.9 in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final event to bag home a bronze medal.
Chinese Taipei and China bagged the gold and silver medal respectively.
11:52 IST: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final update
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar have scored 390.2 points after 38 shots. India tied at the second spot with China.
11:49 IST: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final update
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar have slipped to third place after 34 shots. They have scored 349.0
11:46 IST: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final update
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar maintain second spot for India. They have scored 308.5.
11:41 IST: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final update
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar maintain second spot after 20 shots. They have scored 205.5
11:37 IST: 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final update
Apurvi Chandela-Ravi Kumar on the second spot after first 10 shots. They have scored 102.9
11:20 IST: Men Trap Shooting qualification event update
Manavjit Singh Sindhu has slipped to sixth spot with 54 points
Lakshay stands sixth with 47 points
11:11 IST: India men's badminton team will face Maldives in the Round of 16 match later in the day.
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 19, 2018
Indian Men's contingent is all set for their first match in the Men's Team event against Maldives. Join us in cheering the boys as they take the court later in the day. #IndiaontheRIse #IndiAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/BN1bxmnWvw
10:59 IST: Women Trap Shooting qualification event update
Shreyasi Singh has moved to second place with 71 points
Seema Tomar is fourth with the same points
10:55 IST: Sepaktakraw Women's Team Regu update
The match between India vs Korea is underway at JSC Ranau Hall
10:39 IST: 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event update
Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma have failed to qualify. They shot a total of 759 points to finish sixth.
10:34 IST: Men Trap Shooting qualification event update
Manavjit Singh Sindhu is on the third place with 48 points
Lakshay is fifth with 47 points
10:32 IST: Women Trap Shooting qualification event update
Seema Tomar is on the fourth place with 69 points.
Shreyasi Singh has moved up to fifth place with 64 points.
10:20 IST: Men Trap Shooting qualification event update
Manavjit Singh Sindhu is currently on the third spot with the average of 0.960. He has a total of 48 points.
10:13 IST: Women Trap Shooting qualification event update
Seema Tomar is on the fifth spot with 47 points
Shreyasi Singh is ninth with 46 points
10:03 IST: Women's Basketball event update
India lose 61-84 to Chinese Taipei in the preliminary round
09:45 IST: Shooting 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team qualification update
Team of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma currently of seventh place with 217 points.
09:39 IST: Shooting Trap Men update
Manavjit Singh Sindhu tops the Day 1 qualification with an average of 0.976. He has a total point of 41.
09:36 IST: Rowing Men's Pair update
Malkeet Singh/Gurinder Singh qualify for the Men's Pair final
09:34 IST: Women's Double Sculls update
Sayali Rajendra Shekale/Pooja qualifies for the Women's Double Sculls final
09:30 IST: Men's 200m Butterfly update
Sajan Prakash qualifies for the final event with the third best time (1:58.12) overall in the heats
09:28 IST: Women's Pair rowing event update
Sanjukta Dung/Harpreet Kaur enter the repechage round. They finished fifth in Heat 1
09:26 IST: Wushu Men's Changquan update
Suraj Singh Mayanglambam has finished tenth with 9.51 points
09:17 IST: Women's basketball event update
India trail 28-33 at halftime against Chinese Taipei
09:02 IST: Swimming Men's 100m Backstroke Update
Srihari Natraj has qualified for the final event
Arvind Mani has failed to qualify
08:56 IST: Women's basketball event update
India have taken a slender 23-20 lead against Chinese Taipei
08:52 IST: Women's basketball event update
India trail 17-18 at the end of first quarter
08:51 IST: Rowing Men's Double Sculls Update
Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh have clocked 7:10:26 to top Heat 2. The Indian duo trail to Korea in the standings
08:45 IST: Women's basketball event update
India trail 13-16 to Chinese Taipei in first quarter
08:44 IST: Swimming Men's 100m Backstroke Heat Update
Srihari Natraj tops the heat. He clocked 55.86
Arvinf Mani finishes second. He clocked 58.09
08:40 IST: Qualification Round 1 for women's Trap event update
Seema Tomar averages 0.946. She has a total of 35 and is on the fifth spot.
Shreyasi Singh averages 0.889. She is on the 13th spot.
08:32 IST: Women's basketball event update
Chinese Taipei had take an early 3-2 lead. But India comes from behind to equalise 3-3.
08:31 IST: Wushu Update
Anjul Namdeo finishes fifth in Men's Changquan. China's Sun Peiyuan clinches the gold medal.
08:29 IST: Qualification Round 1 for women's Trap
Seema Tomar has moved to the top spot
08:27 IST: Air Rifle Mixed Team Qualification Update
Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score total of 835.3 in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. They qualify for the final event
08:22 IST: Next Up
India face Chinese Taipei in the Women's Basketball event
08:20 IST: Rowing Update
Dattu Baban Bhokanal has finished second in Heat 1. He enters the repechage round
08:16 IST: Air Rifle Mixed Team Update
Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score 208.6, 208.7, 206.7
08:12 IST: First win for the Indian Contingent at Asian Games! What a start.
Indian women's kabaddi team outclass Japan 43-12 in their opening Group A tie.
08:11 IST: Swimming Update
Saurabh Sangvekar clocks 1:54:87 in 200m Freestyle Heat. He finishes second but fails to qualify.
08:08 IST: India vs Japan (Women's) Kabaddi Live
India lead 38-10. Time-out has been called the Japanese team are taking some tip from their coach.
08:05 IST: Meanwhile, Manavjit Sandhu has got a perfect start in shooting. He has shot 25 out of 25 in the opening round.
08:01 IST: Shooting
Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar have shot a total of 208.6 in the first series of 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
07:56 IST: Kabaddi Live
Indian women team are dominating with 25-8 lead.
07:55 IST: Shooting, Qualification Round 1 for women's Trap
Seema Tomar is at the second place with an average of 0.96. 24 out of 25 targets.
Shreyasi Singh has scored 22 and sits on 8th place
07:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Day 1 of the Asian Games 2018.
Anish Bhanwala, 15, became India's youngest Commonwealth Games gold medallist when he won the men's 25m rapid fire pistol, snatching the honour from 16-year-old Manu Bhaker who had won the women's 10m air rifle finals on the Gold Coast barely a week before. A third teenager, rifle shooter Elavenil Valarivan, will be another strong contender after landing two junior World Cup gold medals setting a new world record in the process.
The wrestling mat could prove equally high-yielding and Bajrang Punia's sizzling form makes the 2014 silver medallist India's best bet for a gold in Jakarta. The freestyle wrestler won the 65kg gold at the Commonwealth Games and was not required to attend trials for the Asiad.
In the women's section, Gold Coast champion Vinesh Phogat (50kg) will be a strong contender for the gold medal. New training methods introduced by Argentine-born Swedish coach Santiago Nieva have been credited for the Indian success in recent boxing tournaments.
Vikas Krishan, who won the lightweight gold at Guangzhou in 2010 but took silver when he moved to middleweight four years later, is seeking his third successive Asiad medal.
India have won all nine kabaddi gold since its inclusion in 1990 and the trend is unlikely to change, while anything less than gold will be a disappointment for the men's hockey team who were runners-up in the Champions Trophy. Commonwealth Games javelin champion Neeraj Chopra also gave himself a major morale boost on the Gold Coast in a rare athletics success for the country and the 20-year-old will be the flag-bearer in Jakarta.