Asian Games 2018, Medal Tally: Shardul Vihan Claims Double Trap Silver, India Fail To Reach Men's Kabaddi Final For First Time
Shooter Shardul Vihan, tennis player Ankita Raina and men's kabaddi team added to India's medal tally on Day 5.
Shardul Vihan added silver to India's medal tally
This is Shardul Vihan's first Asian Games
in tennis, Ankita Raina won bronze in women's singles
Fifteen-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan added a silver to India's Asian Games 2018 Medal Tally when he finished second in the men's double trap event. The youngster from Meerut is participating in his first Asian Games and has shown some tremendous skill and poise. Shardul was leading for most part of the final but lost some crucial points at key moments to relinquish his grip on a gold medal. India's medal tally got moving in the morning when tennis player Ankita Raina won bronze in women's singles. In a match that lasted a little over two hours, the Indian lost in straight games, 4-6, 6-7 to China's Shuai Zhang. By winning the bronze medal, Ankita became only the second Indian woman to get her name etched in the Asian Games' singles medallist list. Tennis star Sania Mirza was the first woman to win silver in the 2006 edition in Doha, followed by a bronze in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou.
Sania Mirza's silver medal-winning performance in 2006 is India's best women's singles performance at the Games.
Earlier in the day, the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan assured India of at least a silver in men's doubles tennis event as they progressed to the final. The Indian duo beat Japan's Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukuro 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Seven-time champion India failed to reach the Asian Games men's kabaddi final for the first time after a shock 18-27 loss to Iran in the semifinals on Thursday.
India, who had won the men's kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asian Games after the sport was introduced in 1990 in Beijing, produced the worst ever show in the continental mega multi-sporting event.
The country settled for the bronze medal along with Pakistan, who had lost to South Korea in the other semifinal.
India had finished second in the group stage after a loss to South Korea.
India, placed ninth, have a total of 18 medals on the Asian Games Medal Tally, with four gold, four silver and ten bronze medals.