Asian Games 2018: Rowers Join India's Medal Party With A Gold, 2 Bronze Medals On Day 6

Updated: 24 August 2018 12:30 IST

Four-man Indian team of Sawarn Singh/Dattu Bhokanal/Om Prakash/Sukhmeet Singh won gold, India's fifth of the Games, in men's Quadruple Sculls.

Asian Games 2018: Rowers Join India
Indian men's Quadruple Sculls team gave India their fifth gold medal at Asian Games 2018. © PTI

Rowers joined India's medal party on Day 6 of the Asian Games 2018 by adding a gold and two bronze medals to the country's medal tally. The day started with Dushyant winning bronze in men's Lightweight Single Sculls, which was followed by another bronze with Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh finishing third in men's Lightweight Double Sculls. However, the icing on the cake came in the next rowing event with the four-man Indian team of Sawarn Singh/Dattu Bhokanal/Om Prakash/Sukhmeet Singh winning gold, India's fifth of the Games, in men's Quadruple Sculls.

After the three medals added by the rowers, India now have a total of 21 medals (5 gold, 4 silver and 12 bronze). 

It all began with Dushyant, who had won Heat 1 in the qualification stage. He carried forward that form in the final, bettering his qualification time by quite some distance. Dushyant, who had clocked 7:43.08 in Heats but brought his A game in the final, clocking a time of 7:18:76 to finish behind gold medallist Korea's Hyunsi Park (7:12:86) and silver medallist Hin Chun Chiu (7:14.16) of Hong Kong.

Next up was the men's Lightweight Double Sculls event. Indian duo of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh had qualified for the final through the Repechage after finishing second in their Heat.

In the Repechage round, the Indian pair clocked the best time of 7:14.23 to top the charts and march into the final.

In the final, the Japanese and Korean teams proved too strong, leaving India to fight out for the bronze against Games host Indonesia. Rohit and Bhagwan easily beat the Indonesian challenge, finishing nearly 3 seconds ahead of them with a time of 7:04.61 to clinch the bronze.

The highlight for Indian rowing came in the men's Quadruple event with Sawarn Singh/Dattu Bhokanal/Om Prakash/Sukhmeet Singh doing the country proud.

The awesome-foursome had topped the charts and clocked the best time in the two heats combined (6:15.18). In the final, the four Indian rowers once again produced a sterling effort to clock a time of 6:17.13 to finish well ahead of silver medallist Indonesia (6:20.58) and bronze winners Thailand (6:22.41).

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Topics : Rowing Asian Games 2018
Highlights
  • Rowers star for India on Day 6 of Asian Games 2018
  • India won bronze in men's Lightweight Single and Double Sculls
  • India won gold in men's Quadruple Sculls
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