Lakshya Sen reaches final 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Oct 2018 12:28:39




TITLE favourite Indian Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka of Japan to enter the final of men’s singles badminton competition to at least be assured of a silver medal here. Sen, the reigning Asian junior champion, lost the first game 14-21 but came back to beat Naraoka in the next two to pocket the semi-final match Thursday night. The Indian levelled the match by winning the second game 21-15.

The deciding game was a neck-to-neck affair with none of the two players giving an inch. The game went into the duece and Sen eventually won it 24-22 after a 36-minute tussle. Sen will now meet Li Shifeng of China in the final. If Sen wins the final match, he will become the first Indian gold medallist shuttler in the Youth Olympics. Prannoy Kumar had won a silver in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.

Manu wins silver, men’s hockey team reaches semis

YOUNG shooting sensation Manu Bhaker became the second Indian after judoka Tababi Devi to win two medals at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) after winning a silver while the men’s hockey team moved to the semi-finals with a 4-2 win over Poland here on Friday.

In a unique format, Manu combined with Tajikistan’s Behzan Fayzullaev in the 10m air pistol mixed international and settled for a silver after losing the gold medal match 3-10 to Germany’s Vanessa Seeger and Bulgaria’s Kiril Kirov. The India-Tajik pair had on Thursday come through qualification with a score of 751. They then beat an Egyptian-Thai pair 10-4 in the round of 16 at the Parque Polideportivo Roca shooting range in the Argentine capital. They beat a pair from Lithuania and Moldova 10-8 in the quarter-finals and then overcame Andria Ibarra of Mexico and Dymtro Honta of Ukraine 10-3 in the semi-finals.

The German-Bulgarian pair however started strong in the finals and was 3-0 ahead at one stage before winning 10-3 to emerge champions.According to the format, the gold medal winner of the individual event is paired with the athlete who finished 20th in the final. India thus wrapped up their shooting campaign with two gold and three silver medals.

Of the eight medals won by the Indian contingent so far, five are from shooting. Manu and Saurabh Chaudhary had won gold in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol events, while Shahu Mane and Mehuli Ghosh had won silver in the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle events, earlier in the Games.

On the hockey turf, Shivam Anand (1st, 8th minutes) sounded the board twice while Maninder Singh a(3rd) and Sanjay (17th) were the other goal scorers for India in the quarter-finals of the Hockey 5s competition at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Poland’s goals came from the sticks of Eryk Bembenek (16th) and Michal Nowakowski (18th).

The Indian women’s hockey 5s team beat South Africa 5-2 in their final Pool A match to advance to the quarter-finals of the Youth Olympic Games here.The Indians finished in the second spot in their pool with 12 points, behind leaders Argentina.Mumtaz Khan (2nd, 17th minute), Reet (10th), Lalremsiami (12th) and Ishika Chaudhary (13th) scored in India’s convincing victory over South Africa on Thursday as the team ended the pool stages on a winning note after Wednesday’s defeat to hosts Argentina.

On the badminton courts, title favourite Indian Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka 14-21, 21-15, 24-22. Swimmer Srihari Natraj failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 200m backstroke after finishing sixth in Heat 1 with a timing of 2:04.80, which was overall 13th best. Only eight best made it to the final.