Lucky Kakran secures bronze

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2018 12:43:11




Divya Kakran shrugged off a crushing quarter-final defeat to bag a bronze, ensuring that medals continued to come from the wrestling arena even as three other Indians crashed out early at the Asian Games.

Kakran was demolished by the experienced Mongolian Tumentsetseg Sharkhuu in the 68kg category but the Delhi athlete was lucky as she did not even have to come through a repechage to be in contention for bronze.
The draw was such that she was pitted against Chinese Taipei's Chen Wenling without playing a repechage round and won the bout in just one minute 29 seconds by technical superiority. Divya had won a bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast CWG and silver at the recently-held Asian Junior Championship in New Delhi.

“This is my first Asian Games and first medal. I am glad I could I do it. The coach (Kuldeep Malik) had more confidence in me than myself,” Divya said.“In Delhi, I was desperate to get gold, so committed mistakes. Here I knew that gold and silver has gone out of reach, so fought hard for whatever was available. I just went for it,” she said.

India’s national women freestyle coach Kuldeep Malik said, “She is young and it was her first tournament of this level. She will get better.”Virdhawal misses medal after bettering
national record VIRDHAWAL Khade bettered his national record but missed the bronze medal in the men’s 50m freestyle by a whisker, finishing fourth in the final at the Asian Games here.

After finishing third fastest in overall heats, Khade was a medal contender but missed it by hundredth of a second. He clocked 22.47s while Japan’s bronze winner Shunichi Nakao timed 22.46.

China’s Hexin Yu (22.11) won gold ahead of Katsumi Nakamura (22.20). In the morning session, 26-year-old Khade marginally bettered his own long-standing national record by clocking 22.43s which was a better effort than his 22.52s, set in August 2009 at Asian Age group swimming championships in Japan.

“The national record does not matter to me now. I would have been happier if I timed 25s and won a medal. It unfortunately did not happen today,” Khade, who had won a bronze at the Gunagzhou Games in 2010, said.

Rower Bhokanal qualifies for men’s single sculls final
DATTU Baban Bhokanal qualified for the men’s single sculls final round while the men’s lightweight four team also made it to the title race in the rowing competition of the Asian Games here today.
Bhokanal topped heat number one repechage round of the men’s singles scull with a time of 7:45.71 to qualify for the final.

The men’s lightweight four team of Bhopal Singh, Jagvir Singh, Tejas Shinde and Pranay Naukarkar made it to the final round after finishing second in the repechage heat with a time of 6:51.88. The final will be held on August 23.
Deepika finishes 17th in individual recurve

A HORRIBLE shot in the 10th set pushed Indian archer Deepika Kumari to the 17th position in the individual recurve ranking, while the women’s team qualified seventh at the Asian Games, here.

Deepika, former world number one, had a fruitful first half and at one stage she was going strong at number eight but the disastrous last shot in the 10th set denied her a top-10 finish.
Deepika scored just 19 points in the 10th set.