Anas, Rajiv in 400m semis; Chetan in high jump final

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Aug 2018 10:54:52



ASIAN champion Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv qualified for the men’s 400m semi-finals on the opening day of the Asian Games athletics competition here. Anas, who holds the national record in the event, topped his heat after clocking 45.63sec, while Rajiv took 46.82sec to qualify from Heat 4. Anas, who has a personal best of 45.24, easily finished ahead of Qatar’s Mohamed Abbas (45.81) and Sri Lanka’s Kalinga Kumarage (45.99).

Rajiv came finished second behind Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan (46.28).The semi-finals will be held in the evening. In high jump, Chetan Balasubramanya made the final by clearing 2.15m but none of the 13 qualifiers could touch the automatic qualification mark, which was set at 2.20m.

Boxer Pavitra through to quarters INDIAN boxer Pavitra (60kg) advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games after out-classing Pakistan’s Rukhsana Perveen in a bout that did not go beyond the opening round, here on Saturday.  Pavitra, who is a former National Games gold-medallist, was at her ferocious best in the contest, resulting in two knockdowns for Rukhsana in the first round. After that, the referee didn’t take long to stop the contest in the Indian’s favour.

Weightlifter Vikas Thakur finishes 8th INDIAN weightlifters’ listless campaign in the 18th Asian Games came to an end as Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category competition here. Thakur lifted a total of 335kg (145kg+190kg). After two unsuccessful attempts, Thakur managed to lift 145kg.  In the clean and jerk, he successfully lifted 190 kg but faltered in his final two attempts of 197kg.

Shooter Sheeraz, Angad keep medal hopes alive SHEERAZ Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, kept Indian hopes alive for medal in the skeet event of the Shooting competition in the 18th Asian Games at Palembang on Saturday.
Highly rated Anish Bhanwala and compatriot Shivam Shukla performed poorly and crashed out. Anish, a pre-tournament favourite for a medal, finished ninth in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol with an aggregate score of 576 after the Precision and Rapid rounds.

Shivam Shukla shot 569 to end in 11th position. Sheeraz and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, shot identical individual scores of 72 out of 75, and were well placed to qualify for the finals, after day one of qualifications. Both Sheeraz and Angad had one perfect round of 25 each at Palembang’s JSC Shooting range to be three adrift of the leaders.