The Indian team continued to dominate rowing in the Asian Games as the men's and women's secured a strong finish in their respective events on Wednesday.
India finished first in men's Fours heats at the Asian Games 2023 and qualified directly to the final. The men's Quadruple Sculls team ended up in second place in heats. They will now have to fight for a place in the final by competing in a repechage.
In the first heat of the men's singles sculls, India's Balraj Panwar finished third and qualified for the semifinals. He clocked 7:11.01s to finish the race.
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The Lightweight Men's Double Sculls duo of our #TOPScheme Athletes Arjun Lal Jat & Arvind Singh, showed their grit with a second-place finish in the heats, clocking a time of 6:27.45.
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On the other hand, the women's eight team finished 2nd with a timing of 6:16.65 and qualified for repechage.
While in the women's eight preliminary race, India finished 4th with 6:41.37 and qualified for the final.
Earlier in the day, Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh, competing in Lightweight Men's Double Sculls, displayed their determination by securing the second position with a time of 6:27.45.
Meanwhile, compatriots Satnam Singh and Parminder Singh also finished in their respective heat with a time of 6:27.01. With this, both qualify for the repechage where they will compete for Final A berths. The duo ended up behind China's Zhiyu Liu and Zhang Liang.
The women's Rowing team also opened their account at Asiad on a positive note as Kiran and Anshika Bharti, the Indian Lightweight Women's Double Sculls duo, secured the spot in their heat by clocking a time of 7:27.57. They will next compete in the repechage round for a place in the final.
In the Men's Doubles coxless, India's Babu Lal Yadav and Lekh Ram finished third by registering a timing of 6:42.59.
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Asian Games 2023: September 20 schedule
Volleyball: India vs South Korea
Indian men's volleyball team will play South Korea in their next Pool C game today. The India vs South Korea live action to begin after 4:30 PM IST.
India won their first match in Volleyball event on Tuesday. They defeated Cambodia 3-0 in their Pool C match at CXC Gymnasium.
India won the match by 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19).
With this, India is at the top of Pool C with one win and two points.
Format of Volleyball competition in Asian Games 2023
In the 19-team men's event, India has been grouped with three-time champions South Korea and Cambodia in Pool C. The men's competition teams have been divided into six groups, with group F featuring four teams.
The top two teams from all the groups will qualify for the next round and will play cross-matches against each other. The winners of these matches will further fight for ranks first to sixth, while the rest will fight for ranks 7th to 12th.
India has so far won only three medals in this discipline, including a silver and two bronze.
India in Modern Penthalon
India's modern penthalon player Mayank Chapekar will also start his campaign in the discipline, playing fencing round-robin qualifier. It consists of five disciplines: swimming, fencing, horse riding (show jumping), pistol shooting and running, as per Olympics.com.
India has never won a medal in this sport, introduced for the first time ever in 1994.
Asian Games will officially kickstart from September 23 and will go on till October 8. However, action for some sports has already started.
(With ANI inputs)
(With ANI inputs)