Asian Games 2018 Latest Updates: Kudos India’s Medal WinnersAugust 29, 2018
Manjit Singh wins Asiad gold in 800m, 9th gold for India
India’s 28-year-old sprinter Manjit Singh won the gold medal in the men’s 800m event at the 2018 Asian Games, securing the ninth gold for the country. Another Indian sprinter Jinson Johnson, who is ranked first in Asia, won the silver at the event. Meanwhile, Dutee Chand secured herself a place in the women’s 200m finals, while Hima Das was disqualified.
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You score goals like runs in cricket: Bradman told Dhyan Chand
In 1935, cricket legend Don Bradman met hockey legend Dhyan Chand for the first time and watched him play for the Indian side that beat South Australia 10-1. “You score goals like runs in cricket,” Bradman said to Chand after the match. Chand, who was born on August 29, 1905, won three Olympic gold medals with India.
India bag silver in first-ever mixed relay in Asiad history
India won the silver medal in the first-ever 4x400m mixed relay in the history of Asian Games, with Bahrain clinching the gold. The Indian team was represented by 400m silver medalist Muhammad Anas who started the race, followed by MR Poovamma, Hima Das and then Arokia Rajiv. This is India’s 50th medal at this edition of the Games.
Was told I was too old to improve: India’s 28-yr-old 800m champ
Manjit Singh, who won India a gold after 36 years in men’s 800m race at Asian Games, was told two years ago that he was “too old to improve”. The 28-year-old, who is the son of a dairy farmer, had lost his contractual job at ONGC two years ago. He trained with an Army coach while taking support from parents.
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2nd-placed India accuse winner Bahrain of blocking runner Hima
The silver-winning Indian team in Asian Games’ first-ever 4x400m mixed relay has accused a runner from winners Bahrain of blocking Hima Das during the race on Tuesday. The Athletics Federation of India has confirmed that an appeal has been lodged, with a decision on Wednesday. Hima had to change lanes after a Bahrain runner fell in front of her.
Dhyan Chand once ‘taught Germans a lesson’ by not scoring
Hockey legend Dhyan Chand, in the 1936 Berlin Olympics final, asked his players to ‘teach a lesson in ball control’ to the Germans, after he lost a tooth in collision with the German goalkeeper. Indians would take the ball into German circle, and return without scoring. India went on to win 8-1, and registered their third successive Olympic gold medal.
Why is England-Australia Test series called ‘The Ashes’?
England was beaten at home for the first time by Australia in 1882, following which an English newspaper featured a mock obituary of English cricket. “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia,” it read. The then England captain vowed to “regain those ashes”, which was termed as ‘a quest to regain the Ashes’ by English media.
4 hat-tricks in Indian men’s hockey team’s 20-0 win over SL
Forward Akashdeep Singh scored six goals and three other players netted three each as the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Sri Lanka 20-0 in their last Pool A match at the Asian Games 2018 on Tuesday. India scored a total of 76 goals in the group stage and conceded just three. India’s semi-final match will take place on Thursday.
World Jr champ Hima disqualified from Asiad 200m semi-final
Hima Das, India’s first ever gold-winner in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championships, was disqualified from the 200m semi-final at the Asian Games 2018 for a false start. Das, who won a silver in the women’s 400m event at the Asian Games 2018, was disqualified for stepping out of the blocks before the sound of the gun.
Only 3rd time in Asiad India has won 2 medals in men’s 800m
Gold-winner Manjit Singh and silver-winner Jinson Johnson became only the third Indian pair to win two medals in the men’s 800m event at the Asian Games. A gold-silver double was achieved by sprinters Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh in 1951, while a silver-bronze double was won by Daljit Singh and Amrit Pal in the 1962 edition of the Asian Games.