Asian Games: India tally rises to 36, nine medals assured in boxing

A gold and silver in tennis and a bronze in archery took India's medal tally to 36 to keep the eighth spot on the tenth day of competitions at the Asian Games here Monday while nine more medals were assured in boxing. Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh claimed the tennis men's doubles gold with a sensational victory over a higher ranked Chinese pair, but the Sania Mirza-Vishnu Vardhan pair had to settle for the silver in the mixed doubles. The men's archery team won a bronze.

Santhosh Kumar became the seventh boxer to make the semifinals in the men's section and at least two of the pugilists are likely to claim a gold while the others will win at least a bronze. World champion boxer Mary Kom, as also Kavita Goyat also headed for a platform finish in the women's section, while Somdev will pick up at least a silver in the tennis men's singles. It was, however, a unsatisfactory day for India in the track and field competitions as none of the athletes made it to the podium. This was a day after India bagged two golds and a silver in athletics.

India's 36 medals comprise six gold, 12 silver and 18 bronze.China head the table with 304 medals (154-77-73), followed by South Korea-178 (61-51-66) and Japan-158 (32-59-67). Iran, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Thailand are the other countries above India. Sixth seeded Somdev-Sanam Singh combined well to defeat second seeded Chinese Maoxin Gong and Zhe Li 3-7, 7-6 (4), 1-0(8). The Sania-Vishnu pair had to settle for a silver following their 6-4, 1-6, 0-1 loss to Chinese Taipei's Yung Jan Chan and Tsung Hua Yang.

Sania, who had won a gold with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles at the 2006 Doha Asiad, won a bronze in the singles event here. The Indian archers, who lost to South Korea 216-222 in the semifinal, beat Chinese Taipei 220-218 in a directly contested match at the Aoti Archery Range. The Indian team of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Mangal Singh Champiya opened up a five point lead in the first round after which they led 57-52. The second round was tied at 56 each, but Chinese Taipei came back strongly in the third round scoring 58 while India managed 53.


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