India currently stands at Number 8 in the medals tally at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games with 1 gold, 1 silver and a bronze in its kitty.
Shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagged the first medal for India. They won a bronze medal on the opening day of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on August 20. Chandela and Ravi bagged bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. The Indian pair scored 429.9 in the final round to finish third on the podium.
#AsianGames2018: Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar win bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) August 19, 2018
Later, wrestler Bajrang Punia won India’s first gold medal after he defeated Daichi Takatani of Japan 11-8 in the men’s freestyle 65-kg category final. It was Bajrang’s second successive gold medal at the Asian Games after his triumph at Incheon 2014 in the 61-kg category.
Following the win, Punia dedicated his medal to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“I dedicate my Asian Games gold medal to late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” Bajrang tweeted after his win.
— Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) August 19, 2018
Meanwhile, India started off Day 2 with a bang as Indian shooter Deepak Kumar handed India it’s third medal. He claimed the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event.
— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2018
Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1.