Asian Games 2018: Two more Golds for India on Day 11
Jakarta: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 08:57, by: Deepak Kumar

Jakarta: History was created at the Asian games 2018 with two gold medals on Day 11. The medals came from the track and field events to help India's gold medal tally swell to 11. 
India's Arpinder Singh bagged the gold in Men’s triple jump after a long 48 years while Swapna Burman became the first women to win a Heptathalon gold medal. 

Arpinder made history by becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch a gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970).

On the other hand, Swapna grabbed her maiden Asiad gold battling with a plastered face owing to a teeth injury.

The daughter of a rickshaw puller, Burman, who was bed-ridden by stroke since 2013, logged 6026 points from the seven events competed over two days.

She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).

There were some weak performances but nevertheless her tremendous overall performance made her the first heptathlete to notch up a gold at the continental showpiece.

India also wins one silver and one bronze on Wednesday. With this India’s total medal tally is now 54.

The Indian Women’s Hockey team continued their unbeaten run to reach the final at the Asian games. Gurjit Kaur broke the deadlock in the 4th quarter to help India beat China to book their berth in the finals. 

India will face Japan in the summit clash on Friday. Japan had earlier beaten South Korea 2-0 to reach the final.

By the end of the day, the players made the country proud with their successful performances and as a result, India tallied 54 medals - 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze.

--Deepak Kumar