Mixed fortunes for India as Bajrang Lal wins gold

guangzhou — Bajrang Lal Takhar claimed the nation’s maiden rowing gold as Indian rowers capped their best performance in the Asian Games with five medals here on Friday.


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Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010, 11:41 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:04 AM

Besides, the men’s trap shooting team won a bronze, Saurav Ghoshal was assured of a squash medal, Sania Mirza stormed into the quarters of the women’s tennis singles but cueist Pankaj Advani crashed out of the snooker prequarterfinals.

With the rowers also claiming a silver and a bronze, India’s medal tally on the seventh day of competitions stood at 20 — comprising two golds, eight silvers and 10 bronzes. The women’s hockey team walloped Thailand 13-0 but this was of little consequence as they are already out of contention for the final round.

Bajrang Lal triumphed in the men’s single sculls event, while Pratima Puhana and Pramila Prava Minz became the first Indian women to win an Asian Games rowing medal with their bronze in the pair rowing event. India also bagged the silver in the men’s eight rowing event. Takhar, who also gave India its first Asiad rowing silver medal at Doha four years ago, clocked seven minutes 4.78 seconds to win the second gold for India in the 2010 Asian Games after cueist Advani.

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