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Asian Games News: India finish day 1 with 2 medals

But, the biggest disappointment of the day was the first round exit of Sushil Kumar. India’s two-time Olympic medallist made a first round shock exit in the 74kg Freestyle event, losing 5-3 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov. 35 year old Sushil looked out of sorts from the start despite his early lead, with his knee not looking comfortable at all throughout the bout. The legend has never won an Asian Games gold, and has a best showing of bronze from the 2006 edition in Doha. Kumar, who didn’t go through trials for the Asian Games, and chose to train in Georgia instead, won a gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year. Before his event, Kumar said he was far from finished, but his form on Sunday morning told a different story. Earlier in the day, Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagged the bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event . This was India’s first medal at the 2018 Asian Games. The Indian pair scored 429.9 in the final round to finish on the podium. Chinese Taipei won the gold with a score of 494.1 while China took silver with 492.5. In Rowing, India's Sayali Shelake and Pooja Rajendra, Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh , Malkeet Singh and Gurinder Singh qualified for the finals in different events. While, The Indian women's handball team went down to their Chinese counterparts in a Group A match. In their third match of the Handball preliminary round, the Indian women suffered a 21-36 defeat and are now almost out of the competition. The Indian eves had earlier lost to Kazakhstan 19-36 in their first game before going down 18-45 to South Korea. India's women's basketball team suffered a 61-84 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in group A match. It seemed that India had not learnt from its mistakes at the Commonwealth Games as lack of proper defence structure and accuracy cost them the match. India women's kabaddi team crushed Japan 43-12 to open their campaign . While in badminton India beat Maldives 3-0 in Men's team event. In Swimming, Unfortunately for Srihari Nataraj, his run at the Asian Games ended with a seventh place finish in the pool! He came in with a time of 56.19 while Sajan Prakash finished fifth in 200m butterfly final. In Hockey, India women’s team hammered Indonesia and won their first match convincingly


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