Asian Games 2023: Who are medal contenders for India on Day 2, September 25?
India will look to add to their five medals on day 2 of the continental event.
Team India are off to a positive start in Asian Games 2023. It was heartwarming to see India’s shooters on the podium as the women’s team won a silver in the 10m Air Rifle event. The biggest story of the day was from Rowing as the duo of Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat beat the odds to finish in second place just behind hosts China in the Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls.
The action now shifts to day 2 where several other Indian players will compete for podium places medals. Here is a look at India’s medal prospects and matches on Day 4 of Asian Games 2023.
Indian women’s cricket team
Indian women’s cricket team have stormed into the finals after crushing Bangladesh in the semis. They will be facing their southern neighbors Sri Lanka for their first-ever gold. India will be bolstered by the return of their regular skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who missed the first two matches due to suspension.
The Women in Blue are favourites to take the pole position and are in good form. While the batsmen clicked in the quarters, the bowlers made light work of their opponents in the semifinals.
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Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar – 10m Air Rifle individual finals
It was the shooters who won India’s first medal in the Asian Games 2023. Expectation will now be on the men to replicate the feat of their women counterparts. Aishwary Pratap will be competing in the 10m Air Rifle event, and is one of the favorites to win the yellow metal.
The 22-year-old is in good form having won gold in the World University Games in August. Having had the experience of performing at the Tokyo Olympics, the Madhya Pradesh-born shooter could make it a memorable debut.
Rudrankksh Patil – 10m Air Rifle individual finals
Tomar will have tough competition from his fellow countryman Rudrankksh Patil. The 19-year-old shooter will be making his debut in the continental event at Hangzhou. Yet, the youngster will be confident for a podium finish as he has shown nerves of steel in the past.
The shooter registered a come-from-behind victory when he overcame Italian Danillo Sollazo to win the gold medal in the ISSF World Championships in October of last year. Don’t be surprised if he is seen with a medal during the prize distribution ceremony.
Indian men’s team – 10m Air Rifle team event
Both Aishwary and Rudrankksh will team up with Divyansh Singh Panwar up for the 10m Air Rifle men’s team event which will be the first medal event of day 2. The trio will be one of the 14 teams competing at Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center Shooting Range, Fuyang District, China.
Divyansh does have happy memories from China as had won the silver medal in the 2019 ISSF World Cup. With three quality shooters, this target won’t be missed to get a medal at Hangzhou.
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