An athlete who was not old enough to understand the enormity of his accomplishment, struck gold, a seasoned but scarred pro found his silver lining and a man here for hobby gathered a bronze while shooters India's medallion issue on the Asian Games dominated on Tuesday. The 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary, the son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to beat gold with a record of 240.7 in the 10m airgun event in a field of Olympic and world champions, in which lawyer-cum-marksman Abhishek Verma (219.3 ) picked up a bronze material to justify his hobby in Palembang. "I felt no pressure, it does not help", says Chaudhary, a student from the XI class who picked up the sport just three years ago when he was asked about the competition with world champion Tomoyuki Matsuda from Japan and Jin Jong-oh from South Korea, the multiple olympic and world champion. Then came Sanjeev Rajput, a life and career drawn by accusations of rape by a woman with whom he had a relationship. The 37-year-old, with his silver in the 50m rifle 3 position, continued his efforts to regain a sense of professional normalism.
In normal circumstances it would have been a mild disappointment, given that he led to the kneeling and prone rounds. But on Tuesday, Rajput hoped he could get a job back, something he lost after the allegations were made. "I hope to get a job now, just take a look," Rajput said. A medal dripped from the wrestling arena in Jakarta with Divya Kakran and picked up a bronze in the 68 kg category of the ladies. And bronze bronze, which was secured on Monday in September, remained exactly that after India lost the semi-finals of Thailand's powerhouse in Palembang. Speaking of mediation medals, one was insured in martial arts. N Roshibini Devi reached the semi-finals in the Sanda event for women weighing 60 kg in Jakarta. The kabadenteams of the Indian men and women also achieved emphatic victories against their respective opponents to qualify for the semi-finals. The men's team rebounded from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to defeat Thailand 49-30 in its fourth and final Group A match. It had defeated Bangladesh with 50-21 and Sri Lanka with 44-28 before it lost against South Korea.
In the women's match, Indië played two games and appeared in both group A and victor with an all-conquering record and qualified for the semi-finals. In the first game of the day, the Indian women's team beat Sri Lanka 38-12 before defeating Indonesia 54-22 in their last group match. On the tennis courts of Palembang, top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan flew in the quarter finals for men's doubles while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women's singles. Not to say that there were no disappointments, the biggest of them was star gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who did not make the final of her animal welfare event, the one who brought her into the national spotlight after a fourth place ended at the Olympics. However, she made the balance ball final with a seventh place in the preliminary round. The heartbroken moment of the day was swimmer Virdhawal Khade who misses a medal with a hundredth of a second in the 50m freestyle event. Khade improved his national record but finished fourth with a timing of 22.47 seconds. The Indian women's volleyball team dropped to its second consecutive loss and lost 0-3 to Vietnam in a provisional B-pool. The Indians gave a good fight to their opponents in the first two sets before losing the meeting 18-25, 22-25, 13-25 that lasted an hour and six minutes. The campaign of the handball team for women also ended with a fourth consecutive loss. India lost 19-49 from North Korea in their last game in Group A to withdraw from the game without blocking any points.