Asian Games-India win their first golds

Asian Games – Hangzhou 2022 – Shooting – Fuyang Yinhu Sports Centre, Hangzhou, China – September 25, 2023 Gold medallist India’s Divyansh Singh Panwar, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Rudrankksh Patil celebrate on the podium after winning the men’s 10m air rifle team final REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) -India won their first golds and North Koreans stirred up drama by snubbing their South Korean rivals on the podium on day two of the Hangzhou Asian Games on Monday.

Some 12,400 athletes from 45 nations are competing for 481 gold medals in 40 sports at the Games in the eastern Chinese city, which were delayed by a year due to COVID-19 measures.

India’s first gold came in the men’s 10 metre air rifle team before their women’s cricketers beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs to clinch a second gold, the country’s first in cricket since the sport joined the quadrennial Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.

Earlier the Bangladesh women’s cricket team beat Pakistan in the bronze match to claim the country’s first Asian Games medal since 2014 at Incheon, South Korea.

Cricket, which has hopes of becoming an Olympic sport, returned to the Asian Games this year after being omitted from the last edition in Indonesia in 2018.



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