JAKARTA, August 22: All the four Indian wushu players lost their semifinal bouts to settle for bronze medals on Wednesday but ensured that the country produced its best ever performance in the Asian Games.
Naorem Roshibina Devi, Santosh Kumar, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh and Narender Grewal lost their Sanda event semifinal bouts but in the process gave the Indian team an unprecedented four medals in the Asian Games.
Before this edition, India had taken part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Asian Games and this four medal haul has been the best so far. In 2014 Incheon, India had won two bronze, with Grewal clinching one in men’s Sanda 60kg.
Thus for Grewal, Wednesday’s bronze is his second medal in the Asian Games.
In the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games, India had won one (bronze) and two (one silver, one bronze) medals respectively.
Roshibina Devi was the first to take the field in women’s Sanda -60kg semifinals and she lost to Cai Yingying of China 0-1.
Next up was Santosh Kumar in men’s Sanda -56kg category but he was no match to Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam as he lost 0-2 in the semifinal bout.
Any hopes of an Indian wushu player appearing in the finals on Thursday went up in smokes as Partap Singh (men’s Sanda -60kg) and Grewal (men’s Sanda -65kg) lost their semifinal bouts.
Partap Singh lost to Erfan Ahangarian 0-2 while Grewal was beaten by Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan by the same margin. (PTI)