Fouaad Mirza gives India individual equestrian silver in Asiad after 36 years
JAKARTA, August 26: Fouaad Mirza on Sunday became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event since 1982 besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition here.
Mirza won the silver medal in individual jumping with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70.
China’s Hua Tian Alex finished in third position to win the bronze medal, with a score of 27.10. The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30, the feats coming days after their last-minute arrival owing to infighting in the Equestrian Federation of India.
Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. Fouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition. Fouaad, who has been training under German Olympian Bettina Hoy, is the first Indian to win in Europe. (PTI)