Arpinder Singh wins gold medal in men’s triple jump at Asian Games; Swapna Barman also bags gold in women’s Heptathlon event

India today bagged two gold, one silver and one bronze medals in the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. In Athletics, Arpinder Singh clinched India’s first men’s triple jump gold in 48 years with a jump of 16.77 metres. Star sprinter Dutee Chand clinched her second silver medal after finishing second in the women’s 200 metres final race today.

In Women’s Heptathlon, Swapna Barman clinched first ever gold after topping the standings in seven events with 6026 points. Barman created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Swapna Barman on the feat. In a tweet, he said India is extremely proud of her.

In Table Tennis, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra continued their splendid form by becoming the first Indian pair in history to medal in the mixed doubles event. Kamal and Batra won bronze after losing to China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha in the semi-finals.

In Women’s Hockey, India entered the final defeating China 1-0 in the semifinal. The lone goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur in the 52nd minute. In Men’s Hockey semifinal, India to take on Malaysia tomorrow.

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