Manoj bows to Japan's Masatsugu in round one

Manoj bows to Japan's Masatsugu in round one

Manoj Kumar, who created a furor back home over Arjuna award before departing for the Games, crashed out in his opening round of 32 bout of the Asian Games boxing event.

Caught completely unaware by Japanese Masatsugu Kawachi, Manoj lost 2-0 in his light welterweight (64kg) bout.

Things were easy for Laishram Devendro Singh, who got a walkover from Albathali Fahad of Kuwait in his men’s light flyweight (46-49 kg) bout.

Men tied fifth in golf India’s Feroz Garewal and Udayan Mane shot two-under 70s to lie tied ninth in the first round of the golf competition.

The other two Indians in the field, Samarth Dwivedi and Manu Gandas, carded 71s to share the 20th spot while the country was placed fifth in the team championship, six shots behind leaders Chinese Taipei.

The women golfers began on a disappointing note with Gurbani Singh and Astha Madan shooting three-over 75s for a tie of the 19th place. Aditi Ashok disappointed, carding 78 to lie tied 22nd. The women are in eighth place in the team championship, a distant 15 shots behind leaders Thailand.

Sanam, Yuki shine

Sanam Singh and Yuki Bhambri registered comprehensive victories to march into the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s singles tennis competition.

While Sanam crushed Kuwaiti Alshatti Abdulhameed 6-1, 6-2 in his second round match, Yuki trounced Qatar’s Jabor Mohammed Al Mutawa 6-1, 6-0.

Ankita Raina also romped into the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals, double-bagelling Dulguunjargal Gotov. In the men’s doubles section, Saketh Myneni paired up with Sanam to beat Nam Jisung and Cho Minhyeok 6-3, 6-4 in their opening round while the mixed doubles team of Divij Sharan and Ankita defeated Turkmenistan’s Isa Mammetgulyyev and Anastasiya Prenko 6-4, 6-1 in their opening round.

But it was disappointment for the women’s doubles combo of Shweta Rana and Rishika Sunkara, the duo going down to Eri Hozumi and Shuko Aoyama 1-6, 4-6 in their second round.

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