Tejaswin rockets to 1, Ancy’s silver-winning 0.07, Pakistan’s nightmare 1: India’s Day 9 at Asian Games defined by numbers



Although India’s medal haul was not as bright as yesterday, plenty of athletes delivered to take India’s medal tally to 60. To help here, ESPN India has picked 8 unique numbers that truly define the day of Monday, October 2 in India.


Ansi Sozan hit her personal best once, equaling it on her third jump of the day to move into second place, and then sealed the spot with a jump that improved that PB by 0.07m (7cm!). Now that’s some way to seal silver at the Asian Games on debut. Through it all, he finds time to cheer on his teammates, get up to the crowd and be an all-around rockstar.


Style separated Singh by two centimeters from the bronze. 6.48 vs 6.50…it’s as painfully close as it gets.


India finished third by 0.09 seconds at the end of the 4x400m mixed relay… but it was a bronze that was upgraded to silver after Sri Lanka was disqualified for a lane change.


Tejaswin Shankar was fifth overall after finishing the shot put, the third event of the decathlon (out of 10 of course). By the end of the fourth event, he led the field with a monstrous 169 points.

You see, the fourth event was the high jump – the one in which he was a bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games. He started where everyone else stopped (1.97m) and rose to a season’s best of 2.20m. Also, an excellent 400m sprint in which he finished top of the field saw him extend his lead in the decathlon to two hundred and fifty points. A great platform for him to build on what was considered a weak event on the second day of play.


58 goals in five matches. Five goals lost. India’s men’s hockey team cruised through the group stage to the semi-finals. But it was conservative. Last time they scored 76 for five in Jakarta. And then lost in the semi-finals.


How many times have we ever seen this? After the 110m hurdles final, there was nothing to separate Yakub Alyuha and Shuniya Takayama. And by nothing, I mean nothing! Alyuha and Takayama both finished in exactly 21.409 seconds. Inseparable, they are awarded a joint gold.


One of those numbers that highlights the sheer difference in class between athletes in certain events. India’s London Singh Hemam finished 12th in the 1m springboard diving event, scoring 207.8 out of a possible 500. The winner, Olympic silver medalist Wang Zhongyuan, scored 459.50, a full 251.7 points ahead.


This is the first time Pakistan has failed to make it to the semi-finals of the men’s hockey event at the Asian Games. Pretty incredible – they finished third in the group behind India and Japan.



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