Friday (24 August) kicked off on a great note for the Indian contingent after it won two gold medals in men’s rowing quadruple sculls and men’s tennis doubles respectively. Besides the gold medals, India won a bronze in women’s 10m air rifle (shooting) and two bronze medals in rowing.
The four member rowing sculls team comprising of Swaran Singh, Dattu Baban Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh finished with the top time of 6:17.13.
The special story of Indian rowing didn’t end here as Dushyant Singh won the bronze medal in Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls. What made his medal extra special was that, Singh was competing while suffering from high blood pressure. This didn’t stop him and he ultimately had to be stretchered away following the prize ceremony.
India also tasted success in the men’s double’s event after the team of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan cruised past Kazakhstan’s Denis Yevseyev and Aleksandr Bublik in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
The women’s 10m air rifle (shooting) had both Heena Sidhu and Manu Bhaker participating in the finals but the latter finished fifth. Sidhu emerged successful and won the bronze medal.
Currently India’s medal tally stands at 6 golds, 4 silvers and 13 bronze medals, thereby putting it in the seventh position.
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