HIGHLIGHTS: Day 12 of the Asian Games

September 4, 2018 - 10:01 AM
Chang Yani and Shi Tingmao of China in action at the 2018 Asian Games. (Reuters/Cathal Mcnaughton)

JAKARTA — Highlights of day 12 of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on Wednesday (times GMT):

Hosts Indonesia continued their dominant run in pencak silat and finished day 12 with a total of 88 medals. Meanwhile, China breached the 100 gold medal mark at the Asiad with victories in the artistic swimming and diving events.

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Barman, Singh continue India’s gold rush in athletics 

Swapna Barman became the first Indian woman to win the heptathlon event at the Asian Games. The 21-year-old ended the competition with 6026 points.

China’s Wang Qingling won silver with 5954 points, while Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki took bronze with a tally of 5873 points.

Earlier, Arpinder Singh became the first Indian in 48 years to win the men’s triple jump event after clearing a distance of 16.77 meters in the final.

South Korea reach men’s football final

South Korea, led by Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min, reached the Asian Games football final after a 3-1 win over Vietnam.

Son needs his team to win the gold medal if he is to be exempted from South Korean military service.

Wita secures Indonesia’s 14th pencak silat gold

Wewey Wita claimed Indonesia’s 14th gold medal in pencak silat from 16 available at the meet. The 25-year-old crushed Tran Thi Them of Vietnam 5-0 in the women’s 50-55 kg final.

Women swimmers win China’s 100th gold medal

China picked up their 100th gold medal of the Games when their team of women won the artistic swimming free routine final with a score of 186.9395.

Japan took silver after scoring 182.8690, while North Korea was third with 170.8475.

Vietnam ends Indonesia pencak silat dominance 

Vietnam’s Van Tri Nguyen and Dinh Nam Tran won their respective men’s pencak silat gold medal matches to break Indonesia’s hold on the sport after the host nation won all 11 of the previous titles on offer.

Nguyen beat Malaysian Mohd Khaizul Yaacob 5-0 in the class J 90-95kg final, while Tran beat Mohd Fauzi Khalid in the class F 70-75kg final.

Ike wins Japan’s third skateboarding gold

Japan’s Keyaki Ike won the men’s street final with a score of 31.1 to seal his nation’s third gold medal out of four skateboarding events on Wednesday.

Indonesian Sanggoe Darma Tanjung took silver and South Korean Eun Ju-won clinched bronze.

Kim beats Elbert Sie to clinch soft tennis gold

South Korean Kim Jin-woong beat home favourite Alexander Elbert Sie 4-2 to win gold in men’s soft tennis.

South Korea has dominated soft tennis since its introduction in 1994, winning 23 of the 36 gold medals on offer prior to this year’s edition.

Sasaoka leads Japan to second skateboarding win

Japanese skateboarder Kensuke Sasaoka has won the men’s park final with a score of 76.00, adding to his nation’s triumph in the women’s event earlier on Wednesday.

Indonesian duo Jason Dennis Lijnzaat and Pevi Permana Putra took silver and bronze respectively with scores of 68.33 and 67.00.

China continue gold rush with athletics triumphs 

China opened the day with gold medals in the men’s and women’s 20km race walking events.

Yang Jiayu won the women’s race in a Games record time of one hour, 29 minutes and 15 seconds while compatriot Qieyang Shijie took silver and Japan’s Kumiko Okada the bronze.

China’s Wang Kaihua and Jin Xiangqian grabbed gold and bronze medals in the men’s race while Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi finished second.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Jason Neely and Pritha Sarkar