469.6, 5-4-5, and 60 on 60: India’s fourth day at the Asian Games defined by numbers


Day four’s headline number is 22 – this is India’s medal tally at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games as of now. But ESPN India has picked 7 unique numbers that really help define the day on Wednesday, September 27 in India.

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An Indian athlete in the Asian Games that predates independent India. Who? Bharti De, 77, was born in March 1946 and is leading the India women’s bridge team (currently in action) in Hangzhou. What’s even funnier? His youngest partner, Vidya Patel, is 22 years old. From the British Empire to the new millennium, this team has seen it all.

4, 16, 17

India won a bronze medal in the men’s skeet team event on Wednesday morning, but it was largely due to the performance of Anant Jeet Singh Naruka. Just how much? Naruka finished fourth in individual qualifying. His compatriots Gurjot Singh Khangura and Angad Veer Singh Bajwa finished 16th and 17th respectively.

469.6

How did you win the first individual gold for India at the Hangzhou Games? Destroying the world record (by 2.6 points) on the way to winning by a margin of 7.6 (in a sport where the highest points per shot possible is 10.9). Sift Kaur Samra, Asian Games champion and now, world record holder. If the 10 meter air rifle team world record was impressive, this was a whole new level. MBBS’s loss is world shooting’s gain.

60 on 60

There is no age limit for perfection. Abdullah Al Rashidi proved just that when he scored 60/60 to win the men’s skeet gold medal, leaving behind India’s Naruka who scored 58/60.

5-4-5

In the fifth series of her final in the 25m pistol, Isha Singh hit 1 (out of 5), and barely improved with 3 in the next. At the time, it seemed like a medal was a long shot, and elimination was more likely, but then she pulled off an absolutely breaking set of the series: hitting 5, 4, 5 one after the other.

It was the kind of clutch shooting that gets you medals and the silver around his neck at the end of it says a lot.

8.9

In the final round of shooting in the 25m 3 Position Rifle final, Aashi Chouksey needed only 9.4 to enter the final round and give India a remarkable 1-2 lead. Coming off a series of 10.5 and 10.2, silver was in the bag… until he scored 8.9. That’s all, and the silver turned into bronze in a moment.

Oh, what could have been.

3

However, the bronze was still Chouksey’s third medal (more than any other Indian athlete so far in Hangzhou).

Honourable Mention: A record that is mathematically impossible to better: There was something extraordinary in Nepal’s victory over Mongolia in a men’s cricket group stage match. Deependra Singh Airy completed his half-century in 9 balls: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 2, 6, 6. What an incredible series, quality despite the protests. They also won by 273 runs, which is, so far, a record in all T20Is anywhere.


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