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Chess team, Sejwal win silver

Macau: India added two silver medals to its tally on day five of the 2nd Asian Indoor Games with Sandeep Sejwal finishing second in the 100m breaststroke and the chess team managing a podium finish in the Classical Mixed event here on Tuesday.

Sandeep timed 1.01.99 to finish behind Wang Wei Weng of Chinese Taipei (1:01.78), who won the gold.

The Indian chess team had a rollercoaster day that saw it beating Qatar 3-1 before being held to a 2-2 draw by Vietnam.

K. Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and D. Harika won their matches against Qatari opponents but Koneru Humpy suffered a shock defeat.

Against Vietnam, Sasikiran and Humpy split points while Ganguly lost. Harika scored the lone win for India in this round.

The Indian chess team totalled nine points, to finish behind China (11) and ahead of Vietnam (8).

In aquatics, Shikha Tandon, with 26.22s, finished fifth in 50m freestyle for women, which was won by Binan Wu of China in 25.68s.

Richa Mishra also finished in the 200m individual medley for women, clocking 2:22.55s.

Hui Wai Sherry Tsai of Hong Kong won the event in 2:13.95 and in the men’s 200m individual medley, Rehan Poncha, clocking 2:04.23, finished fifth.

In the hunt

In kabaddi, India remained in hunt for the top honour as it thrashed Sri Lanka 40-11 with Jasvir Singh, Naveen Kumar and Rakesh Kumar in sizzling form.

In Muay, Indian Balakrishna Shetty beat Al Faudari Ali (Kuwait) in the 67-71 kg weight category to enter the semifinal.

Indian cueists were also on song as the team, comprising Yasin Merchant, Alok Kumar and Manan Chandra blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 to enter the quarterfinal.

In men’s nine ball pool, Dharminder Singh too entered the quarterfinal with an 11-8 win over Khalid of Kuwait.

India, so far, has won five medals that include three gold. — PTI

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