Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 medal tally results: Indian badminton and chess players let down, while Harika Dronavalli wins a bronze in women’s individual chess event.
Harika Dronavalli wins a bronze medal for India in women’s individual chess competition in the Asian Games 2010, Guangzhou on Tuesday. Harika defeated Sukandar Irine Kharisma of Iran on Tuesday. However, Indian participants’ bad performances and drought of medals in the Asian Games continued on Tuesday also. Meanwhile, China, the hosts keeps up its overall domination in the games.
In women’s individual chess event, Chinese players Hou Yifan and Zhao Xue grabbed the gold and silver medals respectively. Both Yifan and Xue are grand masters. Hou won eight rounds and drew one to earn 8.5 points, while Zhao made seven wins to end up in silver medal with 7.5 points. Indian Harika won five rounds and faced one loss and three draws to get 6.5 points and the bronze medal.
In many other sporting items in the Asian Games, 2010, including Chess and badminton Indian athletes displayed worse performances. In men’s individual chess event, Krishnan Sasikaran could not win both his games on Tuesday and was placed ninth with 5.5 points. Sasikaran was one of India’s top favorites in chess.
In badminton, India’s Commonwealth Games gold medalists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa were pulled out in the women’s doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Games, 2010. The pair lost to the second-seeded Chinese pair Tian Qin and Zhao Yunlei 10-21, 5-21.
Aditi Mutatkar of India defeated Thilini Jayasinghe 21-11, 21-19 in the first round of women’s singles. She will take on Japan’s fourth-seeded Eriko Hirose in the next round. Meanwhile, in men’s doubles in the Asian Games, Akshay Dewalkar and Arun Vishnu walked into the pre-quarters defeating Sri Lankan pair Niluka Karunaratna and Dinuka Karunaratna.