India finish 11th with 40 medals at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games finish 11th with 40 medals at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

India concludes the last day of Games with 4 medals including a Gold  through tennis player Sumit Nagal to grab the 11th spot in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Wednesday.

Nagal clinched the men’s singles gold medal in the tennis event as he swept aside compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-1 in the all-Indian final. Nagal also broke Prashanth five times during the match.

It was Prashanth’s second medal in the tournament. He had earlier picked a gold in the men’s doubles event along with fellow countryman Vishnu Vardhan.

Remaining two medals came from Chess where men’s blitz team and men’s blitz team under-23 grabbed the bronze for India.

The pair of K Sasikiran and Surya Sekhar Ganguly lost to the Vietnam duo of Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in the semifinals of men’s blitz team event to settle for a bronze.

In the men’s blitz team under-23, the duo of Diptayan Ghosh and Vaibhav Suri lost to the Iran pair of Alireza Firouzja and Parham Maghsoodloo in the semifinals to be content with the bronze.

With 9 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze, India finished the Games at 11th. Hosts Turkmenistan topped the medals tally with 89 gold, 70 silver and 86 bronze, followed by China (42 gold, 32 silver and 23 bronze) and Iran (36 gold, 23 bronze and 59 bronze).

More than 200 athletes in 15 sports disciplines represented India in the Games, which is considered as the second biggest multi-sporting event of the continent after the Asian Games.


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