Sailing brought cheer to India at the Asian Games 2023, as Neha Thakur won silver in girl's dinghy ILCA-4 event and Eabad Ali claimed bronze in men's windsurfer RS:X event.
A rising sailor from National Sailing School Bhopal, Neha finished with a total of 32 points but her net score of 27 helped her earn the second spot behind gold medallist Noppassorn Khunboonjan of Thailand.
Singapore's Kiera Marie Carlyle settled for a bronze with a net score of 28.
In sailing, the competitor's worst score from all the races is subtracted from the total points to determine the net score. The one with the lowest net score is adjudged the winner.
The girl's dinghy ILCA-4 category consists of 11 races and Neha finished with 32 total points. Neha's worst race was the fifth one where she got five points to end with a net score of 27.
The ILCA-4 is defined as a one-design dinghy class in the laser series and is a one-design class of sailboat.
Ramita Jindal, who was part of the silver-winning Indian women's 10m air rifle team on Sunday, clinched an individual bronze in the same event today.
She and Divyansh Singh Panwar missed a bronze by a whisker on Tuesday when they lost the third-place match 18-20 after taking a big lead initially.
The two medals were the first on the international senior circuit for the 19-year-old hailing from Ladwa town in Haryana's Kurukshetra district.
Ankita Raina advanced to the quarterfinals with yet another easy victory but the singles challenge of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rutuja Bhosale came to a halt on Tuesday.
Raina, the top Indian singles player, cruised to a 6-1 6-2 win over Hong Kong's Adithya P. Karunaratne in the third round of the women's singles event.
The Indian, ranked 198, converted all three breakpoints she got in the one hour 34-minute contest and saved two of the three breakpoints she faced against her 354th-ranked rival.
She will now fight it out with Japan's Haruka Kaji (ranked 213) for a place in the semifinals.
Ranked 336, Bhosale was up against high-ranked Alexandra Eala (190) from Philippines and went down fighting 6-7(5) 2-6 in one hour and 51 minutes.
In the men's singles, Ramkumar took the court against world number 78 Yosuke Watanuki and it was always going to be a tough contest for the Indian, who has been terribly out of form this season.
To his credit, Ramkumar stretched his superior Japanese rival, who had to battle hard for his 7-5 6-7(3) 7-5 win in two hours and 40 minute match.
Both Ramkumar and Bhosale are still alive in the doubles competitions.