Ashgabat 2017 Photo Gallery and Daily Review: Day Five
The thrills and drama continued to unfold at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Wednesday 20 September, with 12 sports on the schedule and medal events contested in half of those events – Belt Wrestling, Indoor Athletics, Taekwondo, Billiards, Kurash and Weightlifting. One event, Kurash, made its Ashgabat 2017 Games debut.
Host nation Turkmenistan had another successful day at the Belt Wrestling winning eight of the 13 on offer. Its gold medal tally now reads 53, and the nation sits proudly on top of the Ashgabat 2017 rankings with a total 127 medals.
There was more glory for the hosts at the Billiards Sports Arena where Ibabekir Bekdurdyyew defeated his own coach Yernar Chimbayev of Kazakhstan, to win gold in the Russian Pyramid Free Style Singles.
It was another good night for India at the Indoor Athletics, where Ajay Kumar Saroj made a brilliant recovery after falling down on the first bend to claim gold. Soon after Arpinder Singh won the Triple Jump. There were also medals for Saudi Arabia in the men’s Heptahlon, Syria in men’s High Jump, and China won the women’s Shot Put. Jamal Hairane produced a brilliant, powerful finish in the men’s 800m to take gold for Qatar, while Sri Lanka’s Gayaanthika Artigala won the women’s 800m. The curtain came down on the Indoor Athletics after Thailand won the 4x400m Relay and Pakistan took gold in the men’s 4x400m.
China won two more gold medals in the weightlifting, while in the Taekwondo, Iran claimed two, South Korea one and Chinese Taipei celebrated their first gold medal of the Ashgabat 2017. On the first day of Kurash, the three golds went to Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Iran.
In Futsal, the women’s semi-finals were decided. Japan cruised to a 8-0 win against Turkmenistan, helped by four goals from Ryo Egawa. They will play Iran in their semi-final on Sunday.
The People's Republic of China booked their semi-final meeting with Thailand with a suprise but well-earned 5-1 win against Hong Kong, China.
Iran is now second in the medals ranking with ten gold medals. Uzbekistan is third on seven golds.
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