Ashgabat 2017 Daily Review and Photo Gallery: Day Twelve
27 September, 2017 (17:32)
After 12 days of thrilling, surprising, and inspiring sporting competition participated in by thousands of athletes in 21 sports ranging from Sambo to Billiard Sports, Belt Wrestling to Short Course Swimming, Equestrian Jumping to Futsal and so many others in between, the final medals of the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games were awarded on Wednesday in Bowling, Chess, and Indoor Tennis.
Ashgabat 2017 Bowling action came to a close with the men’s and women’s Team of Four events, where two nations pit their top four bowlers against each other to see who can achieve the top combined score.
Men’s competition saw saw Chinese Taipei triumph over Qatar, after Qatar beat the favoured Koreans in the semi final to get to the gold medal game. With a final score of 846-744 in favour of Chinese Taipei, however, it was clear who was the best team in the final match of the tournament.
Meanwhile, in women’s competition, the Korean team would make no mistake on their way to getting at least one of their hoped-for golds in the event, besting the Philippines by a score of 873 to 801.
Over in the Chess arena it would be the men’s and women’s Blitz Team and Blitz Team Under-25 events closing out competition on an entertaining note.
The Chinese Chess team would continue the strong play they had exhibited all tournament, taking gold in the in men’s Team Blitz Under-25 and the women’s Team Blitz, and silver in the women’s Team Blitz Under-25 and in the Men’s Team Blitz, giving them five gold, six silvers, and 11 medals total in Chess action to lead all nations.
And, finally, the much anticipated all-India men’s Singles gold medal final saw friends and teammates Sumit Nagal and Vijay Natarajan square off in what would end up being an entertaining, if one-sided, battle for the tournaments final gold medal, with 20-year-old Nagal winning in triumphing in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Despite earning but a single medal on the day, in women’s Blitz Team Chess, the host nation of Turkmenistan would finish Ashgabat 2017 with an overall triumph the likes of which few may have imaged before competition started, finishing with a total 89 golds and 245 total medals to lead all nations in a commanding fashion.
Now, with the final medals handed out, all there is left to do is wait for Wednesday evenings Closing Ceremony spectacular, where the best ever Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will officially come to a close.