Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Event of the Day: Asian Games

Our event of the day is Day 4 of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. Being a multi-sport event, this historic tournament really does have all sporting bases covered. Once again, an array of sports are on display today. From archery to taekwondo, paragliding to rowing, there is something to wet everyone’s appetite. China currently lead the medal table by a substantial margin. They have racked up sixty medals to their name, thirty of which are gold, during the opening three days of competition. Japan are in second with forty-seven medals to their name, with twelve of those been gold. South Korea complete the top three with thirty-four medals, including eight golds, in what has been a superb first three days of sport. 

Today promises to be equally as action packed, with twenty-eight separate sports to be enjoyed. This includes twenty-three gold medal events in wushu, weightlifting, swimming, shooting, sepak takraw, paragliding, fencing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, bowling and artistic gymnastics. It’s in the pool where the most medals are up for grabs, with seven finals taking place during the evening session. The team schedule for Sepak takraw, a kick-volleyball game which has its roots in Southeast Asia, concludes today. In the men’s gold medal match, Thailand face Malaysia. The women’s final will be contested between the winners of Thailand versus Myanmar and Vietnam against Korea. Meanwhile, the women’s cycling road race will be decided today over a gruelling 100 kilometres. With plenty of medals to play for, expect a fast and furious day of sporting action.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to Day 5 of the Third test between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England are clinging on, and require 210 runs with one wicket remaining to claim a spectacular victory. In the County Championship, fourth place Essex require 189 to win at second place Somerset. Additional sporting action in the UK comes in the form of flat racing, with Day One of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. In New Haven, Day 3 of the Connecticut Open takes place on the WTA World Tour. Meanwhile on the ATP World Tour, the Winston-Salem Open continues at Wake Forest University. Elsewhere in the States, a multitude of MLB fixtures are on display, including the second match in a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. There’s an all New York clash in the MLS, as New York City host New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium. Further football comes from the Netherlands, where giants of Dutch football Ajax play Dynamo Kiev in their Champions League playoff first leg. In the Championship, recently relegated Stoke welcome recently promoted Wigan to the Bet365 Stadium.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!


Photos by Asian Games 2018

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