Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh kick start India’s campaign at Asian Games with a silver medal in lightweight men’s doubles sculls

The duo secures first ever medal in doubles sculls for India with a time of 6:28.18s.


Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh kick start India’s campaign at Asian Games with a silver medal in lightweight men’s doubles sculls

Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh at Asian Games on Day 1 (Via user generated content)

On Sunday, in pleasant weather and a cloud cover for company, the Indian duo powered their way through to stay in second position throughout the race.

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The body language of Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh was positive throughout. In terms of energy, they looked strong and their faces reflected positive intent at the Fuyang Watersports Centre.

To be in the medal tally for India on Sunday morning was a thrill. This is the best start one could have expected after the air rifle women won silver in the team event.

The Indian rowers are expected to win more medals in the Hangzhou Asian Games, but the way Arvind and Arjun pulled consistently was a delight to watch with a Chinese duo in the lead.

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“This was the best bet for a gold medal for us in doubles sculls,” added coach Bajrang Lal Takhar, displaying the confidence he had in his boys. “Climate in Hangzhou similar to India. We have been tracking China’s performance as well. We got to see in the three World Cups how we are prepared for the Asiad. The timing today was good,” added Takhar.

A lot of bad energy has been associated with the Indian rowers in the past. More of it has to do with individual egos of a few rowers.

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Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh (Via user generated content)

This time around, the Rowing Federation of India has insulated the rowers. They have got copious support from the Sports Ministry.

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“We are expecting to do well in Hangzhou. The start has been as per expectation,” MV Sriram, secretary, Rowing Federation of India, told First Sportz.

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The Indian rowers talking to media post their match (Via user generated content)

“We will aim to improve on our performance and hope to qualify for the Paris Olympics,” the Indian rowers on their part declared future plans post this glory.

Spread over a distance of 2,000 metres, the doubles sculls tests rowers deeply. The Chinese were in full power mode and won gold by a five second margin.

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