Ashgabat, September 26: In the ongoing 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Indian contingent has clinched a total of 29 medals including 7 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze. However, India remains at12th spot in the medals tally with just two days left in the Games.
Saurav Kothari won the gold in men's English billiards singles as he defeated Praprut Chaithanasakun of Thailand 3-1 in the final. In tennis, the mixed doubles pair of Vishnu Vardhan and Prarthana Thombare bagged a silver. They lost to the Thai duo of Nuttanon Kadchapanan and Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 7-5 4-6 2-6 in the final.
Meanwhile, Wrestlers added three bronze through Sandeep Tomar 61kg and Deepak's 86kg category men's freestyle and Pooja Dhanda's 58kg category women's freestyle medal. Sajan Prakash of India finished second with a silver medal in the Men's 100 metre butterfly event.
Divya Gurling Shilwant and Pratiksha Chandrakant Parhar bagged a bronze each in women's Alysh classic in 70 kg and 75 kg categories in the Belt Wrestling Discipline. Wrestler Keduovilie Zumu from Nagaland won a bronze medal in the 90 kg category of Kazakh Kuresh style belt wrestling.
Earlier, India added one gold and two bronze medals. Ajay Kumar Saroj clinched the gold in men's 1500m race after clocking in at three minutes and 48.67 seconds. Neha Solanki and Jyoti picked a bronze in the +87kg category and -87kg category respectively of the women's kurash event. Interestingly, more than 200 athletes in 15 sports disciplines are representing India in the Games, which is considered as the second biggest multi-sporting event of the continent after the Asian Games.